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Course summary

Overview Do you wonder how the world works? Or why it often doesn't work? And do you wonder if, and how, we can find a collective response to urgent issues such as climate change, unfair trade relations, security dilemmas, terrorism, global inequality, and racism? If so, then you are already on your way to thinking like an international relations student. And studying International Relations (IR) with us is a sure way to gain a deeper understanding of these global issues. International Relations is the study of a world composed of sovereign states who acknowledge no higher authority. This creates a sphere of influence very different from that of national politics. Our degree trains you to understand and analyse these dynamics as we examine the functioning, theory, and history of this global sphere. Together, we examine the nature of the changing relations between states and non-state actors, looking at the most pressing and important questions from every corner of the globe. At UEA, you’ll be taught by cutting-edge specialists in International Relations. In the most recent Times Higher Education REF Analysis (2021), UEA was ranked 14th overall for research quality in Politics and International Studies. About This Course Global politics affects all our lives. Our International Relations undergraduate degree invites you to investigate the dynamics of a constantly changing world of the 21st century. You’ll develop the ability to think critically about regional, national, and international politics such as the European Union to the Indo-Pacific, to understand institutional processes such as combating climate change, and to interrogate structures such as the historical racial hierarchy of the modern world. In learning about these issues, you’ll study different regions from the Asia-Pacific to Latin America to Europe, the United States, and beyond. Taught by leading academics who are experts in their fields, our International Relations course prepares you for a variety of career paths in the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors within international relations. We work with you to provide the opportunity to obtain the knowledge and skills to pursue your passion and make a difference. You will explore political ideas, systems, and processes, learn to question and to challenge, how to collect data, develop knowledge, construct arguments, and communicate your findings in different ways. We’re increasingly decolonising the curriculum. You’ll learn about international law, gender politics, geopolitical dynamics such as China’s Belt and Road Initiative. This will be done through a large choice of modules helping you tailor the course to your own interests and goals. We also offer opportunities to take part in study trips, internships and placements, as well as an extended period of study abroad. We warmly invite you to join us. Disclaimer Course details are subject to change. You should always confirm the details on the provider's website:

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

GCSE Requirements: GCSE English Language grade 4 or C and GCSE Mathematics grade 4 or C. We welcome a wide range of qualifications and combinations of qualifications - for further information please contact us at

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English language requirements

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IELTS (Academic)6IELTS score of 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each component

We welcome applications from students from all academic backgrounds. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including speaking, listening, reading and writing). We will also accept a number of other English Language qualifications. Please check our website for details.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
International £20600 Year 1

Additional fee information

Tuition fees are reviewed annually and subject to increase. Some fees are regulated by the UK government and will be changed in line with advice from them. Fees for continuing students (i.e. those on courses of greater than one year in length) will normally increase annually. This increase will not exceed 4% or the % increase of the UK Government regulated fee whichever is higher. The fee increase is based on the fee for the year that you register. For further information about additional costs for your course and information on fee status please see our website.
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