International Relations at Goldsmiths, University of London - UCAS

Course summary

If you want to understand the impact of the Arab Spring or the ideology of ISIS, how US foreign policy is shaped by domestic politics, how international trade affects various parts of the world, how different cultures shape political decision making, or how international NGOs operate, this is the degree for you. Why study BA International Relations at Goldsmiths

  • Our International Relations degree allows you to investigate the dynamics of a constantly changing world and develop the knowledge and skills to address the global challenges of the 21st century.
  • You'll study the theory of international relations, global governance, international political economy, foreign policy and diplomacy, complemented by specialist area-focused modules on the Middle East, Africa, China and East Asia.
  • You can also enhance your knowledge in your personal areas of interest, with option modules as diverse as security, development and human rights, foreign policy, conflict, and genocide.
  • We’ll encourage you to put your knowledge into practice with our work placement module. Work with organisations in the international relations sector, such as policy think-tanks, development agencies and NGOs and get real experience before you graduate.
  • Studying an international relations degree in London means that Westminster, global business and diverse diasporas are all in easy reach.
  • When you join Goldsmiths you’ll become part of a global academic family, with students from 140 countries and alumni around the globe.


Year 1 (credit level 4) Students take the following compulsory modules: World Politics Colonialism, Power, Resistance Identity, Agency & Environment 1 Identity, Agency & Environment 2 You then choose 1 from the following optional modules: Political Theory and Ideologies or Issues in Political and Cultural Economy or UK and European Comparative Governance and Politics Year 2 (credit level 5) You will study the following compulsory modules: Contemporary International Relations Theories Global Governance and World Order Security Studies You will then choose 3 to 5 option modules (to the value of 75 credits) from a list of modules approved by the Department of Politics and International Relations. As part of this, you have the option of taking 1 15 credit module from another department or from another University of London Institution (if deemed suitable by the department) Some examples of recently available modules are listed below: The Goldsmiths Elective Political Economy Chinese Politics: The Revolutionary Era Rough Politics US Politics and Foreign Policy The Politics of Climate Change Year 3 (credit level 6) Students write a dissertation and will then choose 3 to 6 optional modules from the Politics and International Relations department. Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.

Assessment method

You’ll be assessed by a variety of methods, depending on your module choices. These include coursework, examinations, group work and projects.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2

Entry requirements for advanced entry (i.e. into Year 2 and beyond)

120 credits at Level 4 and a 2:1 average in a comparable programme, and meet the standard qualification requirements for entry to Year 1 of the programme.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

We welcome students with a range of educational experiences. If you believe you may not meet the standard qualification requirements we would still encourage you to apply because we consider all aspects of your application when making a decision.

English language requirements

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IELTS (Academic)6With a 6.0 in writing and no element lower than 5.5

Student Outcomes

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Employment after 15 months (Most common jobs)
Go onto work and study

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International Relations at Goldsmiths, University of London - UCAS