Undergraduate programmes

Liberal Studies (International Relations) with Integrated Foundation

BA (Hons)

A broad Liberal Arts education, with a focus on global issues and political, social and ideological history.

Years
Full Time
Foundation
  • NameLiberal Studies (International Relations) with Integrated Foundation
  • QualificationBA (Hons)
  • LevelUndergraduate, Foundation
  • UCAS CodeLS05
  • Study modeFull time
  • Duration4 years
  • Tuition fees£16,700 *
  • ScholarshipsYes *
  • Next start date15 January 2018
  • Future start dateSeptember 2018
  • Study abroadOptional
  • ValidationRegent's University London

Our new range of liberal studies degrees provides a true US-style liberal arts education, a first in the UK. In your foundation year you undertake a general education programme which provides a comprehensive foundation for your degree studies. From the first year of your degree, you choose a ‘major’ subject area whilst taking a range of ‘electives’ to tailor your degree to match your passions and interests. Every module in our liberal studies programme has been specifically designed for the degree, delivering you a broad-based education which engages you in critical and interdisciplinary thinking. Liberal arts graduates are well-prepared to make the most of opportunities in a fast-moving global economy.

This BA (Hons) Liberal Studies (International Relations) with Integrated Foundation emphasises the understanding of global issues and world cultures and traces the political, social, ideological and economic history of the world.

The curriculum is designed to enable you to examine and understand the complexities and processes involved in the relationships between institutions of international governance. It is also designed to help you understand the behaviour of states, by studying the structures that make up the international system.

You will explore the dynamics, structural characteristics, humanitarian issues and international political economics operating within the global community. The curriculum is interdisciplinary and you will take classes which examine the complexities of different regions in the world, including international organisations, diplomacy, war and peace, human rights and many more.

Read about our Liberal Studies programmes in the news.

Register for an Open Day

Programme brochure

Length

This is a four-year, full time programme.

Additional Information

This is an American-style Liberal Studies programme that incorporates an area of specialisation (a major), a general education programme which all students take in their first year providing a broad foundation for your degree, plus electives chosen from a wide range of subject areas to be taken alongside your major.

There is a major project in the final year of study which enables you to open out the specialist area of your major to the breadth of your learning on the whole programme.

It is also possible to undertake a dual major or one or two minor subject areas alongside your major from other subjects offered within the overall programme. Majors, minors and elective classes are offered in the following subject areas:

  • Art History
  • Business and Management
  • English
  • History
  • International Relations
  • Journalism
  • Media and Communications
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Public Relations

There are also elective classes in Music Appreciation, Philosophy, and Theatre.

Study abroad
In addition to studying in London, you will have the opportunity to participate in an exciting term spent studying abroad. This provides you with a unique opportunity to explore a diverse range of topics offered by other institutions and gain international experience. This term takes place in Year 2 and replaces the second term of your Regent's degree. For more information see the study abroad section.

Please note that an optional study period abroad always take place during degree level studies and is not included in your foundation year.

 

Modules

Foundation Modules

  • Foundation Seminars 1 and 2
  • Humanities
  • International Relations
  • Media Studies
  • Psychology
  • Political Science
  • Quantitative Literacy
  • Scientific Understanding

Degree Level Modules

  • Contemporary International Security
  • International Law
  • International Relations Theory and Practice
  • Introduction to Human Rights
  • Politics of Development
  • Contemporary African Politics and History
  • International Organisations
  • Research Methods for International Relations
  • The Politics of Conflict in the Middle East
  • United States Foreign Policy
  • Current Latin American Politics
  • Diplomacy and Negotiations
  • International Political Economy
  • Media and Global Politics
  • Major Capstone (dissertation)

See module descriptions

Study methods

You will be taught by a group of internationally diverse academics and practitioners with vast experience in and outside academia.

Hands-on learning experience is key. You will provide policy solutions to case studies, then discuss and defend the proposed solutions with peers and faculty members.

Classes and seminars give you ample opportunity to develop public speaking skills via presentations and opportunities to present at conferences.

You will also have the opportunity to attend the Model United Nations in New York.

You will gain experience in using research methodology and learn how to process information, developing your statistical skills through the use of newly available software.

Academic Calendar

Assessment structure 

Assessment is done through written exams, assignments, individual and group presentations and simulations.

Students with disabilities 

Some of our courses encourage trips outside of the campus. If you have a condition that affects your mobility you are advised to contact the Disability Officer.

Future opportunities

As a student of International Relations at Regents University London you will have ample opportunities when you graduate. Our programme will equip you with the essential skills that employers want across a multitude of industry areas. The degree provides preparation for entry into a number of careers, including diplomacy, international business, economics, history, law and political science. It will give you the necessary tools to excel in your career, both in the public and private sectors.

Graduates of this programme have benefited from employment opportunities in government organisations and agencies, international organisations, non-governmental organisations, think tanks, academic and media organisations.

During your studies you will also meet staff and students from diverse backgrounds, personally and professionally, which will help you to explore future opportunities.

Academic requirements

A Regent’s education provides you with a high level of personal attention, and this begins from the moment you apply to study with us. We want to understand who you are and what your skills and interests may be – we are interested in your potential, as well as your prior achievements. We review each application comprehensively and on its individual merit, considering all of your skills, interests and attributes.

Typically, we will make an offer to a student holding at least 5 GCSEs at grades A-C / 9-4 or international equivalent including Mathematics. Regent’s receives applications from over 170 countries and assesses all international qualifications, for example, we would make an offer of minimum 2.5 GPA for the American High School Diploma.

English requirements 

We require proof of English Proficiency. For example, we ask for:

  • IELTS: Overall score of 5.5, with a minimum of 5.5 in each individual component
  • GCSE/IGCSE English, grade C / 4 (for IGCSE certificates, please provide the Supplementary Certifying Statement with the breakdown of component grades).

This list is not exhaustive, we will review the English qualifications you have as part of your application and be in contact if we require anything further.

For applicants who wish to improve their English language proficiency, please see our English language courses.

On-campus diagnostic test

For offer holders in London, we can provide a free on-campus English diagnostic test.  This test must be arranged in advance. To book a test, please contact admit@regents.ac.uk. Please note, this is a diagnostic test for Regent’s University London only.

How to apply

Applying to study at Regent's University London is quick and easy. We have put together some helpful information to guide you through the process. We accept direct applications, have no formal application deadlines and there is no application fee.

Step 1 Apply

You can apply in the following ways:

 If you have not uploaded the relevant supporting documents during the online application process, you should ensure that we have the below supporting documents as soon as you have completed your application. These can be sent to the Regent’s Admissions Department via email to admit@regents.ac.uk.

  • Copies of academic transcripts and certificates from all previous studies (i.e. secondary school and/or university certificates)
  • One academic letter of recommendation
  • A 300-500 word personal statement outlining the reasons for applying to your chosen programme, how you feel you will benefit from the programme of study, what contributions you will make to the University and how this will help your future career aspirations.
  • A copy of your passport photograph (ID) page
  • If you are not a native English speaker, proof of your English proficiency

Credit Transfer

  • If you’ve already studied part of a degree course elsewhere, you may be able apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and join the programme at an advanced entry point. If you’d like to request entry part-way through a programme, make sure you state this clearly in your statement of purpose and provide us with the transcripts and module descriptions for the relevant study.

 Step 2 Receive a response to your application

You can expect to receive a decision on your application within 10 working days of receipt of your completed application and supporting documents.

We will assess whether you meet our entry requirements and will notify you of the decision via email. UCAS applicants will also receive official notification via the UCAS system.

For some of our programmes, the selection process may include an interview or audition. Interviews/auditions can take the form of a one-to-one interview, group interview or portfolio review which may be conducted by telephone or as a Skype call. Arrangements of these are made between the Admissions Department and the applicant.

Step 3 Accepting your offer

If you wish to accept the offer you must pay the advance tuition fee deposit (non-refundable) to confirm your place.

Please note: There is no formal deadline to pay your advance tuition fee deposit, however we recommend that you confirm your place as soon as possible.

Please see here for information on how to pay.

Step 4 After you have accepted your place

Closer to the start of the term, the Admissions Team will send information regarding the registration process. This will include information on completing your online enrolment prior to your arrival as well as a checklist of documents you will need to bring with you to fully register onto the programme.

Information for international students

If you are an overseas student requiring visa sponsorship to study in the UK, our team will be in touch with information on applying for your student visa and the documents you will need. More information can be found on our visas and immigration page.

Fees January 2018

Annual tuition fee: £16,700 
Home/EU advance deposit: £500 (non-refundable)
Non-EU advance deposit: £4,000 (non-refundable)

Fees September 2018

Annual tuition fee: £17,000 
Home/EU advance deposit: £1,000 (non-refundable)
Non-EU advance deposit: £4,000 (non-refundable)

Tuition fees are set for the University’s financial year which runs from 1 August to 31 July. Annual fees for students commencing studies in spring will span financial years. Spring and autumn fees will be invoiced at the rate applicable for that term.

Scholarships, funding and bursaries

Undergraduate loans - Student Finance England 2016-17

Funding for UK, and EU nationals, as well as students with the status of Migrant Worker.

Full details

Future Finance loans

Alternative loan funding* for students studying at Regent's University London

Full details

Enquire about programme
18 November 2017
An open day is the best way to find out more about Regent's University London, view our beautiful campus, meet course tutors and try out taster sessions.