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Undergraduate course

International Relations and War Studies BA (Hons)

Explore the impact international relations has on security, conflict and global justice.

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Our International Relations and War Studies degree combines 2 complementary subjects which are growing in popularity and prominence. On this degree you will explore state power, international security, human rights and the causes and consequences of war.

York campus

  • UCAS Code – L240
  • Duration – 3 years full-time | 6 years part-time
  • Start date – September 2021
  • School – School of Humanities

Minimum Entry Requirements

    104 UCAS Tariff points

    3 GCSEs at grade C/4 (or equivalent) including English Language

Tuition Fees

    UK and EU 2021 entry £9,250 per year full time

    International 2021 entry £12,750 per year full time

The York St John Experience

Course overview

International Relations is the study of the relationships between states in a complex and evolving international system. War Studies explores what we mean by war, how wars start and end, the morality of war and the concept of a ‘just’ war. It approaches war from many different theoretical approaches, drawing upon history, politics, sociology and philosophy. By combining these subjects you will gain a deep understanding of the development, resolution and consequences of armed conflict on the global stage.

Topics you will study include:

  • International security
  • The causes and consequences of international conflict
  • The nature of warfare
  • Peacekeeping and the responsibility to protect
  • Gender and conflict
  • Military history
  • War and the media.

 

We give you lots of opportunities to take your learning beyond the classroom - You can get involved with local and international field trips, undertake work experience within the city or choose to study abroad as part of your degree. We make use of York’s rich heritage by interacting with local experts and sources from:

  • Yorkshire Air Museum
  • York Cold War Bunker
  • The Kohima Museum at Imphal Barracks
  • York Army Museum
  • Yorkshire Film Archive
  • War veterans living in the local area.

Course structure

Year 1

Our academic year is split into 2 semesters. How many modules you take each semester will depend on whether you are st­udying full time or part time. You must study at least 1 module from each subject every semester.

In your first year, if you are a full time student, you will study:

  • 3 compulsory modules in semester 1
  • 3 compulsory modules in semester 2.

If you are a part time student, the modules above will be split over 2 years.

You can find out which modules are available in each semester on the Course Specifications.

Modules

  • Understanding World Politics (20 credits, compulsory)
  • Introduction to War Studies (20 credits, compulsory)
  • Why Wars Begin (20 credits, compulsory)
  • International Security (20 credits, compulsory)
  • Aid, Inequality and Development (20 credits, compulsory)
  • War and the Media (20 credits, compulsory)

Year 2

In your second year, if you are a full time student, you will study:

  • 1 compulsory module and 2 optional modules in semester 1
  • 2 compulsory modules and 1 optional module in semester 2.

If you are a part time student, the modules above will be split over 2 years.

You can find out which modules are available in each semester on the Course Specifications.

Optional modules will run if they receive enough interest. It is not guaranteed that all modules will run every year.

Modules

  • International Relations: Theory and Practice (20 credits, compulsory)
  • Contemporary Security Challenges (20 credits, optional)
  • War in the West 1940-45 (20 credits, compulsory)
  • Political Analysis: Theory and Method (20 credits, compulsory)
  • Practical Politics (20 credits, compulsory)
  • Area Studies (20 credits, optional)
  • The Face of Battle (20 credits, optional)
  • Peace Organisations (20 credits, optional)
  • The Republic in Danger (20 credits, optional)
  • The Nation Divided: America in the Civil War Era (20 credits, optional)
  • Mao’s China: From Empire to Communism (20 credits, optional)

Year 3

In your third year, if you are a full time student, you will study:

  • A dissertation module studied across semesters 1 and 2
  • 2 optional modules in semester 1
  • 2 optional module in semester 2.

If you are a part time student, the modules above will be split over 2 years.

You can find out which modules are available in each semester on the Course Specifications.

Optional modules will run if they receive enough interest. It is not guaranteed that all modules will run every year.

Modules

  • Global Governance (20 credits, optional)
  • Intervention, Peacekeeping and the Responsibility to Protect (20 credits, optional)
  • Gender, Security and Conflict (20 credits, optional)
  • Technology and Visual International Politics (20 credits, optional)
  • International Ethics and Global Citizenship (20 credits, optional)
  • Special Subject in War Studies (20 credits, optional)
  • Special Subject in Military History (20 credits, optional)
  • The American Way of War (20 credits, optional)
  • Dissertation (40 credits, compulsory)

Teaching and Assessment

Teaching and learning

We use a range of teaching styles and settings to support your learning. This will include:

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Workshops
  • Events
  • Field trips.

Alongside your timetabled contact time, you will be expected to study independently. You will need to read around your subject and engaging with various academic resources. This will ensure that you get the most out of your degree, as well as building valuable time management skills.

Assessment

We are committed to authentic, relevant assessment. Authentic assessments mean your work is kept relevant and reflects workplace tasks or further study. The different assessment types you will encounter may include:

  • Essays
  • Portfolios
  • Open and closed exams
  • Individual and group presentations
  • Video presentations
  • Posters
  • Group reports
  • Book and article reviews
  • study reports.

Feedback is essential in identifying what you have done well and how you can improve. You will receive detailed feedback on your final assessments for each module, as well as on formative assessments which help you to improve as you learn.

Entry Requirements

Qualifications

The minimum entry requirements for this course are:

104 UCAS Tariff points

3 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent) including English Language

International Students

If you are an international student you will need to show that your qualifications match our entry requirements. Information about international qualifications and entry requirements can be found on our international pages.

If your first language is not English you must show evidence of English language competence at IELTS level 6.0 (with no skill below 5.5) or equivalent.

International entry requirements

Foundation Year

This course is available with a foundation year. This option is ideal if you do not yet meet the minimum requirements for entry straight onto a degree course, or feel you are not quite ready for the transition to Higher Education. A foundation year prepares you for degree level study, giving you the confidence and skills needed to make the most of your course. Passing it guarantees you a place on this degree course the following academic year.

Foundation courses

Terms and conditions

Our terms and conditions, policies and procedures contain important information about studying at York St John University. These can be accessed through our Admissions webpages.

Fees and funding

To study for an undergraduate degree with us, you will need to pay tuition fees for your course. How much you pay depends on whether you live inside the UK or EU, or internationally (outside the UK/EU). Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.

UK and EU 2021 entry

The tuition fee for 202 entry onto this course is

  • £9,250 per year for full time study
  • £6,935 per year for the first 4 years if you study part time.

These prices apply to all UK/EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students.

You can find out more about funding your degree by visiting our funding opportunities page.

Funding Opportunities

Placement year funding

If you choose to take a placement year, and your course offers it, you can apply for the Tuition Fee and Maintenance Loan for your placement year. How much you are awarded is based on the type of placement being undertaken and whether it is a paid or unpaid placement. The tuition fee for your placement year will be reduced.

International 2021 entry

The tuition fee for 2021 entry to this course is £12,750 per year for full time study.

This price applies to all students living outside the UK/EU.

Due to immigration laws, if you are an international student on a student visa, you must study full time. For more information about visa requirements and short-term study visas, please visit the International Visa and Immigration pages.

Find out more about funding your degree.

International Fees and Funding

Additional costs and financial support

There may also be some additional costs to take into account throughout your studies, including the cost of accommodation.

Course-related costs

While studying for your degree, there may be additional costs related to your course. This may include purchasing personal equipment and stationery, books and optional field trips.

Study Abroad

For more information on tuition fee reductions and additional costs for studying abroad, please visit our study abroad pages.

Accommodation and living costs

View our accommodation pages for detailed information on accommodation and living costs.

Financial help and support

Our Funding Advice team are here to help you with your finances throughout your degree. They offer a personal service that can help you with funding your studies and budgeting for living expenses. 

All undergraduates receive financial support through the York St John Aspire card. Find out more about the Aspire scheme and how it can be used to help you purchase equipment you need for your course. 

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