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BA (Hons)

International Relations

3 years
September 2024

Are you interested in learning how the big issues in international affairs shape our world? Our BA (Hons) International Relations degree equips you with analytical skills and real-world knowledge that prepare you for a career in international relations.

Why study with us

  • Our core team includes renowned experts in a variety of fields with real world experience in war, intelligence and security.
  • You’ll gain real world skills through taking part in the model United Nations conference as part of your second year.
  • You can shape your degree to your own passion through one of our different pathways

What you'll do

  • The course is ideal for anyone who aspires to work in one of the fields of international relations, learning both the theories and skills required.
  • You’ll consider traditional and non-traditional approaches to security, including intelligence analysis, international political economy and the climate crisis, structures of international organisations and much more.
  • The pathways allow you to specialise in a particular area or skill that is relevant to international relations.


This course is structured around a pathway model. You will study 120 credits of modules in each of your three years, 80 credits are solely focused on international relations. These modules are listed in the compulsory section for each year in the module overview section. The remaining 40 credits belong to your chosen pathway, which are listed in the optional section below.


The pathway you choose will determine the optional modules you study. Please see above for more information on pathways.

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information. However, our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may cause alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses. Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies or revisions to subject benchmarks statements. As well as to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

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Academic expertise

You'll learn from a diverse and truly international team of academics. Our researchers and lecturers come from all over the globe. This includes the UK, United States, Greece, Brazil, Uzbekistan, South Korea, Japan, China, and others. Also, every member of our International Relations academic staff holds a PhD degree. 

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Dr Ed Griffith
Associate Dean
School of Psychology and Humanities

Ed joined UCLan in September 2014 as course leader for the rapidly expanding BA (Hons) Asia-Pacific Studies. After performing a number of different roles he was appointed Deputy Head Students & Teaching for the School.

Ikrom Yakubov
Dr Ikrom Yakubov
Lecturer in International Relations and Security
School of Psychology and Humanities

Ikrom's research interests lie at the intersection of International Relations, Intelligence, Research & Analytical Methods, Security and Warfare. Ikrom teaches across a range of subjects for our International Relations and Security team. Ikrom supervises undergraduate, postgradua…

Future careers

Studying our BA (Hons) International Relations course open the doors to a career in security, diplomacy, the civil service, politics, international business or journalism.

Fees and funding

Full-time£9,250 per year
Part-time£1,540 per 20 credits
Full-time£16,500 per year

Scholarships and bursaries

We have a wide range of bursaries, scholarships and funds available to help support you whilst studying with us.

Select your country to see eligibility information and how to apply by selecting more info on the cards below.


This course is based in the School of Psychology and Humanities

For information on possible changes to course information, see our essential and important course information

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