International Relations BA (Hons)

Key information


Studying International Relations brings a focus on power, authority, citizenship, conflict and cooperation in the world around us.

Current international trends are interpreted in a historical perspective yet with a view to future directions and likely developments. Politics affects all our lives and with a deeper understanding you can join in conversations that address key issues.

Programme in detail

In Year One you will take Foundations in politics; British politics; Comparative politics, Foundations in international politics and Studying Politics Successfully: Skills and Methods.

In Year Two you will take compulsory modules in International organisations and Security in a globalised world, as well as the choice of a wide variety of modules that deal with the international political sphere. These include, but are not limited to American politics and society, International political economy and Regimes and their consequences.

In Year Three modules are available on Identity in contemporary international politics; World politics and the world economy and Comparative peace processes. You can also choose from a range of modules that don’t have an explicit international dimension.

Please note: Single Honours students will also be required to take 30 credits as a minor subject in their first year.

Study as part of joint-honours at 50:50 Choosing this subject as a combined degree

Students doing the 50% programme are ideally positioned to connect with a wide range of other disciplines, including history, business, languages, law, communication studies, philosophy, criminology and sociology.

You will explore international political ideas, systems and processes and learn how to collect data, develop knowledge and construct arguments.

Department Key Facts

Number of first year students

184 Year One undergraduates in 2018

Graduate prospects

94% are employed or in further study six months after graduating (DLHE 2016/17)

Research performance

In the most recent Research Excellence Framework, 50% of our research impact was judged outstanding.
The Department produces research of international standing and engages in a wide range of dissemination and engagement work to ensure the impact of this work is maximised both within academia and beyond.

Why this subject?

Build your degree to reflect your interests

At Liverpool, you’ll get genuine diversity in the range of modules we offer with themes focused at national and international levels. Our programmes provide you with a solid foundation of political studies in Year One and we’ll then encourage and guide you to choose modules to develop your own specialist interests.

Strengthen your employability skills for a wide-range of careers

Our programmes are developed with a broad range of employers and industries in mind and the extensive critical, communication and research skills our students gain have meant our recent graduates have found success in a diverse range of careers.

Learn from research-active staff

You’ll explore theory and develop an understanding of historical, current and future developments. Study at Liverpool and immerse yourself in an environment where all your lecturers are actively researching and publishing in their specialist fields, with national and international reach.

Take placements to enhance your experience

We offer a range of placements including international exchange programmes at one of our partner universities and an exciting opportunity to secure a placement with an MP at Westminster.