International Relations with History BA (Hons)

International Relations and History students collaborating
UCAS Code
L253
Mode of Study
Full-time, Full-time sandwich with work placement
Duration
3 years full-time, 4 years sandwich with work placement
Start Date
September 2018, September 2019

Overview

If you're interested in the issues facing the global community and fascinated by history, this BA (Hons) International Relations with History degree course is for you.

You'll examine international issues such as the causes of conflicts, the challenges of managing migration and the global response to climate change. You'll look at current problems, past responses and government and global policies. You'll also study British and global history and develop your skills in research and analysis.

This course will set you up for a career or postgraduate study in areas such as government, the international charity sector, international organisations (such as the UN), culture and heritage, museums and international business. You'll have sought-after qualities you can transfer easily to the workplace in roles that involve analysis, research, communication and teamwork.

What you'll experience

On this degree course you'll:

  • Develop the skills to analyse the latest topics and issues in international relations by taking part in 'pop-up seminars' with staff and your peers, discussing events as they occur
  • Enhance your studies by taking advantage of our close links with the National Museum of the Royal Navy, Portsmouth Records Service and the D-Day Museum
  • Learn from staff who are members of the Centre for European and International Studies Research (CEISR), the UK's largest research centre of its kind
  • Have access to primary and secondary historical sources through local organisations and archive subscriptions
  • Develop career-enhancing skills alongside your academic study with skills training, opportunities to do work experience and the chance to learn another language
  • Explore current debates about how the past is interpreted with expert scholars in the field
  • Do detailed academic analysis of major recent international events, such as the Ukraine Crisis, the 'Occupy' movement, the rise of ISIS and the effects of the Arab Spring
  • Tailor your studies to your interests, aims and the periods of history that excite you most
  • Have the chance to study abroad at one of our partner institutions – for example, Science Po in Strasbourg or Paris (France), Maastricht University (Netherlands), University of Trento (Italy), Université libre de Bruxelles (Belgium) and University of Szeged (Hungary)

Work experience and career planning

To give you the best chance of securing a great job when you graduate, our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience during your course.

We can help you identify placements, internships and voluntary roles that will complement your studies.

This course allows you to take the Learning From Experience (LiFE) option. This means you can earn credits towards your degree for work, volunteer and research placements that you do alongside your study.

Placement year

After your second year, you can do an optional work placement year to get valuable longer-term work experience.

We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your aspirations. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.

Careers and opportunities

When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work and support you in identifying postgraduate study opportunities.

Graduates from this degree have gone on to careers in areas such as:

  • government
  • the security services
  • international organisations like the UN
  • international charities such as Amnesty International and the Red Cross
  • policy research
  • media and international business consultancy
  • political risk analysis
  • public relations
  • journalism
  • law
  • teaching
  • administration
  • the heritage sector and museums
  • publishing

Job roles former students have go on to include:

  • politician’s researcher
  • public affairs consultant
  • social researcher
  • political analyst
  • conference organiser
  • local government administrator
  • archivist
  • museum curator
  • public relations officer
  • information analyst

You could also continue your studies at Master's or PhD level.

When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work. After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years as you advance in your career.

Entry requirements​

To do this degree, you need to apply for the BA (Hons) International Relations course. This is because it's a 'pathway' degree.

You’ll study International Relations in depth and add History as a complementary subject in years 2 and 3. You’ll graduate with a BA (Hons) International Relations with History degree when you finish the course.

These are the entry requirements for the BA (Hons) International Relations course.

Entry requirements for this course may be more flexible during Clearing.
Entry Requirements

​Course costs

Tuition fees (2018 start)

  • UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
  • International students – £13,200 per year (subject to annual increase)

Additional course costs

These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.

Additional costs

Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.

You’ll study up to 6 units a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each unit.

You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.

We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.

If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.

If you do any placements outside of the EU/EEA, you’ll need to cover the travel costs. These costs are usually around £1000. You’ll also need to cover the living costs, which will vary depending on the duration and location of the placement.

You’ll also need to meet any additional tuition costs for units of study you take outside of your agreed study abroad programme. This normally costs around £200.

​What you'll study

Each unit on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study units worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 units worth 20 credits and 1 unit is worth 40 credits.

Units currently being studied

Core units in this year include:

  • Current Political Issues
  • Global Issues
  • Introduction To International Relations: States, Conflict And Cooperation
  • Introduction To Political Thought
  • Political Economy In A Globalising World
  • Understanding Governance And Politics

There are no optional units in this year.

Core units in this year include:

  • International Politics
  • Perspectives On World Politics

Optional units in this year currently include:

  • Ethnicity And Conflict Resolution
  • Comparative Foreign Policy Analysis
  • British Politics, 1945-Present
  • Researching Politics And IR
  • Russian And Eurasian Politics
  • Revolution To Dictatorship: Russia And USSR
  • Conflict And Disaster
  • Perspectives On World Politics
  • International Politics Of The Middle East
  • Home And Away: US Foreign And Domestic Policy
  • Democratisation In Latin America
  • End Of The European Order
  • IWLP Language
  • Learning From Experience (LiFE)
  • Introduction To Teaching

Core units in this year:

  • International Relations Dissertation

Optional units in this year currently include:

  • Strategic Studies
  • Democracy And Democratisation
  • Global Political Economy
  • Negotiation And Lobbying In EU
  • Protest, Dissent And Solidarity
  • Regional Powers, Politics And Security
  • Global Journalism And Human Rights
  • Security Challenges in 21st Century
  • Learning From Experience (LiFE)
  • Learning From Experience Plus (LiFE+)
  • Introduction To Teaching
  • History Special Subject 1
  • History Special Subject 2
  • Group Research Project 1
  • Group Research Project 2

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional units may not run every year. If a unit doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative unit.

Learning support

As well as support by faculty teaching staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).

ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:

  • academic writing
  • note taking
  • time management
  • critical thinking
  • presentation skills
  • referencing
  • working in groups
  • revision, memory and exam techniques

Teaching​

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • independent study
  • work placement
  • plenaries
  • simulations
  • roundtables
  • guest lectures

How you'll spend your time

Each academic year is divided into 2 teaching blocks and an assessment period:

  • Autumn teaching block – September to December
  • Spring teaching block – January to Easter
  • Assessment period – Easter to June

Most teaching takes place during the day, Monday to Friday. There's no teaching on Wednesday afternoons. You may occasionally need to go to University and course events in the evenings and at weekends.

Most teaching takes place during the day, Monday to Friday. There’s no teaching on Wednesday afternoons. You may occasionally need to go to University and course events in the evenings and at weekends.

How you're assessed​

You’ll be assessed through:

  • written exams
  • coursework
  • article reviews
  • essays
  • projects
  • briefing papers
  • individual and group presentations
  • 10,000 word dissertation

You’ll often be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

Admissions terms and conditions

When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to our terms and conditions as well as the University’s policies, rules and regulations. You should read and consider these before you apply.

Apply

You need to choose BA (Hons) International Relations when you apply for this course, because this is a ‘pathway’ course. This is where you study International Relations in depth and add History as a complementary subject in years 2 and 3. You’ll then graduate with a BA (Hons) International Relations with History degree when you complete the course. 

If you change your mind after you apply, you can choose not to study History in years 2 and 3. You’ll then graduate with a BA (Hons) International Relations degree when you complete the course. 
 
How to apply from outside the UK

If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply for this course through UCAS (see the 'How to apply' section above for details). You can also apply directly to us or you can get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region.

To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section. 

How to apply

Want to start this course this year?

There are still a few places available. To discuss your options and secure your place, give us a call on +44 (0)23 9284 8090 or ask us to call you back.

Want to start this course in 2019?

To start in 2019 you need to apply through UCAS. You can start your application now and submit it from 5 September. You’ll need:

  • the UCAS course code – L253
  • our institution code – P80

Not quite ready to apply?

Come to an Open Day to explore our course facilities, tour the campus and have a look around our halls of residence.

If you’re new to the application process, read our guide on applying for an undergraduate course.

Contact information
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  • +44 (0) 23 9284 5566

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