International Relations and Security Studies
Duration: 3 years
Attendance mode: Full-time
Award: BA (Hons)
Placement: Placement year not available
Suitable for international students
Faculty of Social Sciences
This degree is located within the Division of Peace Studies, an internationally recognised centre for excellence in teaching and research on peace and conflict issues.
International Relations is the study of the principles, interests, strategies and mechanisms that inform why and how states engage with one another and with non-state actors.
The degree provides a detailed understanding of the international system and the security of states.
Equally important is the study of human security. The second component of this degree – Security Studies – investigates the wider sphere of human relations and activities as they relate to national and international security.
For this purpose, we engage with political, military, criminal, environmental and economic threats to peace and development. The degree has a strong emphasis on the development of applied and practical skills.
Employers emphasise the need for intellectual skills, self-skills and interactive attributes such as teamwork or persuasiveness, and you will develop
high levels of competence in many of these marketable and transferable skills.
In addition to your formal lectures, we host lectures by government representatives, and leading policymakers from organisations such as the UK Stabilisation Unit.
You also benefit from the expertise of staff associated with the Bradford Disarmament Research Centre, who work on the control of weapons of mass destruction and drone technology, our Centre for African Studies and the new Centre on Political Islam.
The possibility of expanding your degree to encompass a fourth year of professional experience or study abroad means you can take advantage of the many contacts that staff and our international study body have with local and international government and non-governmental organisations around the world.
This additional year means you graduate with enhanced life, language, academic and educational skills, ready for postgraduate employment. We also use our many alumni around the world to mentor and support you.
Typical offer: BBC / 112 UCAS points
New UCAS tariff
We use the UCAS tariff system to help us compare different qualifications. For courses starting from September 2017 onwards, the way points are calculated is changing.
The number of points you get for each qualification and grade will be lower, for example, an A* grade at A level will be worth 56 points from 2017 onwards, instead of 140 in 2016. Despite the lower points, you will still need to achieve the same grades. The only exception to this is that AS Levels will now be worth 40% of an A Level, instead of 50%.
All qualifications that are currently on the UCAS Tariff will continue to attract points under the new system. More qualifications are also being brought into the UCAS tariff system for the first time, including Access to Higher Education courses.
Work out your UCAS tariff points using the UCAS Tariff Calculator (link opens in a new tab).
There are no specific subject requirements.
BTEC Extended Diploma:
DMM — there are no specific subject requirements.
Applicants on Access Programmes:
Meet UCAS Tariff of 112 — there are no specific subject requirements.
Plus minimum of:
GCSE English at grade C or 4 (equivalents accepted).
Additional entry requirements:
If you do not meet the entry requirements for direct entry onto this course you may be interested in our Social Sciences and Management with Foundation Year course or our Social Sciences and Management with International Foundation Year.
English language requirements:
Minimum IELTS at 6.0 or the equivalent.
If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course. See the Language Centre for more details.
|Conflict, War and Political Violence||core|
|Introduction to International Relations||core|
|Introduction to Peace Studies & Gender Day||core|
|Political Systems, Theories and Ideologies||core|
|Poverty, Development and Globalisation||core|
|Study Skills for Peace Studies, History and Politics||core|
|Conflict Research Skills||core|
|Security: Theories and Concepts||core|
|Development Ideas in Practice||option|
|Diplomacy and Statecraft||option|
|Responding to Conflict: Approaches, Ethics, Experience||option|
|The International Politics of the Cold War 1945- 1991||option|
|War, Democracy and Consensus: Britain, 1914 to the present||option|
|Security: Threats and Security Analysis||core|
|Britain, Germany and Central Europe||option|
|Democracy and Authoritarianism||option|
|Peace, Conflict and Development||option|
|US Power and International Security||option|
Career support and prospects
The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.
Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.
95% of our 2015 graduates in Peace Studies found employment or went on to further study within six months of graduating.
Graduates in the Division of Peace Studies are qualified for the full range of careers open to any social science student, including journalism, the civil service, teaching, research, the security sector, and the voluntary sector, including international organisations.
Peace Studies graduates typically follow careers in local and international non-governmental development agencies, international bodies, education, journalism, and the civil service.
The average starting salary for our 2015 International Relations and Security Studies graduates was £19,000.
Fees, Finance and Scholarships
- Home/EU: £9,250*
- International: £14,250
* Home/EU fees will be subject to an annual increase, set in line with government policy. A percentage of any additional higher fee income will be used to support student opportunity through increased expenditure on access, student success and progression activities.
See our Fees and Financial Support website for more details.
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