Coventry University International Relations

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Coventry University International Relations

Coventry University International Relations

International Relations BA (Hons)


This course runs in 2017/18.  

Are you fascinated by politics and political developments on an international scale? This dynamic and topical course allows you to study and analyse key international and global issues that confront the modern world.


This course is delivered by International Relations experts focusing their research on security studies, development and peace studies, foreign policy analysis and the history of international political thought; giving you the opportunity to specialise in any or all of these areas.

If you choose this course you may benefit from:

  • the opportunity to apply for placements with organisations in the media, in the past students obtained places at the House of Commons and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) that the department has existing links with;
  • the opportunity to attend a number of employment/job fair events to increase your competitive advantage in the job market;
  • access to teaching staff who are actively engaged in research that informs teaching on your course;
  • the opportunity to apply for an international experience with international staff and an international curriculum. Field trips took students to Germany, Costa Rica and the United States;
  • activities and events set up by the History, International Relations, Politics and Sociology Society (HIPSOC),
  • a society and Facebook site created and run by the students of the department.


In your first year you will cover the foundation of international relations including the following subjects: Themes and Concepts in International Relations, Introduction to International Relations Theories, World Politics since 1945, and History of Globalisation.

In your second and final years you will apply these core subjects to a range of contemporary case studies and projects. You will also have the opportunity to focus on the area of your choice through specialised units of study.


Teaching is based on a series of lectures, with associated seminars, tutorials, workshops, online discussions and web-based activities. In addition, your personal tutor will review and discuss your progress with you and will be available for advice.


Our Politics courses are ranked 13th by Guardian University Guide 2018


How will my learning be assessed?

An estimated percentage breakdown of how your final grade is assessed is as follows: some modules will based on assessment at 50% coursework and 50% examinations, others will be coursework only.

A compulsory Add+vantage module must also be completed: please see the page on the Add+vantage scheme for more details.


In a typical week you will have up to 14 contact hours of teaching and this will break down as:

Personal tutorial/small group teaching: 1 hour tutorial each week

Medium group teaching: 5 hours of practical classes, workshops or seminars each week

Large group teaching: 8 hours of lectures each week

Personal study: 23 hours each week studying and revising in your own time

Entry Requirements

Essential Entry Requirements:

5 GCSEs at grade A*-C including English Mathematics, or specified equivalents.

A-Levels: BBC

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma: DMM

Access: The Access to HE Diploma to include 30 Level 3 credits at Merit, plus GCSE English Language at grade A*-C.

International Baccalaureate Diploma: 29 points

Find out more about acceptable equivalent qualifications here.

How will this course enhance my career prospects?

As a successful graduate of this course, you should be in a strong position to offer prospective employers expertise and skills relevant to a range of career pathways. Past Coventry International Relations graduates have secured interesting positions in the Civil Service, international organisations, local government, the media, non-governmental agencies, as well as in private sector companies.

Coventry University is commited to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University’s Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.

The Faculty of Arts and Humanities have their own Creative Futures unit provides a programme of workshops, embedded learning, lectures, professional experience and one-to-one guidance to help you develop the transferable skills and enterprising habits required for a successful career.


The financial considerations of University study are of course, important, and it would be natural to worry about the possibility of having to face unexpected hidden extras. At Coventry University there is an absolute commitment to ensuring everything is clearly communicated in advance.

In each course description you will find what is included in the fees, what is not, and if there are any possible additional extras, a projection of what the possible costs would be.

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The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university. The key: developing and enhancing students’ employability, and delivering a serious competitive advantage in the jobs market. At Coventry, that starts right from the beginning.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and which broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very broad range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

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On this course you will have the opportunity to take an overseas study trip. For example, previous students spent a week in Sicily examining how the anti-mafia organisation Libera has been working to combat organised crime.


Centre for Global Engagement logoDid you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2014/15, we were able to provide a total of 2,264 student experiences abroad that lasted at least five days, 73% of which were our own organised trips for undergraduates and 27% from postgraduate travel. Plus, we’ve been able to help more than 5,000 students spend time in other countries, from America to China, India and beyond.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

The objectives of the programme, in which eligible undergraduate and postgraduate students can participate, is to provide practical career workshops and enable participants to experience different business cultures.

Explore our Global Leaders Programme.

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