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University of East Anglia International Relations

University of East Anglia International Relations

BA International Relations

International Relations as a discipline was first established after World War One to study the causes of war. War and peace remain central concerns in International Relations to this day, but the discipline has broadened out to embrace all important transnational issues, including global economics, the environment, human rights, religion and migration.


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The BA in International Relations explores how states, groups and individuals interact across borders, and the degree will make you think about some of the most important issues that confront the modern world. The kind of issues you might study include: the recent global economic crisis, the problems in the Eurozone, the upcoming British referendum on the EU, immigration, human rights, global terrorism, the rise of China, the power of the US, Russian actions in areas of the former Soviet Union, and so on.

The course will provide you with the necessary knowledge and study skills to gain a sophisticated understanding of how the world works. You will be taught by academic staff who are research active and experts in their field.

During the course you will have the opportunity to take part in study trips, internships and placements in Britain and Europe (see our Careers and Employability pages), as well as having the option of a semester abroad in your second year (see Study Abroad below).

Course structure

Your degree programme may contain compulsory or optional modules. Compulsory modules are designed to give you a solid grounding, optional modules allow you to tailor your degree.

The course modules section below lists the current modules by year and you can click on each module for further details. Each module lists its value (in credits) and its module code, a year of study is 120 credits.


The majority of teaching is carried out through a mixture of lectures, seminars and workshops. Assessment is primarily in the form of essays, oral presentations, book reviews, reports, projects and examinations.

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