BA (Hons) International Relations

This innovative International Relations degree allows you to explore international issues and events, including relationships between states, peoples, social movements, and cultural and religious communities. You'll learn about the topics and processes currently shaping our world and gain a sense of how to make informed choices that have an impact at the local, national and global levels.

If you have a keen interest in global affairs and the changing world in which we live, this International Relations course is ideal for you.

Why choose this course?

  • You may have the opportunity to gain experience with a work placement, and you may have the chance to study abroad for one term in your second year as part of the Erasmus+ foreign exchange scheme.
  • Teaching is informed by regionally aligned research strengths in Asia, the Middle East, North Africa, the Indian subcontinent and Europe. This research feeds directly into the course, which means you will be learning about the latest issues from world-renowned experts.
  • This course will help you to develop a greater awareness of the complexity and connectedness of the processes that shape our world.
  • Studying International Relations opens up careers in a wide range of fields in the public and private sectors, with our graduates going on to work in UK government departments, international aid agencies, and a wide range of non-governmental organisations.
  • Politics (including International Relations) at Nottingham Trent University is ranked 4th out of 77 for the number of final year students who are satisfied with the feedback and assessment by lecturers on their course (The Guardian university league table 2016).

What you'll study

During this course you'll look at complex situations which are exciting and challenging to analyse. You'll take roles in simulation exercises and try to understand how crises are managed and problems are handled by getting into the minds of different participants. This will build your confidence, give you presentation and advocacy skills, and an understanding across cultural barriers.

You'll be given the opportunity to develop specialist knowledge in geographical areas by choosing optional modules in Year Two and Year Three.

Throughout this course you will be developing skills for employability. You'll undertake a work placement and you will be actively encouraged to participate in voluntary work.

Study abroad opportunities

You may have the opportunity to spend half of your second year studying abroad with the Erasmus+ foreign exchange scheme. This provides a great opportunity to experience life in another country and gain a new perspective on your subject.

Learn about the topics and processes currently shaping our world and gain a sense of how to make informed choices that have an impact at the local, national and global levels.

How you’re taught

To provide you with a first-class learning experience and to guarantee you have an opportunity to make the most of your time at university, you will receive contact time through a diverse range of delivery methods.

Structured teaching will be delivered through a combination of traditional lectures and seminars. The smaller group seminars provide opportunities to develop:

  • problem-solving skills
  • group working
  • analysis
  • debating skills
  • presentation skills
  • discussion about a wide range of views.

Tutorials with staff

As the relationship between students and tutors is an important one you can expect to have lots of direct contact and support through seminars and one-to-one tutorials. At these sessions you'll have the opportunity to:

  • discuss and gain feedback about your work
  • ask questions about the projects you're working on
  • raise any difficulties you are experiencing relating to your work, personal circumstances or your university experience.

Independent study

Independent study is an important part of this course. Throughout the three years of your course the scheduled contact hours you receive will gradually decrease as you develop the skills required to undertake an independent study or dissertation in your final year. You'll still have regular contact with your tutors and if necessary ad hoc tutorials can be arranged.

Learning from experts

You'll be taught by enthusiastic, engaged and expert staff. The courses all draw upon their expertise, research interests and experience and many have also published textbooks in their specialist area of interest.

You'll develop specialist knowledge based on the teams staff expertise in several areas including foreign policy, international and global institutions, International Relations theory, Global Political Economy, South Asia, Africa, North East Asia, and the Middle East.

In addition to the traditional lectures, tutorials and independent study you'll also hear and learn from renowned experts and professionals in related fields who are regularly invited to come and talk to our students providing you with an insight into their specialist knowledge and experiences.

Virtual learning environment

You'll also use our virtual learning environment, NOW which is a flexible web-based system that allows you to have 24-hour access to module learning materials and reading lists. It allows you to discuss work with tutors and other students, and submit coursework electronically from anywhere in the world.

How will I be assessed?

The majority of your work will be assessed through coursework-based essays, reports and a final year research-based dissertation. You will also be assessed through a combination of formal examinations and practical assessments such as group and individual presentations.

In response to student feedback the University has introduced a policy ensuring marked work is returned to you electronically within three weeks of submission.

Beyond the course

Broaden your experience, stand out from the crowd and gain a range of skills that employers are looking for.

Learn a new language

Alongside your study you also have the opportunity to learn a new language. The University Language Programme (ULP) is available to all students and gives you the option of learning a totally new language or improving the skills you already have.

Learning a new language can:

  • enhance your communication skills
  • enrich your experience when travelling abroad
  • boost your career prospects.

You may have the chance to spend half of your second year studying abroad with the Erasmus+ Foreign Exchange Scheme.

Careers and employability

Excellent placement opportunities

Throughout this course you will be developing skills for employability. You will undertake a work placement and you will be actively encouraged to participate in voluntary work.

You may have the chance to spend half of your second year studying abroad with the Erasmus+ Foreign Exchange Scheme. You may be able to study in places such as:

  • Corvinus in Budapest, Hungary
  • Lille in France
  • Metropolitan University in Prague
  • Izmir University in Turkey.

We are also currently looking at expanding our network of partner universities. Please note that these universities are subject to change. Different options might be available on a year by year basis.

Your career development

Career development is seen as a major part of this course. Key transferable skills including communication, time-management, problem solving and team working are emphasised. There are opportunities to develop links with relevant organisations and potential employers.

When you graduate you will be well placed to embark on a successful career in a wide range of fields in the public and private sectors. You may be keen to pursue a career in relevant government departments, international aid agencies and development agencies. In the private sector, organisations are increasingly looking for graduates with an understanding of international and global events and processes.

The job titles below give an indication of the careers our recent International Relations graduates are following:*

  • Business Support Officer
  • Civil Servant
  • Development Officer
  • HR Administrator
  • Project Coordinator
  • Soldier
  • Teaching Assistant.

*Latest DLHE survey undergraduate results 2011-12 – 2014-15.

Our Employability Team

We have a dedicated Employability Team located on the City site. The team are well placed to give you specialist guidance and practical help that will really make a difference to your prospects once you do graduate.

100% of BA (Hons) International Relations students go on to work or further study within six months (Latest DLHE survey undergraduate results 2014-15).

Entry requirements

UK

For September 2017 entry you will need one of the following:

  • A-levels – BBC; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – DMM; or
  • 112 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels or equivalent qualifications; and
  • GCSEs – English and Maths or Science grade C.

We also consider equivalent qualifications and combinations.

All applications are considered on a case-by-case basis and we are happy to accept applications from mature students, students with access qualifications and many other types of standard and non-standard qualifications for which we can calculate UCAS points. Non-standard applicants may be interviewed.

The UCAS Tariff

The UCAS Tariff has changed for 2017 entry. In the new tariff, the numbers awarded to qualifications are very different. So, whereas previously a B at A-level was worth 100 points, in the new tariff it is now 40 points.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200Call: +44 (0)115 848 4200.

International

For September 2017 entry you will need one of the following:

  • A-levels – BBC; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – DMM; or
  • 112 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels or equivalent qualifications; and
  • GCSEs – English and Maths or Science grade C.

We also consider equivalent qualifications and combinations.

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our undergraduate degrees. If you’re not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

Foundation courses

If you need to do a foundation course to meet our course requirements please visit Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC). If you’re already studying in the UK at a school or college and would like to know if we can accept your qualification please visit our foundation courses page.

English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English language tests.

For a list of our language requirements please visit our English language page.

If you need to do a pre-sessional English language course to meet the English requirements please visit our pre-sessional English course page.

Help and support

If you have any questions about your qualifications or about making an application to the University please contact our international team for advice.

Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated June 4, 2019
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