International Studies

Open University in Scotland


Our world is divided into different societies, yet it is increasingly interconnected. Relationships between nations, companies, cultures and individuals extend across regions and the globe. In this course you'll explore the political, economic and cultural issues that these complex interconnections create – focusing on international politics, diplomacy, cooperation, war and security; international development; interactions between different societies; and global environmental problems. You'll be able to choose a specialism from politics, history or the environment as one core area of concern to international studies.

Entry Requirements

There are no formal qualifications required to study this degree. Computer and internet access required.

If you’re new to study or to the OU, it is recommended that you start with a course at Level 1.

Progression Routes

International studies graduates are found in a wide range of professions in the private and public sectors, including international agencies and government bodies (national and European). If you choose a language option you’ll have a grounding in another language that may add to your professional opportunities.

Start Date

October, February




BA Hons

Study Method

Distance and Flexible learning

Course Length





Social Sciences

SCQF Level