BA International Relations explores how states interact.
This course aims to give you a historical understanding of how the 'society of states' has evolved, and how it may be changing today. You will examine the way states behave and what obligations they may have to wider conceptions of international society.
You will explore the political dynamics that influence interstate cooperation, and assess the specific role that international organisations, such as the United Nations, play in promoting international peace and security. You also have the option to study terrorism, strategic studies, international political economy and conflict in the Middle East.
BA in International Relations is a successful and established degree programme that has been running for many years. A dedicated team of experts in the field of international relations teach the course and use their highly specialised and general knowledge of the international system to provide a thorough grounding in the one of the most important areas of political life.
In the first year, you study international politics, international relations, international history and globalisation.
In the second year, you explore international organisations and world order, security studies and examine the theoretical tools of foreign policy.
In the third year, you produce a dissertation on an International Relations subject of your choice, and choose specialist modules that focus on politics and political theory.It is also possible to study this programme through a part-time route, the programme content is the same but you will study at a lesser intensity.
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If you do, then choose BA International Relations.
UK/EU student fees
£9,000 per year full-time.
International student fees
£12,900 per year full-time.
Year one introduces you to key concepts and debates within politics.
You will also take one or two optional modules from the following.
You may select discovery modules to make up the credit blance for the year. Discovery modules allow you to study modules that may be taught outside your subject or home school.Year Two
In Year two, you have more flexibility in your study and can direct your degree towards the areas that interest you most.
Security Studies provides an introduction to the debates on security in international relations, examining the concept, role and making of security in the contemporary international system. It outlines the main theoretical approaches and conceptualizations used in security studies and analyses a selection of important challenges that have been framed as security threats.
Theories of International Relations offers students advanced training in International Relations Theory (IR) by critically analysing rival theories. As part of which, students will develop critical thinking through assessing the strengths and weaknesses of each approach.
Approaches to Analysis introduces students to the ways in which research is conducted in the social sciences, with particular emphasis on approaches commonly used in the fields of politics, international development and international relations. Students will engage with key methodologies, theoretical frameworks and methods used in practical research.
You will then select two or three optional modules from:
Plus you must then take one module from:
You may select a number of discovery modules to make up your credit balance for the year. Discovery modules allow you to study modules that may be taught outside your subject or home school.Year Three
The only compulsory module in Year three is your Dissertation. This is a piece of written work of 12,000 words, and can be researched on a topic of your own choice. It is designed to allow you to produce an extended piece of written work on a topic of special interest to you.
You will be required to take two - four modules from:
You will be required to study up to two modules from:
You can then take a discovery module if necessary to make up the balance. Discovery modules allow you to study modules that may be taught outside your subject or home school.
Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).
Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.
All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.
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Our standard entry requirements are three A levels, or two A levels and two AS levels.
In general, prospective applicants for our degree courses will be in the process of studying two 'traditional' academic subjects for A level, with a third in any other subject.
We do not require A level Politics for any of our degrees, and we design our first year modules for students both with and without previous knowledge of Politics.
We accept General Studies as an A level for all of our programmes except BA Economics and Politics, and we welcome applications that include vocational A level subjects: for example, AVCE (single or double awards). Any combination of A levels or AVCE is acceptable.
Current academic requirements
If English is not your first language, we require evidence of English language ability in reading, writing and speaking. If you do not hold an English language equivalent to UK GCSE standard, then you should hold one of the following qualifications.
No work experience is required.
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