BA (Hons) International Relations with a minor route language

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2019

This course is open for Clearing applications for international fee-paying students only.

Call the Clearing helpline on +44 (0)161 247 3000 to make an application or visit our Clearing pages for more information.

Overview

These courses give you the opportunity to study International Relations in combination with a language. You will undertake practical language classes for your minor language, while also developing an understanding of the social and cultural environment in which the language is spoken.

In the study of politics, historical background, socioeconomic indicators and ideological imperatives are analysed and cultural, gender and ethnic identities examined. You can study UK politics, political thought and International Relations theory, European politics, international politics and security, "issue" politics (for example, environmentalism or war and peace) and comparative politics.

Proficiency in modern languages will give you the competitive edge in the global jobs market. In both the private and public sectors, there is demand for professionals with strong language skills who can work in culturally diverse environments.

Minor languages available: 

French, Spanish, Modern Standard Arabic, Mandarin Chinese, German, Italian and Japanese. Visit the 'Course in depth' tab for more information on our minor languages and levels available. 

This course has a Foundation Year available.

Features and Benefits

Career Prospects

Most international relations graduates go straight into employment and/or further study. Previous graduates have gone in to a variety of jobs in the public sector (housing and education departments in councils, the police, the military), utilities, the financial sector, recruitment, journalism, media, non-governmental organisations, charities, development work, teaching, the law and academic research.

A language-focused degree allows you to learn many transferable skills that can be used in a multitude of jobs. Teaching, translation and interpreting are a popular pathway, but languages graduates are also sought after in many different industries, with recent graduates being offered positions in a variety of different sectors both in the UK and abroad. 

Learn more about graduate careers

Entry requirements

UCAS tariff points/grades required

104-112

If the language chosen is French or Spanish and has been studied at A Level (or acceptable equivalent) a Grade B (or equivalent) will be required

Specific GCSE requirements

GCSE English Language at grade C or grade 4. Equivalent qualifications (eg. Functional Skills) may be considered

Non Tariffed Qualifications

Pass Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject with a minimum 106 UCAS Tariff Points

International Baccalaureate points

26

IELTS score required for international students

6.0 with no element below 5.5

There’s further information for international students on our international website if you’re applying with non-UK qualifications.

Course details

International Relations is concerned with the system through which decisions are made in the international arena with international institutions (like the World Trade Organization and the World Bank) and the relationship between these institutions and nation states. It is also about non-governmental institutions (NGOs): charities, pressure groups like Greenpeace and social movements like the World Social Forum. It is concerned with the study of power relations in the international arena amongst individuals, within social groups and amongst nation states. We offer you a variety of options to enable you to study units that suit you and in your final year, you will specialise and undertake a dissertation under one-to-one supervision.

Minor Language:

All of our minor language options focus on helping you to become an effective communicator. We will enable you to acquire linguistic skills and develop cultural awareness. We will also work with you to gain transferable skills such as translating and interpreting.

Modern Standard Arabic:

Arabic is spoken as the first language for over 300 million people; it is the official language and co-official language of 27 countries and it is one of the six official languages of the UN. The demand for studying Arabic has recently increased due to increased economic opportunities in the Middle East and North Africa. 

Admissions at Beginners level only. Applicants with other levels should contact the University directly to discuss options.

Mandarin Chinese:

Mandarin Chinese is the most widely spoken language in the world and China is the world’s second largest economy. Speaking Mandarin will allow you to communicate with millions of people around the world. In business, people who speak Mandarin have a distinct advantage with the Chinese market, as it is easier to develop all important relationships when you can speak the language.

Admissions at Beginners level only. 

German:

In Europe, more people speak German as their native language than any other language. It is the official language of Austria, Switzerland and Luxembourg, as well as Germany. As the world’s fourth largest economy, and the forerunner in Europe, Germany produces more than a quarter of the European Union's gross domestic product.

Admissions at Beginners level only. 

Italian:

Italy is the eighth richest economy in the world, a world leader in areas as diverse as tourism, architecture, fashion and football. Italy's cultural and economic significance within the European Union and beyond generates an increasing demand for competent and informed speakers of Italian. It is spoken by one in five Europeans, and by sizeable Italian communities in North and South America, and North Africa. 

Admissions at Beginners level only. 

Japanese:

Japanese is spoken by about 125 million people and the number of UK graduates who can communicate in Japanese and write Japanese scripts is limited, so learning the language will give you a competitive edge. Employment in UK enterprises owned by Japanese companies is steadily growing: with more than 120,000 in the UK in 2013 according to the UK Statistics Authority. 

Admissions at Beginners level only. 

French:

More than 75 million people speak French as their native language. French is also one of the official languages in Canada, Belgium, and Switzerland and is spoken widely across the North African countries of Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia. All told, there are more than 220 million French speakers worldwide, with French being one of the six official languages of the United Nations.

Admission from Beginners to GCSE, or A level with a grade B or above. 

Spanish:

Spanish is one of the most widely spoken languages around the world both in terms of the numbers of speakers, and the global geographical spread. As a global language, Spanish, with more than 400 million speakers, is second only to Mandarin in terms of the number of the world’s population who speak it as a first language. It has official status in 21 countries spanning Europe; Africa; North, Central and South America. As the economies of South and Central America continue to surge forward, and the political reach of these nations continues to grow and develop there has never been a more important time to consider studying Spanish.

Admission from Beginners to GCSE, or A level with a grade B or above. 

Combined Honours programmes offer you the ability to undertake two separate areas of study as either equal, major/minor or named route combinations.

In the first year, you will study each subject combination equally. Two core units for English, two core units for your minor language. The core units for year one are shown below.

International Relations units:

  • Developments in Politics
  • Introduction to World Politics

Minor route language units:

  • Becoming Multilingual in the Digital Age
  • Minor route language suited to your level of proficiency

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Core Units

Introduction to World Politics

This unit aims to provide you with an understanding of the historical and contemporary context within which the multiple transactions of world politics take place. It begins by examining the development of the modern state system and continues by examining the changing nature of that system throughout the twentieth century. The second term looks at the idea of citizenship, community and critical issues in world politics. This module also includes support in developing a range of study, academic and transferable skills, with particular emphasis on planning, researching and writing essays.

Developments in Politics (Europe)

This unit examines the organisation and development of European Union institutions and evaluates how these institutions have handled a range of issues, among them: problems in the Eurozone, the rise of euro-scepticism, Turkeys EU membership bid and the Syrian refugee crisis. The spread of democratic rule in Europe is also explored, focusing on transitions to democracy in southern and eastern Europe and the challenges to reform there, including threats posed by far right extremism, and the persistence of corruption. It also investigates the government and politics of European states and compares the impact and significance therein of factors such as: minority nationalism; the environment; religion; the politics of austerity and globalisation.

Becoming Multilingual in the Digital Age

The unit develops skills of critical enquiry and analysis, and communication for language learners. It will enhance your digital and intercultural literacy, preparing you for employment and citizenship in the contemporary world.

In Year 2, you will study one core unit plus two optional units from International Relations and one core unit from your chosen minor route language.

Please note, these option units are indicative of what options may be on offer in Year 2 of this programme and may be subject to change.

Indicative International Relations options available in Year 2 may be: 

  • Evolution of Global Security

Indicative minor route language options available in Year 2 may be:

  • Minor route language suited to your level of proficiency

For an indication of units currently available from English please see our single honours degrees for unit details:

International Relations

In your final year you will study one core unit plus three optional units from English and one core unit from your chosen minor route language.

Please note, these option units are indicative of what options may be on offer in Year 3 of this programme and may be subject to change.

Indicative International Relations options available in Final Year may be: 

  • Contemporary Political Issues: Theory and Practice

Indicative minor route language options available in Final Year may be:

  • Minor route language suited to your level of proficiency

For an indication of units currently available from English please see our single honours degrees for unit details:

International Relations

Assessment weightings and contact hours

10 credits equates to 100 hours of study, which is a combination of lectures, seminars and practical sessions, and independent study. A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises of 360 credits (120 credits per year). The exact composition of your study time and assessments for the course will vary according to your option choices and style of learning, but it could be:

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Optional foundation year

Languages, Linguistics and TESOL

Languages, Linguistics and TESOL

Our Languages, Linguistics and TESOL section has a diverse community of international staff and students, and boasts strong local and global links to further enhance the quality of learning and opportunities available to its students.

The department’s Language Centre provides a wide range of development courses and is accredited by the British Council. It provides teaching in English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Arabic, Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, Linguistics and TESOL with these subjects also available with Business, International Business and International Politics.

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Taught by experts

Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are Manchester Met alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject.

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Fees

Foundation Year students

UK, EU and Channel Island students: Full-time Foundation Year fee: £9,250 per year for the foundation year. This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation and may increase each academic year in line with inflation or UK government policy for both new and continuing students.

Non-EU international students: Full-time Foundation Year fee: £14,500 per year. When progressing from the pre-degree foundation year to the linked degree. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study)

UK, EU and Channel Island students

UK, EU and Channel Island students: Full-time fee: £9,250 per year. This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation and may increase each academic year in line with inflation or UK government policy for both new and continuing students.

Non-EU international students

Non-EU international students: Full-time fee: £14,500 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional Information

A degree typically comprises 360 credits, a DipHE 240 credits, a CertHE 120 credits, and an integrated Masters 480 credits. The tuition fee for the placement year for those courses that offer this option is £1,850, subject to inflationary increases based on government policy and providing you progress through the course in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study). The tuition fee for the study year abroad for those courses that offer this option is £1,385, subject to inflationary increases based on government policy and providing you progress through the course in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional costs

Specialist Costs

All of the books required for the course are available from the library. The University also has PC labs and a laptop loan service. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. Students may also need to print their assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop up to £100 each year for books and printing.

Funding

Find out more about financing your studies and whether you may qualify for one of our bursaries and scholarships.

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How to apply

This course is only open to International students through Clearing

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Call us +44 (0)161 247 3000 Or email internationalclearing@mmu.ac.uk

You can review our current Terms and Conditions before you make your application. If you are successful with your application, we will send you up to date information alongside your offer letter.

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