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International Relations, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #161 (WUR) ,
Gain a serious understanding of the major challenges facing our world today and explore how they can be addressed. You’ll learn from the very experts driving debates and influencing policy – on topics from peace-building and international security to global governance and rising powers.  


Enjoy a flexible degree with opportunities to study abroad, go on placements and learn from practitioners.

Why choose this course?

  • 94% for overall satisfaction (National Student Survey 2016).
  • One of Europe’s largest dedicated International Relations departments.
  • Gain a robust grounding in all of International Relations’ core areas and enjoy the flexibility to tailor your studies to suit your interests.


93% of International Relations BA students were in work or further study six months after completing their degrees. Recent graduates from our Department have started jobs as:

  • programme and office assistant, Concern Universal
  • graduate trainee business support officer, Poplar Harca
  • research assistant, University of Southampton.

(HESA EPI, Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2015)

Develop communication, analytical and cultural awareness skills with an International Relations degree. These skills mean you could go into graduate jobs at multinational companies, and national and international organisations such as:

  • the Civil Service and government
  • non-governmental organisations (NGOs)
  • charities and voluntary organisations.

You also benefit from career events where you can meet employers and find out more about graduate jobs in the UK and abroad. Recent events have included advice sessions on the Civil Service Fast Stream graduate programme and NGO opportunities.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Credits
    360 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include
  • Contemporary International Theory
  • Introduction to International Political Economy
  • War in International Politics
  • Development and the State
  • Globalisation and Global Governance
  • Security and Insecurity in Global Politics
  • The Politics of Foreign Policy

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    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:


    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 B2):


    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.

Academic Requirements

International baccalaureate

  • Typical offer

35 points overall.

European baccalaureate

  • Typical offer

Overall result of 80%

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  • You are considered ineligible for admission
  • You need to improve your academic, study, research or language skills
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Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    15100 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 15100 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9250 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Brighton

  • 815 - 1390 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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