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Course summary

Study global issues such as poverty, debt and famine, and how we can address the challenges faced by humanity from an international relations perspective. Gain an international perspective by exploring how nations interact on the global stage. As part of this course, you’ll:

  • Critically explore global issues such as security, poverty, debt and famine
  • Understand how we can address the challenges faced by humanity from an international relations perspective
  • Examine global inequalities, the rise of the superpower nations and what power looks like at a global level
  • Understand how major developments, including the Cold War, the fall of the Berlin Wall, globalisation, changing global power relations and the emergence of new terror threats and social movements have shaped the world
  • Evaluate theories of international relations and diplomacy and analyse the ideas, ideologies, policies and institutions that form the foundations of global politics
  • Analyse what happens during conflict, and the challenges faced by states and world organisations trying to preserve peace and security
  • Undertake a volunteering placement giving you work experience in the field
  • Blend critical thinking, analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Engage with debates about the universality of human rights and assess the success of human rights as a mechanism for social justice
  • Explore the work of human rights activists and the political strategies they employ to try and stop human rights violations
International perspective You’ll gain experiences and insight that will enhance your world view and help build your network of international contacts. Studying the roles of international organisations such as the World Bank, the World Trade Organisation and the United Nations will give you an understanding of their working processes and limitations. You’ll be encouraged to think critically and develop ideas that might help them to achieve their goals. High profile speakers Our annual Politics & International Relations Festival and Peace Lecture have previously attracted guest speakers such as Sir Keir Starmer, Leader of the Labour Party and Leader of the Opposition, former Labour MP David Miliband, and Green Party co-leader Caroline Lucas. Research expertise Our academic team are research-active and are involved in international activism and global development. They include Professor Rachel Julian, who is currently researching local understandings of conflict in Myanmar through culture and stories. Volunteering You’ll also carry out a volunteering placement of your choice, enriching your concept of society and citizenship, and developing your skills for employment. Why study International Relations at Leeds Beckett University...
  • 98% of students were positive about the teaching on BA (Hons) International Relations (pathways)*
  • Pathways available, with the option to change direction after Year 1
  • Fantastic placement opportunities
  • Guest lectures, including annual festival of Politics and International Relations
  • Volunteering opportunities
  • 93.3% of graduates in work or further study 15 months after graduation**
National Student Survey 2023 *Percentage of respondents from this course, HESA Graduate Outcomes 20-21


Year 1 Core Modules:

  • Politics, Ethics & Justice
  • International Actors & Institutions
  • World Politics
  • Introduction to Political Economy
  • Understanding International Relations
Year 2 Core Modules:
  • Active Citizenship
  • Understanding Security
  • Global Inequalities
  • Environment & World Politics
  • International Human Rights
  • Debates in Human Rights
Year 3 Core Modules:
  • Dissertation in Human Rights
  • Rethinking Diplomacy
  • Governing Globalisation
  • The Politics of Human Rights
In addition, choose from a list of Year 3 option modules. Please check our website for a full and up-to-date list.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1

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International Relations with Human Rights at Leeds Beckett University - UCAS