International Relations at University of Southampton - UCAS

Course summary

"Is the world entering a new period of conflict and instability? How do nations interact with one another, and with what intentions? These are the type of questions you'll be asking and answering with a BSc in International Relations from the University of Southampton. We will further your understanding of international and global politics, allowing you to explore democracy and justice in today's society. You'll examine international political systems and theories, trajectories and developments in contemporary global politics, and develop crucial skills in analytical and critical thinking, as well as highly valued independent research skills. You can also choose from a range of optional modules, for example, you can focus on the politics of the UK, the EU or the US, or study modules in criminology, economics or ethics. Our alumni have gone on to careers in national and international political institutions, think tanks and advocacy organisations, the civil service, and journalism. Choose Southampton and you'll also be joining a department ranked Top 20 in the UK for International Relations (The Guardian University Guide 2024)."


With our International Relations course you will learn about the foreign and security policies of the major players in world politics. Some of the modules you may study include Theorising International Politics; Ethics of War; and Advanced Social Data Science For further module information visit

Assessment method

Modules are examined through a combination of examinations and coursework, and the specific arrangements vary according to module. Final degree classifications are based on marks from the second and third years.

How to apply

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Main Site - Highfield Campus
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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

We welcome applicants with other qualifications eg. European Baccalaureate. You will be expected to attain an equivalent standard to the A level applicant. For more details on the suitability of your qualifications or foundation programme please contact the Admissions Team at [email protected]

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English language requirements

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IELTS (Academic)6.5with no component less than 6.0

English Language proficiency for international students: All programmes at the University of Southampton are taught and assessed in the medium of English (other than those in modern foreign languages). Therefore, all applicants must demonstrate they possess at least a minimum standard of English language proficiency. For more information on the University of Southampton’s English Language entry requirements, please see the English Language Proficiency webpage at

Student Outcomes

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Go onto work and study

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
International £22300 Year 1
EU £22300 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1

Additional fee information

The tuition fees for courses starting in September 2025 will not be confirmed until August 2024. The fees shown are applicable to 2024 entry and are for illustrative purposes only. Please see our website for further details and updates:
International Relations at University of Southampton - UCAS