On this degree you’ll examine ideological and ethical questions about international relations as well as legal debates and policies, and have the opportunity to look at terrorism, the environment, poverty, nuclear proliferation, religion, human rights, cyber warfare, intelligence and the complex relationships between states.
You’ll develop the capacity to think critically about events, ideas and institutions in a research culture that promotes academic inquiry and debate, and in your second and third year, you’ll be able to pursue your own areas of interest including power politics, foreign policy analysis, regional studies, security studies and the impact of globalisation.
Taught by expert staff with extensive experience, this degree appeals to students both in the UK and overseas. You’ll enjoy regular lectures and presentations from practitioners such as Supreme Court judges, diplomats and politicians, and access to the opportunities that London offers such as visits to embassies, courts and the Houses of Parliament.
There’s a strong emphasis on developing the essential skills sought by employers. This is achieved through targeted teaching sessions and hands-on experience, and the exciting opportunity to undertake a work placement in the final year. In previous years, students have undertaken placements with the European Union, the United Nations, aid agencies, think-tanks and embassies. It’s also possible to spend part of the course studying in another European country or the USA.
You’ll be assessed through essays, exams, presentations, individual and group research projects, briefing papers, portfolios, reflective writing and a final year dissertation or work placement.
This is not a qualifying law degree for professional legal training. Please see our LLB Law or LLB (with International Relations) courses which are qualifying law degrees.
What our students say
“In the first year module, Contract Law, we had a fantastic staff that taught us the basics of law very well. The same with the EU law in the final year. Also in the International Relations subject area, modules had excellent teaching staff in all levels of the course.”
National Student Survey 2016
After the course
The course prepares you for careers in organisations ranging from the The Foreign Office, the United Nations and the European Union, to international companies, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) specialising in international development, overseas aid, human rights and environmental fields, and the media.
Students have also gained employment in research and teaching, international business, the media and political campaigns. Additionally, we have students working in a variety of overseas positions throughout the world.
Many also go on to be successful in postgraduate study.