Undergraduate Course

Course details

Study options

Full-time: 3 years

UK fee

£9,250 per year (2024/25)

International fee

£14,900 per year (2024/25)

UCAS points

112 (September 2024 entry)

UCAS code


Course level



BA (Hons)

Start date



Kedleston Road, Derby Campus

Our International Relations modules take a transdisciplinary approach to the study of world affairs and global issues, giving you the chance to undertake a comprehensive and critical interrogation of significant global issues. You’ll gain a profound understanding of a range of dynamic processes and trends that affect human societies, and how to navigate and influence some of the world’s most important and intractable questions and problems.

Alongside this you’ll also develop skills in applying economic theory, perspectives and approaches as a method for solving business and organisational problems across the private, public and third sectors both domestically and internationally. 

Facilities and resources

Our Financial Markets Lab will give you a whole new perspective on what it’s like to work at the cutting edge of economics. You'll get hands-on experience with the software used in financial markets worldwide. You'll work with up-to-the-minute data and gain vital insights into financial market analysis.

The lab puts a wealth of data at your fingertips. You can access company and director profiles plus analysis of current affairs from financial intelligence. You’ll receive training from Bloomberg specialists and have access to their helpdesk. You can even work towards the Bloomberg Market Concepts Certificate. This will complement your degree qualification. 

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Expert teaching

We have an enthusiastic and experienced Economics teaching team. You'll learn within a friendly, supportive learning community. Small class sizes allow scope for one-to-one advice so that you are motivated to achieve at a high level. Our lecturers are conducting influential research into pressing economic issues facing society such as behavioural economics, public policy, the green economy, the economics of innovation and technological change. You’ll also meet and interact with industry experts. For instance, you’ll hear about latest developments in the financial sector from visiting professor Trevor Williams.

Our International Relations team draws on expertise from a wide variety of areas and covers a range of different geographical areas and thematic approaches, including the history and politics of modern China and India, Eastern European economies, the green transition, and European integration.

Choose your pathway

Studying an International Relations and Economics Joint Honours degree allows you to choose whether you major in one subject or study them both equally.

You begin this degree by studying both subjects equally in your first year. By the end of your first year, you will then decide whether you would like to major or minor in a chosen subject or continue to study them both equally.    

In this pathway, International Relations is the major subject and Economics is the minor subject.

In this pathway, you study International Relations and Economics equally.

In this pathway, you study Economics and International Relations equally.

In this pathway, Economics is the major subject and International Relations is the minor subject.

What is a Joint Honours degree?

A Joint Honours degree offers students the opportunity to study two subjects.

A Joint Honours degree is a great option if:

What you will study

Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.

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How you will learn

Real world learning is at the heart of our Economics programmes, with the focus on solving genuine business problems as well as engaging with external experts to discuss economic concepts. You’ll learn through a compelling combination of:

Our teaching methods on International Relations will be varied, interactive and engaging. They include:

How you are assessed

You’ll be assessed on your Economics modules in a number of ways, including:

For International Relations modules, you will be assessed through a range of coursework, including essays, research reports, presentations, and participation in debates. Some modules will also assess your ability to develop teamwork and research skills in an applied, real-world context, and your ability to reflect on how these prepare you for your chosen career.

Who will teach you

You will be taught by our team of engaging, passionate and inspiring subject experts.

Subject Leaders

Alen Toplisek

Dr Alen Toplisek
Senior Lecturer in Global Affairs and Politics

Alen is a Senior Lecturer in Global Affairs and Politics. 

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Dr Adedoyin Babajide
Senior Lecturer in Economics

Dr Doyin Babajide is an economist, enthusiastic about research and keen on professional networking. Her role within the College of Business, Law and Social Sciences spans the full range of academic activities from teaching at all levels to leading economics and finance modules. Doyin currently leads the Introductory Microeconomics module and teaches other modules in the department.

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Personal academic tutoring

Your personal academic tutor will work with you to help you get the most out of your time at university. Having someone to talk to about your academic progress, your university experience and your professional aspirations is hugely valuable. We want you to feel challenged in your studies, stretched but confident to achieve your academic and professional goals.

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Entry requirements

2024 entry

These are the typical qualification requirements for September 2024 entry. Contextual offers may apply to students who meet certain criteria.

RequirementWhat we're looking for
UCAS points112
GCSEGCSE Maths and English Grade 4/Grade C (or above) or equivalent qualification
Access to HEN/A

English language requirements

IELTS: 6.0 (with at least 5.5 in each skills area)

Fees and funding



£9,250 per year



£14,900 per year


Further information about our fees and support you may be entitled to.

Additional costs and optional extras

How to apply

Please look at our application deadlines before you apply.

UK students

If you are in Year 13 and applying for a full-time undergraduate course (including our joint honours courses), we recommend that you apply through UCAS.

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If you are applying to study part-time, or already have your qualifications, or wish to join at Year 2 or 3, you should apply directly to the University.

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When you have completed this degree, you will be well-informed about the major global issues of our time as well as Economic theory and practice, and have a range of skills that employers really value, particularly:

You can put these skills to good use in a range of high-level careers, such as in politics, journalism, campaigning, think-tanks, NGOs (Non-Governmental Organisations), charities, the civil or diplomatic services, inter-governmental institutions, management, finance, leadership, and consultancy.

Careers and Employment Service

Our Careers and Employment Service can help you boost your employment skills by connecting you with employers for work placements, part-time jobs and volunteering. They can also offer guidance on career options, CV writing or starting your own business. 

Contact us

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Additional information about your studies

You will typically study your two subjects equally at stage one, before choosing whether you want to major in one subject at stages two and three.

Teaching hours

Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.

Additional costs and optional extras

We’re committed to providing you with an outstanding learning experience. Our expert teaching, excellent facilities and great employability prepare you for your future career. As part of our commitment to you we aim to keep any additional study costs to a minimum. However, there are occasions where students may incur some additional costs.

The information provided on this page is correct at the time of publication but course content, costs and other individual course details do change from time to time and are updated as often as possible, so please do check these pages again when making your final decision to apply for a course. Any updated course details will also be confirmed to you at application, enrolment and in your offer letter.

Included in your fees
Optional costs not included in your fees

Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.

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