Department of International Relations

Undergraduate study

As one of the largest UK International Relations departments, you can choose from a range of flexible degrees and develop career skills through study abroad and international placement opportunities.

Key facts about International Relations at Sussex
  • Study International Relations on its own or combine it with subjects like Modern Languages, Geography and International Development.
  • Benefit from study abroad and work placement opportunities. Our students have studied abroad at destinations including the Netherlands and France.
  • Benefit from high quality teaching with 95% of our students agreeing that staff made the subject interesting (National Student Survey 2015).
  • 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 a variety of assessment modes including presentations, learning diaries, book reports, essays, multiple choice tests and concept notes are used. None of our modules are assessed by exams.
  • Gain a broad understanding of International Relations through our range of electives,  including modules from International Development, Geography and Anthropology.
  • Gain practical skills for a range of careers. Our students have gone into a variety of jobs in government, international aid agencies and NGOs.
  • Study modules based on the latest research findings with 78% of the department’s research judged world-leading or internationally excellent (Research Excellence Framework 2014).
  • Access our virtual learning environment - Study Direct. Each module has a webpage where you can find all the information you need to study the module, including links to library resources. At the start of a module, the convenor will upload the slides to support lectures at least 24 hours in advance.