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International Relations BA

UCAS code: L250

Key information

Course type:
Single honours
Delivery mode:
Classroom
Study mode:
Full time
Duration:
3 years
Application status:
Open
Start date:
September 2022
Application deadline:
26 January 2022
Apply via UCAS

The Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in International Relations is an interdepartmental multi-disciplinary programme 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 major 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 wide range of diverse areas.
  • This course draws cross-departmental expertise from War Studies, European & International Studies and The Dickson Poon School of Law
  • King’s location in the heart of London, gives unparalleled access to government, the media, museums, as well as major libraries and research institutes
  • Employability in numerous fields including the government, NGO sector, International Organisations, diplomacy, political analysis, journalism and much more

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.  

Course Aims

  • 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 programme is structured around four pillars of study: International History, International Relations 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, Conflict & Diplomacy, and Contemporary Security Issues, providing you with the foundations for the study of International Relations.
  • In your second year, you will study Research Methods in War Studies and International Relations & Global Politics and also a variety of additional subjects drawn from within the Department of War Studies and European & International Studies. You will select your own modules 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 10,000-word 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 and The Dickson Poon School of Law..
  • Students will have the option in Year 2 and Year 3 to take a 15-credit language module at the Modern Language Centre as additional credits.

Base campuses

strand-quad
Strand Campus

Located on the north bank of the River Thames, the Strand Campus houses King's College London's arts and sciences faculties.

waterloo-banner
Waterloo Campus

Waterloo campus is home of the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery and facilities for other faculties

Special features

Optional study abroad
Optional internships

Course accreditation

kcl logo

King's College London and Affiliates

Regulating bodies

King's is regulated by the Office for Students

Subject requirements

Required subjects:
None.
Preferred subjects:
None.

A-Levels

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.

Notes: If you are taking linear A-levels in England, you will be required to pass the practical endorsement in all Science subjects. This is with the exception of private candidates who are unable to take the practical component. We do not consider the EPQ at any point of the assessment process.

Contextual A-Level information

AAB 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. Notes: If you are taking linear A-levels in England, you will be required to pass the practical endorsement in all Science subjects. This is with the exception of private candidates who are unable to take the practical component. We do not consider the EPQ at any point of the assessment process.

International Baccalaureate

35 points including 766 at Higher Level.

Notes: The total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE.

Contextual International Baccalaureate information

35 points including 665 at Higher Level. Notes: The total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE.

Alternative accepted qualifications

Standard requirements

International applicants

Equivalent International qualifications

Course specific subject requirements are indicated in subject requirements above

English language requirements

Please note that nationals of Majority English Speaking Countries (as defined by UKVI) who have successfully completed high school in the respective country, are not required to complete an English language test. For information on our English requirements and whether you need to complete an English language test, please see our English Language requirements page.

Selection process

Application deadline: 26th January 2022 - 18:00 GMT

 

Contextual consideration

We make contextual offers for this programme, which can be found in the entry requirements. As part of the assessment process, we take into account contextual information to gain a more complete picture of each application. More information can be found on the Contextualised admissions website.

Deferrals

Applications can be submitted for deferred entry by choosing the appropriate year of entry on the UCAS application.

If your circumstances change and, therefore, you need to request a deferral after an offer has been made, then we can generally permit these for this programme. However, each deferral request will be considered on a case-by-case basis and we reserve the right to decline any post-offer deferral request. Requests should be submitted via a message on King’s Apply with an explanation of the reason for making the request.

Please note, second deferral requests will only be considered where the request is due to extreme unforeseen extenuating circumstances, for example, health reasons. We are unable to permit deferral requests that go beyond two years and you would need to apply again. This is with the exception of deferrals which are due to military/national service.

Foundation courses

Applicants studying Foundation Year programmes in the UK are welcome to apply for this programme. Foundation programmes from other universities and further education providers in the UK are considered on a case-by-case basis. Whether or not we can consider a particular foundation year as suitable for study at King's depends on the content of the syllabus and modules studied. In the past we have accepted foundation programmes from a number of other institutions.

We are unable to accept Foundation programmes that are integrated as part of a main degree at another institution. These may be called Year 0 or Integrated Foundations. We are also unable to accept non-UK Foundation courses.

Once you have submitted an application, the Admissions Office may contact you via King's Apply to ask for further details on your qualification, such as a list of modules and course specifications.

The King's International Foundation Programme has guaranteed pathways available for progression onto our King's undergraduate degree programmes, and information can be found on the website.

Graduates

Our general entry requirements are based on A-level or equivalent. However, where an applicant is completing/has completed a degree, we are able to consider the degree study as part of the assessment of the application.

Generally, we would consider a minimum of a UK Bachelor degree with a 2:1 grade profile (or overseas equivalent) as meeting the entry requirements for our undergraduate degrees. However, those who have achieved/are predicted a high 2:1 or a First may be considered more competitive.

Once you have submitted an application, the Admissions Office may contact you via King's Apply to ask for further details on your degree study.

Personal Statement

Your personal statement is one of the many factors in the overall assessment of your application, and is your opportunity to introduce yourself to the university and inform us of your commitment to the programme and how the programme fits into your career plans, as well as any work experience or extracurricular activities you have done.

Reference

We are able to accept a military reference for all programmes within the Department of War Studies.

Resits

The University has currently implemented a suspension of the resit policies due to the Coronavirus situation, which is in place for all undergraduate programmes. This has now been extended, therefore, this means that all our standard resit policies will pause for applications received in the 2021/22 admissions cycle.

The below is the standard resit policy for this programme and is expected to be reintroduced from the 2022/23 admissions cycle.

In a standard admissions cycle, we are able to consider applicants who have retaken their qualifications, however, you should bear in mind that your application for this programme will be reviewed alongside other strong applicants who might be viewed more favourably if they achieved the required grades within a standard timeframe, for example, a two year period for A-levels.

We consider applicants who have recently achieved grades which are below the entry criteria, and have subsequently studied/are studying another qualification to seek entry, such as an Access to HE Diploma or a Foundation programme, to be resit applicants.

Transfers

Transfers into this programme are not permitted. 

Help for international applicants

International Foundation Year

If you don't have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, we can help with our Foundation year courses.

Pre-sessional courses

If you have an offer from King's, but English isn't your first language, we have courses to help you.

Teaching methods - what to expect

We will use a delivery method that will ensure students have a rich, exciting experience from the start. Face to face teaching will be complemented and supported with innovative technology so that students also experience elements of digital learning and assessment.

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. 

Personal tutors provide you with the opportunity to periodically take stock of your learning, academic progress and general wellbeing as you progress through your studies, offering guidance on how to seek further support if you need it, and how to access the range of opportunities available to you as a King's student.

In Year 1 you will spend 14% of time in scheduled learning and teaching activities and 86% of time in guided independent study. In Year 2, 13% in scheduled learning and teaching and 87% in guided independent study. In Year 3, percentages are 11% and 89% respectively. 

 

Assessment

  • Assessed Essays
  • Individual or group presentations
  • Written Examinations
  • Written Dissertation

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, individual and group presentations and a written dissertation. 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.

In Year 1, 56% of assessment will be by written exams, 3% of assessment by practical exams and 41% of assessment by coursework. In Year 2, 46% will be exams, 4% practical exams, and 50% coursework. In Year 3, 24% by exams, and 76% will be assessment by coursework.

Structure

Courses are divided into modules. Each year you will normally take modules totalling 120 credits.

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

Employability

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.

Destinations

Recent graduates have found employment within the following job roles and companies:

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

Tuition Fees

Full time tuition fees UK:

The UK tuition fee for the 2022-2023 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 2022-2023 academic year is £22,500 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.

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). 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.   Please see the Study Abroad web pages for details of the relevant partner universities and detailed information on the fees that apply under the Course Essentials tab.

Additional Costs

In addition to your tuition costs, 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 
  • Stationary
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses
  • Graduation costs
  • Alternative venue examination fees

Funding

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.  

Course Aims

  • 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 programme is structured around four pillars of study: International History, International Relations 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, Conflict & Diplomacy, and Contemporary Security Issues, providing you with the foundations for the study of International Relations.
  • In your second year, you will study Research Methods in War Studies and International Relations & Global Politics and also a variety of additional subjects drawn from within the Department of War Studies and European & International Studies. You will select your own modules 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 10,000-word 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 and The Dickson Poon School of Law..
  • Students will have the option in Year 2 and Year 3 to take a 15-credit language module at the Modern Language Centre as additional credits.

Base campuses

strand-quad
Strand Campus

Located on the north bank of the River Thames, the Strand Campus houses King's College London's arts and sciences faculties.

waterloo-banner
Waterloo Campus

Waterloo campus is home of the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery and facilities for other faculties

Special features

Optional study abroad
Optional internships

Course accreditation

kcl logo

King's College London and Affiliates

Regulating bodies

King's is regulated by the Office for Students

Subject requirements

Required subjects:
None.
Preferred subjects:
None.

A-Levels

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.

Notes: If you are taking linear A-levels in England, you will be required to pass the practical endorsement in all Science subjects. This is with the exception of private candidates who are unable to take the practical component. We do not consider the EPQ at any point of the assessment process.

Contextual A-Level information

AAB 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. Notes: If you are taking linear A-levels in England, you will be required to pass the practical endorsement in all Science subjects. This is with the exception of private candidates who are unable to take the practical component. We do not consider the EPQ at any point of the assessment process.

International Baccalaureate

35 points including 766 at Higher Level.

Notes: The total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE.

Contextual International Baccalaureate information

35 points including 665 at Higher Level. Notes: The total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE.

Alternative accepted qualifications

Standard requirements

International applicants

Equivalent International qualifications

Course specific subject requirements are indicated in subject requirements above

English language requirements

Please note that nationals of Majority English Speaking Countries (as defined by UKVI) who have successfully completed high school in the respective country, are not required to complete an English language test. For information on our English requirements and whether you need to complete an English language test, please see our English Language requirements page.

Selection process

Application deadline: 26th January 2022 - 18:00 GMT

 

Contextual consideration

We make contextual offers for this programme, which can be found in the entry requirements. As part of the assessment process, we take into account contextual information to gain a more complete picture of each application. More information can be found on the Contextualised admissions website.

Deferrals

Applications can be submitted for deferred entry by choosing the appropriate year of entry on the UCAS application.

If your circumstances change and, therefore, you need to request a deferral after an offer has been made, then we can generally permit these for this programme. However, each deferral request will be considered on a case-by-case basis and we reserve the right to decline any post-offer deferral request. Requests should be submitted via a message on King’s Apply with an explanation of the reason for making the request.

Please note, second deferral requests will only be considered where the request is due to extreme unforeseen extenuating circumstances, for example, health reasons. We are unable to permit deferral requests that go beyond two years and you would need to apply again. This is with the exception of deferrals which are due to military/national service.

Foundation courses

Applicants studying Foundation Year programmes in the UK are welcome to apply for this programme. Foundation programmes from other universities and further education providers in the UK are considered on a case-by-case basis. Whether or not we can consider a particular foundation year as suitable for study at King's depends on the content of the syllabus and modules studied. In the past we have accepted foundation programmes from a number of other institutions.

We are unable to accept Foundation programmes that are integrated as part of a main degree at another institution. These may be called Year 0 or Integrated Foundations. We are also unable to accept non-UK Foundation courses.

Once you have submitted an application, the Admissions Office may contact you via King's Apply to ask for further details on your qualification, such as a list of modules and course specifications.

The King's International Foundation Programme has guaranteed pathways available for progression onto our King's undergraduate degree programmes, and information can be found on the website.

Graduates

Our general entry requirements are based on A-level or equivalent. However, where an applicant is completing/has completed a degree, we are able to consider the degree study as part of the assessment of the application.

Generally, we would consider a minimum of a UK Bachelor degree with a 2:1 grade profile (or overseas equivalent) as meeting the entry requirements for our undergraduate degrees. However, those who have achieved/are predicted a high 2:1 or a First may be considered more competitive.

Once you have submitted an application, the Admissions Office may contact you via King's Apply to ask for further details on your degree study.

Personal Statement

Your personal statement is one of the many factors in the overall assessment of your application, and is your opportunity to introduce yourself to the university and inform us of your commitment to the programme and how the programme fits into your career plans, as well as any work experience or extracurricular activities you have done.

Reference

We are able to accept a military reference for all programmes within the Department of War Studies.

Resits

The University has currently implemented a suspension of the resit policies due to the Coronavirus situation, which is in place for all undergraduate programmes. This has now been extended, therefore, this means that all our standard resit policies will pause for applications received in the 2021/22 admissions cycle.

The below is the standard resit policy for this programme and is expected to be reintroduced from the 2022/23 admissions cycle.

In a standard admissions cycle, we are able to consider applicants who have retaken their qualifications, however, you should bear in mind that your application for this programme will be reviewed alongside other strong applicants who might be viewed more favourably if they achieved the required grades within a standard timeframe, for example, a two year period for A-levels.

We consider applicants who have recently achieved grades which are below the entry criteria, and have subsequently studied/are studying another qualification to seek entry, such as an Access to HE Diploma or a Foundation programme, to be resit applicants.

Transfers

Transfers into this programme are not permitted. 

Help for international applicants

International Foundation Year

If you don't have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, we can help with our Foundation year courses.

Pre-sessional courses

If you have an offer from King's, but English isn't your first language, we have courses to help you.

Teaching methods - what to expect

We will use a delivery method that will ensure students have a rich, exciting experience from the start. Face to face teaching will be complemented and supported with innovative technology so that students also experience elements of digital learning and assessment.

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. 

Personal tutors provide you with the opportunity to periodically take stock of your learning, academic progress and general wellbeing as you progress through your studies, offering guidance on how to seek further support if you need it, and how to access the range of opportunities available to you as a King's student.

In Year 1 you will spend 14% of time in scheduled learning and teaching activities and 86% of time in guided independent study. In Year 2, 13% in scheduled learning and teaching and 87% in guided independent study. In Year 3, percentages are 11% and 89% respectively. 

 

Assessment

  • Assessed Essays
  • Individual or group presentations
  • Written Examinations
  • Written Dissertation

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, individual and group presentations and a written dissertation. 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.

In Year 1, 56% of assessment will be by written exams, 3% of assessment by practical exams and 41% of assessment by coursework. In Year 2, 46% will be exams, 4% practical exams, and 50% coursework. In Year 3, 24% by exams, and 76% will be assessment by coursework.

Structure

Courses are divided into modules. Each year you will normally take modules totalling 120 credits.

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

Employability

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.

Destinations

Recent graduates have found employment within the following job roles and companies:

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

Tuition Fees

Full time tuition fees UK:

The UK tuition fee for the 2022-2023 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 2022-2023 academic year is £22,500 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.

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). 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.   Please see the Study Abroad web pages for details of the relevant partner universities and detailed information on the fees that apply under the Course Essentials tab.

Additional Costs

In addition to your tuition costs, 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 
  • Stationary
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses
  • Graduation costs
  • Alternative venue examination fees

Funding

Key information

Course type:
Single honours
Delivery mode:
Classroom
Study mode:
Full time
Duration:
3 years
Application status:
Open
Start date:
September 2022
Application deadline:
26 January 2022
Apply via UCAS

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