International Relations (IR) covers the broad themes and theories associated with the study of IR such as the state system, development, security, conflict and globalisation. It also draws on the School’s distinctive expertise in a number of areas which include British, French, European, American, Latin American, African and Middle Eastern Politics. You will undertake the historical study of IR, from the 1870s including the ‘scramble for Africa’, through to the Cold War, the origins of the war on terror, the financial crisis and the Arab Spring. You will learn how to apply these theories and reflect on their relevance through the use of both historical and contemporary examples. Year abroad option This programme can also be taken with a year abroad at one of our partner universities which takes place in the third year of your programme. You will be able to explore the relationship between international and comparative politics, as well as examine the international politics of specific regions. Studying a year abroad will help to expand your knowledge of another culture and even learn a new language. All teaching is delivered in English.