International Relations BA (Hons)
Global forces are shaping our decisions on crucial issues in contemporary international politics.
On this course you will develop an in-depth understanding of some of the crucial developments impacting our world including the rise of China and India, the crisis in Syria, the challenges of facing terrorism and the persistence of poverty and inequality in the global south.
Choose from a wide range of modules including Global Comparative Politics, Corruption and its Avoidance, Making of a Global World, Politics of Nationalism and American Presidency.
Our teaching links theory and practice through simulations, engagement with House of Commons committees and the DMU Policy Commission – a supervised project-based module where staff and students work together to co-produce policy proposals in response to a contemporary political issue.
- A typical offer is 112 UCAS points from at least two A-levels, or
- BTEC National Diploma/Extended Diploma at DMM
Plus, five GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English Language and Mathematics.
Alternative qualifications include:
- Pass Access with 30 Level 3 credits at Merit (or equivalent) with English (Language or Literature) and Maths GCSE required as separate qualifications at grade 4
We will normally require students to have had a break from full time education before undertaking the Access course.
- International Baccalaureate: 26+ points
We welcome applications from mature students with non-standard qualifications and recognise all other equivalent and international qualifications.
If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 6.0 overall with 5.5 in each band, or equivalent when you start the course is essential. English Language tuition, delivered by our British Council-accredited Centre for English Language Learning, is available both before and throughout the course if you need it.
For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.
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The course prepares you for roles within a range of public and private organisations.
Recent graduates have gone onto careers such as Communications officer at the UK Ministry of Defence, Case Worker at Ministry of Justice, Internal Communications Advisor at Heathrow and Prosecution Manager at Arriva Rail North.
Scholarships & funding
Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.
You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, group work and self-directed study. Assessment is through coursework (presentations, essays and reports) and usually an exam or test
We offer an equitable and inclusive approach to learning and teaching for all our students. Known as the Universal Design for Learning (UDL), our teaching approach has been recognised as sector leading. UDL means we offer a wide variety of support, facilities and technology to all students, including those with disabilities and specific learning differences.
2021/22 tuition fees
- UK students: £9,250 per year
- International students: £14,250 per year
- EU students: Check the website for more information
- Introduction to Politics
- Introduction to Contemporary International Relations
- Global Comparative Politics
- Introduction to Globalisation
- Politics in Action
- Themes and Debates in Contemporary International Relations Theory
- Political Analysis
Plus two of the following options:
- The Making of a Global World
- The Politics of the European Union
- Unity and Diversity in Contemporary America
- The Cold War
- Corruption and its Avoidance
- International Relations Dissertation
Plus three of these options:
- International Security in a Globalised World
- Politics of Nationalism
- Globalisation and Democracy
- American Presidency
- DMU Policy Commission
- Power, Politics and Morality
About this institute
De Montfort University
De Montfort University (DMU) in England welcome hundreds of European students every year for one of our 300 courses at foundation, undergraduate and postgraduate level. We have approx. 25,000 students studying in our 4 faculties; Business & Law; Health &...
Why study at De Montfort University
- Ranked 20th for Graduate Prospects (The Times & Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020)
- In the top 10% of institutions overall recognised by the Times Higher Education’s Impact Rankings 2020
- TEF Gold Award in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework – the only government-endorsed measure of teaching quality in higher education.
- Campus of the Future - DMU has invested £136m in transforming its campus, creating new green space in Leicester and using renewable energy technology. Four of the largest campus buildings generate renewable energy via more than 1,110 solar panels, and a wood biomass boiler cuts out the need to burn fossil fuels.
- 2030 Climate Action - More than 100 students and staff have taken part in carbon literacy training to understand how choices like transport, clothes, overseas travel and food impact the planet. DMU and the University of Leicester have teamed up with Leicester City Council to deliver the training in city schools. DMU has halved its carbon dioxide emissions since 2005.
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