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An International Relations degree will help you to gain an appreciation of how states, international organisations, and non-state actors interact on the global stage. Supported by knowledgeable and passionate staff, you'll start by looking at the core theories of international relations and their underlying methods. You'll get a broad grounding in a range of topics in global politics such as terrorism, security studies, human rights, internet politics, and many others. The teaching team constantly updates the course content to reflect on the key developments in International Relations.

A wide variety of options means you can pursue your own interests - with increasing levels of flexibility as you progress through the course. In the final year, you will engage more directly with current academic debates and contemporary political developments. You can also choose to specialise in how digital communications affect the global political landscape and graduate with the bracketed degree award of BA (Hons) International Relations (International Relations and Global Communications).

With practical skills training including advanced analytical approaches, and placement and study abroad opportunities, an International Relations degree opens doors to a range of interesting and rewarding career possibilities. 

An International Relations degree will help you to gain an appreciation of how states, international organisations, and non-state actors interact on the global stage. Supported by knowledgeable and passionate staff, you'll start by looking at the core theories of international relations and their underlying methods. You'll get a broad grounding in a range of topics in global politics...

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Course Content

In the study of International Relations, politics, historical background, socioeconomic indicators and ideological imperatives are analysed, and cultural, gender and ethnic identities examined. You can study UK politics, political thought and theory, European politics, international relations and security, "issue" politics (for example, politics of hunger, environmentalism or war and peace) and comparative politics.

Year 1

Year 1 is gives a core grounding to students who may not have studied international relations before, while extending the knowledge and skills of those who have already engaged with international relations, for example at A-level.

Year 2

The second year offers optional units to allow you to pursue your interests, while developing the core grounding built up in Year One.

Year 3

From 2020 this course will offer a placement year option which can be taken up in Year 3. Where a placement is not undertaken you will study the following final year units. The optional units below are indicative of the type of units that will be available.

Year 4

From 2020 this course will offer a placement year option. If you complete a placement in Year 3 you will study the following final year units in Year 4. The optional units below are indicative of the type of units that will be available.

In the study of International Relations, politics, historical background, socioeconomic indicators and ideological imperatives are analysed, and cultural, gender and ethnic identities examined. You can study UK politics, political thought and theory, European politics, international relations and security, "issue" politics (for example, politics of hunger, environmentalism or war and...

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Entry Requirements

UCAS tariff points/grades required

104-112

Minimum of 104 UCAS tariff points at A2 or equivalent (such as BTEC National Extended Diploma at Level 3 DMM or Advanced Diploma).

Specific GCSE requirements

GCSE English Language at grade C or grade 4. Equivalent qualifications (eg. Functional Skills) may be considered

Non Tariffed Qualifications

Pass Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject with a minimum 106 UCAS Tariff Points

UCAS tariff points/grades required 104-112 Minimum of 104 UCAS tariff points at A2 or equivalent (such as BTEC National Extended Diploma at Level 3 DMM or Advanced Diploma). Specific GCSE requirements GCSE English Language at grade C or grade 4. Equivalent qualifications (eg. Functional Skills)...

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