Joint Honours
BA (Hons)

Philosophy and International Relations


Choosing to study a joint honours degree will enable you to shape your study according to your strengths, interests and career ambitions. Combining two subjects can give your degree an international or industry perspective that will make you stand out in the graduate employment market.

UCAS code: VL52
Entry requirements: Please see the Applying section
Starting: October
Course length: Three years full-time, four-seven years part-time
Study location: Clifton campus

Fees and funding:

Please see our applying and fees section.

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International Relations

Joint honours degrees provide you with the maximum flexibility to study subject areas that really interest you. This gives you the opportunity to study your two favourite subjects within one degree course. 

Our course combinations are designed so that what you learn in one subject will complement and enhance what you learn in the other. In your final year you can choose either to split your time evenly between your two subjects, or to specialise in one.


This course aims to develop your powers of argument, critical thinking and conceptual analysis through the search for answers to ultimate questions. People have been studying philosophy for about 3,000 years and its original questions are still being discussed by today's leading minds. Philosophers believe that the ability to question and to think critically about the world in which we live is an important skill, something that is now increasingly recognised by many of today's leading employers.

Philosophy at NTU differs from the typical philosophy courses on offer at most other universities as it is not a course in the history of ideas. The course at NTU is organised around some of the philosophical problems faced by today's decision-makers in their professional lives. In general, philosophy at NTU examines the interface between philosophical ideas and everyday life, and the course has been designed in order to help you think more clearly and more critically about the world in which you live.

At the end of your studies, you should be able to think through complex issues and questions with both clarity and rigour. No intellectual problem should daunt you! No wonder philosophy graduates are in demand by today's employers, and as a Philosophy graduate from NTU you will be ahead of the pack.

International Relations

International Relations is the study and understanding of the changing world in which we live. It explores relations between states, peoples, social movements and cultural and religious communities. Its major focus is diplomatic relations – war, peace, conflict and cooperation – but also international communication, terrorism, the role of the media, and protest and resistance to established power.

During this course you will look at complex situations which are exciting and challenging to analyse. You will take roles in simulation exercises and try to understand how crises are managed and problems are handled by getting into the minds of different participants. This will build your confidence, give you presentation and advocacy skills, and give you understanding across cultural barriers.

Teaching is informed by regionally aligned research strengths in:

  • Asia-Pacific
  • the Middle East
  • North Africa
  • the Indian subcontinent
  • Europe.

This research feeds directly into the course, which means you will be learning about the latest issues from world-renowned experts.

Joint Honours

You can combine either of these subjects with another subject to create your degree programme. For the full range of combinations and their UCAS codes see:

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