Bachelor in International Relations


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Program Description

The Course

International Relations is the study of how political, economic and cultural forces interact to mould relationships between nations. The balance of these dynamics enables peace and trade to be maintained in a complex, globalized world, where pockets of tension can rapidly escalate beyond borders.

International Relations at Lincoln aims to provide a structured way of understanding and influencing the cross-border factors shaping our societies: security, conflict, inequality, development, intercultural understanding and human rights. Students are taught by academics who are currently engaged in research across a range of specialisms including terrorism, gender, and sexuality, international political economy, war crimes and genocide, the politics of global health and the European Union. Teaching is driven by the latest developments in the discipline.

How You Study

This programme uses a variety of teaching and learning methods including lectures and seminars, group projects and workshops. In an average week, students are expected to attend a lecture in each of their modules, with a follow-up seminar. Seminars are usually more informal, with the aim of enabling students to discuss the topic with their tutor in a smaller group. They sometimes provide students with the opportunity to work together in groups to prepare presentations or reports.

The first year of the course introduces central issues and concepts in international relations, global and UK politics and the broader social sciences. Students are supported to develop research and IT skills.

In years two and three, the course explores the theoretical foundations of the subject, and students have the opportunity to learn about the operation of international diplomacy by participating in a Model United Nations simulation. Optional modules are offered in specialist areas spanning global, national and local levels of analysis. In the third year, students are required to produce an independent study in a research area of their choice.

There are also opportunities to supplement studies by participating in field trips to key international organizations and political institutions. In recent years, students have visited New York, Washington DC, Brussels, The Hague, Strasbourg, and Geneva. Students are responsible for any travel, accommodation or general living costs associated with optional trips.

How You Are Assessed

Students are assessed in the form of essays, reports, presentations and reviews, and examinations. Assessment varies from module to module depending on the subject of study.

Assessment Feedback

The University of Lincoln's policy on assessment feedback aims to ensure that academics will return in-course assessments to students promptly – usually within 15 working days after the submission date (unless stated differently above).

Methods of Assessment

The way students are assessed on this course may vary for each module. Examples of assessment methods that are used include coursework, such as written assignments, reports or dissertations; practical exams, such as presentations, performances or observations; and written exams, such as formal examinations or in-class tests. The weighting given to each assessment method may vary across each academic year. The University of Lincoln aims to ensure that staff return in-course assessments to students promptly.

Entry Requirements

  • GCE Advanced Levels: BCC
  • International Baccalaureate: 28 points overall
  • BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit

Applicants will also need at least three GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above, which must include English. Equivalent Level 2 qualifications may also be considered.

EU and International students whose first language is not English will require English Language IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in each element or equivalent

The University accepts a wide range of qualifications as the basis for entry and will consider applicants who have a mix of qualifications.

We also consider applicants with extensive and relevant work experience and will give special individual consideration to those who do not meet the standard entry qualifications.

Last updated May 2020

About the School

Since being opened by Queen Elizabeth II in 1996, the University of Lincoln has invested more than £300 million in its buildings and facilities.

Since being opened by Queen Elizabeth II in 1996, the University of Lincoln has invested more than £300 million in its buildings and facilities. Read less