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International Relations (BSc)

Bachelor of Science
Typical offer
ABB-BBBView full entry requirements
Length of course
3 years, starts September 2020
Course type
UCAS course code

About this course

Discover the causes of conflict, instability and poverty. Explore democracy and justice in today's society. With our International Relations degree, you'll learn both the theory and practice of global politics. You'll develop analytical, critical thinking and research skills. This course can lead to careers in national and global politics, think tanks, and more.

With our International Relations course you'll learn about the foreign and security policies of the major players in world politics. You'll study principal institutions such as the United Nations and World Trade Organization (WTO).

You'll develop your critical thinking, and enhance your analytical and research skills, which are highly valued by employers.

You can also choose from a range of topics with a range of optional modules. For example, you can focus on the politics of the UK, the EU or the US, or study modules in criminology, economics or ethics.

As part of your degree you can:

  • study global issues, like arms control, security, migration, and how they apply to different regions

  • take part in public engagement activities and optional field trips to Whitehall and Westminster

  • study abroad in Europe, the Far East or North America

  • gain work experience with a year-long placement in industry

You'll develop transferable skills such as:

  • effective oral and written communication

  • problem-solving

  • data analysis

  • independent thought

You can download the course details, including modules, in the programme specificationPDF opens in a new window (PDF, 293.56 KB).

Location and awarding body

The course location is Highfield campus in Southampton. The awarding body is University of Southampton.