International Relations

Open University in Scotland


By exploring current questions and issues of global importance, you'll develop an in-depth understanding of the development of the international system and interactions between states and other actors. You'll discover the sources of order and disorder within the international system and learn about the key issues in international relations, such as security, justice, conflict and co-operation. You'll also add to your knowledge of international relations by specialising in either Development, Environment, History or Politics.

This qualification will extend and deepen your ability to demonstrate critical thinking and evaluative skills, as well as transferable skills and attributes that are crucial to enhancing your career development, including time management, collaboration and independent working.

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