In today's increasingly interdependent and turbulent world, many of the leading issues in the news concern international affairs. Whether it is the continuing impact of globalisation, the military conflicts in the Gulf or Afghanistan, the inequalities of wealth and power between north and south or the activities of international organisations such as the World Trade Organization, the International Monetary Fund and the United Nations – the subject of international relations is now directly in people's daily lives.
International relations at Sussex scored 91 per cent in the teaching category of the 2011 National Student Survey (NSS), reflecting both the high quality of our curriculum and the enthusiasm of our undergraduate students.
Our faculty are leading scholars and you will be exposed to ideas that are at the cutting edge of the discipline: international relations at Sussex is ranked 7th in the UK for the quality of its research and publications in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE).
By encouraging intellectual curiosity and cultural agility, the School of Global Studies, in which you will be based, enhances your employability (British Council and Think Global: Survey of Senior Business Leaders, 2011).
Our staff and students come from a range of countries, so studying international relations at Sussex is an international experience in every sense.
Sussex is one of only a handful of British universities that offers a long-established BA in International Relations, which is distinctive in that it covers both mainstream and radical approaches to the subject. Our core modules are designed to give you a wide intellectual foundation – combining perspectives from history, social theory and political economy – on which to build your understanding of world politics today.
There are two ways of studying for a degree in International Relations at Sussex: as a single honours degree, or as part of a joint honours degree. Students on single honours degrees can choose to incorporate several modules from outside their discipline, while joint degrees allow you to study exciting combinations of different subjects more rigorously.
If you are considering studying for a degree in International Relations at Sussex, feel free to contact us to talk it over. We are happy to meet with potential applicants to discuss any aspect of the process and more specifically what you can expect if you choose to study here. For more information about our undergraduate degrees, refer to our 2013 Undergraduate Prospectus and also contact our Undergraduate Admissions Tutor: