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Global Studies BA

University of Essex
3-4 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Colchester
English
October 2021

Program description

Global Studies BA

The challenges facing today’s world are profoundly international. From the migrant crisis to global warming, contemporary challenges require graduates who bring a global perspective and broad skills to the workplace. Our BA Global Studies is designed for just this purpose – you study topics from a range of subjects so that you can develop a wide understanding of complex global issues.

Based within our Interdisciplinary Studies Centre (ISC), you have the option to choose from a variety of subjects including history, politics, philosophy, sociology, and more. You study both topics that have an international focus, and those that focus on particular regions and countries.

Admission requirements

UK entry requirements

A-levels: BBB, including one essay-based subject

BTEC: DDM, depending on subject studied - advice on acceptability can be provided.

IB: 30 points or three Higher Level certificates with 555, including a Higher Level essay-based subject grade 5.

We are also happy to consider a combination of separate IB Diploma Programmes at both Higher and Standard Level. Exact offer levels will vary depending on the range of subjects being taken at higher and standard level, and the course applied for. Please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office for more information.

Access to HE Diploma: 45 Level 3 credits at Merit or above.

International & EU entry requirements

We accept a wide range of qualifications from applicants studying in the EU and other countries. Get in touch with any questions you may have about the qualifications we accept. Remember to tell us about the qualifications you have already completed or are currently taking.

English language requirements

English language requirements for applicants whose first language is not English: IELTS 6.0 overall. Different requirements apply for second year entry, and specified component grades are also required for applicants who require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK.

For more information about admission requirements, please contact the school or the inquiries team.


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Program content

Year 1

  • Modern Revolutions in Science, Politics, and Culture
  • The Making of the Modern World since 1750
  • Introduction to International Relations
  • The World Economy in Historical Perspective (optional)
  • Navigating the Digital World (optional)
  • Skills for University Studies
  • Co-Operation and Conflict (optional)

Year 2

  • Social Entrepreneurs, Sustainability and Community Action
  • The World in Question: The Social, Cultural, Political & Environmental Legacies of the Enlightenment
  • International Relations: Theories and Approaches
  • Doing Interdisciplinary Research for a BA Dissertation: Approaches, Methods, Practice
  • International Organisations
  • After Impressionism: European Art From Van Gogh to Klimt
  • The European Union: Institutions and Policies

Final Year

  • Dangerous Ideas: Essays and Manifestos as Social Criticism Capstone
  • Final Year Dissertation
  • Political Economy of International Development
  • Human Rights and Global Justice
  • Globalisation and Crime

Program delivery

Global Studies BA: 3 years

Global Studies BA (Including Year Abroad): 4 years

Global Studies BA (Including Placement Year): 4 years

  • Taught through lectures plus seminars of about twenty students
  • You take a one-hour lecture and a one-hour class for each of your modules every week
  • Other teaching methods will depend on your individual combination of subjects

Tuition fees

Tuition fee for the academic year 2020-21

  • Home/UK fee: £9,250
  • International fee: £16,850

Career opportunities

Our graduates are well-placed to address the complex issues which confront the modern world. You can gain a diverse set of skills as well as a wide-ranging knowledge of the world’s most current and significant problems.

Our course provides you with an excellent basis for going onto a career in media, education, politics, the Civil Service, international organisations such as the UN and NATO or non-governmental organisations, and many other fields.

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University of Essex

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University of Essex

Wivenhoe Park
CO4 3SQ Colchester


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