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International Relations (including foundation year) - BA (Hons)

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Why study this course?

If you’re passionate about international relations but don’t have the necessary requirements to enter the three-year undergraduate degree, this four-year course is perfect for you. On our International Relations (including foundation year) BA degree, you’ll gain all the academic skills necessary to succeed in undergraduate study, while being introduced to a wide range of current affairs and social sciences topics.

After completion of Year 0, you’ll study the same content and have the same choice of modules as students on the International Relations BA course. You'll graduate with a full undergraduate degree with the same title and award as those who studied the traditional three-year course.

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More about this course

Our International Relations (including foundation year) BA course is excellent preparation for academic study and a career within diplomacy, politics or non-governmental organisations (NGOs). Your foundation year will be shared with students from other disciplines, so you’ll get to learn alongside individuals with different academic interests and strengths. You’ll find that the foundation year is a unique opportunity to improve your academic skills including critical thinking, essay writing and research in the context of  social sciences.

The foundation year will also provide a broad base for the study of international relations. You’ll explore topics such as media, crime, race, society and identity, all of which affect the realm of national and international politics. These modules are also great in helping you develop vital academic skills, critically analyse material, and improve your writing and research abilities. During this year, you’ll also study a module more related to international relations, which will allow you to get a better understanding of the subjects and themes you’ll study in the subsequent three years.

We pride ourselves on providing excellent academic and pastoral support to our students. Your academic tutor and mentor will ensure that you have all the tools necessary to progress within your degree and settle well into life at university. There will also be opportunities to attend academic skills and career-oriented workshops, if you want to make the most of your study at London Met.

At the end of your foundation year you’ll continue on to undergraduate study, where you’ll find the course will focus on the in-depth study of the field of international relations. During your final years you’ll experience greater flexibility in choosing your modules and specialising in topics that interest you.

After completion of Year 0, you’ll study the same course content as students who have started on the three-year International Relations BA course. Learn more about the final three years of your degree on our International Relations BA course page.


You’ll be assessed through a wide variety of assessments. These may include portfolios of reflective writing, essays, reports, presentations and exams.

Fees and key information

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UCAS code L252
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Entry requirements

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

  • at least one A level (or a minimum of 40 UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification, eg BTEC Subsidiary/National/BTEC Extended Diploma)
  • English Language and Mathematics GCSEs at grade C (grade 4) or above (or equivalent, eg Functional Skills at Level 2)

If you are a mature student with significant work experience, you are invited to apply for this course on the basis of the knowledge and skills you have developed through your work.

To study a degree at London Met, you must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. If you require a Tier 4 student visa you may need to provide the results of a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

If you need (or wish) to improve your English before starting your degree, the University offers a Pre-sessional Academic English course to help you build your confidence and reach the level of English you require.

Modular structure

Example Year 0 modules include:

  • Critical Thinking (core)
  • Interventions for Change (core)
  • Media, Crime and 'Race' (core)
  • Reflecting on Self and Society (core)
  • Researching Discrimination (core)
  • Researching Inequality (core)
  • Social Issues in Context: Text to Essay (core)

Example Year 1 modules include:

  • Global Politics, Economy and Society (core)
  • Introduction to International Relations (core)
  • Peace, Conflict and Diplomacy since 1945 (core)
  • Politics and Government (core)

Example Year 2 modules include:

  • Approaches to International Relations and Foreign Policy (core)
  • Shifting Global Power in the 21st Century (core)
  • Strategy in the Contemporary World (core)
  • Creating a Winning Business 1 (alternative core)
  • Politics and International Relations: Work-based Learning (alternative core)
  • American Foreign Policy (option)
  • Contemporary US Politics (option)
  • Diplomacy Old and New (option)
  • Peace and Conflict in Theory and Practice (option)
  • Political Theory (option) 
  • Politics of the Middle East (option)
  • Racism and Ethnicity (option)
  • Politics of the European Union (option)

Example Year 3 modules include: 

  • International Security in an Era of Globalisation (core) 
  • Creating a Winning Business 2 (alternative core) 
  • Placement 1 Semester (alternative core) 
  • Politics and International Relations: Work-based Learning (alternative core)
  • Project 1 Semester (alternative core) 
  • Project 1 Year (alternative core) 
  • Action and Identity: Gender and Political Participation (option)
  • African Politics (option) 
  • Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding (option)
  • Human Rights and International Conflict (option)
  • Latin American Politics (option)
  • Public Diplomacy and Global Communication (option)
  • Politics of Modern States (option)

What our students say

"Lecturers have enthusiasm for the subject they teach, which in turn has fed my enthusiasm for the subject and modules. The lecturers also have a deep understanding of the subject they teach."

National Student Survey (NSS)

After the course

Our graduates have progressed into careers within international relations, politics and related disciplines. They now work for companies including Muslim Aid, the American Cultural and Educational Centre of Bahrain, the UK Department for International Development and the United Nations.

The course is also excellent preparation for postgraduate study should you go on to study any of our international relations or politics courses at a higher level.

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How to apply

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Applying for a full-time undergraduate degree starting this September is quick and easy – simply call our Clearing hotline on or complete our online Clearing application form.

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 looking to study part-time should apply direct to the University. If you require a Tier 4 (General) student visa, please be aware that you will not be able to study as a part-time student at undergraduate level.

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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