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BA (Hons) International Relations
BA (Hons) International Relations

BA (Hons) International Relations

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  • Level:3-Year Bachelor's Degree
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Admission Requirements

Entry Requirements

  • A levels, AAB

  • Access to Higher Education Diploma, 36 credits at Distinction and 9 credits at Merit or higher

  • BTEC National Extended Diploma, DDD

  • Cambridge Pre-U, D3, D3, M2

  • European Baccalaureate, 80% overall

  • International Baccalaureate, 35 points

English Requirements

If English isn't your first language you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. We accept the following qualifications:

  • IELTS (Academic and Indicator), 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in each component

  • C1 Advanced and C2 Proficiency, 176, with a minimum of 169 in each component

  • Duolingo, 110 overall, with a minimum of 100 in each component

  • GCSE/IGCSE/O level English Language (as a first or second language), Grade C

  • LanguageCert International ESOL SELT, B2 Communicator High Pass with a minimum score of 33/50 in each component

  • PTE Academic, 61, with a minimum of 55 in each component

  • TOEFL, 87 overall, with a minimum of 21 in each component

  • Trinity ISE III, Merit in all components


Course Information

Step up to the boundaries of justice and human rights, and investigate the effects that terrorism, war and shifts in global power are having on our day-to-day lives.

With international experts you'll explore the political significance of global issues, and just how close to home their effects resonate.

You will develop specialist knowledge in international politics and political economy, conflict, security and post-war reconstruction, global justice and fragile states.

Year in industry

You can apply for this course with a year in industry. You'll complete a professional placement between your second and third year, helping you to develop your employability and professional skills. 

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Year 1

Core modules

These modules will give you an understanding of the key concepts, theories and approaches in each major area of politics.

You will take core modules which may include:

  • What is Politics? 

  • Introduction to Democratic Politics 

  • Introduction to International Politics 

  • Introduction to Political Theory 

Year 2

In your second year, you'll cover a diverse range of modules and hone the academic skills necessary to analyse political texts, political systems and processes.

Core modules

You will take core modules which may include:

  • Political Enquiry in International Relations (30 credits)

Option modules

You will be able to take option modules from Group A, B and C. Examples currently include:

Group A

  • Democracy and struggles for social justice 

  • History of Political Thought 

  • State, Economy and Society 

  • Empire, War and Law

  • The Politics of Gender 

Group B

  • Politics in the United Kingdom 

  • The European Union: Politics and Policies

  • Politics of Development 

  • The Rising Powers 

Group C

  • War and Peace 

  • The United States and Global Politics After the Cold War 

  • Critical Global Security Studies 

  • Global Political Economy 

Year 3

In your final year you'll build on the knowledge you've gained over your degree. The year culminates in a dissertation: an extended essay based on your own research.

Core module

  • Politics Dissertation 

The dissertation is a chance for you to study a topic of your choice in depth. With the support of a supervisor, you'll identify a question and conduct independent research to find an answer. You will have the opportunity to learn and use quantitative and qualitative analytical techniques which are essential for modern social science research.

Option modules

You'll choose modules from a wide range of options that vary year to year. Recent modules include:

  • Governing the Global Economy 

  • Green Politics 

  • Karl Marx 

  • Border Politics: Contemporary Perspectives on Sovereignty, Mobility & Citizenship 

  • The Labour Party and Britain’s Struggle for Socialism 

  • Ethnicity and Conflict 

  • ‘We the people’: Ideas of Democratic Representation from Rousseau to Occupy 

  • Terrorism and Counterterrorism

  • Global Politics of Nuclear Weapons 

  • Africa and International Politics 

  • Knowledge and Democracy 

  • Contemporary Politics of South Asia 

  • Development Paradigms  

  • From War to Peace: Statebuilding and Political Transition in South East Asia

  • British Foreign Policy after the Cold War

  • Political Transition in the Middle East: A Century of Conflict 

  • Governmentality: Michel Foucault and the Analytics of Power 

  • Political Economy of New Europe 

  • The Idea of Liberty

  • The European Far Right 

  • Politics and the Street 

  • Regionalism in World Politics 

  • Global Sustainability and Energy Policy 

  • The Politics of (Post) Colonialism 

  • International Relations of the Asia-Pacific 

  • Politics of Peace after Civil War

  • Democracy and Emergency

  • Ethics and International Politics 

  • Political Psychology and Public Opinion 

  • International Crisis Diplomacy 

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Career Opportunity

Career Opportunity

Our recent graduates have gone on to work with:

  • The Home Office

  • The Cabinet Office

  • The Department for Environment

  • The European Parliament


  • The World Food Programme

  • Ernst & Young

  • Goldman Sachs

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Overseas Student Health Cover

Insurance - Single: 300 (£) per year

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