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International Relations and Security Studies (with placement year)

BA (Hons)
Entry 2017: Call us now - 0800 073 1225
Entry 2018: This course is not running
Duration: 4 years
Attendance mode: Full-time
UCAS code: L255
Placement: Placement year available
Suitable for international students
Faculty of Social Sciences
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This degree is located within the Division of Peace Studies, an internationally recognised centre for excellence in teaching and research on peace and conflict issues.

International Relations is the study of the principles, interests, strategies and mechanisms that inform why and how states engage with one another and with non-state actors.

The degree provides a detailed understanding of the international system and the security of states.

Equally important is the study of human security. The second component of this degree – Security Studies – investigates the wider sphere of human relations and activities as they relate to national and international security.

For this purpose, we engage with political, military, criminal, environmental and economic threats to peace and development. The degree has a strong emphasis on the development of applied and practical skills.

Between your second and final year you will undertake a work placement or period of study abroad.

Why Bradford?

Employers emphasise the need for intellectual skills, self-skills and interactive attributes such as teamwork or persuasiveness, and you will develop
high levels of competence in many of these marketable and transferable skills.

In addition to your formal lectures, we host lectures by government representatives, and leading policymakers from organisations such as the UK Stabilisation Unit.

You also benefit from the expertise of staff associated with the Bradford Disarmament Research Centre, who work on the control of weapons of mass destruction and drone technology, our Centre for African Studies and the new Centre on Political Islam.

A year of professional experience or study abroad means you can take advantage of the many contacts that staff and our international study body have with local and international government and non-governmental organisations around the world.

This additional year means you graduate with enhanced life, language, academic and educational skills, ready for postgraduate employment. We also use our many alumni around the world to mentor and support you.

Entry requirements

These entry requirements are shown as a guide only. To check whether you meet the full entry requirements please call 0800 073 1225

BTEC Extended Diploma:

DMM — there are no specific subject requirements.

Applicants on Access Programmes:

Meet UCAS Tariff of 112 — there are no specific subject requirements.

Plus minimum of:

GCSE English at grade C or 4 (equivalents accepted).

Additional entry requirements:

If you do not meet the entry requirements for direct entry onto this course you may be interested in our Social Sciences and Management with Foundation Year course or our International Certificate of Foundation Studies.

English language requirements:

Minimum IELTS at 6.0 or the equivalent.

If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course. See the Language Centre for more details.

This course is not running.



The modules for this course can be found in the latest programme specification.

Find more information on our module descriptors page.

Reading lists

All reading lists can be found here.

Career support and prospects

Career support

The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.

Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.

Employment statistics

88% of our 2016 Peace Studies and International Development graduates found employment or went on to further study within six months of graduating.*

Career prospects

Graduates in the Division of Peace Studies are qualified for the full range of careers open to any social science student, including journalism, the civil service, teaching, research, the security sector, and the voluntary sector, including international organisations. 

Peace Studies graduates typically follow careers in local and international non-governmental development agencies, international bodies, education, journalism, and the civil service.

Salary expectations

The average starting salary for our 2016 Peace Studies graduates was £20,571.*

*These DLHE statistics are derived from annually published data by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), based on those UK domiciled graduates who are available for employment or further study and whose destinations are known.


Fees, Finance and Scholarships

Tuition fees


  • Home/EU: £9,250*
  • Home/EU, sandwich placement year fee: 10% of the applicable full-time fee
  • International: £14,250
  • International, sandwich placement year fee: £1,430

* Home/EU fees will be subject to an annual increase, set in line with government policy. A percentage of any additional higher fee income will be used to support student opportunity through increased expenditure on access, student success and progression activities.

See our Fees and Financial Support website for more details.

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This is the current course information. Modules and course details may change, subject to the University's programme approval, monitoring and review procedures. The University reserves the right to alter or withdraw courses, services and facilities as described on our website without notice and to amend Ordinances, Regulations, fees and charges at any time. Students should enquire as to the up-to-date position when applying for their course of study.