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London Metropolitan University

International Relations and Law

UCAS Code: ML1F

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

C,C,C

Typical offer CCC (96 UCAS points from two or more A levels).

Access to HE Diploma

D:6,M:24,P:15

Total of 60 credits (45 credits at Level 3 and 15 credits at Level 2) from an Access to Higher Education Diploma with passes in Level 2 Communications units. QAA accredited course required.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

28

A minimum of 15 points at the higher level and a minimum of 4 points in English.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

MMM

Scottish Higher

C,C,C,C,C

A minimum of 105 UCAS points to include four passes at Higher level in related subjects.

UCAS Tariff

96

About this course


This course has alternative study modes. Contact the university to find out how the information below might vary.

Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2021

Other options

4.0 years | Part-time | 2021

Subjects

International relations

Law

**Why study this course?**

Explore how law and international relations interrelate and how to use your legal knowledge in an international, diplomatic and political context. This degree specialises in two disciplines, increasing your career prospects with transferable skills and opportunities for work placements and study in European and American universities. With its expert staff and extensive resources, this course appeals to students from across the world.

In the 2020 National Student Survey, 92% of our law students said we'd given them good learning opportunities, plus 97% said they had access to course-specific facilities, equipment and other resources when they needed it.

**More about this course**

On this degree you’ll examine ideological and ethical questions about international relations as well as legal debates and policies, and have the opportunity to look at terrorism, the environment, poverty, nuclear proliferation, religion, human rights, cyber warfare, intelligence and the complex relationships between states.

You’ll develop the capacity to think critically about events, ideas and institutions in a research culture that promotes academic inquiry and debate, and in your second and third year, you’ll be able to pursue your own areas of interest including power politics, foreign policy analysis, regional studies, security studies and the impact of globalisation.

Taught by expert staff with extensive experience, this degree appeals to students both in the UK and overseas. You’ll enjoy regular lectures and presentations from practitioners such as Supreme Court judges, diplomats and politicians, and access to the opportunities that London offers such as visits to embassies, courts and the Houses of Parliament.

There’s a strong emphasis on developing the essential skills sought by employers. This is achieved through targeted teaching sessions and hands-on experience, and the exciting opportunity to undertake a work placement in the final year. In previous years, students have undertaken placements with the European Union, the United Nations, aid agencies, think-tanks and embassies. It’s also possible to spend part of the course studying in another European country or the USA.

**What our students say**

“In the first year module, Contract Law, we had a fantastic staff that taught us the basics of law very well. The same with the EU law in the final year. Also in the International Relations subject area, modules had excellent teaching staff in all levels of the course.”
National Student Survey 2016

Modules

Year 1 modules include:

Introduction to International Relations (core, 30 credits)
Peace, Conflict and Diplomacy since 1945 (core, 30 credits)
Legal Systems (core, 30 credits)
Contract Law (core, 30 credits)
Open Language Programme Module (option, 15 credits)

Year 2 modules include:

Approaches to International Relations and Foreign Policy (core, 30 credits)
European Union Law (core, 30 credits)
Politics and International Relations: Work-Based Learning (core 15 credits)
Creating a Winning Business 1 (alt core, 15 credits)
Diplomacy Old and New (option 30 credits)
Governance and Public Policy (option, 30 credits)
Peace and Conflict in Theory and Practice (option, 30 credits)
Immigrants and Nativists (option, 15 credits)
American Foreign Policy (option, 15 credits)
The Politics of the Middle East (option, 15 credits)
The Politics of the European Union (option, 15 credits)
Shifting Global Power (option, 15 credits)
Strategy in the Contemporary World (option, 15 credits)
Contemporary US Politics (option, 15 credits)
Public Law (option, 30 credits)
Property Law (option, 30 credits)
Evidence and Advocacy (option, 30 credits)
Medical Law (option, 15 credits)
Women and Law (option, 15 credits)
Extension of Knowledge (option, credits 15)

Year 3 modules include:

International Security in an Era of Globalisation (core, 30 credits)
Public International Law (core, 30 credits)
Project 1 Year (alt-core, 30 credits)
Project 1 Semester (alt-core 15 credits)
Placement 1 Year (alt-core, 30 credits)
Politics and International Relations: Work-Based Learning (alt-core, credits 15)
Law Dissertation (alt-core, credits 15)
Law Extended Essay (alt-core, credits 15)
Creating a Winning Business 2 (alt-core, 15)
Work Placement for Professional Experience (alt-core, 15 credits)
Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding (option, 30 credits)
Public Diplomacy and Global Communication (option, 30 credits)
The Politics of Modern States (option, 30 credits)
African Politics (option, 15 credits)
Latin American Politics (option, 15 credits)
Action and Identity: Gender and Political Participation (option, 15 credits)
Human Rights and International Conflict (option, 15 credits)
Civil Liberties and Human Rights (option, 15 credits)
Company Law (option, 30 credits)
Immigration and Asylum Law and Tribunals (option, 30 credits)
The Law of Finance and Taxation (option, 30 credits)
Environmental Law (option, 15 credits)
Law and Religion (option, 15 credits)
Extension of Knowledge Module (option, 15 credits)

Assessment methods

You’ll be assessed through essays, exams, presentations, individual and group research projects, briefing papers, portfolios, reflective writing and a final year dissertation or work placement.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£13,200
per year
International
£13,200
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Holloway

Department:

Politics and International Relations

TEF rating:
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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

77%
med
International relations
77%
med
Law

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Politics

Teaching and learning

81%
Staff make the subject interesting
85%
Staff are good at explaining things
86%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
73%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

84%
Library resources
81%
IT resources
86%
Course specific equipment and facilities
71%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

82%
UK students
18%
International students
39%
Male students
61%
Female students
56%
2:1 or above
24%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
D
D

Law

Teaching and learning

82%
Staff make the subject interesting
82%
Staff are good at explaining things
84%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
84%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

78%
Library resources
79%
IT resources
80%
Course specific equipment and facilities
78%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

90%
UK students
10%
International students
38%
Male students
62%
Female students
69%
2:1 or above
24%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
B
C

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Politics

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£19,200
med
Average annual salary
99%
high
Employed or in further education
47%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

The numbers of people taking politics degrees fell sharply last year and we'll keep an eye on this one - it can't really be because of graduates getting poor outcomes as politics grads do about as well as graduates on average. Most politics or international relations graduates don't actually go into politics - although many do, as activists, fundraisers and researchers. Jobs in local and central government are also important. Other popular jobs include marketing and PR, youth and community work, finance roles, HR and academic research (you usually need a postgraduate degree to get into research). Because so many graduates get jobs in the civil service, a lot of graduates find themselves in London after graduating. Politics is a very popular postgraduate subject, and so about one in five politics graduates go on to take another course - usually a one-year Masters - after they finish their degrees.

Law

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£19,000
med
Average annual salary
96%
med
Employed or in further education
39%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

Law graduates tend to go into the legal industry, and they usually take similar routes. Jobs are competitive — often very competitive - but starting salaries are good and high fliers can earn serious money - starting on over £24k in London on average. Be aware though - some careers, especially as barristers, can take a while to get into, and the industry is changing as the Internet, automation and economic change all have an effect, If you want to qualify to practise law, you need to take a professional qualification — many law graduates then go on to law school. If you want to go into work, then a lot of law graduates take trainee or paralegal roles and some do leave the law altogether, often for jobs in management, finance and the police force. A small proportion of law graduates also move into another field for further study. Management, accountancy and teaching are all popular for these career changers, so if you do take a law degree and decide it’s not for you, there are options.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Social studies

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

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Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

Law

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£15k

£15k

£17k

£17k

£20k

£20k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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It offers a snapshot of what grads went on to do six months later, what they were earning on average, and whether they felt their degree helped them obtain a 'graduate role'. We calculate a mean rating to indicate if this is high, medium or low compared to other universities.

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While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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