BA Joint Honours International Studies and Spanish (UCAS Code: LRF4)
For entrance requirements:
T: +44 (0)28 9097 3838
BA Joint Requirements
For BA Joint Honours the requirements are stated separately under each programme.
For students whose first language is not English
An IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each test component or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University. Further information on other acceptable English Language qualifications is available here
If you are an international student and you do not meet the entrance requirements, you should consider a preparation course at INTO Queen's University Belfast, which will prepare you for successful study on these degree courses. INTO Queen's University Belfast is based on the University campus and offers a range of courses. For a full list click hereBack to top
How can we better understand 'power' in an age of global terrorism, unprecedented economic shifts, social and humanitarian crises and environmental catastrophes?
Many of the most important political issues and debates confronting us today are located in the international arena. The last decade has been a particularly turbulent time and given rise to many headlines on issues such as 11 September, the aftermath of the second Iraq War and Western military intervention in Afghanistan.
The BA in International Politics and Conflict Studies at Queen's is about more than just armed conflict and insurgency. It also examines such trends as globalisation (and considers the challenge from the rise of China and India and the impact of the American mortgage markets on the political economy of Western Europe) and also humanitarian issues (such as poverty, development, disease and malnutrition and the search for a global resolution). The programme takes three years to complete.Back to top
In the first year, students are introduced to the study of politics, the state of world politics, international history, contemporary Europe and politics and the media.
In the second year, students focus on the political, economic and social transformations of the 20th century and beyond. Students will be able to advance their conceptual understanding of the field of International Relations and Conflict by studying modules such as:
Comparative Politics in Europe and America
Deeply Divided Societies
International Relations Theory
Security and Terrorism
The Politics and Policies of the European Union
In the final year, you can select more specific areas and specialist-based modules on, for example, the Middle East, Southern Africa, the European Union, modules on conflict and conflict resolution and on foreign policy.
At Queen’s, we aim to deliver a high quality learning environment that embeds intellectual curiosity, innovation and best practice in learning, teaching and student support to enable student to achieve their full academic potential.
On the BA (Hons.) International Studies and Spanish in we do this by providing a range of learning experiences which enable our students to engage with subject experts, develop attributes and perspectives that will equip them for life and work in a global society and make use of innovative technologies and a world class library that enhances their development as independent, lifelong learners. Examples of the opportunities provided for learning on this course are:
Assessment (general): The way in which students are assessed will vary according to the Learning objectives of each module. Some modules are assessed solely through project work or written assignments. Others are assessed through a combination of coursework and end of semester examinations. Details of how each module is assessed are shown in the Student Handbook which is provided to all students during their first year induction.
Feedback (general): As students progress through their course at Queen’s they will receive general and specific feedback about their work from a variety of sources including lecturers, module co-ordinators, placement supervisors, personal tutors, advisers of study and your peers. University students are expected to engage with reflective practice and to use this approach to improve the quality of their work. Feedback may be provided in a variety of forms including:
Once students have reviewed their feedback, they are encouraged to identify and implement further improvements to the quality of their work.Back to top
Overview: Studying for an International Studies and Spanish degree at Queen’s will assist students in developing the core skills and employment-related experiences that are valued by employers, professional organisations and academic institutions. Graduates from this degree at Queen’s are well regarded by many employers (local, national and international) and over half of all graduate jobs are now open to graduates of any discipline, including International Studies and Spanish.
Although the majority of our graduates are interested in pursuing careers in the Public and Third (Voluntary and Community) sectors, significant numbers develop careers in the Private Sector.
The following is a list of the major career sectors (and some starting salaries) that have attracted our graduates in recent years:
Employer Links – Consultations:We regularly consult and develop links with a large number of employers including, for example, Northern Ireland government departments and the North/South Ministerial Council who provide sponsorship for our Internships.
Placement Employers:Our past students have also gained work placement with organisations such as:
You should also take a look at www.prospects.ac.ukfor further information concerning the types of jobs that attract International Studies and Spanish Graduates.
For those wishing to pursue further study after their first degree, the School provides a range of MA programmes, each of which can be taken either full-time in one year or part-time over two years. The MA programmes, each of which consists of four taught courses and a dissertation, are: Politics; Irish Politics; Comparative Ethnic Conflict; International Politics; Violence, Terrorism and Security; European Integration
Other Career-related information: Queen’s is a member of the Russell Group and, therefore, one of the 20 universities most-targeted by leading graduate employers. Queen’s students will be advised and guided about career choice and, through the Degree Plus initiative, will have an opportunity to seek accreditation for skills development and experience gained through the wide range of extra-curricular activities on offer. See Queen’s University Belfast fullEmployability Statementfor further information.
Degree Plus and other related initiatives: Recognising student diversity, as well as promoting employability enhancements and other interests, is part of the developmental experience at Queen’s. Students are encouraged to plan and build their own personal skill and experiential profile through a range of activities including; recognised Queen’s Certificates, placements and other work experiences (at home or overseas), Erasmus study options elsewhere in Europe, learning development opportunities and involvement in wider university life through activities, such as clubs, societies, and sports.
Queen’s actively encourages this type of activity by offering students an additional qualification, the Degree Plus Award (and the related Researcher Plus Award for PhD and MPhil students). Degree Plus accredits wider experiential and skill development gained through extra-curricular activities that promote the enhancement of academic, career management, personal and employability skills in a variety of contexts. As part of the Award, students are also trained on how to reflect on the experience(s) and make the link between academic achievement, extracurricular activities, transferable skills and graduate employment. Participating students will also be trained in how to reflect on their skills and experiences and can gain an understanding of how to articulate the significance of these to others, e.g. employers.
Overall, these initiatives, and Degree Plusin particular, reward the energy, drive, determination and enthusiasm shown by students engaging in activities over-and-above the requirements of their academic studies. These qualities are amongst those valued highly by graduate employers.Back to top
All students within this programme will have the possibility of opting to study for a semester abroad in their third year at an English-speaking university on the European continent. There is also a possibility for some to spend a third additional year in the United States under the Study USA scheme, (formerly the Business Education Initiative).
The School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy at Queen's has 33 full-time academics, making it the largest institutional centre for the study of these subjects in Ireland and one of the largest in the UK. The School is a Global 100 department for Politics and International Studies (The QS World University Rankings).Back to top