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Bachelor's Degree in International Relations

University of Southampton
3 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
Southampton
English
September 2022

Program description

Bachelor's Degree in International Relations

With our International Relations course you'll learn about the foreign and security policies of the major players in world politics. You'll study principal institutions such as the United Nations and World Trade Organization (WTO).

You'll develop your critical thinking, and enhance your analytical and research skills, which are highly valued by employers.

You can also choose from a range of topics with a range of optional modules. For example, you can focus on the politics of the UK, the EU or the US, or study modules in criminology, economics or ethics.

As part of your degree you can:

study global issues, like arms control, security, migration, and how they apply to different regions

take part in public engagement activities and optional field trips to Whitehall and Westminster

study abroad in Europe, the Far East or North America

gain work experience with a year-long placement in industry

You'll develop transferable skills such as:

  • effective oral and written communication
  • problem-solving
  • data analysis
  • independent thought

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Program content

Year 1

  • A (Dis) United Kingdom? Myth and Reality in British Politics
  • Crises of the 21st Century
  • Introduction to International Relations
  • Introduction to Political Inquiry
  • Introduction to Political Theory
  • Introduction to Quantitative Methods
  • Political Systems

You must also choose from the following modules in year 1:

  • Imagining European Futures
  • Politics Book Club

Year 2

  • Realism and Idealism in International Relations
  • Theorising International Politics

You must also choose from the following modules in year 2:

  • Diaspora Politics in Transnational Space
  • Children and Human Rights
  • Chinese Politics
  • Comparative Party Politics
  • Critics of Empire: Radical and Revolutionary Political Thinkers of the Global South
  • Democratisation in Global Politics: why do some regimes thrive and others flounder?
  • Development and International Relations
  • European Security Governance
  • Globalisation and World Politics
  • Political Thinking
  • Politics and Protest
  • Qualitative Research in Politics & International Relations
  • Research Methods in The Social Sciences
  • The Politics and Governance of the EU

Year 3

  • Dissertation in Politics & International Relations

You must also choose from the following modules in year 3:

  • American Political Thought
  • Children and Human Rights
  • Chinese Politics
  • Comparative Party Politics
  • Contemporary Theories of Justice
  • Critics of Empire: Radical and Revolutionary Political Thinkers of the Global South
  • Democratic Theory
  • Democratisation in Global Politics: why do some regimes thrive and others flounder?
  • Development and International Relations
  • Diaspora Politics in Transnational Space
  • Dilemmas of Leadership
  • Ethics of Public Policy
  • European Security Governance
  • Gender, Power and Politics
  • Globalisation and World Politics
  • Partisans, Public Opinion and Elections: Understanding the Political Mind
  • Politics and Protest
  • Power and Ethics Before Machiavelli
  • Public Policy Analysis
  • Reinventing Democracy: Innovation, Participation and Power
  • The Politics and Governance of the EU

Scholarships & funding

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

Tuition fees

  • The full tuition price for local/UK students is £9,250
  • The price for International/Non-UK students is £19,300

Qualification

  • Final award: Bachelor of Science in the Social Sciences with Honours (BSc SocSci (Hons))
  • Name of award: International Relations
  • Interim Exit awards:
    • Certificate of Higher Education (CertHE)
    • Diploma of Higher Education (DipHE)
  • FHEQ level of final award: Level 6

Continuing studies

This course also provides a good foundation for further studies at Masters or PhD level.

Career opportunities

Careers are available in international organisations, including:

  • the EU
  • NGOs
  • civil service
  • political and advocacy organisations
  • journalism
  • teaching
  • banking
  • international law
  • Ministry of Defence

Our graduates have gone onto a range International Relations careers, including:

  • management consultant
  • business analyst
  • human resources practitioner
  • global public relations professional
  • journalist

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University of Southampton

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The University of Southampton is a welcoming and close knit student community of roughly 22,000 students. We have an international student population which makes up just under 30% of our student body which is wonderful. With 98% of our graduates going into work or further study 6 months after graduation, we offer the chance to study at a world leading Russell Group University whilst safe in the knowledge you will be well on your way to succeeding your chosen career.

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