Undergraduate study2017

BA (Hons)

International Relations

Department of Politics, History and International Relations

Year of entry: 2017

This course allows you to understand how we have responded to international political, economic and social challenges since the Second World War.

  • Additional Award
  • Study Abroad
  • Placement Year

BA (Hons)

International Relations

Department of Politics, History and International Relations

Year of entry: 2017

This course allows you to understand how we have responded to international political, economic and social challenges since the Second World War.

Course details

Why Choose Us?

  • 93%  of students satisfied overall for Politics and History (NSS 2015)
  • 94% of graduates in work or further study (2014 graduates)

Students of International Relations study politics in regional and global contexts, examine challenges to foreign policy decision making, and consider problems of security, international development and international politics of dynamic regions, including Europe and East Asia.

Opt for this course and you will learn about the conflicts between states and their ability - or inability - to co-operate. If you are interested in going beyond the headlines on international affairs, this is the course for you.

The course blends concepts with case studies to equip you with specific methods of analysis in international relations, the kind of analytical skills that employers value.

The International Relations course offers you the opportunity to combine your studies with electives, including Business Management, Communication and Media Studies, Economics, English, French, Geography, German, Politics, Mandarin Chinese, Social Policy, Social Psychology, Sociology, and Spanish.

You will not be expected to have studied the minor subjects at school in most cases. The exceptions are English (A-Level grade B or above), Economics (GCSE Mathematics grade C or above) and taking two languages (A-Level in one of them).

Study options
QualificationLengthUCAS code
BA (Hons) DIntS /DPS 4 years full-time sandwich L251
BA (Hons) 3 years full-time L250
International semester and year abroad

If you study a foreign language as part of your degree, you may have the opportunity to spend a year in a French, German or Spanish speaking country and to have your degree accredited with a Diploma in International Studies.

Students who study a foreign language to a sufficient level as part of their course can opt to take a four-year degree course and spend the whole of their third year abroad.

Students whose native tongue is English and who have received their education in the UK can apply for assistantships, securing paid work teaching English to school children. Other students study at a European University.

Students who do not read a foreign language have the opportunity to apply to spend a semester abroad at a partner institution in the Czech Republic, Taiwan, Sweden, Finland, Denmark or the Netherlands. Teaching and assessment at these institutions are in English.

Assessment

Modules are examined during and/or at the end of each semester, by written examinations and/or by coursework. We endeavour to provide prompt and constructive feedback through a variety of means: written comments, audio or video responses and one-on-one meetings.

First year marks are a measure of progress and are not carried forward. Overall marks obtained in the second and final years are combined in the proportion 40%:60% to produce an overall degree mark. The great majority of our students graduate with excellent or very good degrees.

If you spend the third year of your degree working or studying abroad, your degree award is worked out in the same proportion noted above, and you will additionally be eligible for a Diploma in International Studies.

Graduate destinations

In an increasingly globalised world, our graduates find opportunities in finance (retail and investment banking), non-profit/non-governmental sectors, and commercial sectors; as well as in public services and teaching, where knowledge of international affairs is becoming ever more crucial. Students with experience of learning languages and having spent time studying abroad are particularly valued as knowledge workers equipped with ‘soft-skills’ of inter-cultural communication – an increasingly crucial skill-set in a rapidly globalising business environment.

Course structure

Year 1

Areas studied include international relations, current issues, the international system and power. 

Year 2

Areas studied include foreign policy analysis, international organisations and security studies.

Optional placement / study year

Salaried professional placement and/or overseas study.

Final year

Areas studied include terrorism and political violence, major current global challenges, revolutions, and regional politics.

Entry requirements

Choose a study option below for details of the entry requirements.

UCAS code: L251 BA (Hons) DIntS /DPS 4 years full-time sandwich

A-Level
ABB (General Studies accepted)
SQA AH
AB (including a language if you wish to study two languages), plus Highers at majority A/B grades
IB
34 points overall with 6 5 5 at HL
Other
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma: DDM profile
Additional

UCAS code: L250 BA (Hons) 3 years full-time

A-Level
ABB (General Studies accepted)
SQA AH
AB (including a language if you wish to study two languages), plus Highers at majority A/B grades
IB
34 points overall with 6 5 5 at HL
Other
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma: DDM profile
Additional

The entry requirements for each course should be read alongside the University’s general entrance requirements, which give further details on acceptable subjects, alternative qualifications and minimum English language requirements.

SQA AHScottish Qualifications Authority Advanced Highers IBInternational Baccalaureate Diploma DPSDiploma in Professional Studies DISDiploma in Industrial Studies DIntSDiploma in International Studies

Fees and Finance

Course fees 2016-17

Student category

Yearly full-time fee

UK/EU Students £9,000
International Students (Band A course) £14,950

Course fees for 2017-18 will be published here as soon as they are available.

Placement year fees for 2019/20 are still to be confirmed. As an indication, for 2018/19 the current placement fees are set at 20% of the yearly full-time fee for UK/EU students and £3,000 for international students.

 

Loughborough University financial support 2016-17

Financial support for 2017-18 will be published here as soon as it is available. The current support we offer is listed below to give an indication of what may be available. 

SupportWhat is it?How much?More information
Loughborough Scholarship Programme* Cash bursaries. Additional support is available for those taking a foundation year or extended undergraduate Masters degree, as well as for mature students. Up to £6,000 over three years See below for more information or visit our website
Development Trust Scholarships Cash bursaries funded through donations from alumni and friends of the University for students from areas of low HE participation within the UK. £9,000 over three years Website
Sports Scholarships To help talented student athletes succeed in both sporting and academic development. The level of support varies by sport and performance level. Applicants need to be competing to at least junior international level. Between £500 and £3,500 per year Website 
Email
01509 226108
 Music Tuition and Scholarship Subsidised music lessons for students who show musical ability. Scholarship offered to exceptional musicians. £55 for 20 lessons £500 scholarship Website
Care Leaver’s Bursary Additional cash bursary (£1,500) and tuition fee waiver (£3,000) for those students who are care leavers. £4,500 support per year Website

* Not available to students from Wales, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man

Placements

Work placements

We encourage and support students who wish to undertake a year-long work placement during their time at Loughborough. Placements can be arranged with the help of the Careers and Employability Centre and are usually taken after the second year.

If a placement is eligible for a Diploma in Professional Studies, the degree will be converted to a four year 'sandwich' programme. In previous years, PHIR students have undertaken placements for the CBI in Brussels, IBM and Google.

Department / School Key Information Sets

BA (Hons) DIntS /DPS 4 years full-time sandwich

UCAS code: L251

BA (Hons) 3 years full-time

UCAS code: L250

Our students

Alexander D

“We are always encouraged by our lecturers to approach matters from a critical perspective. They inspire us to immerse ourselves within our subjects and seek alternate answers to what conventional wisdom would dictate.”

Bernice B

“The flexible nature of the course and being able to study other subject areas such as French and Sociology really appealed to me.”

Kailey H

“In my second year I went on a trip to Brussels with the department, visiting the European Parliament, the Commission and talking to some very influential people. It was a brilliant opportunity.”

Gifty O

“I did a placement year in finance. I gained a lot of invaluable experience and it was a fantastic opportunity that showed me how versatile my course is in the real world.”

Alexander D

“We are always encouraged by our lecturers to approach matters from a critical perspective. They inspire us to immerse ourselves within our subjects and seek alternate answers to what conventional wisdom would dictate.”

Bernice B

“The flexible nature of the course and being able to study other subject areas such as French and Sociology really appealed to me.”

Kailey H

“In my second year I went on a trip to Brussels with the department, visiting the European Parliament, the Commission and talking to some very influential people. It was a brilliant opportunity.”

Gifty O

“I did a placement year in finance. I gained a lot of invaluable experience and it was a fantastic opportunity that showed me how versatile my course is in the real world.”