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International Studies at Liverpool

From 2019 students can undertake a Bachelor of International Studies at the Liverpool campus. 

International Studies is a great starting point for those wanting to pursue a range of careers in government, with international, humanitarian or non-governmental organisations (NGOs), and in the private sector. Graduates will have the practical skills sought after by employers, including critical analysis and research, the ability to synthesise knowledge and solutions; to communicate, to develop policy, to engage in negotiations, and to possess cross-cultural awareness and empathy. All of these skills are developed with a global perspective.

Why study International Studies at Liverpool?

With the choice of a major in Global Sustainable Development or International Relations, enrolling in the Bachelor of International Studies will equip you with the skills to critically debate and challenges issues facing today's society.

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What you will study

The Bachelor of International Studies at SWS includes core subjects in international studies, politics and an introduction to law in society. You can choose to study one or both majors available – global sustainable development and international relations. You will undertake a final-year research project that will require you to critically debate a significant issue, challenge or dilemma in today’s global environment.

Global Sustainable Development major

In this major, you will explore issues related to global capitalism, aid, inequality, and social transformation and key policy issues such as climate change.

International Relations major

In addition to the core subjects in international studies, you will explore questions of peace and security, international organisation, the political economy, human rights, and the role of international law.

Double degree options

The Bachelor of International Studies is also available in double degree combinations alongside:


Graduate Careers

International Studies graduates will acquire skills which can be applied with careers in government, international and non-governmental organisations, and with the private sector. Careers may include (but are not limited to):

  • Advisor government relations
  • Aid worker
  • Diplomat
  • Government social research officer
  • Graduate technical intelligence analysts
  • Human rights
  • International business consultant
  • Political consultant
  • Public affairs consultant
  • Public relations account executive
  • Sales and international market researcher
  • Senior corporate affairs adviser
  • Social researcher
For people who are interested in how the world works, in all its messiness and all its complexity, International Studies gives you a great background and understanding of how we wrestle with contemporary problems.
Phil Orchard Associate Professor of International Relations

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