Staffordshire University

International Relations: History and Global Politics Staffordshire University Degree level: Undergraduate


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Course summary

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Combining the approaches and theories of International Relations with studies of modern and contemporary history, this course provides you with insight into understanding the rapidly changing world around us. Wars, revolutions, the global economy, BREXIT, climate change, society, migration and power all come together as themes in this carefully designed, immersive and overlapping programme of study.

The International Relations: History and Global Politics award aims to develop your understanding of world events and global trends, knowledge of which will undoubtedly become increasingly essential in a less predictable world including a post Brexit Britain. Tie course focusses on the challenges of international relations today as well as providing, through the study of history, examples of the ways through which those challenges have been met in the past. It fosters your all-important problem-solving, communication, research and inquiry skills; providing study activities and assessments that encourage independence of thought, originality, critical self-awareness and advances your future employability prospects.

Small class sizes, ease of access to lecturers in tutorial classes, as well as the availability of one-to-one office meetings give the programme an intimate feel where political and historical problems are dissected and explored, and you are given the intellectual tools not only to think critically but to go and find out for yourself.

Guided by experts in international organisations, security and intelligence as well as historians with various national and thematic interests, Staffordshire University’s research-led approach allows you to really get under the skin of the subjects you choose, gradually specialising in a topic studied at significant depth for your dissertation.

The programme also allows our students to conduct work placements in a variety of areas from schools and museums, to political parties, charities and NGOs. Many of these placements can be partially credited toward the degree. Finally, our field excursions and trips are designed to bring home the reality, proximity and relevance of international politics to students who would otherwise see issues solely within an academic or theoretical context.

The BA Hons International Relations: History and Global Politics aims to produce graduates who are reflective and critical learners with a global perspective. When you complete the course you will be aware not only of future challenges but of the importance of contextual understanding and research when facing them.

Our aim is that our graduates become professional global citizens, leaving them prepared for the world of work and ready to face the unpredictable future challenges of a globalised world.

Course details


Year 1 – All Core Modules
• Introduction to International Relations
• Issues in Global Politics
• Life Stories in Modern Times
• International History in the 20th Century
• History of the USA from 1776-1941
• USA in the World 1941 – the Present
• History of Political Thought

Year 2 Core
• International Society: From Westphalia to the Present
• International Relations Theory
• Dissertation Preparation Plan

Year 3 Core
• International Relations and History Dissertation

Options in Year 2 and 3
Option Modules are offered on a 2 year rotating basis, allowing students to benefit from staff expertise and interest. . Each Year a list of options is available which will be taken by both Yr2 and Yr 3 students who will share some of the classes. [Nb. Option modules only run if enough students select the module]

Option modules that are currently offered include*:

• Western Security Threats 1945 – Present
• Government and Intelligence Agencies in the 20 Century
• Work Placement
• Political Thought in the 20th Century
• Gender, History and Sexual Politics
• India, Pakistan and Afghanistan
• Nomads and Nation States: Central Asia since 1700
• Northern Ireland: Conflict and Resolution
• Refugees and Immigrants

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 VV14
Institution code S72
Campus name Staffordshire University (Stoke Campus)
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
UCAS Tariff 112 points

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,250 Year 1
International £14,000 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

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Provider information

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Staffordshire University
College Road
Stoke on Trent

Course contact details

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01782 294000

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