This degree gives you the opportunity of combining International Relations and a modern language. Your third year will normally be spent studying abroad in a country where you can develop your chosen language. For your study of a modern language, by the end of your degree you will have developed strong skills in spoken and written language and analytical thought, a deeper understanding of another culture and people, and have proven to yourself and others that you can meet a challenge head on. As our graduates testify, studying a modern language will equip you with the skills employers seek across a wide range of professions. German, Italian, Russian and Spanish can be studied from A level or beginner’s level, with students reaching degree level in the final year. Chinese and Portuguese can normally only be studied from beginner’s level. French can only be studied from A level, not beginner’s level, to degree level, though it is possible to study French from beginner’s level to a lesser level of proficiency than degree level in the Foreign Language Centre, subject to demand. This degree will also give you a solid grounding in understanding international issues together with the opportunity to specialise in a particular region or special subject, such as transnational crime or globalisation. You'll receive an excellent education across the range of international relations topics in a supportive and responsive learning environment enriched by research. You’ll gain an appreciation of the historical evolution of the international system, as well as engaging with the key dilemmas dominating international politics today. We aim to ensure that you’ll be able to understand and use the main concepts and theories in the study of international relations to analyse and interpret world political events and issues.