International Relations BA (Hons)

About the course

Learn about international relations, the politics of post-Communist states, security studies, the environment and transnational civil society. These are just some of the most pressing issues in contemporary international politics with a strong appeal to a variety of overseas organisations.

Reasons to study International Relations at De Montfort University:

  • We are one of the top 10 Politics and Public Policy departments in UK Universities
  • We offer extensive placement opportunities in the public and private sector

Key facts

UCAS course code: L250

Duration:  Three years full-time, four years with a placement

Institution code: D26

Entry and admission criteria

  • Typical offers at 280 UCAS Points. You need to study at least two A Level subjects or equivalent
  • Five GCSEs grades A–C including English Language and Maths
  • Pass in Access to HE Diploma
  • International Baccalaureate: 28 Points

We welcome applications from mature students with non-standard qualifications and recognise all other equivalent and international qualifications. Interview required: We may require you to attend an interview. We will be in touch with further information once you have applied.

International students: If English is not your first language, we require an English language level of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.

Teaching and assessment

Lectures, tutorials and seminars, group work and self-directed study are used for teaching and learning. Assessment will include coursework (e.g. presentations, essays and reports) and normally an exam. You will normally attend around 15 hours of timetabled taught sessions (lectures, tutorials etc) each week, and are expected to undertake at least 15 further hours of independent study to complete project work, research etc as required.

Course modules

First year

  • Introduction to politics
  • Introduction to Contemporary International Relations
  • Global Comparative Politics
  • Introduction to Globalisation

Second year

  • Fundamentals of Public Administration (Practice)
  • Themes and Debates in Contemporary International Relations Theory

Plus options from the following:

  • The Politics of the European Union
  • The Making of a Global World
  • Political Thought
  • Developments in British Politics
  • Unity and Diversity in Contemporary America

Third year

  • International Relations Dissertation

Plus options from the following:

  • Politics and International Relations at Work
  • International Security in a Globalised World
  • Politics of Nationalism
  • Globalisation and Democracy
  • Power, Politics and Morality
  • American Presidency

Programme/Module Information Handbooks:

Work experience and placements

An optional paid placement year offers invaluable professional experience. For further details visit our business placements page|.

Gain international experience through #DMUglobal and the Erasmus scheme

Fantastic opportunities are available throughout Europe and further afield for up to one year to gain invaluable educational, work-related and cultural experiences through our #DMUglobal| and Erasmus| schemes.

Graduate careers

The course prepares you for senior roles in public and private organisations where you can influence major decisions that affect us all. The public sector is the UK’s largest employer and one of the most diverse, challenging and exciting sectors in which to work. There is real demand for suitably qualified managers who are interested in making a difference and who understand the implications of the global financial crisis, climate change, and sustainable development, health care and other issues affecting contemporary society. Recent graduates are employed by NHS Trusts, education, health and police authorities and civil service agencies, as well as in private sector business and management. Give yourself a competitive edge in the graduate job market by completing the optional placement year.

Fees and funding

UK/EU Fees:  £9,000

International Fees:  £10,750

Learn more about fees and funding information|


Students are taught in the state-of-the-art £35 million Hugh Aston Building, complete with a selection of purpose built lecture theatres with capacities ranging from 50 to 250.

The building also features breakout spaces for group work, quiet study zones for individual work, high spec computer labs and an integrated bookshop.

An onsite coffee shop is also situated in the building for students to meet with friends and classmates.

How to apply

Applications for undergraduate courses from UK/EU applicants must go through UCAS, you can fill out an application form through their website|. If you do not have regular access to the internet or find it difficult to fill out applications online you can request an alternative format from UCAS either through their website or via the contact details below.

International students can apply to study at DMU using our online applications portal|.

Customer Service Unit
PO Box 28 
GL52 3LZ, UK

T: 0871 468 0 468

Contact details

Faculty of Business and Law
Admissions Team
De Montfort University
Hugh Aston Building, 0.30
Leicester, LE1 9BH

Online enquiry form|
T: 0116 2 50 60 70

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