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Languages and International Relations, BA Hons

Our languages and international relations degree offers you language skills and an understanding of how international relations shape our world view - ideal if you're looking for global careers.

You can expand your knowledge of culture and politics with our degree in languages and international relations. You can also study up to two languages, chosen from Mandarin, Spanish, French or Italian, at a level that suits you. This will enable you to take a final-year work placement in an international organisation. Taking part in an Erasmus+ student exchange is also an option.

Our languages and international relations graduates develop valuable transferable skills that are attractive to employers, including an ability to communicate across cultures. Possible careers include roles in national and international government, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), public services, management, education, business, tourism, PR, translation and media.

UCAS points

104 (view full requirements)

Course/institution codes

LT22 G BA/IS

Duration

  • 3 years full-time
  • 6 years part-time
  • 4 years sandwich

Start month

September

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What you should know about this course

  • It equips you with the tools you need to understand and question global issues in the 21st century
  • The course deepens your specialist knowledge by exploring cultural and political dynamics
  • Our multidisciplinary approach enables you to learn, understand and communicate in one or two foreign languages
  • You gain in-depth knowledge of the way national and transnational political forces have shaped the modern world
  • The course allows for a work placement in your second or final year, or the option of a one-year placement (known as a sandwich year).

What you will study

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About the course team

You will be taught by an experienced team of experts, which includes senior academics and practitioners with industry experience. Trained postgraduate researchers may also contribute to seminar teaching with the module leader. Teaching is informed by our research and writing.

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Entry requirements

If you are

For entry, you will require the following:

  • 104 UCAS points.
  • 3 A-levels at grades BCC or above.
  • GCSEs in English (language or literature) at grade C / 4 or above.

General Studies is not normally accepted.

We accept alternative qualifications including:

  • BTEC/National Diploma
  • International Baccalaureate
  • Additional Vocational Certification of Education
  • Scottish and Irish Highers.

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

You can also read our admissions policy.

The University of Greenwich accepts a broad range of international qualifications for admission to our courses.

For detailed information on the academic and English language requirements, please find your country in our directory.

Alternatively, please contact us:

Further information about entry

You may be invited for an interview. 

We welcome applications from mature students.

Available to overseas students?

Yes

Can I use prior learning?

For entry: applicants with professional qualifications and/or four years of full-time work experience will be considered on an individual basis.

For exemption: If you hold qualifications or courses from another higher education institution, these may exempt you from courses of this degree.

Professional qualifications and Brexit

The UK's departure from the European Union may affect the professional recognition of your qualification.

How you will learn

Teaching

In a typical week learning takes place through a combination of:

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • 1-to-1 tutorials

Further details to be confirmed.

Seminars enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups. You will also be able to meet your personal tutor. Contact hours may fall between 9am and 9pm, depending on your elective courses and tutorials.

Class sizes

The typical student intake per year averages 60-80. Typically, language classes may have 25-30 students per class. Lectures usually are attended by larger groups and seminars/tutorials by smaller groups. This can vary more widely for modules that are shared between degrees.

Independent learning

Outside of timetabled sessions, you are also expected to dedicate time to self-study. This may involve further reading and research, preparing coursework and presentations, preparing for tests and exams, and independent language learning.

You can use Stockwell Street Library, online resources, and our language centre to support you in these activities.

In addition, during the week you can also:

  • Attend additional support classes in some modules
  • Attend guest lectures from industry experts
  • Take part in employability and enterprise workshops
  • Join student societies.

Overall workload

If you are studying full-time, you should expect the workload to be similar to a full-time job. For part-time students, this will reduce in proportion with the number of courses you are studying.

Each module you study towards this degree is worth 30 credits. These represent around 300 study hours. If you receive 72 contact hours for a 30-credit module, you should expect to commit 228 hours to independent study to complete it successfully.

Assessment

On this course, students are assessed by:

  • Examinations
  • Coursework

Further details to be confirmed.

Each course has formal assessments which count towards your grade. Some courses may also include ‘practice’ assessments, which help you monitor progress and do not count towards your final grade.

Feedback summary

We aim to give feedback on assignments within 15 working days.

Dates and timetables

The academic year runs from September to June.

Full teaching timetables are not usually available until term has started. For any queries, please call 020 8331 9000.

Fees and funding

Your time at university should be enjoyable, rewarding, and free of unnecessary stress. Planning your finances before you come to university can help to reduce financial concerns. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

2019/2020 fees

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Accommodation costs

Whether you choose to live in halls of residence or rent privately, we can help you find what you're looking for. University accommodation is available from just over £100 per person per week (bills included), depending on your location and preferences. If you require more space or facilities, these options are available at a slightly higher cost.

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Funding your study

There is a range of financial support options available to support your studies, including the Aspire@Greenwich award for study resources that many full-time students will receive.

Discover more about grants, student loans, bursaries and scholarships. We also provide advice and support on budgeting, money management and financial hardship.

Financial support

Other costs

Course texts and other study resources are available from our Stockwell Street Library, but you may wish to purchase your own copies.

Careers and placements

Will I have a work placement?

You can choose to take a 30-credit work placement in either your second year (100 hours) or final year (150 hours) alongside your other modules.

You can also register on 'sandwich mode', which allows you to do a one-year full-time paid placement between your second and final years. Whilst on a sandwich placement you retain your student status and have full support from the university and your tutors as normal. 

Students are responsible for finding their own placements, though we will support you through the application process.

How long is my placement?

The 30-credit work placement requires you to gain 150 hours in total.

Sandwich placements must last for a minimum of 36 weeks full-time, though they can be as long as 13 months.

What are the financial arrangements?

Credit-bearing work placements are unpaid. However, sandwich placements usually are paid, full-time positions. The salary should reflect the going rate for an entry level role in the relevant industry.

What sort of careers do graduates pursue?

The skills you acquire through studying our courses will prepare you for careers in a wide range of industries and jobs. Graduates of this course have gone on to work in areas as diverse as national and international government, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), management, public services, 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 (PGCE).

Are internships available?

Students are encouraged to gain relevant work experience if possible, including internships, and can be paid or unpaid. Students are responsible for finding their own internships, though we will support you through the application process.

Do you provide employability services?

Employability activities take place all the time at Greenwich and students are encouraged to take part in as many opportunities as possible. The central Employability and Careers Service provides support for students preparing to apply for placements and graduate roles, such as CV clinics, mock interviews and employability skills workshops.

Each School also has its own Employability Officer who provides specific opportunities relevant to your own course. They work closely with professionals in the industry to ensure you are well-prepared for the workplace and have already begun to build your professional network by the time you graduate.

Support and advice

Academic skills and study support

We want you to make the most of your time with us. You can access study skills support through your tutor, our subject librarians, and our online academic skills centre.

Where appropriate, we provide support in academic English and mathematics. If you need to use particular IT packages for a specific module, we provide training for this.

You can also participate in the Erasmus student exchange and spend a year abroad. Benefit from international experience and develop proficiency in a European language.

Accommodation information

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Visit our international relations subject page.