International Relations BA

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International Relations BA

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    Key Information

    • Study Level:

      Bachelor

    • Duration:

      4 Years

    • Study Mode:

      Full Time

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    Course Summary

    The University of St Andrews’ International Relations (International Honours) BA program is presented as a collaboration between the College of William & Mary’s Department of Government and St Andrews’ School of International Relations.

    You will study for 2 years at St Andrews and 2 years at William & Mary. Over four years, you will study the impacts of globalisation, various regional and ethnic conflicts around the world, terrorism, human rights, the politics of environmentalism, world trade and world finance as well as international security.

    This is a broad degree program, and is not compatible with joint honours degrees at either institution. However, you will have access to modules on a wide range of subjects at both institutions beyond the core curriculum. To see how it all works together, click here.

    If you are changing direction after starting in another career area, you will possess valuable work experience and professional awareness. Many employers actively seek candidates with these benefits. Our network of contacts, a dedicated employability service and a reputation in the legal profession mean we also have an outstanding track-record of finding students legal employment.Many employers favour GDL students in an increasingly competitive legal job market. Through studying another degree subject, you will have gained many transferable skills. By taking the conversion route into law, you are showing motivation and determination by choosing law at a later stage than some others. This looks good to employers.

    If you are changing direction after starting in another career area, you will possess valuable work experience and professional awareness. Many employers actively seek candidates with these benefits. Our network of contacts, a dedicated employability service and a reputation in the legal profession mean we also have an outstanding track-record of finding students legal employment.Many employers favour GDL students in an increasingly competitive legal job market. Through studying another degree subject, you will have gained many transferable skills. By taking the conversion route into law, you are showing motivation and determination by choosing law at a later stage than some others. This looks good to employers.

    Course Outline

    St Andrews’ International Relations BA is a four year program for most students. You will only take 2 years at St Andrews, and the curricula for the other 2 years is decided by William & Mary. You should put some thought into which institution you choose to begin with, and where you intend to formally graduate.

    St Andrews Year 1:

    You’ll study the basic theory and ways of approaching international relations. You’ll also learn to analyse foreign policy and asses how different states handle international security issues.

    St Andrews Year 2:

    Your second year will see you studying contemporary international relations theories and concepts, from Post-Colonialism to Post-Modernism, Feminism to Marxism and The English School to Constructivism. You will also see how these different perspectives relate to historical world events.

    St Andrews Year 3:

    Honours year 3 modules at St Andrews include:

    • Activism and Resistance
    • Armed Conflict in Postcolonial Africa
    • Case Studies in Conflict Analysis
    • Global Public Policy
    • Identities, Belonging and Others
    • Ideologies and Social Movements in the Middle East
    • International Political Economy
    • International Security
    • Music, Politics and International Relations
    • Peacekeeping and Humanitarian Intervention

    St Andrews Year 4:

    No matter where you take your 4th year, you’ll undertake a substantial project involving independent study. If you take your 4th year at St Andrews, it will be in the form of a 10,000 word dissertation.

    Learning & Teaching

    The University of St Andrews is committed to modern teaching techniques, and offers a research-led curriculum. However, this program is fairly unique as half of it will be taken at William & Mary, and will follow their learning and teaching philosophy. This not only gives you a broader perspective, it allows you to cherry-pick the ‘best of the best’ when it comes to your personal academic journey.

    Career Possiblities

    International Relations graduates are in incredibly high demand worldwide. Depending on the specialty you develop over the course of the program, you might pursue a career in:

    • accountancy
    • banking and insurance
    • international business
    • law
    • media, radio and television
    • public services (civil service, local governments, public corporations, hospital management)
    • research or academia
    • the armed services
    • the foreign services
    • the social services

    Entry Credit

    Entry Requirements for UK and EU-nationals

    The University of St Andrews’ International Relations BA program requires at least a 3 A Levels at AAA or better, SQA Highers of AAAB or higher, or an equivalent academic qualification.

    Entry Requirements for overseas (non-EU) students

    International students must be fluent in written and Spoken English, and have achieved an equivalent qualification to that listed above.

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