Research-led teaching brings cutting-edge research directly to the classroom.
In your first and second years, you will have three lectures a week per module (approximately 365 students), which decreases to one lecture per module per week at Honours level (15 to 25 students).
Lectures are supported by weekly small group tutorials (10 to 15 students) to discuss the material covered in lectures.
When not attending lectures and tutorials you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve:
- working on individual and group projects
- undertaking research in the library
- preparing coursework assignments and presentations
- preparing for examinations.
You will be taught by an experienced teaching team with expertise and knowledge of International Relations. Postgraduate research students who have undertaken teacher training may also contribute to the teaching of tutorials under the supervision of the module leader.
You can find contact information for all International Relations staff on the School of International Relations website.
In addition to your studies in the School, optional academic support is available through practical study skills courses and workshops hosted within the University.
The University’s student services team can help students with additional needs resulting from disabilities, long term medical conditions or learning disabilities. More information can be found on the students with disabilities webpage.
Modules in International Relations are assessed by a mixture of coursework and written exams. Some modules have only written essays rather than final exams.
Coursework takes the form of essays, along with other kinds of assessed work including oral presentations and group projects.
Examinations are held at the end of each semester during a dedicated exam diet with revision time provided beforehand.
The School provides feedback on every assessment, with a view to improving your performance in future.
Undergraduates at the University of St Andrews must achieve at least 7.0 on the St Andrews 20-point grade scale to pass a module. To gain access to Honours-level modules, students must achieve the relevant requisites as specified in the policy on entry to Honours and in the relevant programme requirements. Please note that some Schools offer qualified entry to Honours, and this will be clearly specified in the programme requirements. To find out the classification equivalent of points, please visit the common reporting scale webpage.