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International Relations, Politics and Security Studies

BA (Hons)



Typical offer for 2020


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Entry requirements

Typical offer - 112 UCAS tariff points, to include GCSE English at grade C/grade 4 or above.

We take into consideration a number of factors when assessing your application. It's not just about your grades; we take the time to understand your personal circumstances and make decisions based on your potential to thrive at university and beyond.

A levels

BBC - there are no specific subject requirements.

BTEC Extended Diploma

DMM — there are no specific subject requirements.

Applicants on Access Programmes

We accept relevant Access (e.g. Social Science 3) to meet the 112 UCAS tariff points.

International Baccalaureate Requirements

112 UCAS tariff points to include Higher Level grade 3 or Standard Level grade 4 in English

Plus minimum of

GCSE English at grade C or 4 (equivalents accepted).

English language requirements

The standard University requirement is IELTS 6.0 with no sub-test less than 5.0 (or 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 »


This programme provides the option for students to undertake a work placement or period of study abroad between Stages 2 and 3. Anyone wishing to take this option will be transferred to a 4 year programme. 

This gives you further opportunities for developing professional experience and practical skills through a voluntary placement or internship in a relevant organisation for a period of up to twelve months. It can be taken anywhere in the world.

The experiences you have on placement help inform and shape your final year studies, including the dissertation, and will help boost your employability on graduation.

The placement is student-centred and student-led, so you'll need to take the initiative to identify and apply for internships or placements. Academic staff can facilitate and support searches for suitable placements with leads and suggestions, help with the writing of applications, and provide supporting letters of reference.  If you're able to secure a placement you'll have customised preparatory training, and mentoring support as useful during the placement or internship.

Learning and assessment

You’ll learn through a mixture of lectures, directed study, discussion and group work. The programme also includes study trips, and an away-day crisis simulation exercise.

You can tailor your studies to emerging areas of interest in the second and third years through optional modules and the final dissertation project, and will be supported to select your own projects, case-studies and topics throughout your studies.

Outside of modules you will undertake a reflective learning journal with the support of your Personal Academic Tutor, through which you will identify, and take, opportunities to develop all the skills outlined in the learning outcomes.

Assessment takes place through a well-developed range of formative and summative tasks designed to help students develop and demonstrate their understandings and skills.

Study abroad

The programme enables student exchanges and also a study year abroad; department & staff have strong international networks and university partnerships to help facilitate.

You'll also have the option of an Africa study visit in your final year.

Study support

Our comprehensive support services will help you to achieve your full potential – both academically and personally. 

We provide all you need to make the very best of your time with us, and successfully progress through your studies and on into the world of graduate employment. 

Our support services include: 

  • Personal tutors 
  • Disability services 
  • Counselling services 
  • MyBradford student support centres 
  • The Students’ Union 
  • Chaplaincy and faith advisers 
  • An on-campus nursery 
  • Halls wardens 

We have well-stocked libraries and excellent IT facilities across campus. These facilities are open 24 hours a day during term time, meaning you’ll always find a place to get things done on campus. 

Our Academic Skills Advice Service will work with you to develop your academic, interpersonal and transferable skills. 


We are one of world’s oldest university centres for the study of peace and international development; The Division of Peace Studies and International Development has a world-class reputation for research, and we're also one of the UK’s leading politics departments.

You'll be taught by academics and practitioners with a global profile, who advise governments, international organisations and nongovernmental organisations around the world based on cutting edge research on critical contemporary issues.

Current research in Peace Studies and International Development is wide-ranging and multidisciplinary. It has an applied focus on policy-relevant problems relating to the process of economic development, conflict resolution and peace-building, as well as international relations and security studies.

Recent and ongoing research includes a focus on poverty and social justice, microfinance, sustainable livelihoods, capability approach and human development, governance and institutional change, human resource management, application of cost benefit approaches and industrial and trade policy. Work on the water sector is internationally recognised as a key area of our expertise.

This is the current course information. Modules and course details may change, subject to the University's programme approval, monitoring and review procedures. The University reserves the right to alter or withdraw courses, services and facilities as described on our website without notice and to amend Ordinances, Regulations, fees and charges at any time. Students should enquire as to the up-to-date position when applying for their course of study.