Philosophy with International Relations at Royal Holloway, University of London - UCAS

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Course summary

By combining Philosophy (75% of your course) with International Relations (25%) you will take Philosophy as the major element of your degree alongside some study of international relations. Our Department of Politics, International Relations and Philosophy has a strong commitment to high-quality, cutting-edge research, all of which inform our teaching. Studying philosophy and international relations here means that you will learn from internationally renowned experts who will share their research and experience so that you gain invaluable skills for your future career. At Royal Holloway we have a unique approach to Philosophy that looks beyond the narrow confines of the Anglo-American analytic or the European traditions of philosophy to focus on both – their relationship and connections between them. The result has been the creation of a truly interdisciplinary and collaborative course that brings together academic staff from departments across the university. With the opportunity to examine (amongst other things) the core philosophical areas of epistemology, metaphysics, ethics, political philosophy as well as the history of philosophy, the range of subjects available to Philosophy students at Royal Holloway guarantees that there will be something on offer that really engages you during your time with us. The study of international relations is multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary, drawing on insights from economics, history, philosophy and sociology. You will gain an in-depth understanding of international politics, examining how states, groups and individuals interact across borders, and you will consider some of the most important issues that confront the world today.

  • Gain a detailed understanding of philosophical debates and issues underlying political systems in a globalised world
  • Explore ideas and ideologies and issues that are fundamental to understanding the politics of our times
  • Examine governments, party politics and political behaviour throughout the world
  • Develop critical research or presentation skills for your career or further study


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Assessment method

-Personal tutor in Philosophy and designated staff liaison in IR -25% modules in International Relations and 75% modules in Philosophy -Lectures, seminars, small-group tutorials, workshops, fieldtrips, etc -Diverse assessment methods from essays and exams to multiple choice questions, reports, r-eflective logs and oral presentations -Emphasis on continuous feedback both orally and in writing

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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Qualification requirements

Combinations of qualifications will be considered on an individual basis, please contact us at [email protected] to discuss your situation.

Student Outcomes

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £23800 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250* Year 1
England £9250* Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250* Year 1
Scotland £9250* Year 1
Wales £9250* Year 1
Channel Islands £9250* Year 1
International £23800 Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

The tuition fee for UK undergraduates is controlled by Government regulations. For students starting a degree in the academic year 2024/25, the fee is £9,250 for that year. Royal Holloway reserves the right to increase tuition fees annually for overseas fee-paying students. Please be aware that tuition fees can rise during your degree. The upper limit of any such annual rise has not yet been set for courses starting in 2024 but will advertised here once confirmed.  For further information see fees and funding and our terms and conditions. These estimated costs relate to studying this particular degree at Royal Holloway during the 2024/25 academic year, and are included as a guide. Costs, such as accommodation, food, books and other learning materials and printing etc., have not been included.
Philosophy with International Relations at Royal Holloway, University of London - UCAS