The following course information is for students applying for entry in September 2023. If you're looking to start a similar course in September 2022 or January 2023, please refer to BA (Hons) Liberal Arts (International Relations) with Integrated Foundation.
With globalisation, sustainability, terrorism and foreign intervention now major forces in the world, this course prepares you to meet important global challenges.
While the 21st century presents us with instability and insecurity, it also offers plenty of opportunities for development and innovation. Studying international relations will help you to make sense of current issues and create innovative solutions for a better future.
You'll explore both historic and contemporary issues from a broad range of perspectives, giving you an insight into the complexities and contradictions of global politics, and begin to understand the relationships between institutions of international governance.
Through real-world case studies drawn from the fields of international law, human rights, security, economics and development, diplomacy, war and conflict resolution, you'll learn to apply international relations theory to practice and develop the skills and processes necessary to plan for change – from building research proposals to policy briefs.
You'll quickly gain confidence in thinking critically and analytically – able to understand the world around you and develop creative solutions that could change it for the better.
In your Foundation year, you'll gain a solid grounding in academic skills and principles, as well as an introduction to your chosen subject area.
It will provide a rich and varied experience to ensure you’re prepared for degree-level study in the UK – ready to develop specialist knowledge and confidently make the most of your course.
Some modules will be taken with students heading towards the same or related subject areas, while others will be taken with a blend of students – enabling you to mix with peers who bring a range of different perspectives and experiences to the classroom.
You’ll take two modules related to your subject area and eight shared modules covering key skills like communication, critical thinking, cultural understanding, politics, data, creativity and entrepreneurship.
Once you’ve successfully completed your Foundation year, you’ll directly progress to Year 1 of your chosen degree-level course.
This course is subject to validation.