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International Relations and Philosophy (joint honours)
BA (Hons) or BSc (Hons)
September 2023 / September 2024
Full time: 3 years
Part time: up to 6 years
UCAS Tariff Points
Our joint honours course allows students to pursue their own areas of interest within International Relations and Philosophy whilst also providing them with a solid foundation in both disciplines and a range of personal and professional skills which will serve as a springboard for their future career development. The programme is carefully designed to enable students to gradually develop their knowledge and skills and become autonomous, effective and independent learners.
International Relations provides students with the opportunity to develop their understanding and knowledge of world politics, focusing on issues such as nationalism, global justice, security, migration and climate change. In Philosophy, our modules explore how the work of historical philosophers impacts upon debates that are central to contemporary philosophy.
Links between research and undergraduate teaching are an important and distinctive feature of the programme, and the combined research experience and competencies of staff have shaped its design, content and delivery.
How to apply
Wherever possible we make our conditional offers using the UCAS Tariff. The combination of A-level grades listed here would be just one way of achieving the UCAS Tariff points for this course.
UCAS Tariff Points: 104
A Level: BCC
IB Points: 29
UCAS Tariff Points: 96
A Level: CCC
IB Points: 28
Further offer details
Applications are also welcomed for consideration from applicants with European qualifications, international qualifications or recognised foundation courses. For advice on eligibility please contact Admissions: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you don’t achieve the required tariff points you can apply to join a foundation course.
Specific entry requirements
Please also see the University's general entry requirements.
English language requirements
Please see the University's standard English language requirements.
International qualifications and equivalences
English requirements for visas
If you need a student visa to enter the UK you will need to meet the UK Visas and Immigration minimum language requirements as well as the University's requirements. Find out more about English language requirements.
Pathways courses for international and EU students
If you do not meet the entry requirements for this degree, or if you would like more preparation before you start, you can take an international foundation course. Once you enrol, you will have a guaranteed pathway to this degree if you pass your foundation course with the required grades.
If you only need to meet the language requirements, you can take our pre-sessional English course. You will develop key language and study skills for academic success and you will not need to take an external language test to progress to your degree.
Terms and Conditions of Enrolment
When you accept our offer, you agree to the Terms and Conditions of Enrolment. You should therefore read those conditions before accepting the offer.
Many of our courses consider applications for entry part-way through the course for students who have credit from previous learning or relevant professional experience.
Find out more about transferring to Brookes. If you'd like to talk through your options, please contact our Admissions team.
Full time Home (UK) applicantsApply through UCAS
Part time Home (UK) applicantsApply direct to the University
International applicantsApply direct to the University
Full time international applicants can also apply through UCAS
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Please note, tuition fees for Home students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Tuition fees for International students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students.
Oxford Brookes University intends to maintain its fees for new and returning Home students at the maximum permitted level.
Financial support and scholarships
Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course are detailed below.
Learning and assessment
In your first year, you’ll get to explore a broad range of ideologies and modern political systems, gaining skills to help you succeed in securing a career after graduation. You’ll be introduced to Reason and what makes an action ‘good’ or ‘bad'. You’ll ask how humans are different from animals. And you’ll learn how to evaluate arguments and use logic.
In your second year, you’ll explore the great issues of international relations. The optional work placement can give you experience in the working world and enhance your job prospects. You’ll start to focus on your philosophical interests. This might be religion and the concept of gods, or evolution, gender, identity or art.
In your final year, you’ll have the freedom to focus on what you care about most, including your dissertation subject. You’ll look more deeply at the concepts of freedom, morality and judgment. You might question whether we have free will. Or you might test the idea of evil. There are optional modules that include topics such as human rights, global ethics, global environmental politics and terrorism.
Learning and teaching
You’ll learn in a supportive and stimulating environment. You’ll be part of a close-knit programme where you’ll know everyone and get lots of support from both teaching staff and fellow students. Participation and discussion are important features of the course that promote individual creativity and effective collaborative learning.
Most modules combine lectures and seminar-style discussion based on weekly readings. You'll have the chance to discuss and challenge a wide variety of critical views and perspectives in your seminars.
You have the opportunity to join field trips on selected modules in your third year, such as Ethics, Power and World Politics, and Managing Global Issues.
Assessment methods used on this course
Your assessments will be diverse, and will support different learning styles - you’ll have a real opportunity to showcase your strengths.
You might write a blog, create a video diary or give a presentation. You’ll be able to write essays, literature reviews or position papers. You will also have opportunities to produce short presentations and work in groups.
The assessments are designed to help you develop your confidence in using a wide range of skills, preparing you well for your future career.
After you graduate
As you study, you’ll develop highly transferable skills and competencies in the areas that employers care about.
- critical thinking
- creative problem solving
- written, spoken and visual communication, in a variety of media and styles
- intercultural and interpersonal understanding
- research and analysis
- working independently and collaboratively
You’ll graduate able to analyse issues, express your ideas, inform and influence others, and respond to challenges – critical skills for the 21st century workplace.
Our graduates go on to work in diverse areas like
- NGOs and charities
- Social work
- Public relations
- Media and journalism
- The civil service
And many pursue postgraduate study, often here at Oxford Brookes.
Information from Discover Uni
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