Course information

Entry requirements

UCAS code

L251

Entry requirements

A-level: BBB
BTEC: DDM
IB: 33 points overall with Three HL subjects at 655

Length

3 years full-time

Course overview

Please note, applications to start this programme in 2022 are still open.

Goldsmiths' operating principles for 2022-23 have not yet been finalised but should changes be required to teaching in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, we will publish these as early as possible for prospective students wishing to start their programme in September 2022.

If you want to understand the impact of the Arab Spring or the ideology of ISIS, how US foreign policy is shaped by domestic politics, how international trade affects various parts of the world, how different cultures shape political decision making, or how international NGOs operate, this is the degree for you.

Why study BA International Relations at Goldsmiths?

  • Our International Relations degree allows you to investigate the dynamics of a constantly changing world and develop the knowledge and skills to address the global challenges of the 21st century.
  • You'll study the theory of international relations, global governance, international political economy, foreign policy and diplomacy, complemented by specialist area-focused modules on the Middle East, Africa, China and East Asia.
  • You can also enhance your knowledge in your personal areas of interest, with option modules as diverse as security, development and human rights, foreign policy, conflict, and genocide.
  • We’ll encourage you to put your knowledge into practice with our work placement module. Work with organisations in the international relations sector, such as policy think-tanks, development agencies and NGOs and get real experience before you graduate.
  • Take your international knowledge further and spend part of your degree studying abroad with Erasmus+. You’ll immerse yourself in another culture, learn to see things from a new perspective and increase your employability.
  • Studying an international relations degree in London means that Westminster, global business and diverse diasporas are all in easy reach.
  • When you join Goldsmiths you’ll become part of a global academic family, with students from 140 countries and alumni around the globe.

Contact the department

If you have specific questions about the degree, contact Professor Carl Levy or Dr Paul Gunn (for information about applying).

What you'll study

Year 1 (credit level 4)

Students take the following compulsory modules:

Module title Credits
World Politics 30 credits
Political Theory and Ideologies 30 credits
The Politics of Other Cultures
Colonialism, Power, and Resistance 30 credits

You then choose to study International Political Economy and Introduction to Political Economy:

Module title Credits
Introduction to Political Economy 15 credits
Introduction to Economic Policy 15 credits

Or UK and European Comparative Governance and Politics:

Module title Credits
UK and European Comparative Governance and Politics 30 credits

Year 2 (credit level 5)

You will study the following compulsory modules:

Module title Credits
Contemporary International Relations Theories 15 credits
Global Governance and World Order 15 credits
Security Studies 15 credits

You will then choose a total of 30 credits from a list of International Relations/area studies modules. Current examples include:

Module title Credits
US Politics and Foreign Policy 15 credits
International Politics of the Middle East 15 credits
International Political Economy 2 15 credits
Rough Politics 15 credits

Your remaining 45 credits are then chosen from a general list provided annually by the Department or from the above. Current examples include:

Module title Credits
Making Modern Japan 15 credits
Europe Since 1945 15 credits
Ideologies and Interests: Political Thought in Modern Britain 15 credits
International Trade 15 credits
International Monetary Economics 15 credits
Liberalism and its Critics 15 credits
Life: A User's Manual
Modern Political Theory 30 credits
Political Economy 30 credits
Politics of Vision 15 credits

Year 3 (credit level 6)

Students write a dissertation (30 credits) and will then choose a total of 30 credits of optional modules from the Politics and International Relations department and 60 credits from a list of IR/area studies modules. Credits total 120 credits. Current examples include:

 

Module title Credits
Critical Security Studies 15 credits
An(other) IR – Views from the South 15 credits
International Political Economy 2 15 credits
Nationalist Conflict and International Intervention 15 credits
Political Islam: Ideology and Discourse 15 credits
Politics of Conflict and Peacebuilding in Contemporary Africa 15 credits
The Politics and Economics of Immigration 15 credits
Finance and the Global Political Economy 15 credits
Colonialism and Non-Western Political Thought 15 credits

Your remaining 30 credits are then chosen from a general list provided annually by the Department or from the above. Current examples include:

Module title Credits
An(other) China: Streetscenes of Politics 15 credits
Anarchism 15 credits
Beyond All Reason 15 credits
Britain and Europe 15 credits
Ethics and Economics of Environmental Protection 15 credits
Feminist Politics 15 credits
Liberal Government and Power 15 credits
Rhetoric and Politics 15 credits
New Radical Political Economy 30 credits
An(other) Japan: Politics, Ideology and Culture 15 credits
The Political Economy of International Development Assistance 15 credits
Political Islam: Ideology and Discourse 15 credits
Armed Politics and Political Violence 30 credits
The Politics of Popular Music 15 credits

Teaching style

This programme is mainly taught through scheduled learning - a mixture of lectures, seminars and workshops. You’ll also be expected to undertake a significant amount of independent study. This includes carrying out required and additional reading, preparing topics for discussion, and producing essays or project work.

The following information gives an indication of the typical proportions of learning and teaching for each year of this programme*:

  • Year 1 - 13% scheduled learning, 87% independent learning
  • Year 2 - 13% scheduled learning, 87% independent learning
  • Year 3 - 13% scheduled learning, 87% independent learning

How you’ll be assessed

You’ll be assessed by a variety of methods, depending on your module choices. These include coursework, examinations, group work and projects.

The following information gives an indication of how you can typically expect to be assessed on each year of this programme*:

  • Year 1 - 63% coursework, 38% written exam
  • Year 2 - 76% coursework, 21% written exam, 3% practical
  • Year 3 - 99% coursework, 1% practical

*Please note that these are averages are based on enrolments for 2020/21. Each student’s time in teaching, learning and assessment activities will differ based on individual module choices.

Download the programme specification. If you would like an earlier version of the programme specification, please contact the Quality Office.

Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.

For 2021-22 and 2020–21, we have made some changes to how the teaching and assessment of certain programmes are delivered. To check what changes affect this programme, please visit the programme changes page.

Entry requirements

We accept the following qualifications:

A-level: BBB
BTEC: DDM
International Baccalaureate: 33 points overall with Three HL subjects at 655
Access: Pass with 45 Level 3 credits including 30 Distinctions and a number of merits/passes in subject-specific modules
Scottish qualifications: BBBBC (Higher) or BBC (Advanced Higher)
European Baccalaureate: 75%
Irish Leaving Certificate: H2 H2 H2 H2

International qualifications

We also accept a wide range of international qualifications. Find out more about the qualifications we accept from around the world.

If English isn’t your first language, you will need an IELTS score (or equivalent English language qualification) of 6.0 with a 6.0 in writing and no element lower than 5.5 to study this programme. If you need assistance with your English language, we offer a range of courses that can help prepare you for degree-level study.

Fees & funding

Annual tuition fees

These are the fees for students starting their programme in the 2022/2023 academic year.

From August 2021 EU/EEA/Swiss nationals will no longer be eligible for 'Home' fee status. EU/EEA/Swiss nationals will be classified as 'International' for fee purposes, more information can be found on our fees page.

  • Home - full-time: £9250
  • International - full-time: £17560

If your fees are not listed here, please check our undergraduate fees guidance or contact the Fees Office, who can also advise you about how to pay your fees.

It’s not currently possible for international students to study part-time if you require a Student Visa, however this is currently being reviewed and will be confirmed in the new year. Please read our visa guidance in the interim for more information. If you think you might be eligible to study part-time while being on another visa type, please contact our Admissions Team for more information.

If you are looking to pay your fees please see our guide to making a payment.

Additional costs

In addition to your tuition fees, you'll be responsible for any additional costs associated with your course, such as buying stationery and paying for photocopying. You can find out more about what you need to budget for on our study costs page.

There may also be specific additional costs associated with your programme. This can include things like paying for field trips or specialist materials for your assignments. Please check the programme specification for more information.

Funding opportunities

We offer a wide range of scholarships and bursaries, and our careers service can also offer advice on finding work during your studies. Find out more about funding your studies with us.

Careers

Skills

Throughout your degree you’ll gain a broad knowledge of the international system, foreign affairs and relations between state and non-state actors. This will be complemented by specialist in-depth knowledge of political conflicts and cultures in different parts of the world. Your hands-on experience working for an NGO or organisation involved in international activities and policy development will foster your professional skills and knowledge.

Careers

This degree will equip you for a range of careers in international relations, such as:

  • Government, for example in the Foreign Office or Department of International Development
  • International Institutions such as the UN
  • Foreign aid development agencies
  • International NGOs, for example Oxfam, Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International
  • International policy think-tanks and consultancies
  • Private sector organisations and companies who trade and invest internationally

As a graduate from the BA International Relations you will also be well placed to continue to higher level study, such as masters-level study or postgraduate research in areas relating to international relations.

Student work

Miranda Saul, a second year International Relations student at Goldsmiths speaks about her recent visit to the UN as an activist against gender based violence.