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International Relations and Law - BA (Hons)

Why study this course?

Explore how law and international relations interrelate and how to use your legal knowledge in an international, diplomatic and political context. This degree specialises in two disciplines, increasing your career prospects with transferable skills and opportunities for work placements and study in European and American universities. With its expert staff and extensive resources, this course appeals to students from across the world.

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On this degree you’ll examine ideological and ethical questions about international relations as well as legal debates and policies, and have the opportunity to look at terrorism, the environment, poverty, nuclear proliferation, religion, human rights, cyber warfare, intelligence and the complex relationships between states.

You’ll develop the capacity to think critically about events, ideas and institutions in a research culture that promotes academic inquiry and debate, and in your second and third year, you’ll be able to pursue your own areas of interest including power politics, foreign policy analysis, regional studies, security studies and the impact of globalisation.

Taught by expert staff with extensive experience, this degree appeals to students both in the UK and overseas. You’ll enjoy regular lectures and presentations from practitioners such as Supreme Court judges, diplomats and politicians, and access to the opportunities that London offers such as visits to embassies, courts and the Houses of Parliament.

There’s a strong emphasis on developing the essential skills sought by employers. This is achieved through targeted teaching sessions and hands-on experience, and the exciting opportunity to undertake a work placement in the final year. In previous years, students have undertaken placements with the European Union, the United Nations, aid agencies, think-tanks and embassies. It’s also possible to spend part of the course studying in another European country or the USA.

Assessment

You’ll be assessed through essays, exams, presentations, individual and group research projects, briefing papers, portfolios, reflective writing and a final year dissertation or work placement.

Professional accreditation

This is not a qualifying law degree for professional legal training. Please see our LLB Law or LLB (with International Relations) courses which are qualifying law degrees.

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

  • a minimum grade BBC in three A levels (or a minimum of 112 UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification eg, Advanced Diploma)
  • English Language GCSEs 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.

If you do not have traditional qualifications or cannot meet the entry requirements for this undergraduate degree, you may still be able to gain entry by completing the International Relations and Politics Extended degree.

Applications are welcome 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.

The first year of study introduces you to the key conceptual and historical issues as a foundation for more focused or specialised study in years 2 and 3, when you have more freedom to choose the areas which interest you.

Year 1 topics include:

  • Introduction to International Relations
  • Peace, Conflict and Diplomacy since 1945
  • Legal System
  • Contract Law

Year 2 topics include:

  • Approaches to International Relations and Foreign Policy
  • European Union Law

Optional modules include:

  • Shifting Global Power
  • Diplomacy Old and New
  • Governance and Public Policy
  • Peace and Conflict in Theory and Practice
  • Earth Democracy
  • American Foreign Policy
  • American Government
  • Politics of the Middle East
  • The Politics of the European Union
  • Public Law
  • Property Law
  • Evidence and Advocacy
  • Medical Law
  • Women and Law
  • Extension of Knowledge Module

Year 3 topics include:

  • International Security in an Era of Globalisation
  • Public International Law

Optional modules include:

  • Law Dissertation
  • Law Extended Essay
  • Work Placement for Professional Experience
  • Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding
  • Public Diplomacy and Global Communication
  • The Politics of Modern States
  • International Aid and Development
  • Human Rights and Social Justice
  • African Politics
  • Latin American Politics
  • Civil Liberties and Human Rights
  • Company Law
  • Immigration and Asylum Law and Tribunals
  • The Law of Finance and Taxation
  • Environmental Law
  • Law and Religion
  • Extension of Knowledge Module
  • Project
  • Placement

“In the first year module, Contract Law, we had a fantastic staff that taught us the basics of law very well. The same with the EU law in the final year. Also in the International Relations subject area, modules had excellent teaching staff in all levels of the course.”
National Student Survey 2016

The course prepares you for careers in organisations ranging from the The Foreign Office, the United Nations and the European Union, to international companies, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) specialising in international development, overseas aid, human rights and environmental fields, and the media.

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

Many also go on to be successful in postgraduate study.

We're investing in an exciting, multimillion pound transformation of the London Metropolitan University campus, between 2016 and 2020. We’re moving all of our activity to one place, our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching locations 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 2018. 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

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.

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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