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BA in International Relations/Spanish (Full Time)

Manchester Metropolitan University

Bachelor Degree , International Relations

Course Description

The combined honours programme offers you an opportunity to study two subjects at degree level, enabling you to benefit from high quality teaching across more than one subject.

International Relations is concerned with the system through which decisions are made in the international arena ? with international institutions (like the World Trade Organization and the World Bank) and the relationship between these institutions and nation states. It is also about non-governmental institutions (NGOs): charities, pressure groups like Greenpeace and social movements like the World Social Forum. It is concerned with the study of power relations in the international arena amongst individuals, within social groups and amongst nation states.

Spanish: Proficiency in modern languages will give you the competitive edge in the global jobs market. In both the private and public sectors, there is demand for professionals with strong language skills who can work in culturally diverse environments. Studying Spanish at Manchester Met will give you the opportunity to learn from native speakers. Our languages department have created their own multi-cultural community, including British, exchange and international students, along with foreign language assistants, allowing you to be absorbed into the everyday use of your chosen language.

We have been providing professional language courses for more than 30 years. Our strong local, national and global links will help to enhance your study and future employment opportunities.

If you take Spanish as a major or equal subject you will be required to spend your third year abroad in Spain or Latin America. If Spanish is your minor subject, the course will be three years with no study abroad.

The combined honours programme offers you an opportunity to study two subjects at degree level, enabling you to benefit from high quality teaching across more than one subject. International Relations is concerned with the system through which decisions are made in the international arena ? with international institutions (like the World Trade...

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Course Content

Year 1

Combined Honours programmes offer you the ability to undertake two separate areas of study as either equal, major/minor or named route combinations.

In the first year, you will study each subject combination equally. Two core units for International Relations, two core units for Spanish. The core units for year one are shown below.

Please note that your choice of Spanish units is informed by your language entry level - if you are a beginner you can take the fast-track route (called AB INITIO) to bring you up to speed.

International Relations units:

  • Developments in Politics II
  • Approaches to International Relations
  • Global Chronicles: the rise of the International Order
  • Global Emancipatory Movements

Spanish units:

  • Spanish Advanced
  • Hispanic Culture and Society

Spanish AB INITIO units:

  • Spanish Fast Track 1
  • Spanish Fast Track 2

Year 2

Units of study available in Year 2 of a Combined Honours programme will depend entirely on the route you wish to take through the programme and whether there are any additional requirements for study made by a particular professional or regulatory body. This is where you will begin to shape the learning of your degree to your own interests. 

You can continue with equal study (2 units from each subject) or choose a major/minor route (3 units from one subject, 1 unit from the other subject). You must study the core unit from each subject. 

Please note that your choice of units available to study may be informed by your study choice of equal or major/minor and, for some units, the grades you achieved in Year 1. Not all units are available for all study options.

Indicative International Relations options available in Year 2 may be: 

  • Asking Questions and Finding Answers: Methods and Approaches to IR
  • International Relations Theory I

Indicative Spanish options available in Year 2 may be:

  • Spanish Language 2
  • Power and Culture in Spain
  • Introduction to Interpreting (Spanish)

Please be advised that the unit combinations and availability will differ depending on whether you choose to undertake a major/minor, equal or named route through your programme. 

For an indication of units currently available please see our single honours degrees for unit details:

International Relations

Spanish

Year 3

If you have chosen to study Spanish as an equal, major or named route subject you will study a 4 year course, spending your third year in Spain at one of our partner institutions or you can also apply to take part in the British Council language assistant scheme or choose a placement.

From 2020, those that have chosen to study International Relations as an equal, major or named subject have the opportunity to spend your third year on placement.

Those on the three-year full-time route will progress directly to their final year of study.

Year 4

Units of study available in your final year of a Combined Honours programme will depend entirely on the route you wish to take and whether there are any additional requirements for study made by a particular professional or regulatory body. This is where you will begin to shape the learning of your degree to your own interests. 

You can continue with equal study (2 units from each subject) or choose a major/minor route (3 units from one subject, 1 unit from the other subject). You must study the core unit from each subject. 

Please note that your choice of units available to study is informed by your study choice of equal or major/minor. Not all units are available for all study options.

Indicative International Relations options available in Final Year may be:

  • Arts and Humanities Project

Indicative Spanish options available in Final Year may be:

  • Spanish Language 3

Please be advised that the unit combinations and availability will differ depending on whether you choose to undertake a major/minor, equal or named route through your programme. 

For an indication of units currently available please see our single honours degrees for unit details:

International Relations

Spanish

Year 1 Combined Honours programmes offer you the ability to undertake two separate areas of study as either equal, major/minor or named route combinations. In the first year, you will study each subject combination equally. Two core units for International Relations, two core units for Spanish. The core units for year one are shown below. Please...

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Entry Requirements

UCAS tariff points/grades required

104-112

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

A Level Spanish at Grade B or above. Applicants without a Spanish A Level should contact the University directly to discuss options

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 from A2 or equivalent (such as BTEC National at Level 3 or Advanced Diploma). A Level Spanish at Grade B or above. Applicants without a Spanish A Level should contact the University directly to discuss options Specific GCSE...

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