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Loughborough University

International Relations

UCAS Code: L251

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

A,B,B

ABB (General Studies accepted)

Pass Access to HE Diploma with 60 credits overall including 45 at Level 3. Please obtain 23 Level 3 Credits at Distinction, rest at Merit.

We consider applicants offering Pre-U Principal Subjects or a combination of the Pre-U and A levels, provided a minimum of three subjects overall are taken. We recognise the benefit of the Global Perspectives and Research (GPR) course in developing independent study and research skills. While we would consider this as evidence of motivation to study a specific subject in more depth, we do not generally include it as part of our offer conditions. However, it may be used to further consider an application upon receipt of final examination results.

We recognise the benefit of the Extended Project in developing independent research and critical thinking skills. We would consider this as evidence of motivation to study a specific subject in more depth, and while we do not generally include it as part of our offer conditions, it may be used to further consider an application upon receipt of final examination results. www.lboro.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/apply/entry-requirements/

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

34

34 (6,5,5 HL)

We accept a wide range of international qualifications for entry as outlined on our website – please view the individual course typical offers on our website and choose Ireland in the Country/region drop-down field for more information.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DDM

BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma: DDM Preferred subjects: Art and Design, Business, Media, Health and Social Care

Scottish Advanced Higher

A,B

AB (including a language if you wish to study two languages), plus Highers at majority A/B grades

Applicants taking the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma will be asked to achieve the A level requirements for their course as part of their qualification. The Skills Challenge Certificate will be accepted alongside two A levels providing individual course entry and subject requirements are met. www.lboro.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/apply/entry-requirements/

UCAS Tariff

104-128

We've calculated how many Ucas points you'll need for this course.

93%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

4.0years

Sandwich | 2020

Subject

International relations

Our BA International Relations degree will equip you with the knowledge to understand the responses to international political, economic and social challenges since the Second World War.

If you choose to study our International Relations degree you’ll study politics in regional and global contexts, examine challenges to foreign policy decision making, and consider problems of security, conflict, international development and international politics of dynamic regions, including the ‘Global North’ and ‘South’.

Our International Relations degree will develop your understanding surrounding the conflicts between states and their ability - or inability - to co-operate. If you are interested in going beyond the headlines on international affairs, this is the course for you.

The BA (Hons) International Relations degree blends concepts with case studies to equip you with specific methods of analysis in international relations, the kind of analytical skills that employers value.

Our International Relations degree offers you the opportunity to combine your studies with an elective (20 credits out of 120 per year) from a range including: Business Studies, Communication and Media Studies, Economics, French, Geography, German, History, Politics, Mandarin Chinese, Social Policy, Sociology, and Spanish.

Modules

For a full list of areas studied, see the 'What You'll Study' section of the course page on our website.

Assessment methods

Modules are examined during and/or at the end of each semester, by written examinations and/or by coursework.

We endeavour to provide prompt and constructive feedback through a variety of means: written comments, audio or video responses and one-on-one meetings. First year marks are not carried forward. Overall marks obtained in the second and final years are combined in the proportion 40%:60% to produce an overall degree mark.First year marks are a measure of progress and are not carried forward. Overall marks obtained in the second and final years are combined in the proportion 40%:60% to produce an overall degree mark. The great majority of our students graduate with excellent or very good degrees.

If you spend the third year of your degree working or studying abroad, your degree award is worked out in the same proportion noted above, and you will additionally be eligible for a Diploma in International Studies.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£17,500
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Loughborough University

Department:

Politics and International Studies

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

85%
high
International relations

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Politics

Teaching and learning

88%
Staff make the subject interesting
91%
Staff are good at explaining things
94%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
82%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

88%
Library resources
92%
IT resources
88%
Course specific equipment and facilities
85%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

76%
UK students
24%
International students
57%
Male students
43%
Female students
89%
2:1 or above
5%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

A
B
B

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Politics

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£23,500
high
Average annual salary
99%
high
Employed or in further education
80%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

22%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
14%
Business, research and administrative professionals
12%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

The numbers of people taking politics degrees fell sharply last year and we'll keep an eye on this one - it can't really be because of graduates getting poor outcomes as politics grads do about as well as graduates on average. Most politics or international relations graduates don't actually go into politics - although many do, as activists, fundraisers and researchers. Jobs in local and central government are also important. Other popular jobs include marketing and PR, youth and community work, finance roles, HR and academic research (you usually need a postgraduate degree to get into research). Because so many graduates get jobs in the civil service, a lot of graduates find themselves in London after graduating. Politics is a very popular postgraduate subject, and so about one in five politics graduates go on to take another course - usually a one-year Masters - after they finish their degrees.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

International relations

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

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£27k

£27k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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