BA (Hons) International Relations


Program Description

Course details

You will be able to choose from a number of International Relations pathways to study*:

  • BA (Hons) International Relations
  • BA (Hons) International Relations with Global Development
  • BA (Hons) International Relations with Peace Studies
  • BA (Hons) International Relations with Politics
  • BA (Hons) International Relations with Political Economy
  • BA (Hons) International Relations with Human Rights

Gain an international perspective by exploring how nations interact on the global stage, what happens during conflict, and the challenges faced by states and world organisations trying to preserve peace and security. You will engage with the theory of international relations and diplomacy, examining global inequalities, the rise of the superpower nations and what power looks like at a global level.

Understand how major developments, including the Cold War, the fall of the Berlin Wall, globalisation, changing global power relations and the emergence of new terror threats and social movements have shaped the world.

*You can apply to study the single honours degree or one of the combined awards listed below. You also have the option of changing your award at the end of your first year. You will be able to apply direct to UCAS for the combined awards using the UCAS codes provided:

BA (Hons) International Relations with Global Development (UCAS code L258)
Explore how global development confronts the ethical dilemmas facing the distribution of power and resources. You will examine theories of development, poverty and economic crises and their relevance to the social and political challenges of the 21st century.

BA (Hons) International Relations with Peace Studies (UCAS code L252)
Understand how international relations have traditionally been conducted and the consequences and limitations of these approaches. You will examine key theories of peace, warfare and security and their relevance and practice in the 21st century.

BA (Hons) International Relations with Politics (UCAS code L254) Critically explore politics and examine some of the pressing issues facing us today, such as climate change, human rights, migration and the crisis of capitalism.

BA (Hons) International Relations with Political Economy (UCAS code L255)
Political Economy is a crucial tool to understand the relationship between history, economics, the international state system and political power.

BA (Hons) International Relations with Human Rights (UCAS code L253)
Many political, economic, social and cultural factors impact the successful protection and promotion of human rights around the world. You will engage with debates about the universality of human rights and assess the success of human rights as a mechanism for social justice. You will explore the work of human rights activists and the political strategies they employ to try and stop human rights violations.

Course Benefits

Students from around the world come to study our International Relations courses, offering unique experiences and insight that will enhance your world view and help build your network of international contacts.

You will explore the roles of international organisations such as the World Bank, the World Trade Organisation and the United Nations, giving you an understanding of their working processes and limitations. You will be encouraged to think critically and propose mock ideas that might help them to achieve their goals.

You can engage in our annual Politics & International Relations Festival and Peace Lecture, which have previously attracted guest speakers such as Keir Starmer, Shadow Secretary of State for Exiting the EU, former Labour MP David Miliband, and Green Party co-leader Caroline Lucas.

Our academic team are research-active, and are involved in international activism and global development. They include Dr Rachel Julian, who is currently researching local understandings of conflict in Myanmar through culture and stories.

You will also carry out a UK or overseas volunteering placement of your choice, enriching your concept of society and citizenship, and developing your skills for employment.

Entry requirements

UCAS Tariff Points: 104 points required. (Minimum 64 from two A Levels or equivalent, excluding General Studies).

If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.

GCSE English Language and Maths at Grade C or above (Grade 4 for those sitting their GCSE from 2017 onwards) or equivalent. Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Literacy/Numeracy are accepted in place of GCSEs.
Pass overall with a minimum of 104 UCAS tariff points.
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade B at Higher Level.
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade C1 or above at Higher Level of which at least 3 must be at B2.

We may use selection criteria based on your personal attributes; experience and/or commitment to the area of study. This information will be derived from your personal statement and reference and will only be used if you have met the general entry requirements.


24 points


IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.


Leeds Beckett University is committed to ensuring that every student with the potential to succeed at our University is able to do so regardless of their background. For this reason we operate a contextual admissions policy, which means we take into account a range of additional factors when we assess a student’s application. Applicants who meet at least one of our contextual admissions criteria will be offered a place on this course with lower (predicted or achieved) UCAS Tariff Points than our published tariff (above).

Our contextual admissions criteria are:

  • Home postcode is in an area where few people go to University (POLAR4 quintile 1 or 2 area. This can be checked on the Office for Students website)
  • Declared disability on the UCAS application form (or direct application for part time applicants)
  • Over the age of 21 on the 1st of September before the course starts
  • Declared as a care leaver on the UCAS application form (or direct application for part time applicants)

Leeds Beckett University is in the top 10 universities nationwide for being representative of our local community. To further strengthen our position as a key provider of education and training for West Yorkshire we apply an Anchor Institution Policy in our admissions process. Students who apply to us from any of the five Local Authority areas in West Yorkshire (BD, HD, HX, LS, WF) will be offered a place on this course with lower (predicted or achieved) UCAS Tariff Points.

Mature Applicants

Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. All students will be considered through the contextual admissions policy described above. If you do not meet the requirements through the contextual admissions policy, we may still be able to make you an offer if you have recent relevant work experience through our ‘Recognition of Prior Learning’ policy. Please ensure that you list both your qualifications and any relevant work experience in your application so that we can consider you under both schemes where applicable.

All applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, for example we accept some Functional Skills Tests.

Job Prospects

This course will give you the skills needed for a role on the global stage of international relations and politics, and your choice of course specialisms will help tailor your expertise to the career you want to pursue.

You could work in the civil service, in consultancy, for voluntary or community groups, or in the media. You will also be well placed to further your studies by selecting from our range of postgraduate study opportunities, which includes our masters courses in Peace & Development, International Relations, International Human Rights Practice and International Political Economy.

  • Diplomat
  • Government Advisor
  • Journalist
  • International Charity Worker

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Our dedicated Jobs and Careers team offers expert advice and a host of resources to help you choose and gain employment. Whether you're in your first or final year, you can speak to members of staff from our Careers Office who can offer you advice from writing a CV to searching for jobs.

Fees & funding


The tuition fee for the year for students is £9250. The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.


The tuition fee for the year for students is £12000. The amount you will pay is fixed at this level for each year of your course.


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Last updated Jan 2020

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