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International Relations BA (Hons)

University of Portsmouth

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  • Qualification

    Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

  • Location

    Main Site

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    19-SEP-22

  • Duration

    3 Years

Course summary

Overview

Do you ever look at the issues the global community faces and wonder why they haven't been dealt with yet? On this BA (Hons) International Relations degree course, you'll learn skills and knowledge you need to help solve these problems.

You'll examine international issues such as the causes of conflict, the challenges of managing migration and the global rise of populism. You'll look at current problems, and the response of government agents.

This will set you up for a career in government, security and intelligence. You could work with international institutions, such as the UN or international charities. You'll be equally suited to take your studies to postgraduate level.

What you'll experience

On this course you'll:

  • Analyse the latest topics and issues in international relations by taking part in 'pop-up seminars' with staff and your peers – recent topics include terrorism in West Africa, nuclear security and global development.
  • Learn from staff who are members of the Centre for European and International Studies Research (CEISR), the UK's largest research centre of its kind
  • Take modules informed by your lecturers’ research, covering topics such as security challenges in the 21st Century, or the future of global capitalism
  • Have the opportunity to publish your work in our student journal
  • Develop career-enhancing skills alongside your academic study with skills training, opportunities to do work experience and the chance to learn another language
  • Do a detailed academic analysis of major recent international events, such as the Ukraine Crisis, the 'Occupy' movement, the rise of ISIS and the effects of the Arab Spring
  • Tailor your degree by choosing optional modules that match your interests and career ambitions
  • Have the chance to study abroad at one of our partner institutions – for example, Science Po Strasbourg (France), Maastricht University (Netherlands), Université libre de Bruxelles (Belgium), Nebraska Omaha (US), and University of Szeged (Hungary)

Careers and opportunities

When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can support you in identifying postgraduate study opportunities or help you find a job that puts your skills to work.

What can you do with an International Relations degree?

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

  • government
  • the security services
  • international organisations like the UN
  • international charities such as War Child, Amnesty International and the Red Cross
  • policy research
  • media and international business consultancy
  • political risk analysis
  • public relations

What jobs can you do with an International Relations degree?

Job roles former students have gone on to include:

  • Director of Language Studies for an international school
  • parliamentary researcher
  • political advisor
  • public affairs consultant
  • social researcher
  • political risk analyst
  • local government administrator

Application deadline

15 January

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 16,200per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

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University information

University of Portsmouth

  • University League Table

    74th

  • Campus address

    University of Portsmouth, University House, Winston Churchill Avenue, Portsmouth, Portsmouth, PO1 2UP, England

Around 5,200 of the university's 29,000 students come from 150 countries around the world. The Global Community networking scheme helps them to meet.
The University of Portsmouth Global team is dedicated to supporting international students from enquiry, through application and arrival, to graduation.
International students can get specialist advice on matters including visas and immigration, settling in to the UK and adjusting to a new culture.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    48th out of 86 11

  • Entry standards

    / Max 217
    100 48%

    68th

    2
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    60.0 60%

    54th

    37
  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.19 84%

    12th

    37

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