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Languages and International Relations, BA Hons Undergraduate prospectus

  • This programme offers a multidisciplinary approach to international relations, responding to evolving notions of our global environment
  • Acquire an in-depth knowledge of the way national and transnational political forces have shaped the modern world and continue to shape our lives
  • Learn to understand and express issues in one or more foreign languages - Structured to deepen specialist knowledge by exploring cultural and political dynamics that transcend national boundaries
  • Languages will be an important tool in furthering knowledge and understanding of cultural, political and social differences in an international context
  • Choose to study at the appropriate language level: courses are taught at beginner, post-GCSE or beyond A-level standard
  • Language skills are essential to a career in diplomacy and will enable students to undertake a final year work placement in an international organisation

Overview

Overview

This programme offers a multidisciplinary approach to international relations, responding to evolving notions of our global environment to equip you with the tools you need to understand and question global issues in the 21st century. 

You will acquire an in-depth knowledge of the way national and transnational political forces have shaped the modern world and continue to shape our lives, and also the means to understand and express this in one or more foreign languages. 

The programme is structured to enable you to follow your interests and deepen your specialist knowledge by exploring cultural and political dynamics that transcend national boundaries. Languages will be an important tool in furthering your knowledge and understanding of cultural, political and social differences in an international context. 

Language tuition

You can choose to study at the appropriate level for you: courses are taught at beginner, post-GCSE or beyond A-level standard. Language skills are essential to a career in diplomacy and will enable you to undertake a work placement in your final year in an EU or international organisation. 

Work experience abroad

You will also have the opportunity to study part of this degree in a European partner institution during your second year, as part of the European Union student exchange programme, ERASMUS. 

Employability

You will develop a range of capabilities valued and sought by prospective employers. You will acquire invaluable transferable skills, such as communicating across cultures, using sources, evaluating evidence, time management, team working and problem solving, while situating the concept of the language(s) you study in an intercultural context. These skills are used in many careers across the private, public and voluntary sectors. Allied with intellectual and academic development, they will provide a sound preparation for the world of work or further study.

What you'll study

Entry requirements

Applicants from a UK educational background:

112 UCAS points, which should include at least 104 points from A2 A-levels. 

You'll also need GCSEs at grade C or above in English and mathematics. 

We also accept alternative qualifications including:

  • BTEC/National Diploma
  • International Baccalaureate
  • Scottish Highers 
  • Irish Highers.

General studies is not normally accepted. 

For more information, contact courseinfo@greenwich.ac.uk or 020 8331 9000.

Applicants from a non-UK educational background:

Further to showing equivalent qualifications to UK applicants, international applicants must have successfully completed 11 or 12 years of full time education, and demonstrated competence in mathematics (usually equivalent to GCSE grade C). 

If you were educated in a language other than English and/or in a country where English speakers are in a minority, you should have a minimum IELTS score of 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each skill) or equivalent. If you require a Tier 4 (General) student visa to study in the UK, your score must be from a UK Visas and Immigration approved IELTS test.

For more information, contact international@gre.ac.uk or +44 20 8331 8136.

In addition:

  • Candidates may be invited to an interview
  • We welcome applications from mature students.

Extra information

Assessment

Students are assessed through various activities, including: 

  • Examinations 
  • Coursework
  • Project work
  • Seminar papers
  • In-class assessment (written and oral).

Careers

The programme will prepare you for work in areas as diverse as national and international government, non-governmental organisations, management, education, business, tourism, PR, translation and media. You may also go on to further study at Master's level or take a teacher-training qualification (a PGCE).

Fees and finance

Your time at university should be enjoyable and rewarding, and it is important that it is not spoilt by unnecessary financial worries. We recommend that you spend time planning your finances, both before coming to university and while you are here. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

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