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International Relations BA (Hons)

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What is International Relations BA (Hons)?

International Relations is a critical discipline for understanding our world and achieving a sustainable future. Our programme explores the mechanisms, influences and tensions surrounding global politics, governance, development, justice and warfare.

You’ll also analyse enduring global issues such as human rights abuses, trade, migration, poverty, humanitarian intervention and organised crime. You’ll gain rigorous training in the discipline of International Relations including critical thinking and research skills, coupled with a practical and applied focus and plenty of opportunities for debate and discussion.

Note that we offer a range of fee waivers, scholarships, bursaries and awards for both UK and International students.

Study style

You’ll take part in simulations of international political crises designed to deepen your understanding of the challenges of diplomatic work as well as developing your communication, problem-solving and teamwork capabilities. You’ll progress from study visits to key UK political institutions to an optional overseas trip where you could explore inequality and the legacy of apartheid in South Africa, global and organised crime in Sicily, or international governance at the UN in Geneva. There is also the opportunity to spend a semester in Year 2 at partner Universities in Spain and the USA.

Your programme will be coursework-led, with varied assessment types helping you develop skills you’ll need in the workplace. You’ll learn mainly in seminars and lectures with ample opportunity for discussion and debate. You’ll also be allocated a dedicated tutor to support you on a one-to-one basis to pursue your academic and career goals.

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Entry requirements

    • 112 – 128 UCAS tariff points, BBC – ABB at A levels, DMM – DDM at BTEC, or a Merit in your T-Level.

      If you are using a combination of qualifications to achieve the required UCAS tariff points, they must either include at least 2 A levels, a BTEC or an equivalent qualification.

      If you are unsure whether we could make you an offer or you have any questions, just get in touch with our admissions team who will be able to advise you.

    • English Language or Literature and Maths Grade 4/C in GCSE (or equivalent) are normally required.

    • We welcome and encourage applications from mature students (aged 21 and over). If you are taking an Access to Higher Education Diploma you will need to pass 60 credits with at least 45 credits at Level 3.

Course modules


Fees and costs

See the further details of fees and potential extra costs when studying a course at the University of Gloucestershire.
Start date Location UCAS code Fee (UK)
per year
Fee (international)
per year
Sep 2022 Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham L250 £9,250 £15,000
Sep 2023 Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham L250 TBC TBC

Possible careers

Graduates from this course can go on to work in

  • UK and international charities
  • Diplomatic services
  • International organisations such as the UN
  • Journalism
  • Security and intelligence services
  • Teaching, lecturing and research.

Industry links

You’ll benefit from established networks with national and international organisations including the United Nations, GCHQ and a range of Security Services.

We offer short-term internship options in Years 2 and 3, enabling workplace experience, networking with potential employers and obtaining academic credit towards your degree. Recently our students have been conducting research for an international think tank and event planning for a refugee support organisation.

Analyse Global Political Challenges From An Applied Perspective

Our International Relations degree has an applied and contemporary focus, allowing you to develop skills and knowledge for the real world – such as through our international political crisis simulation exercise.

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Gain Critical International Experience

Study International Relations first-hand as part of our optional international field studies module and build valuable overseas exposure that will give you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. You could be exploring inequality and the legacy of apartheid in South Africa, global organised crime in Sicily, or global governance at the UN in Geneva.

International Relations students at the UN in Geneva

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