Why study this course?
Taught by our team of expert academics, you’ll learn about the history and issues surrounding global inequalities relating to race, gender, sexuality and poverty. You’ll also be able to explore trending social movements such as #MeToo and #BlackLivesMatter.
You can examine radicalisation and what leads someone to terrorism, the social issues affecting immigration and the intricacies of cyberwarfare.
Gain industry experience and build a rewarding career, where no two days are the same, with a degree in International Relations from London Met.
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 BA (Hons) degree, you’ll examine major social and political issues in the world today, learn from a diverse team of academic experts and gain practical hands-on experience through a work placement. All of this will put you in the best possible position for an exciting career in international relations.
Our experienced lecturers will work with you to explore the major concepts of international relations – peace, conflict and diplomacy. You’ll then use this theory to explore your own areas of interests, which can be anything from the role of religion, to Middle Eastern politics, to foreign policy analysis, nuclear proliferation or intelligence agencies.
We place a huge emphasis on your employability, which is why we’ll encourage you to undertake a work placement as part of this course. Here’s where studying in the heart of London pays off: you can secure work experience at thinktanks, non-governmental organisations (think Amnesty International) or embassies. This aims to prepare you for the next step in your career journey, whether that’s in graduate employment or further study.
To help develop and deepen your understanding of international relations, shape your views, opinions and critical thinking, we regularly invite guest practitioners to share their experiences with students. Some of our past guests include US Congresswomen Donna Edwards and Elizabeth Esty, the Deputy Ambassador of Sweden, comedian and documentary maker Rich Hall who spoke to our students about the Cold War, and the Editor of On-Screen Content at Sky News who talked about Brexit. We also have an annual visit from Holocaust survivors, including Steven Frank BEM who was awarded the British Empire Medal in 2018 by Queen Elizabeth II for his services to Holocaust education.
During this degree, you’ll also learn about international relations beyond the classroom by visiting parliament, embassies, NGOs, local museums and art galleries. These visits will help solidify your understanding and the history of key issues such as power, race and gender.
You’ll be assessed through individual and group presentations, case studies, coursework (including reports, research papers, briefing paper, essays, blogs and simulations) and a final-year dissertation or work placement.
We want you to achieve the best you can, which is why we’re on-hand for any support and guidance you may need throughout this three-year degree.
Where this course can take you
This International Relations BA degree will prepare you to hit the ground running in a range of different organisations and roles. You could go on to work in the diplomatic service, the United Nations or the European Union, international companies or non-governmental organisations (NGOs) specialising in international development, human rights and environmental fields.
We have alumni working in a variety of overseas positions all around the world. Our graduates aren’t just limited to roles directly relating to international relations, some have gone into research, teaching, international business, work in the media or are involved in political campaigns.