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BA (Hons)

International Relations (Foundation Entry)

4 Years
September 2023
Campus Taught

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

Why study with us

  • Our core IR team includes international renowned experts in a variety of fields with real world experience in intelligence and security.
  • You’ll gain invaluable 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 eleven different pathways: British Politics, World History, Asia Pacific, Philosophy, Russian, Chinese, French, German, Korean, Spanish or Japanese

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. The Foundation Entry is especially suitable for those who are returning to education after a spell elsewhere or who may come from a non-traditional education route.
  • 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, available after completion of the foundation year, allow you to specialise in a particular area or skill that is relevant to International Relations.

Module overview

Course delivery

This course is taught face-to-face at one of our UK campuses.


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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Future careers in International Relations

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

Fees and funding

First year£10000 for the foundation year
Full-time£14250 a year

Scholarships and bursaries

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

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


This course is based in the School of Humanities, Language & Global Studies located in the Faculty of Culture and Creative Industries

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