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International Relations

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Studying international relations at UEL will help you understand how global justice works. You’ll learn the theory and the practice behind international human rights regimes and how political change around the world can be brought about by international social movements.
School of Social Sciences
  • our students love us

    Our international relations undergraduates gave us a massive vote of confidence in the 2014 National Student Survey, with 97 per cent saying they were satisfied with their programme and 100 per cent of them saying it was ‘intellectually stimulating’.

  • cutting-edge research

    Our school was ranked the best modern university in London and the second best modern university in the country for the sociology research it conducts, according to the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF). International relations researchers contributed fully to this ranking.

  • good career move

    We’ll offer you the chance to undertake work experience or a placement during your studies, and we’ll support you with this.

Why us?

International relations at UEL will open your eyes and open doors. While you'll tackle mainstream issues, we also make a point of covering issues that are often marginalised - like gender, the environment and North-South relations. And we ensure you have plenty of opportunity to put what you learn into practice.

We have close links with a number of political organisations (in addition to those at Westminster), such as the trade union UNISON and the Citizens UK Movement for Change, who offer internships to UEL students. 

UEL Docklands Campus

You can take advantage of these internships at two points during your course. The first opportunity comes between years two and three, the second in year three as part of the Community Organising module.

And if you’re interested in taking your studies abroad, there’s also an opportunity to broaden your horizons by spending a term studying in Brazil at the SENAC University in Sao Paulo.

why us


  • BA (Hons)

    Politics and International Relations

  • BA (Hons)

    Politics and International Relations with Foundation year


There are so many reasons I chose to study at UEL, but the most prominent was because of the accessibility and support given to those with varying disabilities.

Yardena Lieberman , BA (Hons) International Politics (now International Relations)
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What we’re researching

Dr Tim Hall, Head of Global Studies at UEL, is leading one of our ‘London Scholars’ programmes that aims to create a Living Wage zone across London Borough of Newham. Our undergraduate students are in touch with the ten biggest employers in the borough and are in discussion with them about best practice in implementing the wage policy.

Our students took part in a similar project in Whitehall in 2012, where four Government departments changed their wage structure to reflect the Living Wage.

Dr Erika Cudworth, who is co-chair of the Feminist Research Group at UEL as well as teaching the course modules of Politics, State and Society, and Women, Power and Politics, is an expert in the research fields of environment/society relations and global environment politics.

As with all of the social sciences at UEL, you’ll benefit from the research findings of your tutors who will in turn offer you the chance to apply course theory in a work placement.