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University of Sussex

International Relations

UCAS Code: L250
BA (Hons) 3 years full-time 2017
Ucas points guide


% applicants receiving offers


  • Politics
Student score
87% HIGH
% employed or in further study
93% MED
Average graduate salary
£19k MED
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level

Scottish Highers

Scottish Advanced Highers

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

BTEC Level 3 Diploma

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

International Baccalaureate

UCAS tariff points
Not Available

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 136 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.

The real story about entry requirements

% applicants receiving offers


Provided by UCAS, this is the percentage of applicants who were offered a place on the course last year. Note that not all applicants receiving offers will take up the place, so this figure is likely to differ from applicants to places.

What does the numbers of applicants receiving course offers tell me?

Tuition fee & financial support


Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.

If you live in:

  • Scotland and go to a Scottish university, you won’t pay tuition fees
  • Northern Ireland and go to an NI uni, you’ll pay £3,805 in tuition fees
  • Wales you’ll pay £3,810 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest
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Will this course suit you?

Sources: UCAS & KIS

Every degree course is different, so it’s important to find one that suits your interests and matches the way you prefer to work – from the modules you’ll be studying to how you’ll be assessed. Top things to look for when comparing courses

Course description

This course is structured to ensure that you acquire a maturing appreciation of the importance of international relations in the contemporary world. You study theory and analysis and learn how to use the concepts, approaches and methods of the discipline to develop an understanding of the contested nature of international relations. You are encouraged to develop your own critical capacities to analyse ideas and concepts, as well as the decisions that surround international conflicts, institutions and programmes. The course introduces you to the major areas of the discipline: different approaches to the study of international relations; the major events of modern international history; the role and purpose of theory and its relation to major issues in international relations; and the emergence and significance of the global political economy.


Year 1 core modules: classical political theory and international relations; introduction to international relations; regions and institutions; the local and the global: international relations in practice; the rise of the modern international order; the short twentieth century and beyond. Year 2 core modules: contemporary international theory; introduction to international political economy; war in international politics. Options: development and the state; globalisation and global governance; security and insecurity in global politics; the politics of foreign policy; work placement (international relations). Year 3 options: capitalism and geopolitics; capitalism and geopolitics: in-depth analysis; conflict and military intervention: in-depth analysis; contemporary issues in the global political economy; contemporary issues in the global political economy: in-depth analysis; development and geopolitics in east Asia: in-depth analysis; environment and development in world politics; environment and development in world politics: in-depth analysis; ethics in global politics; finance and power; finance and power: in-depth analysis; global resistance: subjects and practices: in-depth analysis; law in international relations: in-depth analysis; life, power and resistance: critical perspectives on the post-Westphalian era; Marxism and international relations; Marxism and international relations: in-depth analysis; mercenaries, gangs and terrorists: private security in international politics; political economy of the environment: in-depth analysis; religions in global politics; religions in global politics: in-depth analysis; Russia and the former soviet union in global politics; Russia and the former soviet union in global politics: in-depth analysis; sex and death in global politics: in-depth analysis; the arms trade in international politics; the political economy of Latin American development; the political economy of Latin American development: in-depth analysis; the politics of international trade: in-depth analysis; the politics of terror; the politics of terror; the united states in the world; the united states in the world: in-depth analysis; what is war; what is war: in-depth analysis.

University of Sussex

Sussex in spring

Sussex is a small campus uni set in the beautiful South Downs, right on the doorstep of the vibrant seaside resort of Brighton. You can study on the beach or just soak up the sun on campus, but hold on to your ice-cream because the seagulls are infamously cheeky! Did you know our pirate society was recently listed as one of the 10 weirdest societies in the country?

How you'll spend your time

  • Lectures / seminars
  • Independent study
  • Placement

Year 1


Year 2


Year 3

How you'll be assessed

  • Written exams
  • Coursework
  • Practical exams

Year 1


Year 2


Year 3

What do the numbers say for

Where there isn’t enough reliable data about this specific course, we’ve shown aggregated data for all courses at this university within the same subject area

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were – useful to refer to when you’re narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 95%
Student score 87% HIGH
Able to access IT resources


Staff made the subject interesting


Library resources are satisfactory


Feedback on work has been helpful


Feedback on work has been prompt


Staff are good at explaining things


Received sufficient advice and support



Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
39% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
50% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
4% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
371 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
74% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
5% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 93% MED
Average graduate salary £19k MED
Graduates who are sales, marketing and related associate professionals


Graduates who are other elementary services occupations


Graduates who are business, finance and related associate professionals


Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
Most politics or international relations graduates don't actually go into politics - although many do, as activists, fundraisers and researchers. Other popular industries include marketing and PR, management consultancy, youth and community work, the finance industry and academic research (you usually need a postgraduate degree to get into research). Politics is a very popular postgraduate subject, and so about one in six politics graduates go on to take another course to get a Masters after they finish their degrees.
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