International Studies and History

100% overall student satisfaction (History)

National Student Survey 2019

Expert teaching staff

Academic knowledge and experience matched closely to courses

Flexible study options

Full-time, part-time and distance learning

Futureproof your learning by studying the past and unlock your understanding of how the modern world works. Become a professional global citizen, prepared for the unpredictable future challenges of a globalised world.

Our degrees enable you to understand, and prepare you to engage with the modern world. Our courses combine the approaches and theories of international relations with studies of modern and contemporary history. Gain the analytical and critical thinking skills, broad subject knowledge and practical experience youneed to compete amid rapidly changing opportunities and challenges.

You’ll tackle issues of global importance, as well as investigate the processes, systems and institutions through which the world is governed. Wars, revolutions, the global economy, Brexit, climate change, society, migration and power all come together in our immersive and overlapping study programmes.

On the attendance degree, you’ll enjoy small class sizes where you can dissect political and historical problems, guided by academics with extensive research-based expertise.

We are also the home of the pioneering Centre of Archaeology and their Masters in Forensic Archaeology and Genocide Investigation.




International Relations: History and Global Politics BA (Hons)

Study options
Foundation year
Placement year


Taught courses

Forensic Archaeology and Genocide Investigation MA

Study options
Full-time, distance learning
Part-time, distance learning

Forensic Archaeology and Genocide Investigation MSc

Study options

International History MA

Study options
Full-time, distance learning
Part-time, distance learning

International Policy and Diplomacy MA

Study options
Part-time, distance learning

International Relations MA

Study options
Full-time, distance learning
Part-time, distance learning

International Security MA

Study options
Full-time, distance learning
Part-time, distance learning


Work experience and careers

Work experience

Our courses will help establish the right connections for you, whether you are already working in your chosen field or still deciding on your career options.

For those already working, our courses can improve employability, promotion prospects or take you in a new direction you hadn't previously considered. Your experience and expertise can be applied to coursework and can help inform research for your final project.

For those studying at BA level or progressing to postgraduate study, our courses will give you the research, critical and analytical skills sought after by employers. 


The strong skills of research, logic and communication which our graduates gain enhance employability and career development. 

An international studies qualification can equip you with transferable skills that can enhance career development or open up opportunities to sectors such as: 

  • National foreign or defence ministries
  • Armed forces
  • Security services
  • International or regional organisations
  • Intelligence
  • Journalism
  • Education
  • International organisations such as the European Union and the United Nations
  • NGOs such as Amnesty International or Greenpeace
  • Think tanks such as Saferworld 

Our students

I would strongly recommend the International Studies programme at Staffordshire University and to any aid worker out there wondering whether they might be able to do an MA. Staff won't let you drop behind, the support is always there to help you reach the finish line.

Richard Bretherick

International Aid Worker

Distance learning is extremely effective for those unable to commit to a regular location. The pace and content of my course were excellent and very engaging for someone like me, who’d been away from higher education for over two decades. My initial doubts as to whether I could return to postgraduate learning were soon overcome and I became part of a great community of distance learners. 

I can’t recommend Staffs enough to those thinking of a studying ‘from a distance’.

Ricardo Winkworth

MA International History graduate

It’s very interesting, it really tells you how we ended up where we are today. Besides all the facts, they make you think. They tell you the most interesting things. I hate to miss any of the lessons!

Aida Haughton


It’s given me fundamental skills to approach politics and things that are happening around me and in the world at a new level.

I have seen a different outlook in myself. Politically, I understand things more. Watching the news, I’ve researched the connections. It’s given me fundamental skills to approach politics and things that are happening around me and in the world at a new level.

Joshua Smith


Our staff

Dr Fiona Robertson-Snape

Senior Lecturer

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

Associate Professor

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.

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Alun Thomas

Senior Lecturer

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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Martin Brown

Senior Lecturer

Martin teaches modern Italian and European history, local and community history and 18th Century English history, with an emphasis on social, cultural and political history.

Kevin Colls

Associate Professor

Kevin has directed and published archaeological projects throughout the United Kingdom and Europe and holds over 20 years' experience in research and professional archaeology.

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Professor Caroline Sturdy Colls

Professor Of Conflict Archaeology

Prof. Sturdy Colls' pioneering research focuses on the application of interdisciplinary approaches to the investigation of Holocaust landscapes. Caroline is the Course Leader for the Forensic Archaeology masters.

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Our graduates

Nicole Williamson

Modern History and Media Studies, 2012

Nicole’s catering business We Are Lollapalooza serves delicious ice cream and crêpes at festivals, weddings, parties and events from charming vintage vans.

Nicole's story

David Bailey

History, 2002

David runs his own digital marketing agency in Estonia, and is a member of the British-Estonian Chamber of Commerce where he facilitates international trade.

David's story
University of the Year

Edufuturist Awards 2021

Top 15 for Teaching Quality

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021

Top 15 for Student Satisfaction

Complete University Guide 2022

Top 20 for Job Prospects

Student Crowd Universities Awards 2021

6th for Social Inclusion

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022


QS Star Ratings 2021