36 months
17900 USD/year
4630 USD/year
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The International Relations and Conflict Studies programme at Queen's University Belfast provides students with an in-depth, interdisciplinary understanding of contemporary politics, international affairs and conflict situations in their political, historical, cultural, economic and legal dimensions. 

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Dedicated modules introduce students to core concepts and debates in International Relations and the study of conflict, as well as to the particular European experience of regional integration. Students will acquire familiarity with the experiences of differing national polities and societies, facilitating the development of culturally sensitive cross-national comparisons.

International Relations and Conflict Studies  at Queen's University Belfast  is about more than just armed conflict and insurgency. It also examines such trends as globalisation and considers the challenge from the rise of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, the process of European integration, humanitarian issues (such as poverty, development and refugees), and the role of the media in conflict. The academic study of politics is concerned with the sources of conflict, co-operation, power and decision-making within and between societies, how differences are expressed through ideology and organisation, and how, if at all, disagreements and problems are resolved. We look at conflict, co-operation and its origins, dynamics and trajectories, at theories of society, at the value and ethical basis of political ideas and action, and at politics in different national and historical contexts.

Career Prospects 

Studying for an International Relations and Conflict Studies degree at Queen‘s will assist students in developing the core skills and employment-related experiences that are valued by employers and academic institutions.

Graduates from this degree at Queen‘s are well regarded by local, national and international employers and over half of all graduate jobs are now open to graduates of any discipline, including International Relations and Conflict Studies. Although the majority of our graduates are interested in pursuing careers in the public and voluntary/community sectors, significant numbers develop careers in the private sector, working in industries from management consultancy to law and journalism.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • The Politics of Deeply
  • Divided Societies
  • Security and Terrorism
  • Peace and Conflict Studies
  • Identity Politics in Diverse Societies
  • Studying Politics
  • International Organisations
  • Politics and Policies of the European Union

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines

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360 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

A level requirements

  • ABB
Irish leaving certificate requirements
  • H3H3H3H3H3H3/H2H3H3H3H3
Access/Foundation Course
  • Successful completion of Access Course with an average of 70%.
International Baccalaureate Diploma
  • 33 points overall, including 6,5,5 at Higher Level. If not offered at Higher Level/GCSE then Standard Level grade 4 in English would be accepted.
BTEC Level 3 Extended/National Extended Diploma
  • QCF BTEC Extended Diploma (180 credits at Level 3) with overall grades of D*DD
  • RQF BTEC National Extended Diploma (1080 GLH at Level 3) with overall grades of D*DD
  • A minimum of a 2:2 Honours Degree
All applicants
  • There are no specific subject requirements to study International Politics & Conflict Studies.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    17900 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 17900 USD per year during 36 months.
  • National

    4630 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 4630 USD per year during 36 months.
  • Northern Ireland (NI) £4,630
  • Republic of Ireland (ROI) £4,630
  • England, Scotland or Wales (GB) £9,250
  • EU Other £17,900
  • International £17,900

Living costs for Belfast

561 - 887 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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