Liverpool John Moores University

International Relations and Politics with Foundation Year Liverpool John Moores University Degree level: Undergraduate


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Course summary

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This innovative degree will provide a grounding in international relations theory while examining in-depth issues of enduring international significance. In examining the challenges the world faces today, we will encourage you to develop your own opinions and actively engage in politics.

​- Develop your own political voices and choose how to actively engage with world affairs

  • Hear from experts and practitioners in the field of International Relations

  • The option to study abroad for either a semester or a year with one of our overseas partners

  • The option to do a year-long work placement in an international-related organisation

  • Participate in field trips to visit and understand the complex workings of institutions and think tanks

  • Join a highly motivated and research active academic community

  • Attend the Perspectives in IR research seminar series

  • Learn a language online through Rosetta Stone

Course details


Please see guidance on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.

​Level 3

Preparing for success: Academic Skills
Investigating Liverpool
Contemporary Issues in Law
Understanding Contemporary Social Issues
Contemporary Issues in Security and Policing
Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice

​Level 4

International History and State Formation
Introduction to International Relations and Politics
Understanding the Theories behind Politics
Researching International Relations
Comparative Politics
Being Politically Engaged

​Level 5

Debating International Relations Theory
Research Paper in International Relations

The following options are typically offered:

A Bitter Resurgence: China into the Modern World (1894-1992)
BRICS in World Politics
Sandwich Year
Study Semester Abroad
Study Year Abroad
Revolution in International Relations
Colonial Africa, 1880-1994
International Politics at the Regional Level
The Soviet Experiment, 1917-1991
Issues in Global Politics
Globalisation, Culture and Society

Level 6

Research Project in International Relations and Politics

The following options are typically offered:

Non-western Political Theories
Politically Engaging with the State
Interpreting conflict in post-colonial Africa
Aesthetics and Politics
Public International Law
Ten Great Books in International Politics
The International Politics of Development
The UN and International Security
US Democracy Promotion in the Contemporary Era
Sport, Crime and Society: A Critical Sociological Analysis
Laws of War
Body Politics: Gender, Sexuality and Society

Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Please see the programme specification document for further details on this course.

Assessment method

Teaching and assessments are designed to aid the development of your knowledge of international relations.

​The aim in all the assessments is to test your understanding of international relations and politics. We all learn in different ways, and our assessments are a mixture of essays, essay plans, , presentations and research project.

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 A009
Institution code L51
Campus name Liverpool John Moores University
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:

  • Foundation

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 72 points ​Mature applicants will be considered on an individual basis. These applicants may be required to submit an essay and/or attend an interview, and should demonstrate potential and motivation and/or have relevant experience.

International applicants will be considered in line with UK qualifications. Any applicant whose first language is not English will be required to have IELTS 6.0 (minimum 5.5 in each component) or acceptable equivalent. If a prospective student does not have the required English language scores then LJMU has 6, 12 and 20 week of English training programmes ( that students can enrol on in order to improve their language skills to a sufficient level to enable them to enrol on the BA. The programme takes place in the summer before the BA starts.
A level DDD Minimum number of A Levels required: 2
Is general studies acceptable? Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
Are AS level awards acceptable? Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
Average A Level offer: DDD
Maximum AS Level points accepted: 20
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) MMP Extended diploma (QCF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
Extended diploma subjects / grades required: MMP if studied on its own or to the total of 72 UCAS points if combined with other qualifications
Access to HE Diploma M: 24 credits
P: 21 credits
Access to Higher Education Diploma acceptability: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
Further information: At least 24 Merits and 21 Passes, or any other combination that equates to 72 UCAS Tariff points in a relevant subject
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme International Baccalaureate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
Additional information: 72 UCAS Tariff points
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) Irish Leaving Certificate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
Grades / subjects required: 72 UCAS Tariff points with a maximum 20 UCAS Tariff points from Ordinary Level
Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015) Welsh Baccalaureate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications

Prior to starting the programme applicants must have obtained Grade C or Grade 4 or above in English Language and Mathematics GCSE or an approved alternative qualification below:

• Key Skills Level 2 in English/ Maths
• NVQ Level 2 Functional skills in Maths and English Writing and or Reading
• Skills for Life Level 2 in Numeracy/English
• Higher Diploma in Maths/ English
• Functional Skills Level 2 in Maths/ English
• Northern Ireland Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number
• Wales Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number

Are functional skills acceptable? Yes

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9,250 * Year 1
International £11,000 * Year 1
England £9,250 * Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 * Year 1
Scotland £9,250 * Year 1
Wales £9,250 * Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

All figures are subject to yearly increases. The Department for Education (DfE) have recently announced that they will be freezing tuition fees for the 2020/21 academic year.

Provider information

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Liverpool John Moores University
Egerton Court (Headquarters)
2 Rodney Street
L1 2UA

Course contact details

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Faculty of Arts, Professional and Social Studies

0151 231 5175