Durham University International Relations

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Durham University International Relations

Course Summary


Year 1

Compulsory modules

  • Theory and History in International Relations
  • International Security, Interdependence and Organisation
  • Global Regions in International Relations.

Optional modules vary but have previously included:

  • Democratic Political Systems
  • Ideas and Ideologies
  • Introduction to Middle East Politics
  • OR one module offered by other department AND/OR one module offered by the Centre for Foreign Language Study.

Year 2

Compulsory modules

  • Research Project

Plus EITHER International Theory OR International Organisation.

Plus one of the following:

  • Sovereignty, State and Empire
  • Politics of Pacific Asia
  • Global Political Economy
  • Middle East in the International System.

Optional modules vary but have typically included:

  • Foundations of Western Political Thought
  • Democracy and Democratic Theory
  • Islam, State and Government
  • Or a module offered by another department.

Year 3

Compulsory module

  • Dissertation (Double).

Optional modules vary but have typically included

  • The Ethics of Violence in International Relations
  • Evolution and Development of Military Occupation
  • China: State and Society since 1949
  • The New Germany
  • The Politics of the Middle East’s Oil Monarchies
  • Or a module offered by another department.

Study Abroad

School of Government and International Affairs

Students can apply for a one-year study placement in one of the following institutions: the University of California and Boston College in the USA, British Columbia in Canada, the University of Hong Kong, and the National University of Singapore. In some cases courses are offered in English, while in others teaching is in the local language. We have an ERASMUS/Year Abroad Co-ordinator who will help you prepare for your year abroad, and who will maintain contact with you while you are away.

Admissions Process

Subject requirements, level and grade

In addition to satisfying the University’s general entry requirements, please note:

  • We welcome applications from those with other qualifications equivalent to our standard entry requirements and from mature students with non-standard qualifications or who may have had a break in their study. Please contact our Admissions Selectors for more information
  • Grade A in a Social Science or Humanities subject at A-level, or equivalent, is required
  • Grade A in a Social Science or Humanities Subject at GCSE, is preferred but not required
  • We do not include General Studies or Critical Thinking as part of our offer
  • If you do not satisfy our general entry requirements, the Foundation Centre offers multidisciplinary degrees to prepare you for a range of specified degree courses
  • If you are an international student who does not meet the requirements for direct entry to this degree, you may be eligible to take an International Foundation Year pathway programme at the Durham University International Study Centre
  • We are pleased to consider applications for deferred entry.

Science A-levels

Applicants taking Science A-levels that include a practical component will be required to take and pass this as a condition of entry. This applies only to applicants sitting A-levels with an English examination board.

English Language requirements

Please check requirements for your subject and level of study.

How to apply


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