Department of International Relations

Undergraduate study

Join one of the largest dedicated International Relations departments in Europe. We have a reputation for pioneering new critical approaches to studying and tackling the major challenges facing our world today. Our academic community enjoys a world reputation for being a leading centre of knowledge and theory production in International Relations.

Teaching quality is an integral part of our central place in the discipline of International Relations. Our students actively contribute to shaping the Department’s research activities by organising public events, debates, film screenings, annual fieldtrips to Geneva, Brussels or the UN in New York, etc.

As a student at Sussex, you will have the chance to shape your own learning according to your interests and career aspirations, through joint-degrees, pathways, carefully targeted study abroad opportunities, as well as optional placements or internships. You will also have the opportunity to engage with leading policy-makers from national and international organisations throughout your degree, through a variety of events organised by our research centres.

We are proud that in a recent survey (NSS 2017) 95% of our students responded that ‘I have been able to contact staff when I needed to’.

Key facts about International Relations at Sussex
  • You can complement our single-honours degree in International Relations (IR), with a wide range of pathway specialisations, e.g. Human Rights, Middle East Studies, American Studies, Media, International Business or Chinese language.
  • We offer a wide range of joint-honours degree opportunities, where you can combine your training in IR with a different subject, e.g. anthropology, development, geography, economics, politics, sociology.
  • Benefit from our rigorous academic support structure. You will be assigned an individual Academic Advisor who will help you with your academic development and support you throughout your studies. Study and research skills are integrated into specific modules in the first and second year to ensure that you can successfully complete your programme of study.
  • We believe students learn in different ways, so we use a variety of assessment modes including presentations, learning diaries, book reports, debates, essays, multiple choice tests and concept notes. None of our modules are assessed by unseen exams.
  • Broaden your horizons through our extensive study abroad opportunities. For instance, in 2017 IR students were studying among others in the City University of Hong Kong, Ecole de Governance et d'Economie de Rabat, Freie Universität Berlin, IEP Grenoble, Maastricht University, Monash University Malaysia, Nanyang Technological University, Renmin University of China, Universidad de Granada, Université de Strasbourg.
  • In the final year there are no core modules, just a wide variety of expert options. So you are free to follow your interests and personalise your educational path, in a way that best fits your career aspirations.
  • Access our virtual learning environment – Canvas. Each module has a webpage where you can find all the information you need to study the module, including links to library resources.
  • We are committed to providing an inclusive learning environment that advances equality and leaves no one behind.