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International Relations

BA (Hons)
Entry 2017: This course is not running
Entry 2018: BBB / 120 UCAS points
Duration: 3 years
Attendance mode: Full-time
UCAS code: L295
Placement: Placement year not available
Suitable for international students
Faculty of Social Sciences
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This new International Relations degree for September 2018 entry examines the dynamics of international interaction between states, international organisations and non-state actors, with a particular emphasis on understanding regions in crisis such as the Middle East, the Korean peninsula, and the Horn of Africa.

You’ll address major contemporary questions such as:

  • Are national states losing control of international affairs?
  • Could intervention in Syria work?
  • Where did ISIS come from and where are they going?
  • Are we heading for a new Cold War with Russia?

You will study the theoretical foundations and recent developments in the discipline of International Relations, and become familiar with the models and tools used by international conflict analysts to understand crisis situations and formulate policy responses.

You will have opportunities to learn beyond the classroom through political simulation exercises, field trips and specialist workshops, creating new bridges between academic and practical dimensions of the field.

Also available with a sandwich placement year in industry.

Why Bradford?

Located in the cosmopolitan city of Bradford, you will have opportunities to connect with local organisations doing international work through volunteering, placements and training.

You can use the research component of the programme to acquire specialist knowledge in a particular region, under the supervision of our world-renowned experts working on the Middle-East and North Africa, East, South and South-East Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Latin America.

Entry requirements

This course is not running.

Typical offer: BBB / 120 UCAS points

BTEC Extended Diploma:


Plus minimum of:

English GCSE grade C or 4 (equivalents accepted).



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

Find more information on our module descriptors page.

Politics and Security Studies International Relations Global Politics and Development Applied Peace and Conflict Studies
Level 4
S1 (60 credits) Global Issues and Challenges
20 credits History of the Present
20 credits States and Power The Evolution of the International System States and Power Studying Peaceful and Unpeaceful Relations
20 credits Analysing Violence and Security Development, Poverty and Globalisation
Level 5
S1 Populism and Authoritarianism Contemporary International Relations Power, Politics and Inequality
Analysing Contemporary Conflict
Revolutions and Regime Change Globalisation and Global Governance Understanding Social and Ecological Systems and Crises
S2 Two of the following:
  • Technology, Violence and War
  • Peacebuilding, Conflict and Security
  • Political Violence and Terrorism
Two of the following:
  • Power Shifts: Regional and Global Challenges
  • Foreign Policy and Diplomacy
  • The Emergence and Dynamics of the State in International Conflict
The Politics of Development Movements for Peace, Justice and Social Change
Applied Skills in Conflict Engagement
Peacebuilding, Conflict and Security Place, Culture and Community
Level 6
S1 Dissertation
Politics and Security in Africa OR Elective Ethics in Peace and Development Practice
Pathways to Professional Practice Pathways to Professional Practice OR Politics and Security in Africa
S2 Dissertation
The International Politics of Crisis Response
One of the following:
  • Politics and Security in the Middle East
  • Creative Conflict Resolution
  • Contemporary Development Challenges

Reading lists

All reading lists can be found here.

Learning activities and assessment

Assessments will require you to produce professional policy briefs, analyses, and reports, alongside the more familiar format of academic essays and dissertations.

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.*

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.


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