Undergraduate prospectus

Languages and International Relations, BA Hons

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

Why study this at Greenwich?

  • The course equips you with the tools you need to understand and question global issues in the 21st century.
  • Our multidisciplinary approach to international relations responds to evolving notions of our global environment.
  • You gain in-depth knowledge of the way national and transnational political forces have shaped the modern world and continue to shape our lives.
  • The course is structured to deepen your specialist knowledge by exploring cultural and political dynamics.
  • Language skills are essential for careers in diplomacy. Build your knowledge in one or more foreign languages, and undertake a final-year placement in an international organisation.

UCAS points

104 (view full requirements)

Course/institution codes



Literature, Language & Theatre



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

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. 


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 will study


Course information is currently unavailable for this programme. Please contact course-info@gre.ac.uk for more information.

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Entry requirements

Applicants from a UK educational background:

  • 104 UCAS points from A-levels
  • GCSEs in English (language or literature) and mathematics at grade C / 4 or above. 

We 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.

Fees and finance

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.

Fees information International fees

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

Additional information


Students are assessed through various activities, including: 

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


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).

Not quite what you were looking for?

We've got plenty of other courses for you to choose from. Browse our undergraduate prospectus or check our related courses below.

International relations at the University of Greenwich

Where better to study international relations than Greenwich, an area steeped in maritime history? You’ll have the chance to undertake work placements at the House of Commons or international organisations.