BA International Relations

Marbella International University Centre

Program Description

BA International Relations

Marbella International University Centre

Gain a deep understanding of key topics and issues in the contemporary international system, of the links between local, national and international structures as well as of the mechanisms of global governance.

Duration: 4 years
Language: English
Programme Title: International Relations
Degree Awarded: BA (Hons) International Relations (Extended Degree)

International Relations is a field of political science that studies relationships among countries, the roles of sovereign states, inter-governmental organizations, international non-governmental organisations, non-governmental organisations, and multinational corporations.

The scope of international relations comprehends globalisation, diplomatic relations, state sovereignty, international security, ecological sustainability, nuclear proliferation, nationalism, economic development, global finance, as well as terrorism and organised crime, human security, foreign interventionism, and human rights.

The study of international relations draws from the interdisciplinary fields of technology and engineering, economics, history, and international law, philosophy, geography, social work, sociology, anthropology, criminology, psychology, cultural studies, and diplomacy.

Key Disciplines Covered:

  • Global governance and strategy
  • Foreign policy and policy-making
  • Intercultural management
  • Diplomacy and Public Relations

What You'll Study

Throughout your studies you will develop skills in the following areas:

  • Global governance and strategy: Gain insight into how world politics function and the relationships among countries, the roles of states, intergovernmental organisations, non-governmental organisations and multinational corporations. Learn how to define and develop successful international strategies in order to achieve and exercise positions of governance and influence.
  • Foreign policy and public policy-making: Learn how to effectively formulate, implement and monitor foreign policies and other public policies at an international level, to ensure the accomplishment of the expected goals and successful execution of global strategies for local, regional, national or international organisations.
  • Intercultural management: Develop a clear understanding of how gender, ethnicity, religion, and culture impact social relations, and how to manage this cultural diversity in order to achieve mutual understanding among people in culturally complex situations.
  • Diplomacy: Learn how to build, maintain and promote diplomatic relations. Learn how to represent a country’s interests in international issues in both political and economic domains and understand the importance of international branding and the reputation of individuals, governments, and organisations, issues and events.
  • Government relations, lobbying and international leadership: Understand the global processes of institutional and social influence in which certain people and institutions lead current international politics and economy. Governments achieve this goal by influencing industries, interest groups or constituencies, whereas companies and NGOs lobby to influence policy, legislation, regulations or negotiations.
  • Business and Environment in International Relations: Study the dimensions of business and environment in world politics. Be trained to solve problems, devise strategies and improvements in a wide range of international organizations, conduct research, analyse data, and prepare reports and present findings in-company or as an external consultant.
  • Security and crisis response: Know how to deal with international security and defence, design and implement different measures for governments or multilaterals to take in order to cope with both political and military conflicts as well as environmental disasters and social hazards.
  • Political risk analysis and global assessment: Discover the processes involved in analysing specific situations such as government instability, nationalisation, expropriation, crime levels, land rights or intellectual property rights that can determine the risks to those making investment decisions abroad.
  • Communication and negotiation: Develop communication skills and learn about the negotiation process needed to reach a mutually beneficial outcome, to resolve points of difference and to gain an advantage in businesses, non-profit organizations, government branches, legal proceedings, among nations and in personal situations.
  • Foreign languages proficiency: Elective courses are offered to help you achieve a good command of languages, which is critical for a career in International Relations.
  • ICT skills: Learn how digital technology is emerging as the main trigger for social, economic and political change, affecting world politics and relations.
  • International and multilateral project management: Learn how to plan, organize and control resources and processes in order to achieve specific goals in international projects that could involve different governments, multilaterals, multinationals, think tanks, NGOs, etc. A good command of information technologies and social networks is required.

Career Opportunities

Upon graduation, students can go on to develop their career as:

  • Civil Servants
  • Political Affairs Officers
  • Diplomats
  • Conflict Resolution Consultants in International and National Political Organisations
  • Political Risk Analysts
  • Specialised Marketing Officers for Political Organisations (eg. consultants for political parties' campaigning)
  • Specialised Journalists or Media Consultants for Political Organisations (eg. NGOs or political parties)

Progression Opportunities

Upon graduation, students can go on to:

  • MA International Relations
  • MA Area Studies (European Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, etc)
  • MA International Security and Peace Studies
  • MA Political Economy

Entry Requirements

Rolling Admission - We receive and process applications on an ongoing basis as they are sent in.

Entry Requirements:

  • High School Certificate All candidates with a completed high school education are eligible to apply. Students who have studied part of a degree at a different University or accredited higher education institution can apply for a credit transfer.
  • Proof of English Proficiency* of candidates who have not previously studied in an English speaking school or country. The tests and minimum scores we accept are: - IELTS - 6 - TOEFL iBT - 72 - Cambridge Certificate - B2 - MIUC English Test - Pass

Application Supporting Documents:

You will need to provide the following documents with your application:

  • Copy of Passport or ID
  • Passport sized digital photograph
  • Proof of English Proficiency (If you are not from an English speaking country or have not previously studied in English)
  • High School Certificate (Officially translated into English or Spanish)
  • High School Grade Transcripts (Officially translated into English or Spanish)
  • Statement of Purpose (500 words on why you want to study at MIUC, your expectations and aspirations)

*Pre-sessional English courses are available to those who do not satisfy the English proficiency requirement.


"I'm enrolled in the International Relations BA programme at MIUC. I love the people and the environment here; it's one of a kind, to be honest. It´s very multicultural here - Imagine the whole world gathered in one class!! It's a challenge for me, but I'm up to the challenge and I'm happy here!

My favourite lecture is with our Dean, Óscar.

At MIUC, I am experiencing the best classes I have ever had, because of the interaction and debates with the other students, which have shown me how to understand more people from around the world. Just look at the sun outside!

Here in Marbella, you can go outside and have a swim, do sports and hobbies. And the nightlife in nearby Puerto Banús is also amazing. The atmosphere both on and off campus is excellent."

Ibrahim Abou El Khouded

"My name is Tim, and I came down to Marbella MIUC University, and over here I am studying International Relations, as I was looking for a place where I can be effective as a student, and where also the professors and lecturers can be efficient themselves. These are some of the main reasons, apart from being in a very good and beautiful place to be in and live in and study.

I am happy to be here, to be honest; it is amazing, truly it is amazing because once you find a set of small settings of interactive performance, you find out your performance actually accelerates, it is also very practical; this is why I like it. So it is practical and very interactive with fellow students, this creates an interactive atmosphere, which engages students more.

For me, coming to Marbella MIUC, just gave me the opportunity to interact with this phenomenon, different backgrounds, different cultures, different dialects. It is actually a cosmopolitan school and a cosmopolitan city.

Living in Marbella, for me it is like a dream come true, it is a really nice place, really cool, the ambience, the environment, the weather, the sunshine throughout the year, coming to Europe and finding out this place actually does not experience such a winter like UK or something, surprised me. It actually made me more eager to live here."

Timothy Ngethe Mwangi


Tuition fee includes the following:

  • Course registrations
  • Study fees and course materials
  • Access to Blackboard Learning
  • Full access to the Library
  • Private Health insurance
  • Visa and immigration advice and support
  • 24/7 daily student support

9.450,00 € per semester or18.900,00 € annual fee

* For the annual payments in advance, we provide 5% discount.

* Apart from the health insurance that we provide for you, you must also submit a travel insurance that is mandatory for the visa procedure.

All students are required to register for the courses in the first week of the semester. Simply not attending classes later during the semester does not release you from the financial or academic obligation for courses in which you have previously enrolled. If you wish to drop one or more of your courses, you must officially drop the course(s) by de-registering at the Student Services.


UK validation additional charge: 3.000,00 €

This school offers programs in:
  • English
Marbella International University Centre

Last updated March 7, 2018
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