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International Relations BA (Hons)

What is International Relations BA (Hons)?

International Relations is a critical discipline for understanding our world and achieving a sustainable future. Our programme has been designed to tackle the world’s biggest political challenges whilst equipping you with the skills and experience you need to succeed in the workplace. You’ll explore the mechanisms, influences and tensions surrounding global politics, governance, development, justice and conflict, and analyse enduring global issues such as human rights abuses, gender equity, climate change, poverty, humanitarian intervention and organised crime.

Our focus on small class sizes means there are always opportunities to discuss and debate course material through our integrated lecture-seminars. You will be assessed entirely by coursework in order to gain a truly representative measure of graduate attributes sought by future employers and for postgraduate study. Coursework assignments range from essays and reports to policy proposals, briefing papers and conference style presentations. Recently, our students have produced coursework on topics including foreign intervention in Afghanistan, peace and justice in Rwanda and racism in the UK and collaborated with an international NGO to research progress towards the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. You’ll receive detailed written feedback on each assignment, focused on practical guidance for strengthening future work. In addition, you will be allocated a personal tutor to provide one-to-one advice on pursuing your academic and career goals and benefit from input from expert support staff including a specialist librarian, careers consultant, and study skills advisors.

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. There are also opportunities to participate in external political simulations, such as a Model NATO event hosted at the UK Government’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office in London. You’ll progress from study visits to key UK political institutions, such as the European Parliament Liaison Office and the Houses of Parliament, to an optional overseas trip where you could explore inequality and the legacy of apartheid in Cape Town, South Africa or the history and contemporary reality of global governance and cooperation at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. You’ll benefit from insights from our expert guest speakers from around the world and have the opportunity to spend a semester abroad in Year 2 at one of our partner universities.

Find out more about our range of fee waivers, scholarships, bursaries and awards for both UK and International students.

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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 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

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Start date Location UCAS code Fee (UK)
per year
Fee (international)
per year
Sep 2023 Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham L250 £9,250 £15,450
Sep 2024 Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham L250 TBC TBC

Possible careers

In an increasingly globalised world, International Relations graduates are in demand across the private, public and third sectors. Expert career planning sessions and opportunities to complete short work placements are integrated throughout the programme to support your professional development. Graduates can go on to work in:

  • Policy, research and programme positions with UK and international charities
  • Diplomatic services
  • International organisations such as the UN
  • The armed forces
  • Journalism
  • Security and intelligence services
  • Teaching, lecturing and research
  • Marketing and communications.

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.

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.

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