International Relations and Languages BA (Hons)

Overview

If you're interested in the history and politics of different countries and the way nations interact with each other, this BA (Hons) International Relations and Languages degree course is the perfect choice.

You'll study a foreign language and learn about the countries and cultures where it's spoken. You'll also examine issues such as global migration, terrorism, climate change, the rise and fall of major powers, state collapse, global development and the factors that trigger global protest movements.

You’ll spend a year overseas in a country speaking your first-choice language, have the chance to learn another language and develop transferable skills in areas such as collaboration, analysis, communication, time management and project management.

With this degree, you'll be a strong candidate for careers in areas such as international diplomacy, business, journalism, research and translation.

What you'll experience

On this International Relations and Languages course you'll:

  • Study one MAIN language from French, German, or Spanish at either beginner or post A level (or equivalent); or Chinese (Mandarin) or Italian from beginners level only.
  • Use our professional-grade conference interpreting suite and language labs, where you can manipulate video, sound, text and Internet sources
  • Do a detailed academic analysis of major recent international events, such as the Ukraine Crisis, the 'Occupy' movement, the rise of ISIS and the effects of the Arab Spring
  • Immerse yourself in the cultures of the country where your chosen language is spoken – in the classroom and on your work or study placement abroad in year 3
  • You may choose to explore a second language from those listed above or Arabic, Japanese and British Sign Language (BSL) as part of the degree in the second year (and ‘for interest’ outside your degree in the first and final year)
  • Keep up to date with the latest topics and issues in international relations by taking part in 'pop-up seminars' with staff and your peers
  • Learn from staff who are members of the Centre for European and International Studies Research (CEISR), the UK's largest research centre of its kind

How you're assessed

You’ll be assessed through:

  • written exams
  • practical exams
  • coursework: essays, reports, case studies or book reviews
  • projects
  • oral presentations

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

The way you’re assessed may depend on the modules you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:

  • Year 1 students: 15% by written exams, 26% by practical exams and 59% by coursework
  • Year 2 students: 15% by written exams, 3% by practical exams and 82% by coursework
  • Year 3 students: 100% by coursework
  • Year 4 students: 7% by written exams, 17% by practical exams and 76% by coursework

Teaching

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • independent study
  • work placement
  • group work and debates

You can access all teaching resources on Moodle, our virtual learning environment, from anywhere with a Web connection.

For more about the teaching activities for specific modules, see the module list above.

Careers and opportunities

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 and Languages degree?

Graduates from this degree have gone on to careers in such as:

  • government
  • the security services
  • international organisations like the UN
  • international charities such as Amnesty International or the Red Cross
  • policy research
  • media and international business consultancy
  • political risk analysis
  • public relations
  • voluntary organisations
  • management
  • banking and financial services
  • marketing and sales
  • exporting
  • tourism

What jobs can you do with an International Relations and Languages degree?

Job roles they've taken on include:

  • politician’s assistant
  • public affairs consultant
  • bilingual consultant
  • multilingual project coordinator
  • translator
  • social researcher
  • information officer
  • conference producer
  • local government administrator

Work experience and career planning

To give you the best chance of securing a great job when you graduate, our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience during your course. We can help you identify placements, internships and voluntary roles that will complement your studies.

We'll also be available to help, advise and support you for up to 5 years as you advance in your career.

This course allows you to take the Learning From Experience (LiFE) option. This means you can earn credits towards your degree for work, volunteer and research placements that you do alongside your study.

Placement year

After your second year, you’ll take a work or study year abroad. This gives you a worldview and cultural awareness that will help you stand out from other candidates when you begin your career.

We have links with universities and employers in countries and regions such as:

  • China
  • France
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • Latin America
  • Spain
  • Taiwan

We also have partnerships with the British Senegalese Institute and development organisations in Dakar, which provide opportunities for work placements in Senegal on your year abroad.

We’ll help you secure a study or work placement that fits your aspirations. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year

With this degree, you'll be a strong candidate for careers in areas such as international diplomacy, business, journalism, research and translation.

BA (Hons) Award
September Start
Full-time Study Mode
4 years Duration

Entry Requirements For This Course

104-120 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent.

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

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