International Relations at Swansea University - UCAS

Course summary

"Studying an International Relations degree allows you to explore a range of complex and profoundly important dynamics, such as those between globalisation and human rights, international and regional politics, and peace and conflict. Graduates with a strong understanding of international relations are critical to all our futures. Our three-year degree helps to provide a wealth of inspiring career opportunities thanks to numerous transferable skills, which are highly valued by employers. International Relations at Swansea is ranked • Top 15 in the UK for Course Satisfaction (Guardian University Guide 2023) • Top 25 in the UK for Overall Satisfaction (Guardian University Guide 2023) • Top 25 in the UK for Teaching Satisfaction (Guardian University Guide 2023) Your early studies will concentrate on war and peace in the nuclear age, and how politics and international relations are defined. But whether your true passion lies in American politics and society, modern warfare, ethics and justice or strategic communications, our range of first year modules has it covered. This range enables you to discover, learn and narrow your individual interests for later study. Swansea University is one of a limited number of institutions selected to partner with the UK Parliament to deliver an innovative Parliamentary Studies module. The module is taught by specialist academic staff and includes a series of sessions with experts and members of staff currently working in the UK Parliament. The module features a day long visit to Westminster including talks with Senior Members of Parliament. You will have the competitive option of undertaking a work placement module with the Senedd Cymru/ Welsh Parliament, working closely with Ministers for one day a week for one Semester in your Final Year. Graduates of International Relations have truly international potential and gain employment around the world. They have careers in sectors including education, government and politics, humanitarian organizations, media and public relations, law and public services. "


"Your first and second year studying International Relations BA (Hons) will include a mixture of compulsory and optional modules covering a broad range of themes. Examples of compulsory modules covered in recent years include:

  • Introduction to International Relations
  • War and Peace in the Nuclear Age
  • Introduction to Politics
  • Globalisation
  • International Security
In your final year you will complete an independent dissertation project or you have the competitive option of undertaking a work placement module with the Sennedd Cymru/ Welsh Parliament. You will also complete a compulsory group work project plus optional modules chosen from a wide variety of subject areas. Examples of optional modules offered throughout the International Relations BA (Hons) include:
  • Contemporary Wars and Conflicts
  • Politics and International Development
  • Global Ethics
  • America and Terrorism
For the full programme structure and module breakdown, please visit our webpage at or get in touch with us at [email protected] "

Assessment method

"Throughout your undergraduate International Relations BA (Hons) degree, you will develop excellent research and analytical skills and learn to present your ideas effectively both verbally and in writing. We offer a variety of assessment methods within our programmes. In addition to traditional examinations and essays, examples of alternative assessment include: • Reading diary • Literature/ article review • Case study • Critical review For a full breakdown of course structure and assessment please visit our course page or get in touch with us at [email protected] "

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The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

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English language requirements

For applicants whose first language is not English we require a minimum overall IELTS score of 6.0 (or equivalent) and no less than 5.5 in each component.

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International Relations at Swansea University - UCAS