This programme gives you the chance to understand and appreciate both the theoretical and the empirical approach to the study of international relations.
This is a joint degree with the International Relations Department and based in the International History Department. It allows you to benefit from the expertise of two highly-rated departments, sampling courses in both Departments. You will therefore gain an understanding of both international relations theory, taught by leading experts in the field, and recent international history.
The curriculum offers students the opportunity to take courses tailored to their specific interests, in terms of method, time-frame and geographical scope.
It combines an exceptional level of analytical training in theory, balanced with the discipline of historical based case-studies and advanced research. You can choose one broad course from each Department. For your third option you can chose one of many highly specialised courses offered by either Department. You will then complete your degree by doing a history dissertation, which will give you the chance to conduct your own empirical research on a detailed historical case study.
This course allows you to develop your intellectual understanding and ability to analyse a wide range of international relations’ history, organisations, trends and challenges including world wars, East-West conflict, North-South relations, European integration, globalisation, diplomacy and peace-building.
The degree can be tailored to provide you with a more advanced understanding of international relations and theory, or it offers a foundation if you are making the transition from related disciplines such as political science, modern languages, economics, sociology, law or journalism.