BSc International Relations

UCAS code: L250

Usual standard offer:
A level: grades A A A

International Baccalaureate: Diploma with 38 points including 7 6 6 at Higher level

Other qualifications are considered

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Applications 2015: 935

First year students 2015:

First year:

(* half unit)

One from:

Second year:

One from:

Third year:

Three from:

A fourth course offered by another department (relevant to the study of international relations) approved by the student's academic adviser and the Department tutor.

Please note that not every course is available each year and that some courses may only be available with the permission of the course convenor and/or may be subject to space.

You can find the most up-to-date list of optional courses in the Programme Regulations section of the current School Calendar.

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Programme details

Direct entry to second year

The Department does not accept applications for direct entry into the second year of the BSc International Relations programme. Students who are already studying at another university should apply for entry into the first year of the degree rather than for second year.

First year

In the first year, you will take the compulsory course Concepts of International Society, which examines the theories and concepts designed to explain the nature of contemporary international relations. You will also take International History since 1890, which deals with the changing character of international politics over the "long twentieth century" and provides some of the empirical and illustrative material for the study of international relations. You then choose a course out three options in either philosophy, sociology or political theory. For your fourth course you choose from the full range of options offered by other departments.

Second year

There are three compulsory courses. International Political Theory deals with the key concepts of the subject, and looks at the development of thinking about them. Foreign Policy Analysis 1 looks at the various theoretical perspectives that seek to explain the conduct of foreign policy as well as exploring the foreign policies of the main actors in the international system. International Organisations examines the major theoretical and empirical aspects of the role of international organisations in international politics. Your fourth course is selected from a list of options covering economics, economic history, international history, and international law. You also have the option of taking an approved foreign language course.

Third year

In the third year you will take four further courses. Three of these are selected from a list of full year or half unit international relations courses. You also have the option of writing a dissertation of 10,000 words.

For your fourth course you select from a list of approved courses taught outside the Department covering global economic policy, economic history, government, geography, international history, international law, philosophy or social policy. You also have the option of continuing the study of an approved foreign language from your second year.