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International Relations BA (Hons)

University of Liverpool
3 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
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International Relations BA (Hons)

In Year One you will take Foundations in politics and Foundations in international politics, Comparative Politics and a study skills module Studying Politics Successfully: Skills and Methods that will aid you in developing all the tools you need to study IR effectively throughout your degree programme. You will also have the option to take either British Politics or Political Theory modules and a final 30 credits to study courses elsewhere in the University such as languages which can be an excellent companion to an IR degree.

In Year Two you will select from a pool of compulsory modules including International organisations, International political economy, Security in a globalised world, Foreign analysis and world politics, and Politics of international Human Rights as well as having the choice of a wide variety of modules that deal with the international political sphere. These include, but are not limited to American politics and society, Regimes and their consequences, and Gender and Feminist politics: core concepts and theories.

In Year Three modules are available on Identity in contemporary international politics; World politics and the world economy, Comparative peace processes and Africa-China relations in a changing global order. You can also choose from a range of modules that don’t have an explicit international dimension.

Admission requirements

A level requirements

AAB (this is the typical entry requirement) for this course.

BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma

Applications encouraged. BTEC applications are encouraged. We evaluate each BTEC application on its merits.

International Baccalaureate

35 points no less than category 4

Irish Leaving Certificate

H1, H1, H2, H2, H2, H3

Scottish Higher/Advanced Higher

Scottish Highers at AAABB or Scottish Advanced Highers at AAB, combinations are also welcome.

Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced

Accepted at Grade A plus AB at A Level Access Pass Access diploma with 45 Level 3 credits graded at Distinction.

Extended Project Qualification

Applicants who offer the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) and meet our offer criteria will be made the standard offer, plus an alternative offer. This will be at one A Level grade lower plus a grade A in the EPQ, for example the offer would be ABB plus A in the EPQ.

Please note that Humanities and Social Sciences Honours Select programmes which have a Management, Law or Sociology component will not accept the EPQ

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

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Program content

Year One

Compulsory Modules

  • Comparative Politics
  • Foundations in International Relations
  • Foundations in Politics
  • Studying Politics Successfully: Skills and Methods

Year Two

Compulsory Modules

  • International Organisations
  • Security in A Globalised World

Optional Modules

  • American Politics and Society
  • Aspects of Media and Politics
  • Comparative Politics of the Middle East and North Africa
  • Contemporary Populist Politics: Britain in Comparative Perspective
  • Politics of State Hegemony
  • Contemporary Populist Politics: Britain in Comparative Perspective
  • Gender and Feminist Politics: Core Concepts and Theories
  • Institutions and Political Actors
  • Public Ethics
  • Introduction to Political Economy
  • British Political Ideologies
  • Varieties of Democracy
  • Politics in Action
  • Political Communication and Public Speaking
  • British Party Politics
  • Democratisation and Political Change in Southeast Asia
  • Uk General Elections and Referendums Since 1945
  • The Politics of 'race' and Marginalisation
  • Representation in Advanced Democracies

Year Three

Optional Modules

  • Comparative Voting Behaviour
  • Contemporary Parliamentary Politics
  • Dissertation
  • Gender and Global Politics: Women, Peace and Security
  • Identity in Contemporary International Politics
  • Media, Politics and Climate Change
  • Parliamentary Placement Scheme
  • The Changing Faces of African Politics
  • Toleration, Multiculturalism and Secularism
  • Security and Intelligence
  • The Media, the Internet and Political Science
  • From the Ira to Isis: Understanding Political VIolence in the Contemporary World
  • Africa-china Relations in A Changing Global Order
  • Eu As An International Actor
  • Strategic Studies in Conflicts and Terrorism
  • Local Placement Scheme
  • The Theory and Practice of Rhetoric in British Politics
  • Public Policy: An Advanced Introduction
  • Local Government in the Uk
  • Politics of Development
  • Political Broadcasting (radio)
  • World Politics and the World Economy
  • International Intervention
  • Politics and the Brain
  • Race, Racism and Civilisation in World Politics


Home (UK) Undergraduates: £9,250 per academic year

Career paths

Our graduates enjoy successful careers in a range of professions, including broadcasting, marketing and public relations, teaching in universities, colleges and schools, management, government (local, national and European), journalism and the civil service.

Many of our graduates have gone on to exciting careers including as a member of parliament, an oil broker, an assistant to the Treasury, an assistant chief constable, the secretary of the UK National Trust, a barrister, a partner in a New York-based advertising company, a Westminster-based political consultant, a features writer for The Independent and the news editor of a music weekly.

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University of Liverpool

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University of Liverpool

14 Oxford St
L69 3BX Liverpool
United Kingdom


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