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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.

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 tariff points (calculate your points at

      Your points must include at least 2 A Levels, BTEC or equivalent qualifications, for example:
      BBC at A levels, DMM at BTEC or use a combination of qualifications to achieve the required tariff.

      If your course has a fast-track option that you’re applying to, you’ll also need to pass an entry interview.

    • We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 and over) and do not necessarily require the same academic qualifications as school leaving applicants though the entry requirements still apply.

      Some courses require several years of working experiences in the relevant industry.

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

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 2021 Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham L250 £9,250 £14,700
Sep 2022 Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham L250

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.

Student smiling at classmates

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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