International Relations courses in the UK
Introduction to International Relations
International Relations is a branch of Political Science that examines the role of states, international alliances, NGOs and multinational companies in an increasingly globalised world. International Relations deals with issues like sovereignty, environmentalism, development and human rights in the context of global affairs and is also concerned with the policies of individual states insofar as they impact on the affairs of other states.
Careers in International Relations
Studying International Relations will prepare you for a career in research, journalism, social policy or development, because it teaches you how to unravel the complex network of factors that causes events in one part of the globe to have unlikely consequences in another.
International Relations will show you how the world works and how power structures are made, unmade, exploited and resisted. It is therefore an excellent preparation for a career in politics and diplomacy and will give you a head start over graduates of other disciplines.
It is a very popular subject for international students in the UK and you can be certain to meet a large and cosmopolitan body of fellow students who share your passion for current affairs. An International Relations degree can lead to lifelong employment in the civil service or a career as an analyst or policy advisor for the numerous organisations that require International Relations expertise.
What are the entry requirements for International Relations?
For international students wishing to study International Relations at undergraduate level, an IELTS score of no less than 5.5 across all four categories - reading, writing, speaking and listening – with an overall 6.5 score generally required at most universities.
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Where can I study International Relations in the UK?
To learn more about some of the best International Relations universities in the UK, please see below:
- University of Oxford
- University of Cambridge
- London School of Economics
- King’s College London
- University College London
- University of Warwick
- University of Sheffield
- University of Bristol
- University of Essex
- University of Leeds
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