International Relations (BA Hons)

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Full-Time or Part-Time


3 Years (Full-Time)


Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham

In an increasingly globalised era, 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. For example, 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 – all key graduate skills.

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. You can also choose to benefit from invaluable employment experiences though our internship and professional experience options, gaining a competitive edge of experience, networking with potential employers and gaining academic credit towards your degree, all at the same time.

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Study style

Your programme will be coursework-led, with varied assessment types allowing you to demonstrate your strengths across a range of abilities expected in the graduate workplace. Our small group sizes enable full integration of seminar and lecture style teaching, providing 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.

Course modules

Take a look at the course content for full details of all the modules you'll study on this course.

Entry requirements

Tariff information for 2020 entry

96 tariff points

CCC at A levels, BTEC MMM or use a combination of your qualifications to achieve the required tariff total.

Mature Applicants: We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 and over) and do not necessarily require the same academic qualifications as school leaving applicants.

International Students: Please see the full details of entry requirements in your country.

Grade 4/C in GCSE English and Mathematics (or equivalent) are normally required. Please contact our admissions team if you have a question.


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UCAS codes

UCAS codes available for this subject
BA (Hons) - 3 years full-timeL250


  • 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 also 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.

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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.

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Networking & Work Experience Opportunities

Our internship and professional experience options provide opportunities to gain experience and network with employers, whilst gaining academic credit, all at the same time.

School of Natural and Social Sciences

Our School of Natural and Social Sciences provides the best possible student experience with cutting-edge technology and strong practical elements to each course. You will work closely with lecturers and other students in the seminar room, the laboratory and the field.

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