Undergraduate BA (Hons)

International Relations

International Relations

Course Overview

  • UCAS code

  • Institution code

  • Main location

    City Campus
  • Attendance

  • Duration

    3 Years
  • Start date

    20 Sep 2021

You will be able to choose from a number of International Relations pathways to study*:

  • BA (Hons) International Relations
  • BA (Hons) International Relations with Global Development
  • BA (Hons) International Relations with Peace Studies
  • BA (Hons) International Relations with Politics
  • BA (Hons) International Relations with Human Rights

Gain an international perspective by exploring how nations interact on the global stage, what happens during conflict, and the challenges faced by states and world organisations trying to preserve peace and security. You will engage with the theory of international relations and diplomacy, examining global inequalities, the rise of the superpower nations and what power looks like at a global level.

Understand how major developments, including the Cold War, the fall of the Berlin Wall, globalisation, changing global power relations and the emergence of new terror threats and social movements have shaped the world.

*You can apply to study the single honours degree or one of the combined awards listed below. You also have the option of changing your award at the end of your first year. You will be able to apply direct to UCAS for the combined awards using the UCAS codes provided below.

BA (Hons) International Relations with Global Development (UCAS code L258)
Explore how global development confronts the ethical dilemmas facing the distribution of power and resources. You will examine theories of development, poverty and economic crises and their relevance to the social and political challenges of the 21st century.

BA (Hons) International Relations with Peace Studies (UCAS code L252)
Understand how international relations have traditionally been conducted and the consequences and limitations of these approaches. You will examine key theories of peace, warfare and security and their relevance and practice in the 21st century. 

BA (Hons) International Relations with Politics (UCAS code L254)
Critically explore politics and examine some of the pressing issues facing us today, such as climate change, human rights, migration and the crisis of capitalism.  

BA (Hons) International Relations with Human Rights (UCAS code L253)
Many political, economic, social and cultural factors impact the successful protection and promotion of human rights around the world. You will engage with debates about the universality of human rights and assess the success of human rights as a mechanism for social justice. You will explore the work of human rights activists and the political strategies they employ to try and stop human rights violations.

Students from around the world come to study our International Relations courses, offering unique experiences and insight that will enhance your world view and help build your network of international contacts.

You will explore the roles of international organisations such as the World Bank, the World Trade Organisation and the United Nations, giving you an understanding of their working processes and limitations. You will be encouraged to think critically and propose mock ideas that might help them to achieve their goals.

You can engage in our annual Politics & International Relations Festival and Peace Lecture, which have previously attracted guest speakers such as Keir Starmer, Shadow Secretary of State for Exiting the EU, former Labour MP David Miliband, and Green Party co-leader Caroline Lucas.

Our academic team are research-active, and are involved in international activism and global development. They include Dr Rachel Julian, who is currently researching local understandings of conflict in Myanmar through culture and stories.

You will also carry out a UK or overseas volunteering placement of your choice, enriching your concept of society and citizenship, and developing your skills for employment.

Why study International Relations at Leeds Beckett University...

  1. Pathways available, with the option to change direction after Year 1
  2. Fantastic placement opportunities
  3. Guest lectures, including annual festival of Politics and International Relations
  4. Volunteering opportunities
  5. 100% of International Relations students said staff were good at explaining things*

* National Student Survey 2020

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