You'll gain a thorough grounding in the field of International Relations through a curriculum that takes you from foundational aspects of the discipline up through emerging new areas of research. You will study classic and contemporary texts in international relations, core concepts in IR theory, international history and research methods in the discipline, and then you will have options across a range of more advanced and specialist courses. These include options in international political economy, security studies, international institutions, US foreign policy, global studies, and regions such as the Middle East, Far East, Africa, and the European Union.
Throughout the course, students will:
map the political, economic and social currents that have shaped our world and understand how they interact with one another – and how the models used to explain them can be challenged
appreciate the theory and practice of diplomacy, the mechanisms of international consensus-building, and the role of transnational institutions
analyse the drivers and constraints of political development
form cogent responses to a wide range of cases in the fields of international relations, global politics and transnational security.
Alongside the course units you take in your final year, you will also write a dissertation of 8,000-9,000 words on an appropriate topic which particularly interests you. This will give you solid experience in developing your ideas and communicating them.
All undergraduate degree courses at Royal Holloway are based on the course unit system. This system provides an effective and flexible approach to study, while ensuring that our degrees have a coherent and developmental structure.