What will I learn?

We live in an increasingly globalised world: one in which trade, politics and collaboration takes place across international borders. Studying International Relations at Lancaster will develop your ability to think in global terms – and to understand the nature of the political, economic and environmental challenges that confront us in the twenty-first century.At Lancaster, a research-led environment will underpin your learning, giving you the chance to explore the complex interactions between key states and non-state actors with experts who are specialists in different regions of the world. We offer an exciting atmosphere to think critically about how conflict and cooperation is influenced by issues of power, law, diplomacy, religion and economics.By working closely with our academics, you’ll develop the ability to analyse international events, conduct research, and apply that knowledge effectively. Whatever your goals, studying International Relations at Lancaster will equip you to think clearly about the international dimensions of the issues you’ll confront in your futureThe degree covers a very wide range of topics and, as you advance through the degree, you increasingly have the opportunity to tailor the degree to your own interests by choosing from a wide range of modules. You will find that the core topics we offer are typical of most International Relations degrees in the UK. An important difference however is that we also offer modules in many areas of specific and topical staff expertise concerning government and politics in Britain, Europe and the world, as well a range of other relevant optional modules due to the interdisciplinary (Politics, Philosophy and Religion) nature of our department.The cornerstones of your first year is the core module International Relations: Theory and Practice, which explores the challenges that confront states and international organisations in an increasingly global world and introduces the methods and theoretical approaches that we use in the study of International Relations at university level. You will also take two optional modules. We recommend that you choose Politics in the Modern World, which introduces key themes, concepts and events that are important in the study of modern politics at university level. This includes a balance of political practice and theories, in Britain and across the world. You will be able to choose a third module from a range of subjects that complement your studies.In the second year and final years you will be able to choose from a broad range of options. These are just some examples of the many modules we offer:International Relations, Security and Sustainability (recommended)International Relations and Politics of the Asia PacificPolitics of Development - Latin AmericaRussian International PoliticsChina’s International RelationsContemporary Issues in the Middle EastBritain in the WorldContemporary Issues in Human RightsUnderstanding External Intervention in Violent ConflictsReligion and ViolenceThe options available in any given year vary depending on our latest research, student feedback and topical concerns. You will find further information about modules in the Course Structure section.In your final year, you have the opportunity to undertake a sustained investigation of a specific subject that interests you via the dissertation option.

Which department am I in?

Politics, Philosophy and Religion

Study options

Full Time (4 Years)

Tuition fees
£20,930.00 (US$ 28,368) per year
This is a fixed fee

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

October 2022

Venue

Main Site

Admissions,

Bailrigg,

Lancaster,

Lancashire,

LA1 4YW, England

Entry requirements

For students from United States

For any degree with a specified subject requirement we require an AP exam in this subject at grade 4-5. For all offers we require: AP x 3 at 5, 4, 4 to 5, 5, 5 or SAT - R at combined score of 1320 to 1350 plus SAT Subject x 3 at 650/650/700 to 700/700/750 or SAT Subject/AP Combination: 650/650 plus AP x 2 at 5, 4 to 700/750 plus AP x 2 at 5, 5 or ACT plus SAT Subject x 3: 28 plus 650/650/700 to 29 plus 700/700/750 or ACT plus SAT Subject/AP Combination: on case by case basis or Associate Degree: GPA 3.2 to 3.4.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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