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International Relations and Social Policy, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months


International Relations and Social Policy examines the major political and social issues faced by governments across the world. You will develop a knowledge and understanding of the nature between states and also of the roles played by international institutions, other intergovernmental organisations, multinational corporations and NGOs. You will also investigate the economic, social and political forces which influence policy and give rise to conflicts between the achievement of economic, environmental and social objectives. 

Important strengths of the programme include its focus on key contemporary issues in international relations and policy, such as global economic change and the environment as well as international comparisons of government policies. The professional placement year is an optional feature of the programme and is designed to give our students a distinct advantage on the graduate labour market. 

The programme is strongly geared towards increasing your employability since it is designed to provide you with the knowledge and skills relevant to careers involving partnerships in the public, private and voluntary sectors.


Officially accredited and/or recognized by the Privy Council, Aston University is a large  coeducational higher education institution. Aston University offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as bachelor degrees, master degrees, doctorate degrees in several areas of study.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
    • Duration description
      • 4 years with integrated placement year
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Introduction to the Concepts and Methods of International Relations
  • The Making of the Modern World
  • Introduction to the European Union
  • What’s trending? (Current affairs in International Relations and Politics)Social Issues
  • From Social Problems to Public Policies
  • Becoming a Social Scientist
  • International Relations: Theories and Issues
  • Regional Politics and SocietyWelfare States and Welfare
  • Change
  • Research Methods

                                                      English Language Requirements

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                                                      Academic Requirements

                                                      General Requirements

                                                      • A-levels: ABB from 3 A Levels. General Studies accepted.    
                                                      • IB: 32 points in the IB diploma (including TOK/Bonus points) with 6,5,5 at HL.    
                                                      • Access: Pass Access to HE Diploma with Merit in each module. Humanities, Social Sciences or Business Access course preferred, but other courses considered on an individual basis.
                                                      • BTEC: Distinction plus two A Levels at grade BB 
                                                      • Specific subject requirements: GCSE English Language and Maths Grade C/4.

                                                      Tuition Fee

                                                      • International

                                                        14600 GBP/year
                                                        Tuition Fee
                                                        Based on the original amount of 14600 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
                                                      • EU/EEA

                                                        9250 GBP/year
                                                        Tuition Fee
                                                        Based on the original amount of 9250 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.
                                                      • £1,250 during placement year for UK/EU students
                                                      • £2,500 during placement year for overseas students

                                                      Living costs for Birmingham

                                                      • 765 - 1140 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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