Liberal Studies (International Relations)

BA (Hons)

Programme details

  • Next start date: Jan 2020
  • Future start date: Sep 2020
  • Study: Full-time
  • Duration: 3 years
  • Fee: September 2019: £17,500, January 2020: £17,750
  • UCAS code: LS14
  • Study abroad: Optional

This programme is modelled on the traditional US liberal arts degree. You will major in one subject area, but will also have the opportunity to study a variety of other topics. This flexible structure gives you the freedom to tailor your education to reflect both your personal and professional interests.

The specialist knowledge and broad-ranging skills you will develop on this programme will prepare you for a career in almost any professional environment.

The types of skills you will gain include:

  • Creativity
  • Critical thinking
  • Effective communication
  • Problem-solving
  • Social responsibility

The BA (Hons) Liberal Studies (International Relations) programme will provide an in-depth introduction to the breadth of theories and approaches within international relations. Tracing the political, social, ideological and economic histories of the world, you will gain an understanding of the global political landscape.

You will also take a selection of elective modules across the Liberal Studies curriculum ranging from art history to business management, psychology to theatre studies. These modules enable you to diversify your education and develop the broad-based skills valuable in any profession.

In your second year, you will also have the option to spend a term abroad at one of our partner universities. This provides the unique opportunity to explore a diverse range of topics from another cultural perspective.

This interdisciplinary programme will expose you to a multiplicity of different cultures, religions, viewpoints and people. This experience will help you to understand the global community and give you the necessary tools and global outlook to work successfully across international boundaries.

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Programme brochure

This is a three-year, full-time programme, in which you will combine your International Relations major with a selection of subjects that reflect your interests.

You will be required to combine your specialist modules with five elective modules in other subjects in Years 1 and 2, and three in Year 3. 

You can see the full list of elective modules here.

Study abroad

In addition to studying in London, you will have the opportunity to participate in a term spent studying abroad. This provides you with a unique opportunity to explore a diverse range of topics offered by other institutions and gain international experience. This term takes place in Year 2 and replaces the second term of your Regent's degree. For more information see the study abroad page.

Year 1 (Core Modules)

Module Title Overview
International Relations Theory and Practice This module will introduce students to an academic study of international relations focussing on theoretical issues and debates and proceeding to analyse practice of the conduct of international relations. Students will be introduced to different schools of normative thought in international relations while conducting research into empirical fields of international relations practice. Students are required to participate in discussions and debates in class. Teaching will be mixture of lectures and seminars. Core module for International Relations majors.
International Law The International Law module introduces students to the principles of public international law. It focuses on the role and importance of International Law and its impact on international relations. The module provides students with a solid knowledge of the sources of International Law, examining its application in history and in contemporary politics. It highlights and critically analyses current debates and changes in International Law. Topics may include state jurisdiction and state responsibility, international legal personality, diplomatic immunity, the regulation of the use of force, international human rights, and the legal aspects and structures of international institutions including the United Nations. The module aims to develop students’ analytical and critical thinking skills in the field of international law and to sharpen problem-solving skills referring to relevant sections of the law. Core module for International Relations majors.
Introduction to Human Rights The purpose of this module is to introduce students to the concepts and theories that shape the study of human rights. The module will focus on the historical and philosophical underpinning of human rights as well as major debates about human rights protection and promotion. The module will encourage students to critically analyse the construction and application of human rights language in a wide variety of cases pertinent to the study of international relations. Core module for International Relations majors.
Contemporary International Security This unit introduces you to the subject of international security, including theoretical, normative and policy issues. The concept of security is used very frequently in relation to international issues, often regarding major policy choices and as an important element of identity construction. The unit begins by surveying different approaches to the study of security. It then takes a thematic approach. It considers whether liberal democracies are different from other types of state in relation to war and attitudes to the laws of war. It also examines the issues of terrorism; controls on conventional arms transfers; ‘ethnic’ conflict; the news media and public opinion; the occupation of Iraq and the relationships between security and development. Throughout you will be encouraged to explore different perspectives in order to assist you in developing your own understanding of these issues and in deciding which, if any, you find most persuasive. The module will be run as a seminar. Students are responsible for reading materials before class and being ready to discuss the readings. Core module for International Relations majors.
Politics of Development This module offers students an introduction to the issue of development. It will provide students with the theoretical arguments and practical issues central to the question of development at the global level. As the world economic system is now highly integrated, due to the increased cross-border flows of goods and capital, the question of converging with the developed world has become a significant one to the developing economies. In the current global economic system, the domestic political and economic dynamics have significant global implications, while international events have a broad impact on domestic affairs of individual countries. Over the past few decades, the world has gone through changes in multiple fronts including: international trade, and finance system, economic growth strategies, distribution of global wealth, basic human security, and cultural norms. As a result, the global community has witnessed various success development stories in different parts of the world while challenges have remained unchanged for some societies. Given the importance of cultural and historical contexts, it is important to understand how needs and perspectives of various groups are critical to creating a global development discourse. This module will seek to assess the influence development policies at the national and the international levels. Core module for International Relations majors.
Five elective modules You will select a number of elective modules from subjects that fall outside the remit of your major. These include: Art History, Business & Management, English, Film Studies, History, Journalism, Media & Communications, Political Science, Psychology and Public Relations.

Year 2 (Core Modules)

Module Title Overview
Research Methods for International Relations Research Methods for International Relations will provide students with the theory and skills necessary to conduct original research in this discipline and others including: sociology; criminology; and political science. Some of the topics to be discussed include: research methodology; design; analysis and output. This module will encourage students to collect and analyse data from a wide range of academic and professional sources. Core module for International Relations majors.
The International Politics of the United States This module is a broad introduction to US Foreign Policy and Foreign Policy Analysis. It will examine the processes involved in the formulation of US Foreign Policy. It will provide a framework for thinking about the nature of American foreign policy and how this policy is made. Core module for International Relations majors.
The Politics of Conflict in the Middle East The Politics of Conflict in the Middle East aims to provide students with the necessary tools to critically analyse the complexity of the politics and conflicts in the wider Middle East region. The module’s objective is to provide students with a solid, deep, diverse, and fact-based background about the roots of the regional sub- system, the emergence of state and non-state actors and the intricate relationships between them and other components of the international system. Moreover, it is the aim of this module to introduce students to International Relations and Political Science concepts required to assess profound political problems and challenges the Middle East region has faced since the end of the First World War and until well into the 21st century. The principle objectives of this module are to develop students’ ability to distinguish between reliable and unsubstantiated data, to support critical and analytical scholarly work, especially in the case of the Middle East, and to apply conceptual frameworks in understanding the region. Core module for International Relations majors.
Contemporary African Politics and History The module on Contemporary African Politics and History focuses on the socio-economic and political challenges and opportunities in Africa over the last two centuries. It introduces students to key theories in development economics and comparative politics relevant to the study of African politics. Students will explore the pre-colonial period, examine the impact of slavery, and explore the legacies of colonialism on nationalism and the African state. They will also discuss contemporary challenges to development and good governance both in theory and practice. Drawing on comparative methodology and independent research, students will further develop regional expertise and in-depth understanding of Africa’s complex history and the domestic and international dynamics that shape its political theatre. The module will enable students to develop an appreciation for Africa’s diversity, difficulties, and potential. Core module for International Relations majors.
International Organisations International Organisations builds on the foundations of Introduction to International Relations. This module offers a comprehensive exposure to the theories, history and practice of International Organisations. Students will develop an in-depth understanding of the difficulties and opportunities facing International Organisations and their contribution to the conduct of international relations. This module will discuss security organisations including the United Nations and NATO, regional organisations such as the European Union and ASEAN, legal institutions like the ICC and the ICJ, and economics and trade facilitation institutions such as the WTO, IMF and the World Bank. Students will also be expected to delve into new and alternative institutions such as the New Development Bank and assess the contribution of NGOs to global governance. This module provides students with a critical overview of policy-making institutions and thereby a thorough understanding of a fundamental branch of international relations. Core module for International Relations majors.
Latin American Political History This module is a multidisciplinary survey of the politics, political economy, and foreign policy of Latin America, with attention to selected countries in that region. Latin America comprises a vast and important part of the Western Hemisphere, yet, notwithstanding universal recognition of their geopolitical importance, Latin American cultural norms, worldviews, and social and political conventions and traditions remain relatively unknown to or misunderstood by the world. The main objective of the module will be to enable a clearer, firmer grasp of the region’s realities and complexities. Core module for International Relations majors.
Five elective modules You will select a number of elective modules from subjects that fall outside the remit of your major. These include: Art History, Business & Management, English, Film Studies, History, Journalism, Media & Communications, Political Science, Psychology and Public Relations.

Year 3 (Core Modules)

Module Title Overview
International Political Economy This module aims to introduce students to the leading issues and theories that underpin today’s international political economy. Synthesising the interplay between trends at both the local and global levels, it provides students with the conceptual frameworks for exploring the modern world system as a complex evolving ecology of political, economic, cultural and technological processes. Core module for International Relations majors.
Media and Global Politics This module will introduce students to an understanding of the relationship between politics and media in contemporary societies. Students will become aware of contemporary debates about the evolving role of the media in domestic and international politics. Thus the relationship between politics, society and media will be the focus of study. The module will encourage individual research and participation in debates based on empirical knowledge, and strengthened by the application of theoretical discussions. Core module for International Relations majors.
Diplomacy and Negotiations: Theory and Practice The Diplomacy and Negotiations module aims to familiarise students with the peaceful instruments of foreign affairs. The objective of this module is to analyse how states and non-state actors conduct their foreign relations, and the role diplomacy and negotiations are playing in the overall external relations of states. The module combines historical and theoretical approaches in exploring the evolution of the role of diplomacy in world affairs. This includes examining different negotiation strategies and approaches, and analysing reasons for their success or failure. A further aim of this module is to examine diplomacy and negotiations in comparison to other instruments of foreign policy such as war, crisis, and sanctions, and evaluate under what circumstances diplomacy is preferable over other tools of foreign policy. Students will explore and examine the principal debates in the field of diplomacy, and by the end of the module will acquire important negotiations skills and techniques. Core module for International Relations majors.
Major Capstone (Dissertation) The purpose of this module is to bring together the breadth of a Liberal Arts student’s learning and experience to bear on a major project. Starting from the student’s major area of study the project will reach out to incorporate elements from the totality of learning on the programme and the realisation of the breadth that a Liberal Arts graduate has achieved. The Capstone can take the form of a reflective practice-based project or a traditional written dissertation subject to meeting the word-length equivalencies below. The Capstone will run over two semesters and will be supervised by a minimum of one supervisor although two may be allocated depending on the nature of the work.
Three elective modules You will select a number of elective modules from subjects that fall outside the remit of your major. These include: Art History, Business & Management, English, Film Studies, History, Journalism, Media & Communications, Political Science, Psychology and Public Relations.

How to apply

Applying to study at Regent's University London is quick and easy. We have put together some helpful information to guide you through the process. We accept direct applications and there is no application fee.

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That's fine, you can still apply even without your exam results. We can issue a conditional offer without your results. You just need be clear in your application which qualifications you are currently studying for

Step 1: Apply

You can apply in the following ways:

If you have not uploaded the relevant supporting documents during the online application process, you should ensure that we have the below supporting documents as soon as you have completed your application. These can be sent to the Regent’s Admissions Department via email to [email protected].

  • Copies of academic transcripts and certificates from all previous studies (i.e. secondary school and/or university certificates)
  • One academic letter of recommendation
  • A 300-500 word personal statement outlining the reasons for applying to your chosen programme, how you feel you will benefit from the programme of study, what contributions you will make to the University and how this will help your future career aspirations
  • A copy of your passport photograph (ID) page
  • If you are not a native English speaker, proof of your English proficiency

Credit Transfer

  • If you’ve already studied part of a degree course elsewhere, you may be able apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and join the programme at an advanced entry point. If you’d like to request entry part-way through a programme, make sure you state this clearly in your statement of purpose and provide us with the transcripts and module descriptions for the relevant study.

 Step 2: Receive a response to your application

You can expect to receive a decision on your application within 10 working days of receipt of your completed application and supporting documents.

We will assess whether you meet our entry requirements and will notify you of the decision via email. UCAS applicants will also receive official notification via the UCAS system.

For some of our programmes, the selection process may include an interview or audition. Interviews/auditions can take the form of a one-to-one interview, group interview or portfolio review which may be conducted by telephone or as a Skype call. Arrangements of these are made between the Admissions Department and the applicant.

Step 3: Accepting your offer

If you wish to accept the offer you must pay the advance tuition fee deposit (non-refundable) to confirm your place.

Please see here for information on how to pay.

Step 4: After you have accepted your place

Closer to the start of the term, the Admissions Team will send information regarding the registration process. This will include information on completing your online enrolment prior to your arrival as well as a checklist of documents you will need to bring with you to fully register onto the programme.

Information for international students

If you are an overseas student requiring visa sponsorship to study in the UK, our team will be in touch with information on applying for your student visa and the documents you will need. More information can be found on our visas and immigration page.

Scholarships, funding and bursaries

Undergraduate Scholarships

Students with three B grades at A-level (or equivalent qualification), and progressing Regent's foundation students who achieve a minimum 70% average across all modules will receive a £1,500 scholarship for each year of their degree programme.

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As part of our public benefit commitment, we aim to ensure that students are not deterred from applying to Regent’s University London because of financial difficulties. Each year we offer a number of means-tested University bursaries for full-time study on undergraduate programmes.

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Undergraduate loans - Student Finance England 2018/19

Funding for UK, and EU nationals, as well as students with the status of Migrant Worker.

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The Vice-Chancellor’s Excellence Scholarship

Professor Aldwyn Cooper, Vice-Chancellor of Regent’s University London, wishes to recognise and reward three students each year who demonstrate particular commitment to upholding the University’s values and the ability to play an ambassadorial role for the University during their studies. 

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Future Finance loans

Alternative loan funding* for students studying at Regent's University London.

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State-Sponsored Funding for Students from Norway

Loans and grants for Norwegian students studying for undergraduate or postgraduate degrees at Regent's University London.

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State-Sponsored Funding for Students from Sweden

Loans and grants for Swedish students studying for undergraduate or postgraduate degrees at Regent's University London.

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The Dean of Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences Excellence Scholarship

The Dean of the Faculty of Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences has established three scholarships that celebrate the University’s independent, cosmopolitan and enterprising spirit. 

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Regent’s Family Reward

Regent’s offers an intimate style of education, characterised by lots of personal attention. This personalised approach extends beyond our students to their families, with the University welcoming increasing numbers of brothers, sisters and even children of our alumni each year. The University is delighted to offer the Regent’s Family Reward as a thank-you to our alumni for their and their families’ loyalty.

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The Filippo Corsini Polo Scholarship, in association with the International Federation of Polo

The University awards two polo scholarships each year to students who show both the polo skills and the leadership acumen to help the Regent’s polo team's development. The scholarship is named in memory of Regent’s student Prince Filippo Corsini, an accomplished equestrian and showjumper.

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US Financial Aid

Direct subsidised and unsubsidised loans for US citizens, as well as Direct PLUS loans for eligible US citizens and Green Card holders administered by the US Department of Education (USED) for all eligible degree programmes offered at Regent’s University London.

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Annual Tuition fee

Starting September 2019: £17,500

Starting January 2020: £17,750

Starting September 2020: £18,000

Starting January 2021: £18,000

Non-refundable advance deposit

Home/EU students: £1,000

Non-EU students: £4,000

Non-EU students in receipt of US Federal Loans: £1,000

What do fees include?

Fees cover the cost of all tuition and access to the University’s IT infrastructure and library learning resources. Fees are presented for the first level of study which equates to two terms.

What other costs should I budget for?

Fees cover the cost of tuition. You will need to budget additional funds for accommodation and living expenses, travel, and any additional trips, visits, activities or courses that you choose to participate in outside of the tuition offered as part of the programme.

The library hold a limited number of copies of core text books and where possible in e-format. You will be encouraged to purchase your own text books and will need to budget approximately £80-£100 per year, depending on your programme of study.

When are fees paid?

Fees are payable in the following instalments:

  • An initial non-refundable advance deposit paid when you accept your offer of a place
  • The advance deposit is allocated against the first term’s fees
  • Tuition fees (including fees for subsequent terms) are due two weeks in advance of classes commencing

Calculating fee increases

  • The University sets tuition fees on an annual basis in line with the University's financial year which runs from 1 August to 31 July
  • The fees quoted here are for one academic year of study
  • For students starting their programme in January the programme spans two separate financial year accounting periods. Fees for the different teaching terms are calculated separately in line with fees charged in each financial year
  • Fees for subsequent years of study are subject to fee inflation
  • The University aims to keep annual fee increases in line with the University’s cost inflation. The expectation is that this will be no greater than UK consumer price inflation (CPI) plus 3%. There are occasionally variations to this dictated by the costs of running specific programmes or facilities required for our programmes
  • As a registered charity, all fee increases are subject to approval of the Trustee Board thus ensuring that affordability for our students remains a primary concern in any decisions regarding fee increases


Teaching takes place in small classes of 20 people or less, in order to allow a more individual approach to learning.

You will be assigned a personal tutor who will help you to build a bespoke programme that reflects your passions, or your preferred future career.

 Academics will use a variety of approaches to help you learn and get the most out of your degree. The teaching methods include seminars, study groups, role plays, tutorials and external guest speakers. You will learn through analysis, discussion and debate, practical work, problem-solving, presentations, portfolio building, research projects and team work, all of which are designed to help you develop key skills of independent critical thinking and confidence in decision-making.

Teaching staff

All classes on our Liberal Studies programme are taught by experts in their respective disciplines. The Head of Programme is Professor Lawrence Phillips, who holds a BA (Hons) in English from the University of Leeds, an MA in English Literature from the University of Sussex, and a PhD in English from Goldsmiths, University of London. He has previously held academic posts at the University of Northampton, Liverpool Hope University and Goldsmiths, University of London.  

Contact hours and expected workload

Contact hours in Year 1 and 2 are 15 hours per week. In Year 3, students receive around 12-13 hours per week on average per term, as the capstone project is a supervised module, rather than a classroom-based one.

You will receive a minimum of 10 hours one-on-one time with a supervisor to agree the scope and direction of your capstone project. We also offer research skills lectures and drop-in sessions.


Students are assessed through a mix of presentations, journals, essays and exams. Assessment is both practical and theoretical and is designed to ensure that you acquire the knowledge and skills to adapt to a variety of professional environments.

In Year 3, you will also be asked to complete a liberal studies capstone project. The project will reflect what you have learned in your major, but also the knowledge you have gathered from your elective subjects.

This could be:

  • An essay or dissertation
  • A practical project
  • A report
  • A creative work, plus reflection
  • A portfolio of work , plus reflection
  • Another format (subject to supervisor approval)

Disability Support

We welcome and support students with a wide range of disabilities and health concerns. This includes learning difficulties, visual and hearing impairments, mental health difficulties, autism spectrum conditions, mobility difficulties, and temporary or chronic health conditions.

Our dedicated Disability Officer is here to support you. We ask that you speak with Student Registry and our Disability Officer as early as you can to enable us to support you. Find out more about our disability support and contact us.

Academic requirements

A Regent’s education provides you with a high level of personal attention, and this begins from the moment you apply to study with us. We want to understand who you are and what your skills and interests may be – we are interested in your potential, as well as your prior achievements. We review each application comprehensively and on its individual merit, considering all of your skills, interests and attributes. 

Typically, we will make an offer to a student holding A levels at grades BCC. 

We will also assess your application for proficiency in Mathematics, asking for a GCSE in this subject at grade A-C / 9-4 (or the international equivalent).

We receive applications each year from over 170 countries and are happy to assess all international qualifications. For example, if you are studying the International Baccalaureate, we would make an offer based on your successful completion of the IB Diploma; if you are studying an American High School Diploma, we would make an offer based on a minimum GPA of 2.8 plus three APs at grades 4, 3, 3.

English Language requirements for September 2019

English is our language of instruction and we require proof of your English proficiency. 

You can demonstrate your English proficiency with:

•    IELTS: Overall score of 6.0 with no score below 5.5 in any of the four components

•    PTE Academic: Overall score of 58, with 51 or above in each individual component

•    TOEFL IBT: Overall score 80. (We do not accept TOEFL from applicants requiring a Tier 4 visa, as this qualification is no longer accepted by the UK Visas and Immigration Department (UKVI)

•    A-level/GCSE/IGCSE English: Grade C / 4 or above (for IGCSE certificates, please provide the Supplementary Certifying Statement with the breakdown of component grades)

•    International Baccalaureate: Grade 4 or above in English at Higher or Standard Level

This list is not exhaustive. We will review the English qualifications you submit as part of your application and be in contact if we require anything further.
For applicants who wish to improve their English language proficiency, please see our English language courses.

Please note, requirements for future intakes are subject to change.

On-campus diagnostic test

For offer holders able to visit us in London, we can provide a free on-campus English diagnostic test.  This test must be arranged in advance. To book a test, please contact [email protected] Please note, this is a diagnostic test for Regent’s University London applicants only.

English for Academic Purposes (EAP)

As a Regent’s student you will take an English for Academic Purposes (EAP) module in your first semester in order to support the development of your academic work in English.

Please note that students who achieve an IELTS 6.5, with a minimum score of 5.5 in each component, or an equivalent result, are exempt from taking the EAP module and have an additional academic module.

Students entering with Recognition of Prior Learning

If you are joining your programme at an advanced entry point, we require IELTS 6.5 with a minimum 6.0 in Reading and Writing, with no score below 5.5 in any other components.


This unique programme will equip you with the essential skills and knowledge needed to operate professionally across international boundaries. You will be prepared for a diverse range of careers in both the public and private sectors including:

  • Academia
  • Economics
  • Government
  • History
  • International business
  • Law
  • Media
  • Political science
  • Public Relations
  • Think tanks

Liberal studies graduates are suited to a broader range of career options, including:

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance
  • Management
  • Politics

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BA (Hons) Liberal Studies (International Relations)

BA (Hons) Liberal Studies (International Relations) with Integrated Foundation

Annouska Ruparell

"A liberal arts education is by nature, broad, flexible and diverse. Studying various disciplines gave me a wider and more useful education that best suited my interests." Annouska Ruparell