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International Relations

BA (Hons)

World class expertise

in security, intelligence, history of political thought, human rights and regional studies

Accelerated learning

Study part-time and graduate in four years

100% online learning

Fit your learning around your work and lifestyle

Stoke-on-Trent campus
Study option:
Part-time, distance learning
4 Years
Start date:
7 September 2020
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Tackle issues of global importance such as migration, environment, security and human rights that affect our everyday lives.

The world is currently undergoing some profound changes and facing some serious threats.

It's never been more important for countries to work together to find common solutions to shared problems.

Issues such as environment, security, migration and human rights, need to be understood in a global context.

The need for people who have studied International Relations and understand the way that different countries interact and relate to each other is greater than ever.

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BA (Hons) International Relations

Course content

This course is designed to give you a thorough knowledge and understanding of the discipline of International Relations (IR) and the complex relationships and processes which operate in the contemporary world. Core modules which will give you an essential foundation of knowledge in IR and also optional modules which will enable you to specialise in areas that particularly interest you. These might be human rights; refugees and migration; intelligence; or a range of security-related issues.

This degree is an academically rigorous course and as a distance learning programme it is one which you can fit around other commitments in your life. You will be working independently for much of the time, demonstrating the ability to manage information, concepts and methods as well as the ability to organise time and your programme of study. The value of your BA will therefore be much greater than ‘just’ a qualification in IR: it will demonstrate self-motivation, discipline, self-reliance and other general competencies as well as academic ability.


The tables provide an indicative list of the modules that make up the course for the current academic year. Each module is worth a specified number of credits. Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. We aim to ensure that all modules run as scheduled. If for any reason a module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and will provide guidance on selecting an appropriate alternative module.

Standard route

Year 1 compulsory modules
Year 1 compulsory modules
International History Of The Twentieth Century 30 credits
Introduction To Comparative Government 30 credits
Introduction To International Relations (Dl) 15 credits
Year 2 compulsory modules
Year 2 compulsory modules
International Relations Theory 30 credits
International Society: From Westphalia To The Present 30 credits
Political Ideas 30 credits
Year 3 compulsory modules
Year 3 compulsory modules
Global Governance (Dl) 15 credits
International Securty Studies 30 credits
Year 4 compulsory modules
Year 4 compulsory modules
Dissertation Preparation 30 credits
International Relations Dissertation 30 credits
Show 8 optional modules

Typical UCAS Offer: 112 points (or equivalent)

A levels: BBC


All applicants are individually assessed.

Non-English speaking students also require an IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6 in each category.



A degree in International Relations is valued by a range of different employers because of the critical and transferable skills which it develops.  It can be a gateway into jobs in intelligence; journalism; Ministries of Foreign Affairs; international organisations such as the European Union and the United Nations; international non-governmental organisations such as Amnesty International or Greenpeace; or think tanks such as Saferworld.

Teaching and assessment


Your study time will consist of class contact hours, self-directed learning, assessment and placements where appropriate. Your actual contact hours will depend on the subject area, on the option modules you select and professional body requirements. A typical composition of study time for this course is

Year 1: you'll spend 17% of time in lectures, seminars or similar, and 83% of time in independent study.

Year 2: you'll spend 17% of time in lectures, seminars or similar, and 83% of time in independent study.

Year 3: you'll spend 17% of time in lectures, seminars or similar, and 83% of time in independent study.

Year 4: you'll spend 17% of time in lectures, seminars or similar, and 83% of time in independent study.


The balance of assessment depends on the subject area, your choice of option modules and professional body requirements. A typical composition of assessment for this course is:

Year 1: your assessment will be 40% by practical exams and 60% by coursework.

Year 2: your assessment will be 27% by practical exams and 73% by coursework.

Year 3: your assessment will be 40% by practical exams and 60% by coursework.

Year 4: your assessment will be 13% by practical exams and 87% by coursework.

Learning support

In addition to the excellent support you will receive from your course teaching team, our central Academic Skills team provides group and one-to-one help to support your learning in a number of areas. These include study skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills); written English (including punctuation and grammatical accuracy); academic writing (including how to reference); research skills; critical thinking and understanding arguments; and revision, assessment and examination skills (including time management).

Additional support

Our AccessAbility Services support students with additional needs such as sensory impairment, or learning difficulties such as dyslexia.


Dr Fiona Robertson-Snape
Dr Fiona Robertson-SnapeSenior Lecturer International Relations

Fiona's expertise is in international relations theory and international ethics. Her research interests cover international society, human rights and international criminal justice.

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Dr Simon Smith
Dr Simon SmithAssociate Professor of Security and International Relations

Simon's expertise covers EU-NATO Cooperation, transatlantic security and European and US defence transformation.

His research interests include transatlantic security and reforming European defence and the defence and security implications of an independent Scotland.

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Dr Tony Craig
Dr Tony CraigAssociate Professor in Modern History

Tony's expertise is in Northern Ireland, intelligence and security studies, archive research, conflict resolution.

His research interests include Irish foreign policy, British foreign policy, intelligence history, 
terrorism, security studies and decolonisation.

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Dr Alun Thomas
Dr Alun ThomasLecturer in Modern European History

Alun's research interests cover the history of Russia and the Soviet Union and Central Asia; imperialism, colonialism, decolonisation, refugeedom, itinerance; nomadism,nationalism, state-building, urbanisation, memory and patrimonialisation.

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For the course starting on 7 September 2020 the tuition fees are:

Tuition fees for BA (Hons)-Part-time, distance learning
Study option UK / EU / Channel Islands International (Non-EU)
Part-time £6,930 per year of study £6,930 per year of study

When studied part time, the duration of the course and the amount of fees you’ll pay each year depends on the speed at which you wish to progress through it. This is called the ‘intensity of study’. The usual study pattern on this programme enables you to complete modules totalling 60 credits in your first year of study. This would be equivalent to studying at 50 per cent course intensity.

If you follow this pattern of study you will complete the course in six years. You will pay the pro rata (equivalent) fee shown for your first year of study. This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation. If the UK government passes appropriate legislation, the fee for subsequent years of study may increase in each academic year. But this increase will not exceed the rate of inflation as measured by RPIX*. Any change in fees will apply to both new and continuing students. The University will notify students of any increase as early as possible. Further information about fee changes would be posted on the University’s website once this becomes available.

*RPIX is a measure of inflation equivalent to all the items in the Retail Price Index (RPI) excluding mortgage interest payments.

If you would like to know more about the fees listed and what this means to you then please get in touch with our Enquiries Team.


Stoke-on-Trent campus
BA (Hons)
Part-time, distance learning
7 September 2020

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