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BA (Hons) International Relations

Goldsmiths, University of London
3 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
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About this program

BA (Hons) International Relations

If you want to understand the impact of the Arab Spring or the ideology of ISIS, how US foreign policy is shaped by domestic politics, how international trade affects various parts of the world, how different cultures shape political decision making, or how international NGOs operate, this is the degree for you.

Admission requirements

We accept the following qualifications:

  • A-level: BBB
  • International Baccalaureate: 33 points overall with Three HL subjects at 655
  • Access: Pass with 45 Level 3 credits including 30 Distinctions and a number of merits/passes in subject-specific modules
  • Scottish qualifications: BBBBC (Higher) or BBC (Advanced Higher)
  • European Baccalaureate: 75%
  • Irish Leaving Certificate: H2 H2 H2 H2

International qualifications

We also accept a wide range of international qualifications. Find out more about the qualifications we accept from around the world.

If English isn’t your first language, you will need an IELTS score (or equivalent English language qualification) of 6.0 with a 6.0 in writing and no element lower than 5.5 to study this programme. If you need assistance with your English language, we offer a range of courses that can help prepare you for degree-level study.

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Program content

Year 1

  • World Politics
  • Political Theory and Ideologies
  • Colonialism, Power, and Resistance
  • Introduction to Political Economy
  • Introduction to Economic Policy
  • UK and European Comparative Governance and Politics

Year 2

  • Contemporary International Relations Theories
  • Global Governance and World Order
  • Security Studies
  • US Politics and Foreign Policy
  • International Politics of the Middle East
  • International Political Economy 2
  • Rough Politics
  • Making Modern Japan
  • Europe Since 1945
  • Ideologies and Interests: Political Thought in Modern Britain
  • International Trade
  • International Monetary Economics
  • Liberalism and its Critics
  • Life: A User's Manual
  • Modern Political Theory
  • Political Economy
  • Politics of Vision

Year 3

  • Critical Security Studies
  • An(other) IR – Views from the South
  • International Political Economy 2
  • Nationalist Conflict and International Intervention
  • Political Islam: Ideology and Discourse
  • Politics of Conflict and Peacebuilding in Contemporary Africa
  • The Politics and Economics of Immigration
  • Finance and the Global Political Economy
  • Colonialism and Non-Western Political Thought

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.


  • Tuition fee for local students is £9250.
  • Tuition fee for International students is £17050

Career paths

This degree will equip you for a range of careers in international relations, such as:

  • Government, for example in the Foreign Office or Department of International Development
  • International Institutions such as the UN
  • Foreign aid development agencies
  • International NGOs, for example Oxfam, Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International
  • International policy think-tanks and consultancies
  • Private sector organisations and companies who trade and invest internationally
  • As a graduate from the BA International Relations you will also be well placed to continue to higher level study, such as masters-level study or postgraduate research in areas relating to international relations.

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Goldsmiths, University of London

With an academic legacy dating back to 1891, Goldsmiths has a rich heritage in the arts and creative disciplines and offers degrees in subjects from the humanities and social sciences to computing and law. Students at Goldsmiths are encouraged to...

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At Goldsmiths you’ll change how you think and be inspired to develop fresh ideas and new approaches to your studies. We champion degrees that provoke thought and stretch the imagination. That’s why so many of our former students are leading the way in reshaping the sociocultural landscape on a global scale.

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Goldsmiths, University of London

8 Lewisham Way
SE14 6NW London
United Kingdom

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