International Relations at University of Sussex - UCAS

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Course summary

Study the issues facing humanity and how these have been thrust into our everyday lives. You’ll learn to systematically reflect on these issues. You’ll look at the exciting and troubling times we live in as a starting point. You’ll then critically examine the theory and the history of international relations. You’ll examine a wide range of issues relevant to students from a diverse range of backgrounds. You’ll study at the centre of theoretical innovation on international politics. We host the specialised:

  • Centre for Advanced International Theory
  • Sussex Centre for Conflict and Security Research
  • Centre for Global Political Economy.
Our faculty also contributes to and/or leads School- and University-wide centres such as the Centre for Global Health Policy, the Sussex Rights and Justice Research Centre, and the Centre for Colonial and Postcolonial Studies. You’ll learn from our multidisciplinary environment, interdisciplinary approach, cutting-edge research, international faculty and distinctive programme of events.


Core modules Core modules are taken by all students on the course. They give you a solid grounding in your chosen subject and prepare you to explore the topics that interest you most. Autumn teaching

  • Foundations of World Politics
  • International Relations Theory
Spring teaching
  • Research Methods and Professional Skills (IR)
Summer teaching
  • Dissertation (International Relations)
Options Alongside your core modules, you can choose options to broaden your horizons and tailor your course to your interests. This list gives you a flavour of our options, which are kept under review and may change, for example in response to student feedback or the latest research. While it’s our aim for students to take their preferred combinations of options, this can’t be guaranteed and will be subject to timetabling. Options may be grouped and if so, students will be able to choose a set number of options from the selection available in any particular group. Spring teaching
  • Global Ethics and International Relations
  • Managing Economic Instability
  • Media and Political Violence in the 21st century: from managing perception to stopping revolution
  • Political Economy of Global Finance
  • Rethinking Imperialism
  • Russia, Eurasia and the Crisis of the Liberal West
  • The International Politics of Health
  • The Middle East in Global Order
  • War and Security in North/South Perspective
  • War and the Politics of (Counter) Insurgency
Summer teaching
  • Dissertation with Placement (Global Studies)
Field trip This course offers an optional field trip to Brussels, Belgium or Geneva, Switzerland. A field trip aims to foster your interaction and engagement with policy-makers and practitioners from a wide range of international organisations. Placements To help you gain experience and increase your employability, you can apply for an optional placement as part of your course. Research placements run for up to 12 weeks in the summer term and vacation. You can also write your dissertation based on your experience. You’ll be responsible for applying for and securing your placement. Our dedicated careers team can help you:
  • find an employer
  • draft an application
  • prepare for interviews.
We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2023/24. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to COVID-19, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity. We’ll do our best to provide as much optional choice as we can, but timetabling constraints mean it may not be possible to take some module combinations. The structure of a small number of courses means that the order of modules or the streams you choose may determine whether modules are core or optional. This means that your core modules or options may differ from what’s shown below.

Assessment method

Your qualification should preferably be in a social sciences or humanities subject; alternatively, you should have relevant professional experience or engagement.

Entry requirements

You should normally have an upper second-class (2.1) undergraduate honours degree or above.

Fees and funding

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International Relations at University of Sussex - UCAS