International Relations with Languages - BA (Hons)
Why study this course?
This topical degree course allows you to specialise in two disciplines, providing you with a greater career choice and a range of highly transferable skills. Working with academics who are specialists in their field, you’ll examine the issues surrounding the international community today. This includes terrorism, the environment, international aid, nuclear proliferation, human rights, cyberwarfare and the complex relationships between states. Learn one of the world’s leading languages while engaging with politics and culture.
The International Relations with Languages BA (Hons) degree is taught by specialists in international relations, politics, and Arabic, French or Spanish, many of whom are internationally recognised for the quality of their work.
The degree will provide you with a broad perspective on the political, economical and historical aspects of international relations, and will enhance your ability to understand the complex forces shaping modern global politics. The added bonus of learning more than one language (Arabic, French and Spanish) integrated into the degree opens up the possibility to pursue work in the global market. There are no prerequisites for languages, and you'll start at whatever level is appropriate after taking a language level assessment with the Open Language Programme (OLP) staff.
A number of practitioners will be invited from the government and non-governmental organisations to speak on a variety of modules, concentrating on subject specific knowledge and employability.
Employability is central to every module, and in the final year you’ll have the opportunity to do a work-related learning module. This has previously included placements with a wide range of institutions, such as the United Nations, aid agencies, think tanks and embassies. You can even opt to do your work placement in the UK or another country.
A study-abroad semester can be undertaken as part of the degree programme. We have Socrates exchange links with a number of European Universities including Bologna, Bordeaux, Istanbul, Madrid and Stockholm. It’s also possible to study in the United States, where the University has exchange links with a number of universities, such as the State University of New York, City University New York, East Carolina, Roosevelt University (Chicago) and a number of colleges in the University of California state system.
You’ll be assessed by essays, exams, presentations, individual and group research projects, briefing papers, portfolios, reflective writing and a final year dissertation or work placement.
In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should have:
- a minimum of grades BBC in A levels (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)
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.
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.
If you’re studying full-time, each year (level) is worth 120 credits.
The first year of study introduces students to the key conceptual and historical issues, as a foundation for more focused or specialised study in Year 2 and 3, when students have more freedom to choose the areas which interest them.
Year 1 (Level 4) modules include:
- Introduction to International Relations
- Peace, Conflict and Diplomacy since 1945
- Introduction to International Development
- Arabic/French/Spanish 1A,
- Arabic/French/Spanish 1B
Year 2 (Level 5) modules include:
- Approaches to International Relations and Foreign Policy
- Diplomacy Old and New
- Politics of the Middle East
- Shifting Global Power
- Choice of regional specialisms, including the European Union and the United States of America
- Arabic/French/Spanish 2A
- Arabic/French/Spanish 2B
Year 3 (Level 6) modules include:
- International Security in an Era of Globalisation
- Peace and Conflict Resolution and Peace Building
- Choice of specialist areas of study, including African Politics, Latin American Politics, Human Rights and Social Justice
- Work Placement
- Arabic/French/Spanish 3A
- Arabic/French/Spanish 3B
“The international relations staff are definitely helpful and willing to explain anything that is asked.”
National Student Survey
Successful graduates have been employed in the diplomatic services, 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.
Many of our students also go on to be successful in postgraduate study at a number of universities, including the London School of Economics, King’s College London and SOAS.
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
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