International Relations with a Year Abroad at Queen Mary University of London - UCAS

Course summary

War has returned to Europe. Economic power is shifting to Asia. Global issues like climate change are rising up the agenda. It’s harder than ever to ignore the importance of international politics. Join us to explore why wars happen, why peace persists, and why states struggle to work collectively. We’ve designed this course to cover key areas such as the state system, security and globalisation. You'll study through the lens of historical and contemporary examples, from the 1870s Scramble for Africa to the global financial crisis, while learning how to apply theory to the real world. Our regional expertise encompasses North and South America, Europe, Africa, Russia, South Asia and Southeast Asia. You’ll be taught by academics specialising in everything from feminism to applied topics like foreign policy. Your future career starts here Diverse thinking creates brilliant breakthroughs. That’s why we think there’s something special about our East End location. We welcome different people to share their ways of thinking and living, letting them fuel what we do. Through events, conferences, and our research centres, you’ll hear from high-profile people working in Westminster and Whitehall and be part of conversations on the latest thinking in the area. Whether you want to work in government, policy research, media or another area of business, tell us your goals and we’ll help you get there.


YEAR 1 Compulsory: Thinking Politically: Introduction to concepts, theories and ideologies Introduction to International Relations Political Analysis Choose from Background to British Politics Global Histories 15 credits from another School Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Assessment method

Students are assessed by a combination of coursework and exams. A few modules are assessed by coursework only.

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

English language requirements

All applicants to QMUL must show they meet a minimum academic English language standard for admission and to be successful on the course. Please refer to the website below for details on our English Language requirements by course and acceptable alternative qualifications. You will also find important information regarding UKVI's English requirements if you are applying as an international student who will require Tier 4 immigration permission to enter the UK.

Queen Mary University of London: English Language Requirements

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

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

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Tuition fee status depends on a number of criteria and varies according to where in the UK you will study. For further guidance on the criteria for home or overseas tuition fees, please refer to the UKCISA website .

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International Relations with a Year Abroad at Queen Mary University of London - UCAS