King’s College London International Relations
King’s College London International Relations
International Relations BA
The International Relations BA degree is an interdepartmental programme addressing key global challenges, issues and approaches to politics. This three-year undergraduate programme will provide you with a sophisticated understanding of International Relations, both as a subject worthy of further study and as intellectual preparation for a wide range of career choices. You will develop the ability to handle a broad range of evidence, analyse complex issues and present arguments in a clear, concise and effective manner, both orally and in writing.
- Your learning will be supported by approximately 40 staff including specialists on all the key regions of the world, making King’s a leading centre for the study of international relations, conflicts and conflict resolutions.
- The degree features a variety of modules, enabling you to develop your specialist interests covering a diverse range of areas.
- This course draws cross-departmental expertise from War Studies, European & International Studies, Political Economy departments as well as the King’s School of Global Affairs.
- Located in the heart of London, giving unparalleled access to government, the media, museums, and major libraries and research institutes.
- Employability in numerous fields including the NGO sector, International Organisations, diplomacy, political analysis, journalism and much more.
UCAS code L250
Duration 3 years
Study mode Full-time
Course type Single honours
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The International Relations BA (Hons) programme comprises 360 credits in total and is studied over three years. You will learn to think critically and independently about the subjects you encounter in your studies, and develop a range of skills that will support your intellectual, vocational and personal development.
In the first year, you will study a range of modules including Theory & History of the International System and Contemporary Security Issues providing you with the foundations for the further study of International Relations.
In your second year, you will study Global Politics, and also a variety of additional subjects from within the War Studies Department and European & International Studies areas of the course.
The final year consists of three optional modules drawn from a wide range of specialist topics, as well as your research dissertation on a subject of your choice.
The optional modules provide you with opportunities to study in-depth on a range of specialist subjects that are designed to take advantage of current research expertise in the Departments of War Studies, European & International Studies, The Dickson Poon School of Law and the School of Global Affairs.
We use lectures, seminars and group tutorials to deliver most of the modules on the programme. You will also be expected to undertake a significant amount of independent study. You will be assigned a personal tutor who will provide support and guidance for your studies.
Assessment methods will depend on the modules you have selected to study. The primary methods of assessment for this course are coursework, assessed essays, written examinations and individual and group presentations.
Informal assessments also form part of the course structure, and while not for credit, this type of evaluation is an essential component of the overall learning process that allows you to develop or discard ideas and arguments.
The prime, central position beside the River Thames brings outstanding advantages, and as a student you will enjoy the excellent social and cultural opportunities of the capital. The department is close to the seat of government, the City, the Royal Courts of Justice and the Inns of Court, the Imperial War Museum and the National Maritime Museum. This generates interaction between the study and practice of security and foreign policy.
Other related courses
- War Studies
- European Politics
Courses are divided into modules. Each year you will normally take modules totalling 120 credits.
- International Relations Theory
- Conflict and Diplomacy
- Introduction to International Economics
- History of the International System
- Contemporary Security Issues
There are no optional modules for this course in Year 1.
Please note that A-level General Studies, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills and Global Perspectives are not accepted by King’s as one of your A-levels. However, if offered the grade achieved may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has just fallen short of the conditions of their offer.
No compulsory subjects.
Further information and other requirements
Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.
A-Level subjects – University policy: Please note that A-level General Studies, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills and Global Perspectives are not accepted by King’s as one of your A-levels. However, if offered the grade achieved may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has just fallen short of the conditions of their offer.
Access to HE Diploma: Access to HE Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits: 39 must be from units awarded at Distinction, with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit.
Cambridge Pre-U: Three Pre-U Principal subjects at D2 D3 D3. Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels) considered.
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF from 2010): DDM with eleven Distinctions and two A levels at grades A*A or D*DD with fourteen Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA.
BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF from 2010): DM with six Distinctions and two A levels at grades A*A or D*D with ten Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA.
BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (QCF from 2010): D with four modules at Distinction and two A levels at grades A*A or D* with five modules at Distinction and two A levels at grades AA.
Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers: AAA at Higher in one sitting and AA at Advanced Higher (we do not count the Higher and Advanced Higher in the same subject).
International Baccalaureate: Pass the IB Diploma with a total of at least 35 points, with three Higher Level subjects at 766. Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE.
Other International Qualifications: Visit our admissions webpages to view our international entry requirements.
Application deadline: 15 January 2018.
Help and support
If you don’t have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, or if English isn’t your first language, our academic preparation courses can help you get ready for study in the UK.
Fees and funding
Full time tuition fees UK:
The current tuition fee is set as £9,000 per year, a cap set by the UK Government. However, the Government is currently reviewing this policy, and you should be aware that the UK tuition fee for the 2017-2018 academic year may increase to £9,250. Depending on the decision reached by the UK Government, tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.
Full time tuition fees EU:
Current regulations allow some students to pay UK tuition fees on the basis of their EU citizenship or residency. Until these eligibility criteria are changed, the EU tuition fee will remain the same as the UK tuition fee.
This means that the current tuition fee is £9,000 per year, a cap set by the UK Government. However, the Government is currently reviewing this policy, and you should be aware that the tuition fee for the 2017-2018 academic year may increase to £9,250. Depending on the decision reached by the UK Government, tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.
Full time tuition fees International:
£17,050 p.a. (2017/18). This tuition fee is subject to annual increases, in line with King’s terms and conditions.
All International applicants to Undergraduate programmes are required to pay a deposit of £2,000 against their first year’s tuition fee. This deposit is payable when you firmly accept an unconditional offer to study with us, and will be offset against your tuition fees when you join King’s.
If you study abroad as part of your course, King’s will not be charged tuition fees by the host university (although some partners do charge a small administration fee for applying). Please see the Study Abroad webpages for details of the relevant partner universities.
King’s will continue to invoice for a proportion of King’s tuition fees. At present these are as follows:
- Home students studying or working for a full academic year abroad will receive an invoice for £1,350 for King’s tuition fees for the year.
- Overseas students studying or working for a full academic year abroad will receive an invoice for one third of the King’s tuition fees for the year.
You should also budget to pay for the associated subsistence costs, such as travel, visas, accommodation and food as well as any vaccination/immunisations required by the country to which you are travelling.
In addition to the costs above, you can also expect to pay for:
- Books if you choose to buy your own copies
- Clothing for optional course related events and competitions
- Library fees and fines
- Personal photocopies
- Printing course handouts
- Society membership fees
- Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses
- Graduation costs
For further information, please visit our fees and funding pages.
Financial help and support
Visit the fees and funding webpages to find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans and other financial help available at King’s.
Our graduates go on to work in a range of fields including government (most commonly in Ministries of Defence and Foreign Affairs in the UK and abroad), academia, journalism, banking (often in emerging markets or risk analysis), research and policy think tanks, humanitarian organisations and international organisations.
Recent graduates have found employment as:
• Account Executive, IT re-seller
• Accounts Assistance, IJS Global
• Army Officer, British Army
• Consultant, Ernst & Young
• Creative Writer, Groupon
• Defence Analyst, Vision Gain
• Parliamentary Assistant, House of Commons
• Special Constable, Metropolitan Police
• Trainee Accountant, a legal practice
MA in International Relations
The MA in International Relations offers you the opportunity to explore the theory and practice of international politics with some of the leading figures in the field, in a unique, multidisciplinary environment. The MA is taught in the Department of War Studies, an internationally-recognised centre of excellence for the study of security and international politics which is part of the ‘Politics@Kings’ grouping at KCL – the largest politics and international studies research community in Europe. Contributors to the core teaching on the MA include leading theorists of international relations Prof. Richard Ned Lebow, Prof. Vivienne Jabri, and Prof. Mervyn Frost, while optional modules and the dissertation give students the chance to work with experts producing cutting-edge research in the subject. The MA programme is anchored in our Research Centre in International Relations (RCIR) and draws on the various research projects (major themes being security and liberty, international ethics, and theorising the international). Students also benefit from an extraordinary range and number of talks by visiting speakers and other events. The Department of War Studies hosts on average three visiting speakers per week in term time; in addition to leading scholars from around the world, recent events have included talks by high-profile practitioners such as the US Secretary of Defence, Britain’s Chief of the General Staff, the Newsnight Editor Mark Urban, government ministers from Afghanistan, Georgia, and Iraq.
Theory and Practice
Our students normally come from an academic or professional background in areas broadly connected to international politics. Most have degrees in international relations, politics, or history, though we also have students with first degrees in subjects including business, communications, the sciences, and languages. Our students include practitioners in the fields of government, security, and related areas, as well as professionals working in a range of other areas. Recent students have come from the foreign ministries or diplomatic services of several countries, from non-governmental organisations such as the United Nations Association-UK, from journalism, the technology sector, and other business sectors. The International Relations programme gives students an in-depth knowledge of the key issues in international affairs and the ideas that help us to make sense of them. It develops our students’ critical and analytical skills, providing them with the knowledge and the tools to pursue a wide range of careers in government and the private sector, or to go on to doctoral research. Our graduates can be found in public administration around the world, in sectors such as risk analysis, in businesses such as PricewaterhouseCoopers, and in academia.
The core modules ‘Theories of International Relations’ in the first semester, and ‘Concepts and Methods in International Relations’ in the second semester, survey the most important theoretical approaches and debates in the discipline. They provide our students with the conceptual and methodological tools to explore the ideas that have shaped the theory and practice of international relations and to apply them in their investigation of contemporary international politics. As well as the core modules, our students take optional modules, chosen from the wide range of courses offered in the department and Politics partners in the college covering subjects such as cyber security, civil war, conflict and the media, gender in international politics, and the foreign policy and security politics of states and regions including the UK, the Middle East, Europe, Russia, and East Asia. The 15,000 word dissertation gives students the opportunity to define and undertake a substantial research project, guided by an expert supervisor. Recent dissertation topics include: ‘Counterrevolution? The Arab Ancien Regime versus the Arab Spring’; ‘The Role of the Nuclear programme in North Korea’s Domestic Discourse’; ‘Engaging Wendt: a Critical Investigation of Identity in Constructivism’’; ‘India’s policy of non-alignment and Indian strategic culture’; and ‘Was the Iraq War a Dirty War?’