Why study international relations?
There are a variety of reasons to study international relations at university:
International Study Centre
There are a variety of degrees you can study at the University of Sussex once you have completed the relevant pathway at the International Study Centre.
The Department of International Relations at Sussex is the largest in Europe.You will benefit from the international expertise and support of top academics throughout your degree. The University of Sussex is ranked 1st in the world for Development Studies (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2022).
Opportunities also include:
Through the skills you learn during your degree, you will be highly sought-after by employers. Graduates from Sussex have gone on to work for international organisations and non-profit organisations such as Oxfam, UNICEF and American Express.
97% of Department of International Relations students were in work or further study six months after graduating (Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2017).
As a graduate of international relations you will be able to pursue a range of international careers. With your strong knowledge of global influences and current affairs, you could end up in a role where you will be making global decisions. Some of the jobs you could pursue include:
“The experience of the International Study Centre is unique, because you can meet a lot of different nationalities there, which provides you with an understanding of diversity and multiculturalism. You can learn how to co-operate with cross-culture classmates.’’
Yolanda Wang from China International Year One International Relations and International Development