International Relations

Course type: Single Honours, Dual Honours, Major.
Entry requirements: Read more about entry requirements
Typical offer:BBB or ABC
Tuition fees: Read more about tuition fees
Duration and mode of study: 3 Years/ 4 years with placement, Full time
Location of study:Keele University campus
Subject Area: Politics and International Relations, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Course Overview

International Relations is not merely the study of current affairs or foreign places: it is a distinctive way of looking at the world that will enable you to understand complex global political events. The study of International Relations covers key issues of conflict, human rights, environmental change and globalisation, and provides a solid understanding of international organisations such as the UN and the European Union. It also develops a range of analytical skills to help you interpret and explain the processes at work in unfolding current events. In a world of complex interdependence, such skills are of increasing relevance to many areas of business, industry and government.

Keele has long been known as a pioneering centre of International Relations scholarship, as it was one of the first universities in the UK to offer a degree in the subject in the 1970s. Today, you will find one of the principal concentrations of International Relations specialists in the UK, and our current staff have internationally recognised teaching and research expertise in the areas of security studies, international history, international political economy and development, regional politics of Europe, Eurasia and the Middle East, feminist and postcolonial approaches to global politics, and political and International Relations theory.

Course content

Our Course Information Documents (CIDs) are designed to give you all of the details you need to make an informed decision about what and where to study.

Single Honours Course Information Document (PDF) Dual Honours and Major Minor Course Information Document (PDF)

Looking for a more complete list of modules? You can view the module list for 2016 entry on our Module Catalogue. Please note this is not a guaranteed module list for future intakes:

Module Catalogue

Skills and Careers

What will this mean for my future? 

This course provides an invaluable lens through which to see and approach the world, which appeals to many employers. You might work in journalism, the civil service or the European Parliament or as a political researcher for an MP or thinktank. You might join international organisations such as aid and development agencies, charity foundations or businesses. About 25% of graduates from this course study for higher degrees. Some of our well-known graduates include Laurence Mann, the political private secretary to David Cameron, Farah Faisal, Higher Commissioner for the Maldives, and Paul Rimmer, Director at the Ministry of Defence.

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Codes and Combinations

Codes and Combinations

For overseas students who do not meet direct entry requirements, we offer the opportunity to take an intensive International Year One in International Relations and Politics leading to second year degree entry.

Popular combinations

International Relations and Politics

International Relations and Politics are closely related, sharing several important concepts and many practical concerns, such as global inequality, climate change, globalisation, human rights and security. Both disciplines address issues concerning government, power, justice and the future of political community at various levels.

International Relations and Philosophy

Questions of International Relations often conceptually overlap with questions of political and moral philosophy, and there is a shared concern between the two disciplines with a wide range of contemporary issues, such as climate change, genetic engineering and global inequality. Both are interested in issues about government, social structures, power, justice and the relationship between the individual and the state. The clarity and precision in analysis provided by training in Philosophy complements the wide-ranging scope of International Relations concerns, many of which have profound ethical implications of the kind dealt with in moral philosophy.

Single Honours, Major and Foundation course information

International Relations with Foundation Year: L2L3 View Unistats for this course

Students are candidates for the degree of Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) (BA Hons) if their two principal courses are in humanities and/or social science subjects.

All students who study a science subject are candidates for the degree of Bachelor of Science (with Honours) (BSc Hons).

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Study abroad

For those taking a dual honours course it may be possible to choose an International Year as part of your degree resulting in a 4 year course.

On the International Relations programme you have the opportunity to spend a semester abroad in your second year studying at one of Keele’s international partner universities. Exactly which countries are available depends on the syour choice of degree subjects. An indicative list of countries is on the website Partner Universities however this does not guarantee the availability of study in a specific country as this is subject to the university’s application process for studying abroad.

No additional tuition fees are payable for studying abroad but you do have to bear the costs of travelling to and from their destination university, accommodation, food and personal costs. Depending on the destination you are studying at additional costs may include visas, study permits, residence permits, and compulsory health checks. You should expect the total costs of studying abroad to be greater than if they study in the UK, information is made available from the Global Education Team throughout the process, as costs will vary depending on destination. 

Georgie Fitzgibbon

Georgie Fitzgibbon

"The wide range of modules on offer and the flexible degree programme allows you to discover what interests you most, and the tutorials provide the opportunity for depth of study."

BA (Hons) History AND International Relations (2013)

Duncan Weaver

Duncan Weaver

"The mixture of lectures and seminars makes your first year particularly interesting. Lectures gave a great deal of breadth, covering a wide range of topics within the modules."

BA (Hons) International Relations and Politics (2010)

Sarah Palmer

Sarah Palmer

"I have particularly fond memories of my time within the SPIRE community at Keele, and believe that both my academic and personal development during that time was especially formative. "

BA (Hons) International Relations & International History (2007) and MA Diplomatic Studies (2008)

Pete Wright

Pete Wright

"I had greatly enjoyed my undergraduate course, and wanted to delve a little deeper into the subject, and to continue to play for the University hockey team."

BA (2004), MA International Relations (2005)

Oliver Williams

Oliver Williams

"Studying International Relations at Keele not only helped me to understand the theory, but also how it relates to real life situations across the world."

BA (Hons) Criminology and International Relations (2008)

Ollie Ringguth

Ollie Ringguth

"The small class sizes at Keele were extremely beneficial and allowed for high levels of interaction and some very informative debates."

BA (Hons) International Relations (2010)