International Relations (R83) at Open University - UCAS

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Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: The Open University

International Relations (R83)

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Course summary

By exploring current questions and issues of global importance, you'll develop an in-depth understanding of the development of the international system and interactions between states and other actors. You'll discover the sources of order and disorder within the international system and learn about the key issues in international relations, such as security, justice, conflict and co-operation. You'll also add to your knowledge of international relations by specialising in either Development, Environment, History or Politics. This qualification will extend and deepen your ability to demonstrate critical thinking and evaluative skills, as well as transferable skills and attributes that are crucial to enhancing your career development, including time management, collaboration and independent working. Key features of the course

  • Gain an understanding of contemporary global politics and international systems.
  • Examine order and disorder within the international system.
  • Study security, justice, conflict and co-operation.
  • Specialise in Development, Environment, History or Politics.


This degree has three stages, each comprising 120 credits. Stage 1 begins by choosing between an interdisciplinary study of key environmental issues and a core social science module covering geography, economics, sociology, psychology, politics and international studies. To complete the stage, you'll explore critical global challenges such as the climate crisis, the legacies of colonialism and enslavement, and digital technology. Next, in Stage 2, you’ll develop a core grounding in international relations with a historical and contemporary knowledge of the key issues and debates, as well as the core and critical theoretical approaches to international relations. You'll also select from the Development, Environment, History or Politics routes. In Stage 3, you'll deepen your understanding of international relations and study a further module according to your choice of route at Stage 2.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

There are no qualification requirements for this course.

Student Outcomes

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £21816 Whole course
Republic of Ireland £20952 Whole course
Scotland £7128 Whole course
Northern Ireland £6954 Whole course
Wales £7872 Whole course
EU £22416 Whole course
International £22416 Whole course
Channel Islands £22416 Whole course

Additional fee information

Fee information is valid for modules starting before 31 July 2025. Fees typically increase annually.
International Relations (R83) at Open University - UCAS