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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 will put you at the forefront of a growing discipline. You'll explore state power, international security, human rights and the causes and consequences of war.

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York campus

  • UCAS Code – L240
  • Duration – 3 years full-time | 6 years part-time
  • Start date – September 2020
  • School – Humanities, Religion & Philosophy

Minimum Entry Requirements

    96 UCAS Tariff points

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

Tuition Fees

    UK and EU 2020-21 £9,250 per year

    International 2020-21 £12,750 per year

The York St John Experience


Course overview

Whilst studying you will look at a range of themes and issues at the forefront of international and global politics:

  • International relations theories provide different understandings of issues and events in global politics and economics.
  • International security examines the causes and consequences of war and conflict, the conditions for peace and how states respond.
  • International political economy, or IPE, studies the links between international relations and the global economy.
  • International organisation studies the organisations that play key roles in governing global politics and the economy. 

By the end of your degree you will be able to:

  • Explain the historical path and drivers of international relations.
  • Analyse the current international landscape.
  • Identify and respond to emerging issues and challenges that will shape our future.

Course structure

This programme is subject to validation.

Details of the modules you'll study will be available soon.  

Teaching & Assessment


We use a range of teaching styles and settings to help support you during your time at university.


You will:

  • Attend lecture, seminars, tutorials and workshops.
  • Experience collaborative learning with your student peers.
  • Experience field trips and events.
  • Use online resources through the University's Virtual Learning Environment.

In the classroom you may lead a class discussion, or give a non-assessed presentation. Engaging with the set academic texts is essential to making the most of your time in the classroom.

Assessment and feedback 

You will experience a wide range of assessment modes designed to help you develop new skills and prepare for graduate employment. Assignments may include essays, portfolios, presentations, group reports and case study reports. These assessment types reflect the work of graduates in professional employment or further study. This course does not assess by examination.

Feedback is essential in identifying what you have done well and how you can improve. You'll receive detailed feedback on each assessment from your tutors. We'll also encourage you to develop your assessment skills through formative assignments. These are non-credit baring tasks which will allow you to check your understanding. These may be written tasks, oral work, concept checking or mapping exercises.

Entry Requirements


The minimum entry requirements for this course are:

96 UCAS Tariff points

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

2021 entry

For 2021 entry, the minimum entry requirements for this course will be:

104 UCAS Tariff points

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

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 & EU 2020 entry

The tuition fee for 2020 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 (non-EU) 2020 entry

The tuition fee for 2020 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 Tier 4 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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