International Study Centre

Discover a degree in
International Relations

Why study International Relations at University of Sussex

Understand the issues facing humanity and learn from experts who drive debates and influence policy on topics such as peace-building, migration and human rights. 

Sussex is ranked 1st in the world for Development Studies (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019). International Relations graduates at Sussex can look forward to exciting career prospects, with 97% in work or further study six months after completing their degree (Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2017). 

Start your journey with a preparation programme at the University of Sussex International Study Centre. You will be supported with improving your English and academic skills as you prepare to study your degree in International Relations at the University of Sussex. 


Tailored courses

Shape your learning with joint-degrees, pathways, study abroad opportunities and optional placements or internships. 

World-leading research

Study in one of the largest International Relations departments in Europe and learn from experts who make a difference to global issues. 


Real-world experience

Engage with leading policy-makers from national and international organisations and understand the major challenges facing societies today. 

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Sussex Student Yolanda

“I really love my degree. It has exceeded all my expectations. It is inspiring me so much as I explore new areas of my subject. My modules are very exciting and I am happy with my grades and progress as I come towards the end of my degree. I am meeting with interesting students and expert tutors, a chance I will never have again.”

Yolanda from China
International Year One in International Relations and International Development
BA (Hons) International Relations and Development

Start your journey to the University of Sussex

The University of Sussex International Study Centre offers specialist tuition in English language, study skills and subject preparation. Our preparatory programmes enable you to progress to your chosen undergraduate and postgraduate degree at the University of Sussex with confidence. 

Progress to a degree at University of Sussex

When you complete your programme at the University of Sussex International Study Centre, you can progress to your chosen degree at the University of Sussex. Progression degrees include: 

 About BA (Hons) International Relations 

  • Explore topics such as colonialism, international development, global affairs, international relations and the modern international system
  • Courses are flexible with electives and study abroad and work placement opportunities
  • Graduates have gone on to positions in the Civil Service, non-governmental organisations and charities, as well as multinational companies. 

About BA (Hons) International Relations and Development

  • Sussex is ranked 1st in the world for Development Studies (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019)
  • Engage in debates around policies such as migration and human rights or humanitarian emergencies and climate change
  • As part of the School of Global Studies, you’ll have the opportunity to explore global issues and join student societies that shape future research.

About MA International Relations

  • Study core modules such as Foundations of World Politics and International Relations Theory, and tailor your course to your interests with a range of elective modules
  • Use innovative theories to develop a grounded approach and a critical edge as you understand the history of international relations
  • An interdisciplinary course, which is influenced by cutting-edge research and international faculty. 

Student life

The International Study Centre is based on the University of Sussex campus, which offers a unique combination of tranquillity and energy. It is surrounded by a beautiful national park, yet at the same time is just a short train journey from Brighton.

Brighton has fantastic transport links, so you'll easily be able to explore the rest of the UK and Europe.

University of Sussex International Study Centre location

Brighton is only 9 minutes on the train from University of Sussex campus. From there, you can reach Gatwick airport in 30 minutes and central London in one hour.