International Relations (Joint Honours) BA (Hons)

International Relations (Joint Honours) BA (Hons)

De Montfort University
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About the course

This is a fascinating subject that tries to understand the ways in which global issues are changing our lives. You will develop an in-depth knowledge of a wide range of contemporary international issues, but will also have opportunities to gain work experience, meet practitioners and travel overseas. Innovative teaching methods and the extensive support offered by the teaching team enables you to get the most out of your university experience. The diverse nature of the student community means that you will encounter people from a wide range of cultural backgrounds and political viewpoints. Politics and International Relations is also ranked joint 4th out of 60 institutions f…

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About the course

This is a fascinating subject that tries to understand the ways in which global issues are changing our lives. You will develop an in-depth knowledge of a wide range of contemporary international issues, but will also have opportunities to gain work experience, meet practitioners and travel overseas. Innovative teaching methods and the extensive support offered by the teaching team enables you to get the most out of your university experience. The diverse nature of the student community means that you will encounter people from a wide range of cultural backgrounds and political viewpoints. Politics and International Relations is also ranked joint 4th out of 60 institutions for overall satisfaction in the 2010 National Student Survey (NSS).

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Key facts

UCAS course code:

International Relations and:

  • History LVF1
  • Journalism LP25
  • Politics L245

Duration: Three years full-time, six years part-time

Institution code: D26

Entry and admission criteria

  • Normally 260–280 UCAS Points from at least two A Levels including at least one grade B or equivalent
  • Plus five GCSEs at grade A–C or above, including English (English Language and Maths for L245)
  • International Baccalaureate:

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International students:

If English is not your first language, we require an English language level of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.

Teaching and assessment

The course is taught by a team whose work has been recognised by top scores in Quality Assessment exercises and by individuals achieving National Teaching Fellow Status. We are also active researchers and share our current work with you. We use a variety of formats in our classes. In the first two years you attend weekly hour-long lectures to gather crucial information and then discuss issues in seminars. In the third year teaching is in a two-hour workshop format where you often get to decide on the topics that get debated. Throughout the course you will read around the areas being covered using course books and must keep yourself up-to-date with developments in current affairs.

You are assessed on assignments, essays, exams, class presentations, seminar contributions, portfolio and your dissertation over the three years. You will also be challenged with simulation games, problem-solving exercises, online collaborative projects and policy papers.

Course modules

First year

  • Introduction to Contemporary International Relations
  • The Global Environment
Second year
  • Themes and Debates in International Relations Theory
  • EU Politics
  • The Shoestring Superpower: Understanding British Foreign Policy
  • The Global Economy

Third year

  • Dissertations
  • International Security
  • Globalisation and Democracy
  • International Organisations and the Politics of Underdevelopment
  • International Relations in the Workplace
Programme/Module Information Handbooks:

BA (Hons) International Relations and Politics|

Joint degree options

  • Politics (Joint Honours)
  • History (Joint Honours) BA (Hons)
  • Journalism (Joint Honours) BA (Hons)

Work experience and placements

Our students gain work experience by working with local councils, media, pressure groups and MPs. They are encouraged to study abroad for a term in either the United States or Europe during the second year. Regular guest talks from practitioners also help students develop an understanding of the range of careers an international relations degree can prepare you for. There is an excellent Politics Society and guest speakers have included David Blunkett and Alastair Campbell.

Graduate careers

Graduates who put their energies into the course will have well-developed research and communication skills as well as a good knowledge of contemporary international trends. These students are attractive to a wide range of employers. Recent graduates have gone into roles in the Civil Service, aid organisations, journalism and working for MPs.

Fees and funding

UK/EU Fees: £9,000

International Fees: £10,750

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