University of Aberdeen

International Relations and Language & Linguistics University of Aberdeen Degree level: Undergraduate

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Course summary

International Relations and Language & Linguistics at Aberdeen gives you solid grounding in the role of power, states and governments in an ever-changing world, combined with a fascinating exploration of how human language evolved, how we learn languages and how they differ and change over time. You will gain the all-round knowledge and skills for a wide range of careers in local and national government, non-government agencies, media and in many other fields and professions.

In International Relations, you will look closely at how states and organisations interact, global wealth and poverty and the ever-present concerns of conflict and peace. You will study regional and international tensions, nationalism, concepts of democracy and be taught by internationally renowned academics with strong track records in publishing international papers and articles and who appear regularly in the media, analysing and explaining national, European and world developments from the viewpoint of their own area of expertise and research.

Language & Linguistics probes deeply into language and speech, analysing and modelling this fascinating human attribute – and foundation of international relations – to help us understand ourselves and human societies more fully. You will explore how the brain processes speech and language, how languages evolve over time, and how we learn second languages.

This is an exciting and fast-moving field. Our understanding of language grows all the time with new discoveries in neuroscience, animal behaviour, archaeology, sociology and psychology and new ways to use linguistics theory in industry, medicine, and forensic science emerge year on year. You will graduate brilliantly prepared for a wide range of careers in politics, media, local and national government, NGOs and international affairs and also language teaching and health-related professions such as speech and language therapy or work with blind or deaf people.

Course details

Assessment method

Students are assessed by any combination of three assessment methods: Coursework such as essays and reports completed throughout the course; Practical assessments of the skills and competencies they learn on the course; Written examinations at the end of each course. The exact mix of these methods differs between subject areas, years of study and individual courses.

Honours projects are typically assessed on the basis of a written dissertation.


How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code LQ21
Institution code A20
Campus name Main Site
Campus code -

This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
A level BBB For First Year Entry a minimum of 3 A Levels at BBB or 4 AS at AABB.
For Second Year Entry a minimum of an A in the subject selected for Single Honours plus BB, or AB in the subjects selected for Joint Honours plus a further B.
GCSE in English or English Language is also required.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DDM Minimum entry requirement: DDM in related subjects.
Scottish Higher AABB Minimum of 4 Highers at AABB obtained at a single sitting or 3 Advanced Highers at BBB. Those seeking to qualify over two sittings will be expected to exceed this minimum.
Also required: English at Standard Grade 1, 2 or 3 or National 5 at Grades A, B or C.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 32 points For entry into First Year, a minimum of 32 points required, including at least 5,5,5 at HL.
For entry into Second Year, a minimum of 36 points, including at 6, 6, 6 at Higher level in subject(s) selected.
English at a minimum of Standard level required.
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) H2, H2, H2, H3, H3 A minimum of 5H with 3 at H2 AND 2 at H3 OR AAABB, obtained in a single sitting. (The grading within band B must be at B2 or above).
Also required: O in English or English Language
Scottish Advanced Higher ABB Second year entry may be possible in most school based subjects. A minimum of ABB overall in Adv Higher is required. Adv Higher at A in the subject selected for Single Honours or AB in the subject selected for Joint Honours.


English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
IELTS (Academic) 6.0 Listening - 5.5 or above Reading - 5.5 or above Speaking - 5.5 or above Writing - 6.0 or above Overall - 6.0
PTE Academic 54.0 Listening - 51 or above Reading - 51 or above Speaking - 51 or above Writing - 54 or above Overall - 54 or above
TOEFL (iBT) 78.0 TOEFL DI code is 0818: Listening - 17 or above Reading - 18 or above Speaking - 20 or above Writing - 21 or above Overall - 78

In all cases, all English language qualifications must be taken within two years of the start date of your desired degree.

Undergraduate Degrees - English Requirements are detailed here:

https://www.abdn.ac.uk/study/international/undergraduate-degrees-english-requirements-268.php


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,250 * Year 1
EU £1,820 * Year 1
International £15,300 * Year 1
England £9,250 * Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 * Year 1
Scotland £1,820 * Year 1
Wales £9,250 * Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

International Applicants: When you are thinking about studying overseas, it is important that you understand all the costs involved and budget accordingly. It is essential to budget for your studies prior to leaving your home country, and arrange all your funding for BOTH your tuition fees and your living costs. Rest of UK (RUK) Applicants: Tuition fees for entry in September 2020 at the University of Aberdeen, for students domiciled in England, Wales and Northern Ireland are £9,250 per annum, but the University has capped this so that no student will pay more than £27,750 in total for their three or four year Honours degree, or £37,000 for a five year Honours degree (with the exception of Medicine). There are no up-front tuition fees, as you can apply for a government loan to cover the fees. The loan is not repayable until after graduation.

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