International Relations, Peace and Conflict Studies - BA (Hons)
Why study this course?
Help end conflict and bring about peace. This undergraduate degree teaches you about conflict issues including diplomacy, humanitarian crises and conflict resolution. Through hands-on training and region-specific work, you’ll have all the tools you need to follow in the footsteps of our graduates who now work for the Department for International Development, the United Nations and a range of other governmental and non-governmental organisations. You will have the opportunity to apply for a place on the Hiroshima and Peace summer school at Hiroshima City University, Japan. In the most recent (2015-16) Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey, 100% of graduates from this course were in work or further study within six months.
Do you want to focus on the European Union or the Middle East? How about African or Latin American politics? This undergraduate course lets you tailor your learning to the areas that interest you most, and includes 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 in the student-led Teaching Awards, 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. There are a wide selection of study abroad opportunities and you will have the opportunity to apply to join the Hiroshima and Peace summer school at Hiroshima City University.
The world needs international peace makers. With London Met’s emphasis on practical experience, language skills and specialist teaching, we'll equip you to make a difference across the globe.
You'll 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 gives you the skills to present yourself in the best possible way when working in international organisations.
In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should have:
- a minimum grade C 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.
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 with Politics Extended degree.
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.
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 modules include:
- Introduction to International Relations
- Peace, Conflict and Diplomacy since 1945
- Introduction to International Development
- Politics and Government
Year 2 modules include:
- Peace and Conflict in Theory and Practice
- Approaches to International Relations and Foreign Policy
- Earth Democracy
- Diplomacy Old and New
- Shifting Global Power
- a choice of regional specialisms, including the European Union, the Middle East and the United States of America
Year 3 modules include:
- Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding
- International Security in an Era of Globalisation
- International Aid and Development
- Public Diplomacy and Global Communication
- a 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 a 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
“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 to me in life. I loved it.”
National Student Survey
Pursue the career of your dreams and follow in the footsteps of our previous graduates who have earned roles with 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.
The degree is also excellent preparation for further study or research. You can embark on our postgraduate courses in international relations, human rights and international conflict, security studies and more.
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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News and success stories
London Met welcomed two former US Congressmen to offer a rare and unique insight into American Politics as part of the Congress to Campus programme.
A Diplomacy and International Relations student organised a trip to the Model United Nations (MUN) conference in Prague on behalf of London Metropolitan University.
Two former US Congressmen will be coming to London Met to discuss the first year of Donald Trump’s Presidency, offering a rare and unique insight into American Politics.
A London Met student was invited to attend a world celebration at the House of Commons in order to engage with MPs on behalf of Amnesty UK.
As the Trump presidency reaches its 100 day mark, Dr Andrew Moran reflects on the relationship between the UK and the US.
George Vulkan, a Holocaust survivor, spoke to International Relations students about “humanity’s darkest hour.”
Two former members of Congress visited London Met to provide a rare, and personal, insight into the world of US politics.
Two former US Congressmen will visit London Metropolitan University on 6 March to discuss Obama’s legacy and Trump’s first 100 days in Office.
Find out who our graduate debated with
BA International Relations and Peace and Conflict Studies graduate Barbara Ntumy took part in political discussions on BBC Radio 4's topical programme, 'Any Questions'.
MPA team photo
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Dr Diana Stirbu in a roundtable discussion with Welsh Secretary for State, Stephen Crabb
Dr Diana Stirbu engaged as a participant in a round table discussion with the Secretary of State for Wales, Stephen Crabb, as part of consultations on the Draft Wales Bill.
Steven Curtis and Andrew Moran
Andrew Moran and Steven Curtis gave papers at the British International Studies Association's annual conference last week
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Student challenges politician
London Met International Relations student and SUBC contributor challenges UKIP’s Nigel Farage
London Metropolitan University’s Professor Jeff Haynes analyses the effect and workings of faith-based organisations at the United Nations in his new publication.
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