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Overview

The International Relations BA degree is an interdepartmental multi-disciplinary course addressing key global challenges, issues and approaches to politics. This three-year undergraduate course will provide you with a sophisticated understanding of International Relations, both as a subject of academic study and as intellectual preparation for a wide range of career choices. You will develop the ability to handle a broad range of evidence, analyse complex issues and present arguments in a clear, concise and effective manner, both orally and in writing.

 

Key benefits

  • Your learning will be supported by leading international experts who work closely with governments, armed forces and NGOs globally, including specialists on all the key regions of the world, making King’s a leading centre for the study of international relations, conflicts and conflict resolutions.
  • The degree features a variety of modules, enabling you to develop your specialist interests covering a diverse range of areas.
  • This course draws cross-departmental expertise from War Studies, European & International Studies and the King’s School of Global Affairs.
  • Intellectually and physically located close to government; our campus is just ten minutes' walk from Whitehall in the heart of London amongst the media, museums, and major libraries and research institutes of the capital.
  • Department has established relationships and links with major London institutions such as Chatham House, IISS, RUSI, Janes Defence, Visiongain and AKE. 
  • Employability in numerous fields including the NGO sector, International Organisations, diplomacy, political analysis, journalism and much more.

 

Key information

UCAS code L250

Duration 3 years

Study mode Full-time

Course type Single honours

Further details

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy

Department Department of War Studies

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Description

The International Relations BA (Hons) programme comprises 360 credits in total and is studied over three years. You will learn to think critically and independently about the subjects you encounter in your studies, and develop a range of skills that will support your intellectual, vocational and personal development. The course is structured around four pillars of study: International History, International Theory, International Political Economy, and International practice (including diplomacy, foreign policy and strategy).

In the first year, you will study modules including International Relations Theory, History of the International System and Contemporary Security Issues, providing you with the foundations for the further study of International Relations. 

In your second year, you will study Global Politics, and also a variety of additional subjects from within the War Studies Department and European & International Studies areas of the course. You will design your own curriculum to develop knowledge of the areas of study that appeal most to you.

The final year consists of three optional modules drawn from a wide range of specialist topics, including one regional specialism, and a connected research dissertation on a subject of your choice.

The optional modules provide you with opportunities to study in-depth on a range of specialist subjects that are designed to take advantage of current research expertise in the Departments of War Studies, European & International Studies, The Dickson Poon School of Law and the School of Global Affairs.

Teaching 

We use lectures, seminars and group tutorials to deliver most of the modules on the programme. You will also be expected to undertake a significant amount of independent study. You will be assigned a personal tutor who will provide pastoral support during your studies. Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

Assessment

Assessment methods will depend on the modules you have selected to study. The primary methods of assessment for this course are coursework, assessed essays, written examinations and individual and group presentations. Informal assessments also form part of the course structure, and while not for credit, this type of evaluation is an essential component of the overall learning process that allows you to develop or discard ideas and arguments.

Location

This course is mainly taught on the Strand and Waterloo Campuses. The prime, central position beside the River Thames brings outstanding advantages, and as a student you will enjoy the excellent social and cultural opportunities of the capital. The department is close to the seat of government, the City, the Royal Courts of Justice and the Inns of Court, the Imperial War Museum and the National Maritime Museum. This generates interaction between the study and practice of security and foreign policy.

Other related courses

 

Structure

Year 1

Courses are divided into modules.  Each year you will normally take modules totalling 120 credits. You will have the option to take some modules from different departments.

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up todate, innovative and relevant courses of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on this page for updates. 

Required Modules

You are required to take the following modules:

Optional Modules

There are no optional modules in your first year.

Year 2

Required Modules

You are required to take the following modules:

Optional Modules

You will then select three additional 30-credit modules from a wide range of optional modules that may typically include:

 

You have the opportunity to study abroad in the second year. Partner institutions do change from time to time, but the list currently includes the following:

  • Georgetown University
  • Hong Kong University
  • Sciences Po, Paris (basic French language required)
  • University of California
  • University of North Carolina
  • University of Sydney
  • Ca'Foscari University of Venice
  • Yonsei University
  • Keio University
  • Korea University

Year 3

 

Required Modules

You are required to take the following module:

  • Dissertation (30 Credits)

You are required to choose one 30 credit regional specialist module, which will provide an opportunity to study one area of the world in some depth. You will be expected to draw on the subject matter of your chosen regional specialism when writing your dissertation. These modules are designed to take advantage of the current research expertise of academic staff in the department and within King’s College London to bring you to the frontiers of scholarship. Typical modules may include:

  • Security Issues in The Middle East since World War II (30 credits)
  • Introduction to South Asia
  • War and International Politics in Africa 
  • Japan and East Asian Security 
  • The European Union in the International System
  • Latin America in International Relations

You are required to choose one 30 credit regional specialist module, which will provide an opportunity to study one area of the world in some depth. You will be expected to draw on the subject matter of your chosen regional specialism when writing your dissertation

These modules are designed to take advantage of the current research expertise of academic staff in the department and within King’s College London to bring you to the frontiers of scholarship. Typical modules may include:

Optional Modules

You will take 60 credits from a wide range of optional modules which may typically include:

War Studies

  • Transnational Movements, Networks & Revolutionary Strategy (30 credits)
  • Diplomacy (30 credits)
  • A History of Nations, Nationalism & Theories of the State (30 credits)
  • Worlds of Security (30 credits)
  • Contemporary debates in The English School of International Relations (30 credits)
  • Power, Politics & Ethics in International Relations (30 credits)
  • Leadership in a Time of War & Revolution (1960-69) (30 credits)
  • The UN & Global Governance (30 credits) 
  • War & International Politics in Africa (30 credits)
  • Nature of Riots (30 credits)
  • Contemporary Military Strategy (30 credits)
  • War & Strategy in East Asia (30 credits)
  • The 9/11 Era: Anglo-American (30 credits)
  • Foreign Policy since the End of the Cold War (30 credits)
  • Critical Security Studies (30 credits)
  • Cyber Security: Politics, Policy and Practice (30 credits)
  • The UN & Global Governance (30 credits)
  • Gendering Global Politics (30 credits)
  • Weapons of Mass Destruction in International Politics (30 credits)
  • Religion & Politics of the Middle East (30 credits)
  • Political Economy of the Middle East (30 credits)

 European & International Studies

The Dickson Poon School of Law

Entry requirements

 

Required grades

A*AA

Please note that A-level General Studies, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills and Global Perspectives are not accepted by King's as one of your A-levels. However, if offered the grade achieved may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has just fallen short of the conditions of their offer.

Required grades

35 points overall (including TOK/EE) and three Higher Level subjects at 766

Required grades

45 Level 3 credits: 39 must be from units awarded at Distinction, with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit

Required grades

D2 D3 D3

Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels) considered

Required grades

Further information below

If you are taking the new RQF BTEC Nationals (2016), you will not be required to fulfil the module requirement stipulated above - you will only need to get the right overall grade. If you are taking the QCF BTEC Nationals (2010), you must achieve both the required overall grade and the specified module grades. If you are unsure which BTEC you are studying, your teacher or school/college counsellor should be able to tell you.

Required grades

Further information below

If you are taking the new RQF BTEC Nationals (2016), you will not be required to fulfil the module requirement stipulated above - you will only need to get the right overall grade. If you are taking the QCF BTEC Nationals (2010), you must achieve both the required overall grade and the specified module grades. If you are unsure which BTEC you are studying, your teacher or school/college counsellor should be able to tell you.

Required grades

Further information below

If you are taking the new RQF BTEC Nationals (2016), you will not be required to fulfil the module requirement stipulated above - you will only need to get the right overall grade. If you are taking the QCF BTEC Nationals (2010), you must achieve both the required overall grade and the specified module grades. If you are unsure which BTEC you are studying, your teacher or school/college counsellor should be able to tell you.

Required grades

88% overall

 

Visit our admissions webpages to view our international entry requirements and English language entry requirements.

Required subjects

No compulsory subjects.

Preferred subjects

None.

Further information and other requirements

Entry requirements
A-levels  A*AA  Please note that A-level General Studies, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills and Global Perspectives are not accepted by King's as one of your A-levels. However, if offered the grade achieved may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has just fallen short of the conditions of their offer.
Access to HE Diploma

D: 39 credits

M: 6 credits

P: 0 credits

Access to HE Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits: 39 must be from units awarded at Distinction, with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit.
Cambridge Pre-U D2 D3 D3 Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels) considered.
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF from 2010)   DDM with eleven Distinctions and two A levels at grades A*A or D*DD with fourteen Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA.
BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF from 2010)   DM with six Distinctions and two A levels at grades A*A or D*D with ten Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA.
BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (QCF from 2010)   D with four modules at Distinction and two A levels at grades A*A or D* with five modules at Distinction and two A levels at grades AA.
Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers

 AAA at Higher

and

AA at Advanced Higher

Must be a combination of three Scottish Highers and two Scottish Advanced Highers. We do not count the Higher and Advanced Higher in the same subject.
International Baccalaureate 35 points including 7,6,6 at Higher Level. Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE.
Other International Qualifications   Visit our admissions webpages to view our international entry requirements.
English Language requirements  Band B Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

Selection procedure

Application deadline: January 15th 2020

Fees and funding

Full time tuition fees UK:

The UK tuition fee for the 2020-2021 academic year is currently £9,250 per year. This is based on the UK Government’s cap.

Full time tuition fees EU:

Students starting their programme in 2020/21 (September 2020) who are eligible to pay EU fees will pay the same rate of tuition fees as UK students. This will apply for the duration of their programme, but may be subject to change by the UK Government for subsequent cohorts from 2021/22.

The UK tuition fee for the 2020-2021 academic year is currently £9,250 per year. This is based on the UK Government’s cap.

Full time tuition fees International:

The International tuition fee for the 2020-2021 academic year is £19,800 per year.

Please note that the International tuition fee is subject to annual increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

All International applicants to Undergraduate programmes are required to pay a deposit of £2,000 against their first year’s tuition fee. This deposit is payable when you firmly accept an unconditional offer to study with us, and will be offset against your tuition fees when you join King’s.

 

Additional costs/expenses

If you choose the study abroad option with one of King’s partner universities, you will not be charged tuition fees by the host university (although some partners do charge a small administration fee for applying). Please see the Study Abroad webpages for details of the relevant partner universities. King’s will continue to invoice for a proportion of King›s tuition fees. 

You should also budget to pay for the associated subsistence costs, such as travel, visas, accommodation and food as well as any vaccination/immunisations required by the country to which you are travelling. 

In addition to the costs above, you can also expect to pay for: 

  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies 
  • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions 
  • Library fees and fines 
  • Personal photocopies 
  • Printing course handouts 
  • Society membership fees 
  • Stationery 
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses 
  • Graduation costs
  • alternative venue examination fees

For further information, please visit our fees and funding pages.

Financial help and support

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Career prospects

Our graduates go on to work in a range of fields including government (most commonly in Ministries of Defence and Foreign Affairs in the UK and abroad), academia, journalism, banking (often in emerging markets or risk analysis), research and policy think-tanks, humanitarian organisations and international organisations.

Career destinations

Recent graduates have found employment as:

  • Account Executive, IT re-seller
  • Accounts Assistance, IJS Global
  • Army Officer, British Army
  • Consultant, Ernst & Young
  • Creative Writer, Groupon
  • Defence Analyst, Vision Gain
  • Parliamentary Assistant, House of Commons
  • Special Constable, Metropolitan Police
  • Trainee Accountant, a legal practice

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