Program Overview

Examine the major issues affecting the world. Discover why nation states rise and fall. Take a closer look at the factors behind international conflict, and learn the role state leaders, NGOs, civil society and activists play in solving these problems.


On this BA (Hons) International Relations degree, you'll explore topics like global migration and the rise of populist politics around the world. You’ll learn the skills required to play your part in improving equality and enacting positive change.


And after graduation, you’ll be ready for careers in local and national government, security, tech, intelligence, and with international charities and institutions like the UN.


Course highlights

  • Learn from staff at our Centre for European and International Studies Research (CEISR), whose research directly impacts government policy
  • Create policy briefing papers offering recommendations to practitioners on major recent international issues, such as the Ukraine Crisis, the 'MeToo' movement, the rise of terrorist organisations and the Arab Revolutions
  • Attend events and talks led by people working in NGOs, local, national and international government, and journalism
  • Go on field trips to locations such as the Houses of Parliament
  • Take part in a simulated ‘academic conference’, where you’ll present a paper that will be discussed with your peers
  • Have the chance to study abroad at one of our partner institutions – including Science Po Strasbourg (France), Maastricht University (Netherlands), Université libre de Bruxelles (Belgium) and Carleton University (Canada)



PortsmouthUnited Kingdom

  Course Duration

48 Months

  Tuition Fee

£ 16,200




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What you'll study on this BA (Hons) International Relations degree

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits.



Year 1

Core modules in this year include:

  • Analysing Politics: Britain and Beyond – 20 credits
  • Global Development – 20 credits
  • Key Themes in International Relations – 20 credits
  • Political Thought – 20 credits
  • Politics and IR: Academic Enrichment Programme (AEP L4) – 0 credits
  • Professional Practice: Skills for Academic and Professional Success – 40 credits


There are no optional modules in this year.


Year 2


Core modules in this year include:

  • Analysing Foreign Policy – 20 credits
  • International Thought – 20 credits
  • Politics and IR: Academic Enrichment Programme (AEP L5) – 0 credits


Optional modules in this year include:

  • A History of US Foreign Policy: From the Great War to 9/11 – 20 credits
  • Bending the Truth a Little? Researching Politics and International Relations – 20 credits
  • Campaigning in Action – 20 credits
  • China and East Asian Economies – 20 credits
  • Contemporary Populism: Friend or Foe of Democracy? – 20 credits
  • Democracies Under Threat: Global Perspectives and Responses – 20 credits
  • Development and Democracy in Latin America – 20 credits
  • East Asian States and Societies – 20 credits
  • Empire and its Afterlives in Britain, Europe, and Africa – 20 credits
  • Introduction to Teaching – 20 credits
  • Modern Foreign Language – 20 credits
  • People and Place: Understanding the Spaces we Inhabit – 20 credits
  • People on the Move: Legacy, Integration and Development – 20 credits
  • Professional Experience L5 – 20 credits
  • Russian & Eurasian Politics – 20 credits
  • Soviet History and Politics – 20 credits
  • Study Abroad (60) – 60 credits
  • The Rules that Structure the World: The Politics and Governance of Regulation – 20 credits
  • US Politics – 20 credits

Year 3


Core modules in this year include:

  • Global Capitalism: Past, Present and Future – 20 credits
  • Politics and IR: Academic Enrichment Programme (AEP L6) – 0 credits
  • Security Challenges in the Twenty-First Century – 20 credits


Optional modules in this year include:

  • Autocracy and Democracy – 20 credits
  • Digital Media and Democracy – 20 credits
  • Dissertation (International Relations) – 40 credits
  • France in the World: Global Actor or Global Maverick? – 20 credits
  • Germany in the American Century – 20 credits
  • Global Health – 20 credits
  • Independent Project (International Relations) – 20 credits
  • Looking for Utopia, Finding Dystopia? Ideas and Ideologies in the New Millennium – 20 credits
  • Major Project – 40 credits
  • NGOs and Social Movements – 20 credits
  • Professional Development: Recruiters and Candidates – 20 credits
  • Professional Experience L6 – 20 credits
  • Race, Rights and Development: Global Perspectives on Inequality and Social Justice – 20 credits
  • Strategic Management and Leadership – 20 credits
  • Transitional Justice and Human Rights – 20 credits

Typical offers

  • A levels – BBB–BCC
  • UCAS points – 104–120 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent (calculate your UCAS points)
  • T levels – Pass (C or above in the core) – Merit
  • BTECs (Extended Diplomas) – DDM–DMM
  • International Baccalaureate – 25

English language requirements

  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

Tuition fees (2022 start)


  • UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
  • EU students – £9,250 a year (including Transition Scholarship – may be subject to annual increase)
  • International students – £16,200 per year (subject to annual increase)

The analytical skills you’ll develop on this course are in demand – your ability to understand complex issues and find solutions to them means that roles across government agencies, NGOs, charities, think tanks and international organisations are all within your reach.


And with technology continuing to develop at a frantic pace, there’s an ever-increasing demand for graduates with the knowledge required to ensure new developments are ethical. 


When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills and cultural experience to work. 


What can you do with an International Relations degree? 
Graduates from this degree have gone on to careers in the following sectors:


  • local and central government 
  • embassies
  • non-governmental organisations (NGOs)
  • security services 
  • international organisations, like the United Nations (UN) 
  • international charities like War Child, Amnesty International or the Red Cross 
  • policy research and think tanks
  • media and international business consultancy 
  • political risk analysis 
  • public relations 
  • voluntary organisations 
  • management 
  • banking and financial services
  • tourism 

What jobs can you do with an International Relations degree?
Recent graduates have gone on to roles including:


  • director of Language Studies for an international school
  • political researcher, Houses of Parliament
  • assistant to Member of Parliament
  • civil servant, the Cabinet Office
  • senior policy advisor, Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
  • communications officer, House of Commons
  • local government administrator, Government of Jersey
  • public affairs consultant 
  • bilingual consultant 
  • multilingual project coordinator 
  • translator 
  • social researcher 
  • information officer 
  • conference producer 


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