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International Relations

Entry Year: 2020

2 study options

International Relations BA (Hons)

Key information

Degree
BA (Hons)
Duration
3 years
Start
September 2020
UCAS code
L250
Institution code
Q50
Clearing entry requirements *
A-levels: ABB
* Clearing entry requirements are indicative only and subject to change. Please check this page regularly for updates.
International qualifications
BTEC Entry Requirements
UK/EU fees
£9,250
International fees
£18,000
Funding information
Paying your fees

International Relations with Year Abroad BA (Hons)

Key information

Degree
BA (Hons)
Duration
4 years
Start
September 2020
UCAS code
L25Y
Institution code
Q50
Clearing entry requirements *
A-levels: ABB
* Clearing entry requirements are indicative only and subject to change. Please check this page regularly for updates.
International qualifications
BTEC Entry Requirements
UK/EU fees
£9,250
International fees
£18,000
Funding information
Paying your fees

Overview

Explore the key themes and challenges of international relations, from the Cold War to the Covid-19.

This programme covers the broad themes and theories associated with the study of international relations, such as the state system, development, security, conflict and globalisation.

You’ll be taught by world-class academics with distinctive expertise in their fields of research, including British, French, European, American, Latin American, African and Middle Eastern politics. You'll study international relations through the lens of both historical and contemporary examples, from the 1870s ‘Scramble for Africa’ through to the Cold War, the origins of the War on Terror, the global financial crisis, the Arab Spring, and Covid-19, and learn how to apply theories to reflect on their relevance.

You'll be introduced to political concepts, theories, ideologies and analysis in your first year. As you progress in your studies you'll choose from a wide range of module options, covering national and global issues.

Programme changes for 2020

At Queen Mary, we have been adapting to the challenges of Covid-19 so we are ready for the new academic year, with all the academic, pastoral and community support you need to settle in and thrive. For your chosen programme of study, the result is an innovative blended learning offering, giving you access to a world-class education whether or not you can join us on campus from September. For more information, please visit our dedicated FAQ pages.

In addition, at a programme level, we have removed the module ‘Introduction into Politics’.

Virtual Undergraduate Open Event

Join our online immersive open day event to experience university life at Queen Mary.

Find out more

Structure

You can complete your International Relations degree in three or four years. If you choose to do a year abroad this will take place in Year 3 and Year 3 modules will instead be studied in Year 4.

In each year you may also choose some modules from outside the School of Politics and International Relations.

Study options

Apply for this degree with any of the following options. Take care to use the correct UCAS code - it may not be possible to change your selection later.

Year abroad

Go global and study abroad as part of your degree – apply for our International Relations BA with a Year Abroad. Queen Mary has links with universities in Europe, North America, Asia and Australia (partnerships vary for each degree programme).

Find out more about study abroad opportunities at Queen Mary and what the progression requirements are.

Testimonial

I really enjoy the discussion in the seminars, because of diverse backgrounds of the students here. It allows different ideas, perspectives and arguments to be projected or heard and critically analysed.   

Muhammed Haris Ridwan Bin Hasbullah, International Relations (2020)

Teaching

Teaching and learning

You’ll receive approximately eight to 12 hours of weekly contact time, in the form of formal lectures and small group seminars. The seminars are designed to generate informed discussion around set topics, and may involve student presentations, group exercises and role-play as well as open discussion.

You’ll complete a further 20 hours of independent study per week.

Assessment

Students are assessed by a combination of coursework and exams. A few modules are assessed by coursework only.

Resources and facilities

The School offers excellent on-campus resources to aid your studies, including:

  • events throughout the year such as public debates, film nights and book launches which attract diverse audiences and offer networking opportunities
  • the Centre for European Research, which welcomes students and academics interested in learning and researching on all matters relating to Europe
  • the Mile End Institute, a major policy centre that specialises in contemporary British politics, featuring regular high-profile speakers.

 

Funding

Loans and grants

UK students accepted onto this course are eligible to apply for tuition fee and maintenance loans from Student Finance England or other government bodies.

Scholarships and bursaries

Queen Mary offers a generous package of scholarships and bursaries, which currently benefits around 50 per cent of our undergraduates.

Scholarships are available for home, EU and international students. Specific funding is also available for students from the local area. International students may be eligible for a fee reduction. We offer means-tested funding, as well as subject-specific funding for many degrees.

Find out what scholarships and bursaries are available to you.

Support from Queen Mary

We offer specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.

Take a look at our Student Advice Guides which cover ways to finance your degree, including:

  • additional sources of funding
  • planning your budget and cutting costs
  • part-time and vacation work
  • money for lone parents.

Careers

Our International Relations graduates are highly employable, with invaluable political knowledge and research, analytical and communication skills that open doors to a huge variety of roles. They move into domestic and international careers both inside and outside the political sphere – predominantly in government, policy research, education, media and business.

Recent graduates from the School of Politics and International Relations have been hired by:

  • AMAR
  • House of Commons
  • Labour Party
  • PwC
  • Scodie Deyong
  • UK Home Office.

Career support

While studying with the School of Politics and International Relations you'll have access to bespoke careers support every step of your degree, including one-to-one academic guidance, tailored workshops, and external speakers on topics such as careers in public affairs and working in parliament.

Our careers team can also offer:

  • specialist advice on choosing a career path
  • support with finding work experience, internships and graduate jobs
  • feedback on CVs, cover letters and application forms
  • interview coaching.

 


Learn more about career support and development at Queen Mary.

 

Unistats data for these courses

International Relations - BA (Hons)

International Relations with Year Abroad - BA (Hons)

About the School

The School of Politics and International Relations at Queen Mary is invested in high-quality teaching, and we pride ourselves on our friendly and informal approach. Our staff are active researchers with diverse interests, from British politics to the Middle East, which is reflected in our teaching and the breadth of our programmes.

Our location in one of the world’s greatest capital cities is hard to beat. Home to the nation’s Parliament, political think tanks and economic powerhouses, London is where all the action takes place. We host a range of high-profile speakers on campus, and offer students regular contact with Westminster, Whitehall and the third sector through our events.

Students can also take advantage of the Mile End Institute, a major policy centre based at Queen Mary which brings together policymakers, academics and local communities to address national political challenges.