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BA (Hons) International Relations and Diplomacy (Hague Exchange)

University of Derby
3 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
University of Derby

Program description

BA (Hons) International Relations and Diplomacy (Hague Exchange)

BA (Hons) International Relations and Diplomacy (with optional year in The Hague)

Interested in international affairs, diplomatic practice and global politics? This course could be your passport to a career where you can contribute to peace-building initiatives worldwide.

Why choose this course?

  • This degree gives you a head start in securing a rewarding career within international organisations, diplomatic communities, governments, the civil service, national and transnational institutions
  • You’ll learn how to interpret, explain and forecast political, social and economic developments affecting different countries
  • You can broaden your horizons in the legal capital of the world – by choosing a year-long study exchange at The Hague University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands
  • We offer work-based learning opportunities, such as study visits to the United Nations Office in Geneva, the British Foreign Office and other international institutions
  • We equip you with vital skills in arbitration, conflict resolution and diplomatic practice alongside a deep knowledge of current international affairs
  • Our degree is truly interdisciplinary, and our emphasis on diplomacy is unique; you’ll engage with a broad spectrum of subjects throughout your study

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Admission requirements

UCAS points112

Specific requirements at A-level - At least a grade C in any Social Science subjects such as Politics, History, Sociology or Geography at A-level (or equivalent qualification)

Specific requirements at GCSE - GCSE Maths and English Grade 4/Grade C (or above) or equivalent qualification

IELTS - 6.0 (with 5.5 in each skills area)  


Pass Access to HE Diploma with 60 credits - 45 at Level 3 with a minimum of Distinction: 15 Merit: 24 Pass: 6. Must include passes in compulsory Level 3 subjects

We usually consider an A-level in General Studies as a supplementary qualification. A good application/performance will be taken into account if you do not meet the criteria/offer conditions.

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Program content

How you will learn

We nurture an atmosphere in which your enthusiasm for reading, writing and debating about international relations, diplomacy and world affairs will flourish as you progress through the course.

You will enjoy a student-centred and varied learning experience which employs different approaches including:

  • formal lectures
  • student-led seminars
  • workshops
  • tutorials 

We encourage active student participation in a relaxed, inclusive environment where you can learn from each other and with each other.

Tuition fees

Fees and funding

Tuition fees


£9,250 per year


£14,045 per year

Career opportunities

Careers and employability

The BA (Hons) International Relations and Diplomacy sets you apart as an independent and confident individual who can see the world from multiple perspectives. Your understanding of the complex relationships between governments internationally will prepare you for career success in an era when business operations are becoming increasingly global.

The work-based learning experience you gain on the degree will help you build an impressive CV and make you highly competitive in the graduate employment market. You will be able to show prospective employers that you are adept at linking theories to practice.

Your career opportunities could span to organisations such as government embassies, international agencies, international development organisations, public and voluntary bodies, and transnational corporations.  You will also be well equipped for roles in the private sector and non-governmental organisations (NGO’s) including teaching, political analysis, media, law, the civil service and the uniformed services. 

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University of Derby

Kedleston Road
DE22 1GB Derby

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