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International Relations - BA (Hons)

Why study this course?

This popular course regularly attracts a cosmopolitan student body and is taught by expert staff with extensive experience. You’ll examine the major problems facing the international community today including terrorism, the environment, nuclear proliferation, human rights and cyberwarfare, as well as gaining hands-on experience through a work placement.

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This stimulating and rewarding degree prepares you for careers in organisations ranging from the diplomatic service, the United Nations and the European Union, to international companies, non-governmental organisations and the media.

Our experienced lecturers will guide you through some of the major concepts of international relations such as peace, conflict and diplomacy. You're also encouraged to pursue your own areas of interest in fields such as power politics, foreign policy analysis, regional studies, security studies and the impact of globalisation.

We place great emphasis on increasing your employability skills and encourage you to do a work placement at a relevant organisation such as the European Union, the United Nations, an aid agency, think-tank or embassy. A work placement, alongside targeted teaching sessions and hands-on experience, including engaging with visiting practitioners, will prepare you for your career.


You’ll be assessed through individual and group presentations, case studies, exams, coursework (reports, research papers, essays, blogs, industry-based projects, simulations, websites) and the final year dissertation or work placement.

In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should have:

  • for entry in the 2016-17 academic year: at least 280 points, including at least two A levels or a Level 3 Advanced Diploma
  • for entry in the 2017-18 academic year: a minimum of grades BBC in three A levels or minimum grades BC in at least two A levels in academic or business subjects (or a minimum of 112 UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification, eg Advanced Diploma)
  • English Language GCSE at grade C (grade 4 from 2017) or above (or equivalent)

Applicants with relevant professional qualifications or extensive professional experience will also be considered on a case by case basis.

These requirements may vary in individual cases.

We welcome applications from mature students who have passed appropriate Access or other preparatory courses or who have appropriate work experience.

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

Accelerated study

If you have relevant qualifications or credit from a similar course it may be possible to enter this course at an advanced stage rather than beginning in the first year. Please note, advanced entry is only available for September start. See our information for students applying for advanced entry.

Three levels, each of 120 credits. Four core modules in Year 1 provide a broad foundation for specialisation and choice in Years 2 and 3.

Year 1 (Level 4) modules include:

  • Introduction to International Relations
  • Peace, Conflict and Diplomacy since 1945
  • Introduction to International Development
  • Politics and Government

Year 2  (Level 5) modules include:

  • Approaches to International Relations and Foreign Policy
  • Shifting Global Power
  • Peace and Conflict in Theory and Practice
  • Diplomacy Old and New
  • Choice of regional specialisms, including the European Union, the Middle East and the United States of America

Year 3 (Level 6) modules include:

  • International Security in an Era of Globalisation
  • Choice of specialist areas of study, including Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding, Public Diplomacy and Global Communication, African Politics, Chinese and Asian Politics and Development, Human Rights and Social Justice, and Modern British Politics
  • Work Placement or Research Project

“Studying at London Metropolitan has without a doubt been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. The enthusiasm and commitment of the staff has been so encouraging and the cultural diversity of students has been an enormous inspiration, both profoundly challenging my way of thinking. The academic quality has indeed exceeded my expectations with great debates and continual support from my teachers which has made me feel confident about and well-prepared for the future.” Kimie Frengler

“I have thoroughly enjoyed studying at London Metropolitan. I chose London Met due to the wide selection of modules available and the flexibility it offered me to fit studying around work. I was not disappointed! I feel I have learnt so much about a variety of specific topics and the staff made it easy for me to gain a degree despite a busy work schedule. I was very impressed by the high quality teaching London Met offered. Lecturers were very knowledgeable and were great communicators, presenting complex subjects in interesting ways. I also learnt a lot from fellow students from all over the world. I found it very helpful to study international issues with people from the countries we were discussing as they shed new light on situations. I am so grateful for my time at the university and will miss London Met a lot!” Jacquelyn McCarthy

Our successful graduates are working in the diplomatic services, as well as governmental organisations such as the European Union and the United Nations, and non-governmental organisations specialising in international development, overseas aid, human rights and environmental fields.

Students have also gained employment in research and teaching, international business, the media, and political campaigns. We currently have students working in a variety of overseas positions throughout the world.

Many of our students also go on to be successful in postgraduate study, both at master's and PhD level.

Between 2016 and 2020 we're investing £125 million in the London Metropolitan University campus, moving all of our activity to our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching location of some courses will change over time.

Whether you will be affected will depend on the duration of your course, when you start and your mode of study. The earliest moves affecting new students will be in September 2017. This may mean you begin your course at one location, but over the duration of the course you are relocated to one of our other campuses. Our intention is that no full-time student will change campus more than once during a course of typical duration.

All students will benefit from our move to one campus, which will allow us to develop state-of-the-art facilities, flexible teaching areas and stunning social spaces.

Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.

Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.

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How to apply

UK/EU students wishing to begin this course studying full-time in September 2016 should apply by calling the Clearing hotline on .

Applicants from outside the EU should refer to our guidance for international students during Clearing.

Part-time applicants should apply direct to the University online.

If you're a UK/EU applicant applying for full-time study you must apply via UCAS unless otherwise specified.

UK/EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University.

Non-EU applicants for full-time study may choose to apply via UCAS or apply direct to the University. Non-EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University, but please note that if you require a Tier 4 visa you are not able to study on a part-time basis.

All applicants applying to begin a course starting in January must apply direct to the University.

When to apply

The University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) accepts applications for full-time courses starting in September from one year before the start of the course. Our UCAS institution code is L68.

If you will be applying direct to the University you are advised to apply as early as possible as we will only be able to consider your application if there are places available on the course.

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