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International Relations, Peace and Conflict Studies - BA (Hons)

Why study this course?

End conflict and bring about peace. This practical course teaches you about international relations including diplomacy, humanitarian crises and conflict resolution. Through practical training and region specific work, you’ll have all the tools you need to work for governments, international charities and even the United Nations.

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Do you want to focus on the European Union or the Middle East? How about African, Chinese and Asian politics? This course lets you tailor your teaching to the areas that interest you the most, including the option to learn a language for more effective communication on the world stage.

Practical simulations and role-play scenarios develop your conflict resolution skills. International organisations such as Médecins Sans Frontières and the UN aren’t just studied academically; you’ll meet active peace workers and practitioners in peace building both inside and outside the classroom.

Course leader Steven Curtis, previously voted ‘Overall Best Teacher’ by the student body, teaches you alongside award winning staff with experience as international commercial negotiators, company directors and chairs of leading research committees. Combined with a dedicated employability officer, this team ensures you have the support you need to start a peacekeeping career.

Travel beyond London to develop your international relations experience. Our agreement with Hiroshima City University means you could be one of three students flying to Japan for the Hiroshima and Peace summer school. You’re also encouraged to go on a work placement, giving your CV the skills and knowledge to impress future employers.

The world needs international peace makers. With London Met’s emphasis on practical experience, language skills and specialist staff, you’ll become that person the world is looking for.


You will be assessed through practically-oriented assignments including reports, presentations, briefing papers, case studies, essays, examinations, individual and group research projects and portfolios comprising blog entries and other forms of reflective writing. This variety ensures you can present yourself in the best possible form when going out for work in international organisations.

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

  • English Language GCSE at grade C or above (or equivalent) and
  • At least 280 points, including at least two A levels or a level 3 Advanced Diploma

These requirements may be varied in individual cases.

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

It may be possible to enter the course at levels 2/3 if you have a relevant Foundation Degree, HND or equivalent

If you're studying full-time, each year (level) is worth 120 credits.

Year 1 topics include:

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

Year 2 topics include:

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

Year 3 topics include:

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

“This was a unique opportunity for me to build a new career within international development. I have learnt a lot and built much self confidence during these three years. The support I received from my international development tutor was outstanding.”

National Student Survey, 2015

“The teaching is top quality and they help you develop the skills needed. Personally, my confidence has grown greatly and will be of great help me in life. Overall, I loved it.”

NSS, 2015

Pursue the career of your dreams like our graduates who earned roles within the United Nations, the Department for International Development and other government bodies and non-governmental organisations. The type of work you could be doing includes international mediation, conflict resolution, peacebuilding, humanitarian aid and more.

You’ll find the course is also excellent preparation for further study or research. You can embark on postgraduate courses in conflict resolution and peacebuilding, international relations, international human rights and international public policy at prestigious higher education institutions both in the UK and around the world.

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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