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International Relations

BA
  • UCAS code LF50
  • Option 3 years full time
  • Year of entry 2019

The course

BA International Relations covers themes such as war and security, diplomacy and development, globalisation and global power relations, communication and resistance, and international political economy.

You will gain a solid foundation in the history of international relations and IR theory, studying subjects such as decolonisation, international organisations, European integration, foreign-policy making, counterterrorism, human migration and non-state violence – allowing you to understand better the complexity of contemporary global governance and the theories that explain it. As you progress through the degree, the flexible nature of the course allows you to specialise in those aspects of international relations that most interest you.

You will gain an in-depth understanding of international politics, examining how states, groups and individuals interact across borders, and you will consider some of the most important issues that confront the world today. Your studies will give you a solid grasp of how the world of international relations works, taking into account, among other things, the recent global economic crisis, changes in the European Union, immigration, human rights, global terrorism, the rise of China, the power of the US, conflict in the Middle East and the problems hampering African states.

The Department of Politics and International Relations has a strong commitment to high-quality, cutting-edge research, all of which informs our teaching. We are a research community that applies various theories and methods to the study of domestic, transnational, regional and global politics.  We have expertise in African, British, Chinese, European, Middle East, North American and South Asian politics, and our research covers areas such as security, democratisation, youth politics, international diplomacy and political communication, as well as contemporary and radical theories of democracy and power.

  • Study with leading experts on Europe, Africa, Asia and North America.
  • Study key issues in conflict and security, humanitarian crises and development.
  • Be a Model UN delegate or visit an embassy with our student societies.
  • The flexibility to specialise in what interests you.
  • Work placement opportunities.
Top 10

UK Politics department for research intensity

Source: THE REF 2014: Subject ranking on intensity

92%

of students say the courses are intellectually stimulating

Source: NSS, 2017

93%

of our Politics and International Relations graduates are employed or go on to further study within six months of graduating

Source: DLHE, 2017

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