On this course you’ll gain an understanding of key issues and events within global politics, and learn how theories of international relations make sense of them. You’ll also develop important analytical and research skills and a real knowledge of vital foreign policy issues. Whether you’re thinking about starting a career in international policy, the military or the civil and diplomatic service, in business or at a charitable organisation – or going on to do research or postgraduate study – a degree in International Relations will set you on the right path. You will have a passion for the subject, which you can demonstrate through your reference and personal experience. On this course you’ll be immersed in a department working at the cutting edge of politics and international relations. Through a combination of lectures, seminars and workshops, and a variety of assessed work, you’ll learn to make critical assessments of complex material, articulate yourself clearly, listen to others with an open approach, and understand the value of teamwork and discussion. You’ll have the chance to hear guest talks on a broad range of aspect of politics and international relations. Recent speakers include the Baroness Shirley Williams, Vince Cable, Professor Anthony Giddens and Sir Stephen Wall. You’ll also have the chance to take part in study trips, internships and placements, as well as to spend a semester abroad. During your degree you’ll explore how states, corporations, violent and non-violent organisations, and individuals interact across borders. This means thinking about some of the most important issues that confront the modern world and asking how we might address them. Taught by academic staff who are active and leading researchers in their field, you’ll gain a sophisticated understanding of all aspects of global politics and their impact on our lives. You’ll get to grips with the foundational issues and debates, such as international security, the international political economy, the environment, human rights, migration, and terrorism. As your degree progresses, you’ll choose from an extensive selection of modules, finding your own areas of specialism. In your final year you may also write a dissertation on a topic of your choosing, or take up an internship.