International Relations - BA (Hons)

Taught by our team of expert academics, this course is designed to enable you to understand the challenges in global politics today, and to demonstrate how global issues can often have impacts close to home.

Course details

On this International Relations BA (Hons) degree, you’ll examine major social and political issues in the world today, learn from a diverse team of academic experts and gain practical hands-on experience through a work placement. All of this will put you in the best possible position for an exciting career in international relations.
  • Mode of study: 2 -3 days campus
  • Intake: September , January
  • Course length: 3-4 years
  • Course fee: £9,250 per year
  • Location: London

London Metropolitan University

Course overview

Our experienced lecturers will work with you to explore the major concepts of international relations – peace, conflict and diplomacy. You’ll then use this theory to explore your own areas of interests, which can be anything from the role of religion, to Middle Eastern politics, to foreign policy analysis, nuclear proliferation or intelligence agencies.

We place a huge emphasis on your employability, which is why we’ll encourage you to undertake a work placement as part of this course. Here’s where studying in the heart of London pays off: you can secure work experience at thinktanks, non-governmental organisations (think Amnesty International) or embassies. This aims to prepare you for the next step in your career journey, whether that’s in graduate employment or further study.


Entry requirements

a minimum of grades CCC in three A levels (or a minimum of 96 UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification, eg Advanced Diploma)

English Language GCSE at grade C/grade 4 or above (or equivalent)

What the students say

My BA was an eye opener and an activator tool to help me acquire relevant knowledge in connection with peace and conflict studies, such as mediation and advocacy skills. In my view, the course materials were just outstanding.


The modules listed below are for the academic year 2022/23 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.

  • Global Politics, Economy and Society (core, 30 credits)
  • Introduction to International Relations (core, 30 credits)
  • Peace, Conflict and Diplomacy since 1945 (core, 30 credits)
  • Politics and Government (core, 30 credits)
  • Approaches to International Relations and Foreign Policy (core, 30 credits)
  • Shifting Global Power in the 21st Century (core, 15 credits)
  • Strategy in the Contemporary World (core, 15 credits)
  • American Foreign Policy (option, 15 credits)
  • Contemporary US Politics (option, 15 credits)
  • Diplomacy Old and New (option, 30 credits)
  • Empowering London: Working within the Community (option, 15 credits)
  • Immigrants and Nativists (option, 15 credits)
  • Peace and Conflict in Theory and Practice (option, 30 credits)
  • Political Theory (option, 30 credits)
  • Politics of the Middle East (option, 15 credits)
  • Racism and Ethnicity (option, 30 credits)
  • The Politics of the European Union (option, 15 credits)
  • International Security in an Era of Globalisation (core, 30 credits)
  • Placement 1 Year (alternative core, 30 credits)
  • Project 1 Semester (alternative core, 15 credits)
  • Project 1 Year (alternative core, 30 credits)
  • Action and Identity: Gender and Political Participation (option, 15 credits)
  • African Politics (option, 15 credits)
  • Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding (option, 30 credits)
  • Empowering London: Working within the Community (option, 15 credits)
  • Human Rights and International Conflict (option, 15 credits)
  • Latin American Politics (option, 15 credits)
  • Public Diplomacy and Global Communication (option, 30 credits)
  • The Politics of Modern States (option, 30 credits)