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International Relations, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
University rank #26 (WUR) Online
The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) provide academic direction for this programme. LSE is regarded as an international centre of academic excellence and innovation in the social sciences. Established in 1927, the Department of International Relations at LSE is one of the most prestigious in the world.

About

This International Relations degree is for you if you:

  • wish to engage critically with the range of materials about contemporary international relations
  • need to be equipped with sufficient knowledge of international relations to understand the international dimensions of your own chosen field
  • are seeking a framework for understanding the international aspects of problems such as environmental degradation and economic globalisation
  • gain a critical understanding of the core literature and main theoretical issues in the field of international relations.

Prestige and career progression

The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) provide academic direction for this programme. LSE is regarded as an international centre of academic excellence and innovation in the social sciences. Established in 1927, the Department of International Relations at LSE is one of the most prestigious in the world. This degree will prepare you for a career in areas of government, international organisations, business and the media.

Online support

When you register we will send you a username and password giving you access to the Student Portal. You can then access your University of London email account and two other key online resources:

The virtual learning environment (VLE)

The online virtual learning environment (VLE) provides electronic copies of all printed study materials. There are also forums that allow you to share interests and experience, and to work collaboratively with other students to solve problems and discuss subject material.

Online support materials are being developed continuously and for some courses audio-visual tutorials, recorded lectures, academic interviews and debates are available, along with self-testing activities and expert study skills advice.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 96 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Part-time variant
      Flexible
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    Online
    • Time flexibility
      Fully structured
    • Attendance
      Regular optional meetings
    • Teacher support
      Continuous support with feedback on request
    • Student interaction
      Online group works/assignments

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Introduction to international relations
  • Introduction to modern political thought or
  • Introduction to political science
  • One course (or two half courses) from Selection group F(i)
  • One course (or two half courses) from Selection groups F(i), F(ii) or F(iii)
  • International political economy
  • International political theory
  • International organisations
  • Foreign policy analysis
  • Security in international relations
  • One 300 course from Selection groups IR or P
  • One course (or two half courses) from Selection groups E, IR, P or S
  • One 100, 200 or 300 course (or two half courses) from any of the Selection groups

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    107

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:

    7

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score (Grade C):

    185

    C1 Advanced is a Cambridge English Qualification. It reports on the Cambridge English Scale between 142 and 210. You will receive a separate score for each of the four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) and for Use of English. These five scores are averaged to give you an overall result for the exam. Universities and colleges may ask you to achieve a specific score, either overall or for a particular skill.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

  • Minimum required score:

    69

    PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. Delivered and marked by computer, it reports on a scale between 10 and 90.

Academic Requirements

For access to the BSc International Relations degree, you will usually meet the following criteria:

  • Age 17+ by 30 November in the year of registration.
  • Mathematics to UK GCSE Level (Grade C) or equivalent.

Even if you don’t meet the standard requirements, we will consider each application on its own merits. Our Admissions Panel will consider whether any alternative/incomplete qualifications or work experience you have are suitable for entry to the programme.

Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa!

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    5601 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5601 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    5601 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5601 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

Funding

Sponsorship from your employer

Many students receive financial support from their own employers. As you study by distance learning you can continue with your studies while you work, and do not need to take time away from the workplace. See the employers section on our website for guidance for employers.

Other sources of funding

The level of competition for sponsorship and educational awards is extremely high, so we recommend that you investigate funding early. Do not delay in making an application as in some instances an offer of a place can be advantageous in a funding application.

StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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