International relations explores how states interact and co-operate with each other. This degree offers you an historical understanding of the development of the 'society of states' and how it is changing today.
As an International Relations student you'll gain expertise in data analysis, research, critical thinking and more as you develop an in-depth understanding of the discipline. Taught by experts in a stimulating research environment, you'll examine the ways in which states behave and what obligations they may have to wider conceptions of international society. You'll explore the political dynamics that influence interstate cooperation, and the roles of international organisations like the UN in promoting international peace and security. We offer a wide range of optional modules which allows you to tailor your degree to pursue topics that excite you, so you can you develop your interests in specialist areas.
On this course you'll have the opportunity to study abroad, allowing you to develop an international perspective on your subject or undertake a work placement which will give you an insight into working life in a particular organisation or sector linked to your studies.
Throughout the course, you'll gain a diverse skillset that will be valuable to you as a citizen, as well as in your future career - whatever path you choose to take.
Quantitative Research Methods (QRM) pathway
At the end of Year 1, you'll have the opportunity to apply for a place on our BA International Relations with Quantitative Research Methods pathway. This pathway will help you develop advanced analytical skills, which are in high demand across the public, private, and third sectors. You will learn statistical analysis techniques and their application to real data (e.g. survey data, countries' statistical data) using statistical software. You will also write a dissertation in which you will analyse quantitative data to examine questions about politics, development or international relations.
You are not required to have done Mathematics at A level, this pathway is open to all students as long as you have attained an overall 2:1 in your first year and a 2:1 in the Comparative Politics module.