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International Relations (Joint Honours) BA (Hons)

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Overview

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Reasons to study International Relations (Joint Honours) at DMU:

On the International Relations BA at DMU you will learn how to analyse contemporary events in international politics and develop policy responses to them.  Lecturers will help you to identify the underlying global forces that shape decisions on crucial issues like the rise of China, the Syrian crisis, climate change and development. 

  • Politics at DMU is ranked 7th in the UK for student satisfaction (National Student Survey 2015)
  • Innovative teaching approaches using simulations, engagement with House of Commons committees and the DMU Policy Commission link theory and practice.
  • Experience a unique learning environment where you will have the opportunity to get involved in real debates, attend conferences, work in groups, and learn from guest speakers which include prominent political figures such as the House of Commons Speaker, Rt Hon John Bercow
  • You will have the chance to get involved in current politics with regular events such as Q&A sessions with former members of the US Congress and former Members of the European Parliament.
  • Talks from practitioners and alumni help you develop an understanding of the range of potential careers for International Relations graduates
  • A lively Politics Society with topical debates and well-known guest speakers which have included David Blunkett and Alastair Campbell in previous years
  • Take the opportunity to study abroad for up to a year with one of our Erasmus+ partner universities in Europe, or to take part in a #DMUglobal international experience such as visits to EU institutions, Washington DC or Hong Kong.
  • DMU was one of only three universities in the UK to be named a Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence in 2013 in recognition of research and teaching excellence in European studies

On the Joint Honours route you will study International Relations for 50 per cent of your study time, and for the other 50 per cent you will study modules from the HistoryPolitics or Journalism BA courses

 

More courses like this:

International Relations BA (Hons)
Politics BA (Hons)

  • UK/EU
  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

Institution code: D26

UCAS course codes: 
International Relations and Politics: L245
International Relations and History: LVF1
International Relations and Journalism: LP25 

Duration: Three years full-time, four years with a placement.

Fees and funding: £9,000

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Find out more about additional costs and optional extras associated with this course.

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

Key facts for international students

Institution code: D26

UCAS course codes: 
International Relations and Politics: L245
International Relations and History: LVF1
International Relations and Journalism: LP25

Duration: Three years full-time, four years with a placement.

Fees and funding: £11,750

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Find out more about additional costs and optional extras associated with this course.

How to apply: International students can apply to study at DMU directly using our online applications portal.

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

Entry criteria

Entry criteria

  • A typical offer is 280 UCAS points from at least two A-levels or equivalent, plus five GCSEs at grade A*–C or above, including English (English Language and Maths for L245)
  • Plus five GCSEs at grade A–C or above, including English (English Language and Maths for L245)
  • Pass QAA Accredited AHE course and GCSE Maths and English grade C (Language or Literature) or recognised equivalent
  • International Baccalaureate: L245 28 + points

** Further information about BTEC equivalencies

Mature students

We welcome applications from mature students with non-standard qualifications and recognise all other equivalent and international qualifications.

English language

If English is not your first language, an IELTS core of 6.5 (including a minimum of 5.5 in each component) or equivalent is normally required.

UCAS Tariff changes

Students applying for courses starting in September 2017 will be made offers based on a new UCAS Tariff. Find out more.

Structure and assessment

 

Course modules

Teaching and assessment

Teaching contact hours

 

Year 1

Year 2

Plus option modules from the following indicative list:

Teaching and assessment

You will be taught by a team whose work has achieved top scores in quality assessment exercises and by individuals who have National Teaching Fellow Status in recognition of their outstanding teaching. We are also active researchers and share our current work with you.

We use a variety of formats in our classes. In the first two years you attend weekly hour-long lectures and seminars in which you discuss the issues raised in lectures. In the third year teaching is in a two-hour workshop format where you often get to decide on the topics that are debated. Throughout the course you will read around the areas being covered using course books and you must keep yourself up-to-date with developments in current affairs.

Assessment is through coursework (presentations, seminar contributions, your portfolio, essays and reports) and usually an exam or test. You will also be challenged through simulation games, problem solving exercises, online collaborative projects and policy papers. Assessment is typically weighted as follows in the first year of International Relations and Politics BA (Hons):

  • Exam: 33%
  • Coursework: 67%

These assessment weightings are indicative only. The exact weighting may vary depending on option modules chosen by students and teaching methods deployed by the academic member of staff each year. Indicative assessment weighting and assessment type per module are shown as part of the module information. Again these are based on the current academic session. 

Teaching contact hours

This is a full-time course and in total you should be prepared to devote approximately 38 hours a week to your studies. In first year, you will typically have up to 14 contact hours of teaching most weeks. Teaching is through a mix of lectures, tutorials, seminars and lab sessions and the breakdown of these activity types is shown in each module description.

Other: In addition each module provides a two hour surgery each week for individual consultation with the lecturer. You will also have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor and careers and/or subject meetings scheduled throughout the year.

Self-directed study: In order to prepare for, and assimilate, the work in lectures and seminars you will be expected to use our on-line resources, participate in flipped or virtual classroom discussions on our virtual learning environment (VLE) and engage in personal study and revision for approximately 25 hours per week.

Subsequent years follow a similar pattern, however, the contact time will vary depending on your subject mix and options chosen, and the teaching methods appropriate to the module. Further details are contained in each module description.

For more information on the History and Journalism Joint Honours contact hours, please visit the course webpage’s. 

Facilities and features

Hugh Aston Building

You will be taught in the Hugh Aston Building, which was purpose-built at a cost of £35 million.

Facilities include lecture theatres and classrooms with capacities ranging from 50 to 250 people, break-out spaces for group work and quiet study zones for individual work. 

The faculty has a large number of high-spec IT labs. The DMU bookshop stock a number of core text books and a range of background reading for your course, along with a variety of stationary.

The Oasis café in Hugh Aston provides Costa Coffee as well a range of snacks and refreshments. 

Library services

We have 1,500 study places and 650 computer workstations across four sites on campus. These give access to more than half a million publications, an extensive range of DVDs, e-resources and thousands of electronic journals. 

During standard term time (October to June) the main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Outside of this period, and during university holidays, the library will remain open but with reduced opening hours.

Award-winning staff are on hand to help and there is a café for study breaks. We offer a range of workshops, drop-in and one-to-one sessions, and our Just Ask service provides email and telephone support.

Campus Centre

This is DMU’s social hub, housing a large food court, shops, the Lobby bar, De Montfort Students’ Union (DSU), performance studios and our chaplaincy.

There are also Conference Rooms, allowing us to host a variety of events from workshops, lectures, practical sessions and group work to exhibitions.

In March 2016 work is due to start in the centre to create a state-of-the-art new home for DSU, making it more visible, offering more breakout space and giving better access to its key services.

Opportunities and careers

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#DMUglobal

This is our innovative international experience programme which aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons – helping you to become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers across the world.

Through #DMUglobal, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.

Our dedicated #DMUglobal High Flyers Award offers ambitious students a discount of up to £1,000 towards a #DMUglobal opportunity (terms and conditions apply).

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Placements

An optional paid placement year offers invaluable professional experience.

We can help you secure a placement through activities such as mock interviews and practice aptitude tests, and you will be assigned a personal tutor to support you throughout your placement. 

We advertise posts in all locations in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors, including some international posts.

Our students have taken placements with companies including DHL, the Government Economic Service, Panasonic, GE Healthcare, Pfizer and the NHS. 

For further details visit our placements page or contact @DMUBALPlacements.

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Graduate careers

The course prepares you for senior roles in public and private organisations where you can influence major decisions that affect us all.

The public sector is the UK’s largest employer and one of the most diverse, challenging and exciting sectors in which to work.

There is real demand for managers who understand the implications of austerity, climate change, sustainable development, healthcare and other issues affecting contemporary society. 

Graduates also work for political parties and non-governmental organisations like charities and lobbying organisations.

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