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International Relations

International Year One

What you will learn

With a core focus on English language development, this course additionally prepares you for further study with introductions to topics such as politics, international trade and global economy. Find out about the modules you will study and what kind of work you will be undertaking during your International Relations International Year One here.

Why study International Relations with us?

This International Year One pathway will prepare you to progress on to BA (Hons) International Relations at the University of Leeds, which is one of the UK’s leading universities. Some of the benefits of this stimulating academic environment are as follows.

School of Politics and International Studies

The University of Leeds is home to the School of Politics and International Studies (POLIS), a vibrant educational body that holds academic research at its core. A diverse community of academics work with students to address and shape policy, debate real-world issues and go beyond the realms of higher education. Informed teaching and theoretical training are applied to provide students with insightful knowledge of contemporary global societies.

Valuable global exposure

International Relations offers a deep contextual understanding of the societies we live in, and how it is changing today. This pathway will provide you with the intuitive skills to take on a career in the international field, and apply what you have learnt to business and the world around you.

Support tailored to you

This programme is designed for international students, with a unique, focused teaching approach put in place to welcome you into the British education system. Your learning will be structured in the same way as the University’s curriculum, to wholly support and prepare you for your next step.

Key facts

Duration: 2 semesters (one academic year)

Start dates: Start dates: September or January

English language entry requirements: Academic IELTS* for UKVI 5.5 (minimum of 5.5 in writing) or equivalent

Academic requirements: Good high-school graduation grades (or equivalent) plus one year of further study

Age: 18+

*Academic IELTS for UKVI. If you do not need a Student visa, or are exempted in another way, we can accept equivalent proof of English.

Term dates

September 2022
18/9/2022 - 15/12/2022
8/1/2023 - 25/5/2023

CORE MODULES

ACADEMIC ENGLISH SKILLS

This module aims to provide you with thorough training in the language and related academic skills which will enable you to best achieve your academic potential at University. These skills include the processes of academic writing, effective and extensive reading strategies, effective participation in seminars and delivery of presentations, and listening to and recording information effectively from lectures. You will also develop the accuracy and range of written and spoken language required to use language effectively and appropriately, with clarity and confidence in an academic context.

SUBJECT-SPECIFIC MODULES

STUDYING AND RESEARCHING IN INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

You will receive an introduction to the UK education system and the academic skills you need to have to succeed in your undergraduate degree. This unit covers many themes including research activity, appropriate research methods and how to conduct research in the field of politics and international studies.

MAKING OF THE MODERN WORLD: AN INTRODUCTION TO INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

You will receive an introduction to international relations by focusing on the development of the state’s system and traditional schools of thought in international relations.

COMPARATIVE POLITICS

You will develop your basic knowledge of the key elements of political systems, terms and issues. You will also become familiar with books and texts on the subject of political processes, learn how to analyse basic data, and take part in group exercises.

BRITISH POLITICS

You will examine the complexity of the political processes in Britain, the major issues and debates in British Politics since 1945 and their impact nationally and internationally.

THE CHANGING WORLD: INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS SINCE 1945

You will look at a number of historical developments that happened after 1945, including the Cold War, European integration, Arab-Israeli conflict and international terrorism.

INTRODUCTION TO GLOBAL POLITICS

You will gain a historical context of global politics by covering some of the key developments in world politics from 1900 to 1999, and explore the meaning of globalisation.

FREEDOM, POWER AND RESISTANCE

You will receive an introduction to political theory and have the opportunity to critically examine your own political views. You will also learn about famous political thinkers, such as Plato, Thomas Hobbes, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Edmund Burke, and Karl Marx.

THE GLOBAL ECONOMY AND INTERNATIONAL TRADE

You will receive an introduction to the key differences, complexities and risks involved in trading in a global context.

Progression Route

You will be required to take an AES test at the end of your course, details of AES requirements below. This means that once you successfully complete the International Year One, you will be ready to start your degree at the University of Leeds.

Degree Programme NameAwardOverall GradeEnglish GradeGrade Module
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University of Leeds subject rankings

Ranked 15th in the UK (The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022)

Top 5 - School of Politics and International Studies at University of Leeds is ranked 5th in the UK for research impact (Research Excellence Framework 2014)

Top 35 – University of Leeds is ranked in the top 35 in the world for Development Studies (QS World Rankings by subject 2021)