International Relations with International Development Studies BA (Hons)

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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 2019, September 2020

Overview

Do you want to change the world? If you want to understand the biggest global challenges, and play your part in solving them, pursue your ambition on this (BA Hons) International Relations with International Development degree course.

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 study current problems, as well as the responses of governments and global actors. And you'll explore the role and purpose of international development.

When you graduate, you'll be prepared for a career in sectors such as government, international charities and NGOs, security and intelligence, as well as international institutions such as the UN. This degree will also prepare you for postgraduate study at Masters or PhD level.

What you'll experience

On this International Relations with International Development course you'll:

  • Examine major global challenges including world poverty and hunger, environmental sustainability, universal education and health care, gender equality and women’s empowerment, democracy, human rights, and conflict and security
  • Gain the skills to analyse the latest topics and issues in international relations by taking part in 'pop-up seminars' with staff and your peers
  • 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
  • Develop career-enhancing skills alongside your academic study with skills training, opportunities to do work experience and the chance to learn another language
  • Do a 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 degree by choosing optional units that match your interests and career ambitions
  • Have the chance to study abroad at one of our partner institutions – for example, Science Po in Strasbourg or Paris (France), Maastricht University (Netherlands), Université libre de Bruxelles (Belgium), University of Nebraska Omaha (US) and University of Szeged (Hungary)
  • Learn from professionals working in the sector – recent events include a guest lecture from the Senior Strategic Advisor to Oxfam, a study day examining the conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo and a visit from an NGO based in Peru
  • Develop skills in analysis, criticism and argument, communication and problem-solving

Careers and opportunities

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

What can you do with an International Relations degree?

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
  • fundraising and campaigning
  • designing community development projects
  • public affairs
  • project management

What jobs can you do with an International Relations degree?

Job roles former students have gone on to include:

  • parliamentary researcher
  • project manager
  • public affairs consultant
  • social researcher
  • political analyst
  • conference organiser
  • local government administrator

After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

What you'll study on this BA (Hons) International Relations with International Development Studies degree

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

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

Modules

Core modules in this year include:

  • Analysing Politics: Britain and Beyond
  • Global Development
  • Key Themes in International Relations
  • Performing Like a Pro: Skills for Academic and Professional Success
  • Political Thought
  • Politics and IR: Academic Enrichment Programme

There are no optional modules in this year.

Core modules in this year include:

  • Analysing Foreign and Security Policy
  • International Thought

Optional modules in this year currently include:

  • Bending the Truth a Little? Researching Politics and International Relations
  • China and East Asian Economies
  • Danger! Censorship, Power and The People
  • Democratisation In Latin America
  • East Asian States and Societies
  • Economics and Politics of Development
  • From Revolution to Dictatorship - Russia & the Soviet Union 1917-1941
  • Gender in the Developing World
  • Global Environmental Issues and Concerns
  • Imagined Communities: Ethnicity and National Identity
  • International Community Development
  • International Politics of the Middle East
  • Introduction to Teaching
  • Learning From Experience
  • Modern Foreign Language
  • Politics and IR: Academic Enrichment Programme 
  • Politics and Policy in Action
  • Russian & Eurasian Politics
  • Slavery and Antislavery in the Atlantic World
  • Study Abroad
  • Underworlds: Crime, Deviance & Punishment in Britain, 1500-1900
  • US Foreign Policy: From the Great War to 9/11
  • US Politics

On this course, you can do an optional work placement year between your 2nd and 3rd years to get valuable experience working in industry.

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

Core modules in this year include:

  • Global Capitalism: Past, Present and Future
  • Security Challenges in the 21st Century

Optional modules in this year currently include:

  • Africa Revisited: Nation Building and 'State Fragility' in Post-Colonial Africa
  • Autocracy and Democracy
  • Comparative Public Policy and Public Administration 
  • Digital Media and Democracy
  • Dissertation / Major Project (International Relations)
  • Ethnicity Class & Culture in the Developing World
  • France in the World: Global Actor or Global Maverick?
  • Independent Project (International Relations)
  • Learning From Experience
  • Looking for Utopia, Finding Dystopia? Ideas and Ideologies in the New Millennium
  • Negotiation and Lobbying in the EU: a Simulation Game
  • NGOs and Social Movements
  • Politics and IR: Academic Enrichment Programme 
  • Professional Development: Recruiters and Candidates
  • Rethinking Aid and Development
  • Special Subject: Group Project 1
  • Special Subject: Individual Research 2
  • Strategic Management and Leadership
  • Strategic Studies
  • The Anthropology of Development
  • Transitional Justice & Human Rights

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 modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

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 in the industry.

Students have previously completed work placements at organisations such as:

  • the British Council
  • the Institute of Economic Affairs
  • Otra Cosa Network
  • the Ministry of Defence
  • the House of Commons
  • the National Museum of the Royal Navy

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

Support with English

If English isn't your first language, you can do one of our English language courses to improve your written and spoken English language skills before starting your degree. Once you're here, you can take part in our free English for Academic Purposes programme to improve your English further.

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

If you have a mental or physical disability, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) can give you help, support and advice so you can reach your potential.

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 2 assessment periods:

  • September to December – teaching block 1
  • January – assessment period 1
  • January to May – teaching block 2 (includes Easter break)
  • May to June – assessment period 2

Most teaching takes place during the day, Monday to Friday. You may occasionally need to go to University and course events in the evenings and at weekends.

There’s usually no teaching on Wednesday afternoons.

How you're assessed

You’ll be assessed through:

  • written exams
  • practical exams
  • coursework
  • case studies
  • projects
  • presentations
  • book reviews
  • assignments
  • dissertation

You’ll 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.

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

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

BA (Hons) International Relations degree entry requirements

Qualifications or experience
  • 96-112 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent.

See the other qualifications we accept

English language requirements
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

See alternative English language qualifications

Qualifications or experience
  • 96-112 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent.

See the other qualifications we accept

English language requirements
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

See alternative English language qualifications

​Course costs

Tuition fees (2019 start)

  • UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
  • International students – £13,900 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 module a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each module.

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 modules of study you take outside of your agreed study abroad programme. This normally costs around £200.

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 International Development Studies as a complementary subject in years 2 and 3. You’ll then graduate with a BA (Hons) International Relations with International Development Studies degree when you complete the course. 

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

To start in 2019 you need to apply through UCAS. You’ll need:

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

You can start your application now and submit it later if you want.

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.

To start in 2020 you need to apply through UCAS. You can register and start your application from 21 May 2019 and submit it from 5 September 2019.

In the meantime, sign up 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.

When you apply, you'll need:

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

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. 

Admissions terms and conditions

When you accept an offer to study with us, 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. 

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