Undergraduate study in International Relations

St Andrews is one of the few universities in the UK that offers a single Honours degree specifically in international relations.

The study of international relations is about both theory and practice. It asks how should we understand the world and how should we act in it? Those studying international relations will have broad intellectual interests in areas such as history, politics, moral philosophy and modern languages, and an enthusiasm for critical engagement with ideas old and new.

The School specialises in:

  • international security
  • peace and conflict studies
  • terrorism studies
  • international institutions
  • international theory
  • regional studies

Find out more about taking International Relations as part of an undergraduate degree at St Andrews.

Extra-curricular opportunities

The School provides extra-curricular opportunities including internships in School research centres and outreach programmes in the local community. Prizes are awarded to students for essays at various stages in their academic careers.

Access to first-year modules

Each year the University receives many more applications for a degree in international relations than there are places. Due to this, access to first year modules in international relations is restricted.

Students offered admission to study international relations as a single or joint subject have guaranteed access to the first-year modules in international relations.

Additionally, some first-year students in the Faculties of Arts and Divinity who meet the entry requirements will be able to access first-year modules as a third subject, but that access will be limited and is not guaranteed. More information is communicated to students during advising.

Please see the programme requirements and module catalogue for full details. Use the filter to further select UG modules.