International Relations BA

University Of Leicester, United Kingdom


Next enrollment cycle

January 2022

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First Year Course Fee

USD 24,081

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  • 3 Years
  • On Campus
  • Undergraduate
  • Degree
Over the course of our International Relations BA you will explore some of the most important and interesting issues in international relations, including order and disorder in international relations, human rights in the global order, old and new security challenges, and the impact of globalisation.
  • Our lecturers produce internationally renowned, cutting-edge research, and are keen to share their knowledge. During your time with us, we will encourage you to focus your studies on your own areas of interest. You will benefit from a wide range of exciting module choices – and as our lecturers have such diverse interests, you will receive enthusiastic support and guidance for whichever area you choose.
  • Your core modules will cover international relations from 1945 to the present, ethics and international relations, the world economy, theories of international relations, international security and foreign policy. You will also be able to choose from a range of option modules covering issues such as gender and international relations, old and new wars, counter-terrorism and international development. Regions covered in depth on the course include the US, Europe, Africa and Latin America.

Enrollment Cycles

  • January 2022

Entry requirements

  • A/AS Levels: ABB-BBB. All subjects accepted. Two AS-levels considered in place of one A-level.
  • EPQ with A-levels: BBB-BBC EPQ at grade B.
  • Access to HE Diploma: Pass diploma with 45 credits at Level 3, including 25 credits at Distinction
  • International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 28 points overall.
  • BTEC Nationals: Full Diploma with DDM
  • Other national and international qualifications considered. If you do not meet the entry requirements for this course, you can apply for the International Foundation Year – Society and Culture run by the Global Study Centre. The GSC provides academic support to help you progress to your chosen undergraduate degree at the University of Leicester.
  • Second year entry may be possible with suitable qualifications.

Selection Process

  • When considering your application, we will look for evidence that you will be able to fulfil the objectives of the course and achieve the standards required. We will take into account a range of factors including previous exam results.
  • Applicants are not normally interviewed. If you receive an offer you will be invited to visit the department.

English Language Requirements

  • IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard.

Year 1

Core modules

  • Key Concepts in International Relations
  • Order and Disorder: International Relations from 1989 to the Present

Option module

Choose two option modules from:

  • Introduction to American Government and Politics
  • The Global Cold War: International Relations 1945-1989
  • Politics, Power and Ethics

Plus two option modules from:

  • Political Concepts
  • Comparative European Politics
  • Power in the World Economy

Year 2

Core modules

  • Political Analysis 1: Understanding Political Science Research
  • International Theory
  • The Making of Contemporary US Foreign Policy
  • Political Analysis 2: Preparing for your Dissertation
  • International Security Studies

Option modules

Choose one option module from:

  • Political Ideas
  • Political Parties in Contemporary Britain
  • Sex and Gender in Global Politics
  • Politics of the Global South

Then choose two option modules from:

  • European Union Politics
  • Foreign Policy Analysis
  • Governing Societies in Conflict
  • Contemporary Political Philosophy: Theories of Justice

Final Year


Choose three option modules from:

  • Feminism
  • The American Presidency
  • The Politics of War and Peace: Northern Ireland After 1972
  • Parliamentary Studies
  • Brexit and British Politics
  • The Politics of Intelligence
  • The Politics of Nuclear Weapons
  • The Politics of Contemporary British Foreign Policy
  • Climate Change: Ethics, Issues, Justice
  • Politics of the International Drug Trade
  • International Migration in the Age of Securitisation
  • Emotions in Conflict and Cooperation
  • Comparative Public Opinion

Then choose two option modules from:

  • Politics and the Environment
  • The Conservatives: Crisis and Recovery
  • American Political Development
  • The Changing Character of War
  • Global Justice and Human Rights
  • The Politics of Slavery
  • Political Legacies of Conflict in Northern Ireland
  • Political Participation in Britain
  • Democracy and EU Membership in Post-Communist Europe
  • Politics and War in Outer Space
  • Gender, Race and War
  • Strategy and International Security
  • International Relations, Statecraft and Political Conflict in Africa
  • Plus your Dissertation

Year Abroad (optional)

  • If you want to, you can spend your third year studying abroad at one of our partner institutions (eligibility is dependent on your academic performance in Years 1 and 2). Alternatively, you can opt to continue studying at the University and complete your degree in three years.
  • UK and EU Students
  • Starting in 2021 
  • The University of Leicester has made the decision to keep fees for EU students at the same level as UK student fees for this year, despite this no longer being a UK Government requirement. £9,250 in your first year. 
  • Tuition fees are subject to government regulations and may change in future years 
  • Year Abroad: your fee will be £1,250 for that year If you are resident outside the UK and the Republic of Ireland, you will need to pay a deposit of £2,000 to secure your place. This will be subtracted from your total tuition fee.

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