At Swansea University, we believe above all, that the study of International Relations should always open your mind and extend your skills. The BA International Relations provides students with a detailed understanding of the international system, key issues and an appreciation of the global dynamics at work. The twenty-first Century has often been called the Asia-Pacific Century, and with good reason when you consider it is home to the rising power of China and host to trouble spots ranging from nuclear weapons in Northeast Asia to Islamic terrorism in Southeast Asia.
In order to structure an academically coherent and intellectually rigorous programme, the degree is built around compulsory and optional modules. (Have a look at our module booklet for full information on modules).
The programme is delivered through lectures, tutorials and seminars. You will usually receive nine hours minimum scheduled contact time with your teachers every week. Every degree involves choices, options will be available and if first choices are not secured then the alternative will be as good. Full attendance at lectures, seminars and personal tutorials (personal tutorials are obligatory). All Arts and Humanities programmes include independent learning which requires initiative and hardwork.
We will challenge you with demanding teaching and assessment. Assessment includes essay, coursework and examination, presentations and a dissertation.
The future is bright for Arts and Humanities students!
Arts and Humanities graduates make an invaluable and irreplaceable contribution to the economy and are crucial in supporting world-leading creative industries sectors. Our graduates are employed in diverse and dynamic vocations such as marketing, sales and advertising; commercial, industrial and public sectors; education; business, law and finance; art, design and culture; journalism, media and PR; creative and professional writing; sport; social and welfare professions; heritage and tourism; government and politics; foreign affairs and diplomatic corps; humanitarian organisations; teaching English as a foreign language and some are employed as translators. Some graduates go on to study Masters and PhD degrees and many PhD graduates have a career in Academia.
In addition to the transferable skills you develop through study and the curriculum, the College offers various employability opportunities and initiatives.
Have a look at our Employability and Careers booklet: Employability and Careers Brochure
We teach Single Honours degrees in International Relations and an extensive range of Joint degrees so that you can combine your study with other Humanities subjects, with Social Sciences, or with a Language. Our degrees provide you with the essential skills to help you make sense of the complex, fast moving world in which we live; to think on your feet and consider issues and events from a wide variety of perspectives.
In the first year, our modules provide an exciting and comprehensive introduction to the key concepts and issues that will help you make sense of International Relations . In the following two years, you can choose from a wide range of specialist modules and have the option of writing a specialised, supervised Dissertation on a topic of your choice. You also get the chance to take our unique and popular teamwork module Researching Politics, and to do an internship at the National Assembly for Wales or a work-placement module.
All applicants receive individual consideration. Our preferred offers for UK applicants are BBB-BBC at A-level. However, flexible offers are made on review of the application form, after taking into consideration the subjects studied, predicted or achieved grades, reference and personal statement.
For candidates offering the International Baccalaureate, a typical offer would be 32-30 points. We ask for Welsh Baccalaureate plus BC at A-level. Access candidates should have 15 Distinctions and 18 Merits. Candidates studying for American qualifications should have a minimum of 550 in each part of the SAT reasoning and subject tests (or 1650 overall). We require a minimum IELT score of 6.0.
Have a look at our Country pages for International qualifications.
Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2014/15 are as follows:
You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.
You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.
The tuition fees do not cover the costs of purchasing books or stationery, printing, thesis binding or photocopying costs.
There are no mandatory additional costs specified for this course.
"My degree is fantastic. I have learnt so much about international relations and developed valuable essay writing skills. The IR Professors are very helpful especially when I need help as English is not my native language. I would say that so far my experience as a student in IR is self-fulfilling and very interesting and Swansea University is the right place to study this course. After graduating, I intend to study an MA in international affairs. My dream would be to work for the UN."
Salma El Hankouri