BSc International Relations|

UCAS code: L250 BSc/IntRel

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

For further details see|

Applications 2012: 968

First year students 2012:

First year:

One from:


  • One outside option

Second year:

One from:

Third year:

(*half unit)

A course relevant to the study of international relations approved by the student's teacher from a selection list

Three from:

Please read the following important information before referring to full details of course options found in the Programme Regulations|

The programme regulations available are for the current academic session and may be subject to change before the beginning of the next academic year. For more information about course availability in the next academic session, please contact the relevant academic department. The School reserves the right at all times to withdraw, suspend or alter particular courses and syllabuses, and to alter the level of fees. Courses are on occasion capped (limited to a maximum number of students) or subject to entry conditions requiring the approval of the course convenor. The School cannot guarantee that places on specific courses will be available.

Direct entry to second year

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

First year

You take the core course The Structure of International Society, which examines the nature and functioning of an international society of states distinguished by the absence of a common government; and you take a course in International History since 1890, which provides some of the empirical and illustrative material for the study of international relations. You choose an option in philosophy, sociology or political theory. You may choose your final course from the full range of options offered by other departments.

Second year

There are three compulsory core courses. International Political Theory deals with the key concepts of the subject, and looks at the development of thinking about them. Foreign Policy Analysis looks at the theory and history of how foreign policy is made and how it is implemented. International Organisations is concerned with the work of the United Nations and of a range of regional organisations in the security, economic and social areas. The fourth course is chosen from a list of options covering economics, the history of the international economy, international law and international history.

Third year

You take four further courses from a list of options: three from a list of mainly international relations options (including an optional dissertation of 10,000 words) and one from a course relevant to the study of international relations taught in another department. 


International relations options are listed above.

Outside the Department you may wish to study a modern foreign language or the government and politics of a region or courses concerned with democracy or development. Alternatively, you may prefer to pursue a pathway with a more legal or a more economic emphasis by choosing among the options permitted by the regulations for this degree.