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BA (Hons) International Relations and Languages

University of Portsmouth
4 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
Portsmouth
English

Program description

BA (Hons) International Relations and Languages

If you're interested in the history and politics of different countries and the way nations interact with each other, this BA (Hons) International Relations and Languages degree course is the perfect choice.

You'll study a foreign language and learn about the countries and cultures where it's spoken. You'll also examine issues such as global migration, terrorism, climate change, the rise and fall of major powers, state collapse, global development and the factors that trigger global protest movements.

You’ll spend a year overseas in a country speaking your first-choice language, have the chance to learn another language and develop transferable skills in areas such as collaboration, analysis, communication, time management and project management.

With this degree, you'll be a strong candidate for careers in areas such as international diplomacy, business, journalism, research and translation.

Admission requirements

Typical offers

  • A levels – BBB–BCC
  • UCAS points – 104–120 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent (calculate your UCAS points)
  • BTECs (Extended Diplomas) – DDM–DMM
  • International Baccalaureate – 25

English language requirements

  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.


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Program content

Year 1

Core modules in this year include:

  • Either Grade 1 and 2 General Language plus Grade 1 and 2 Language in Use (beginners) or General Language Grade 3 plus Language Project (post A level)
  • Key Themes in International Relations
  • A History of Political Thought
  • Performing like a Pro: Skills for Academic and Professional Success

Year 2

Core modules in this year include:

  • Either General Language (Grade 3 and 4) or General Language (Grade 4) and Language for Professional Communication 1
  • Analysing Foreign and Security Policy
  • International Thought

Optional modules this year currently include:

  • International Politics of the Middle East
  • Russian and Eurasian Politics
  • US Foreign Policy: From the Great War to 9/11
  • Intercultural Perspectives on Communication
  • Democratisation in Latin America
  • Comparing Extremist and Populist Movements in the Western World
  • France: Crisis, Renewal and Reinvention (1936 to the Present)
  • People on the Move: Migration and Borders in Europe
  • Bending the Truth a Little? Researching Politics and International Relations
  • Revolution and Repression in Spain
  • Germany in European and Global Context (1871 to the Present)
  • East Asian States and Societies
  • Guns, Glory Hunters and Greed: French and British Colonisation in Africa
  • A second language
  • Learning from Experience

Year abroad

In your third year, you'll spend a year in a country where the main language you're studying is spoken.

On your year abroad, you can study at a university or organise a work placement, depending on your chosen language. In some cases, you may be able to do a combination of study and work.

We'll help you secure a study or work placement that fits your situation and ambitions. You'll get mentoring and support throughout the year.

Year 4

Optional modules in this year currently include:

  • General Language Grade 6
  • Global Capitalism: Past, Present and Future
  • Autocracy and Democracy
  • Strategic Studies
  • Security Challenges in the 21st Century
  • France in the World: Global Actor or Global Maverick?
  • The French Exception: Contemporary French Politics and Society
  • Nazi Germany
  • Translation Theory and Practice
  • Transitional Justice & Human Rights
  • The Politics and Culture of the Hispanic World in 20th Century Literature and Film
  • China & East Asian Economies
  • Germany in the American Century
  • The City: How Culture Becomes Urban Form
  • Ethnicity, Class & Culture in the Developing World
  • Africa Revisited: Nation Building and ‘State Fragility’ in Post-Colonial Africa
  • Research Project
  • Rethinking Aid and Development
  • Interpreting
  • Learning from Experience (LiFE)
  • Professional Development: Recruiters and Candidates

Scholarships & funding

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

Program delivery

Duration

  • 4 years full-time with language year abroad

Tuition fees

  • For UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students: £9,250
  • For International students: £14,300

Career opportunities

When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills and cultural experience to work.

What can you do with an International Relations and Languages degree?

Graduates from this degree have gone on to careers in such as:

  • government
  • the security services
  • international organisations like the UN
  • international charities such as Amnesty International or the Red Cross
  • policy research
  • media and international business consultancy
  • political risk analysis
  • public relations
  • voluntary organisations
  • management
  • banking and financial services
  • marketing and sales
  • exporting
  • tourism

What jobs can you do with an International Relations and Languages degree?

Job roles they've taken on include:

  • politician’s assistant
  • public affairs consultant
  • bilingual consultant
  • multilingual project coordinator
  • translator
  • social researcher
  • information officer
  • conference producer
  • local government administrator

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University of Portsmouth

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Why study at University of Portsmouth

Portsmouth is consistently within the top-ranked institutions in the UK for student satisfaction, which is reflected in the teaching quality, but also the experience that students enjoy with us.

Students can live a few minutes' walk away from their faculty buildings on campus, with only a 5-10 min walk to the seaside.

The cost of living and accommodation in Portsmouth are significantly lower than in the larger cities in the UK, meaning you'll be able to live more comfortably here. The city is so compact that you don't need to take any public transport and most students/lecturers get around by bike.

The city has a population of around 200,000 and over 10% of this is made up of our student population. We have 5,000 students from overseas on campus.

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PO1 2UP Portsmouth Hampshire
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