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International Studies courses

Whether you’re seeking to better understand the changing world or are looking to develop the analytical skills and knowledge of global systems, we have an international studies course for you. Choose from our range of degrees, diplomas and certificates below.

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International Studies

Degrees 

Stage 1120 credits
Stage 2120 credits
Stage 3120 credits
Total of 360 credits 

How long will it take?

Part time: 16–18 hours per week for 6 years
Full time: 32–36 hours per week for 3 years


International Studies

Diplomas 

Stage 1120 credits
Stage 2120 credits
Total of 240 credits 

How long will it take?

Part time: 16–18 hours per week for 4 years
Full time: 32–36 hours per week for 2 years


International Studies

Certificates 

Stage 1120 credits
Total of 120 credits 

How long will it take?

Part time: 16–18 hours per week for 2 years
Full time: 32–36 hours per week for 1 year

Why study International Studies with The Open University?

The Politics and International Studies team at The Open University are active researchers, publishing original work on topics including international politics, migration, and development. This research heavily influences the teaching and materials for our modules and qualifications.

Studying international studies with us offers you:

  • The chance to specialise in politics, history or the environment as one core area of concern to international studies.
  • An opportunity to join the largest and most diverse faculty at the OU, with some 50,000 students on arts and social sciences courses.
  • Flexible study that fits around your work and other commitments.

Careers in International Studies

An international studies degree is applicable to a wide range of professions in the private and public sectors, including international agencies, government bodies, and businesses. Employers will value your ability to analyse problems relating to a range of international issues including: co-operation and conflict; cultural difference; and international economics.

Our range of courses in international studies can help you start or progress your career as a:

  • Government Social Research Officer
  • Diplomat
  • Charity Officer
  • Politician's Assistant      

Looking for something other than a qualification?

The majority of our modules can be studied by themselves, on a stand-alone basis. If you later choose to work towards a qualification, you may be able to count your study towards it.

See our full list of International Studies modules

All International Studies courses

Browse all the International Studies courses we offer – certificates, diplomas and degrees.

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