Why study this course?
Examine the relationship between historical events, politics and social issues such as poverty, power, gender and race on our International Relations and Politics BA (Hons).
You’ll have the freedom to explore the social movements that interest you. This could be anything from #MeToo, to the current #BlackLivesMatter drive or the Stonewall riots that started the fight for LGBTQIA+ rights in the United States.
92% of politics students were satisfied with the teaching on their course and 93% with the learning opportunities, according to the National Student Survey 2021.
More about this course
On this International Relations and Politics BA (Hons) degree, you’ll explore the relationship between social and political issues around the world today and study the historical events that led to current situations.
We want you to tailor your degree so it’s right for you. There will be some core modules where you’ll learn about important events, theories and structures, but you’ll also have lots of flexibility to explore the topics that are important to you.
You could choose to study political unrest in the Middle East, the origin of racism and its impact globally to date, how religion affects political unrest around the world, the role of social media in social movements, acts of terrorism, political spin in the UK in relation to Brexit or the global fight for equality.
Our lecturers are established thinkers and influencers in their specialist topics. From them, you’ll learn key theories around diplomacy, conflict, authority and ethics.
On top of this, you’ll also have the opportunity to gain practical experience via a work placement so that you’re prepared to hit the ground running when you graduate. Being based in London helps to secure work experience in a range of places, including the UK government, non-government organisations (NGOs) or international embassies.
We also hold various events that you can get involved with, such as our popular Congress to Campus talk where we’re joined by former members of the US congress to shed light on the workings of American politics. There are also field trips to parliament, embassies, NGOs, museums and art galleries to solidify your understanding of international social and political events.
You’ll be assessed through coursework, essays, assignments, group and individual presentations, case studies and a final-year dissertation or work placement.
Our lecturers are on-hand for support throughout your degree.
Where this course can take you
This course will prepare you for an exciting career where no two days are the same. Our work experience opportunities give you valuable experience in this field, so you’ll have a competitive advantage when it comes to looking for a graduate job.
You could go on to follow in the footsteps of our alumni who now work for the UK Department for International Development, the United Nations, national diplomatic services, leading non-governmental organisations (NGOs) or as researchers for Members of Parliament (MPs).
Or you might want to consider further study or research in a specialist topic. Here at London Met, you could progress on to our International Relations MA.
Collaborative and international links
We also have opportunities for you to study in universities around the world, including in cities such as Istanbul, Wroclaw, Bologna and Madrid, as well as in countries such as the United States of America, the West Indies and Japan.