International Relations

BSc single honours or in combination with another subject International Relations 2016/17

Politics and International Relations in the top 30 of the Guardian University Guide

International Relations is both highly rewarding academically, and increasingly relevant in today’s world. Globalisation, European integration, and the events of 9/11 and international terrorism have dominated the news in recent years, while an ‘Asian revival’ may well be a key issue for the future. Our innovative and exciting programmes seek to enhance student understandings of these issues and many more, drawing on historical and up-to-the-minute discussions and debates.

We pride ourselves on the warm atmosphere and inclusive spirit of our programmes and learning environment. Our teaching has been awarded for its innovative character, particularly the student-centred nature of learning and assessment, while the research activities of our staff mean that we are at the forefront of our disciplines.

Students have the option of studying International Relations as a combined honours subject, or in a single honours capacity. Our programmes provide an exciting balance of current issues, theoretical analysis and historical context based on three important elements.

  • An examination of significant international relations theories and their contemporary relevance for such as American hegemony, war and conflict an new security threats (cybercrime and climate change)
  • An analysis of regional and world organisations - for example, the European Union, NATO, the United Nations, and the World Trade Organisation, to illustrate the importance of international cooperation and global governance
  • Contemporary issues such as changing patterns of international power, with the ‘Asian revival’; new modes of conflict resolution and new international policy issues such as energy security

Our lecturers are nationally and internationally recognised leading researchers in these fields.

As well as traditional teaching methods such as lectures and tutorials, our students also have an opportunity to go on field trips to places such as the House of Commons, the European Union institutions in Brussels and Strasbourg, and the international courts at The Hague. Moreover, our students can study for a year in the Czech Republic (Prague), France, Germany, Italy or Spain as part of the Erasmus programme.

Students gain direct experience of the political arena with our Making Politics Matter initiative, which has included debates on immigration, Britain and the EU, international human rights, human trafficking, fair trade, student fees, the politics of the environment, and the global financial crisis. This initiative has attracted a range of senior national and international politicians as speakers, is student-based, and provides a great opportunity for enhancing employability.

In a competitive job market, it is crucial that graduates have all the right skills that employers are looking for. Our International Relations programmes place emphasis on transferable skills at each level of study, with a strong focus on employability. Students can expect to gain skills in critical thought and analysis, working autonomously and as part of a team, networking, and the ability to communicate complex ideas in a clear and concise fashion. International Relations graduates have gone on to enter a variety of careers in sectors such as national or international government, leading international non-governmental organisations, journalism, law, teaching, and further graduate training schemes in the public and private sectors. A high proportion of our students also go on to study at post-graduate level in the UK and internationally.


The 2015/16 and 2016/17 annual tuition fees for this course are:







Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

UK/EU full-time tuition fees for this course are set in line with the current maximum regulated tuition fee levels permitted by the UK Government.

Overseas full-time tuition fees for this course may be subject to an annual inflationary increase in every year where the course lasts more than one year. 

*Overseas fee scholarships may be available for eligible students. For further information please contact or the International Office:

**Full-time courses which have a Foundation Year 0 will have a 2015/16 and 2016/17 UK/EU tuition fee of £6,000 in Year 0.

Further information

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students on courses are expected to meet. 

Read further information about the general additional costs which apply to courses at Canterbury Christ Church University.

The team use a range of exciting and stimulating learning and teaching methods. Examples of learning and teaching methods used include the following:

  • political simulations
  • formative assessment for learning
  • lectures
  • seminars
  • tutorials
  • orientation and skills sessions
  • directed study
  • workshops
  • Virtual Learning Environments (VLEs)
  • learning through the media
  • Personal Development Planning (PDP)
  • Making Politics Matter’ (an initiative which seeks to get our students involved directly in political activity).

Our aim is to ensure that assessment caters for a range of learners’ requirements. Our assessment policy seeks to embed an important element of student choice, particularly at Levels 5 and 6. Throughout the programme, a strong emphasis is placed on regular feedback in order to provide students with the opportunity to enhance their performance. Examples of forms of assessment may include:

  • coursework
  • examinations
  • essays
  • skills portfolios
  • reports and case studies
  • oral presentations
  • group presentations
  • action research’
  • individual studies

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UCAS code

  • L250 International Relations


  • 3 years full-time

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