The month of March has been a turbulent one, with many hair-raising international developments hitting the headlines. However, far and away the event that has had the biggest global repercussions has been the political crisis in the Ukraine. Events in Kiev and the Crimea have sent diplomats across the world into frantic negotiations and consultations with their advisers. But it’s not just the political community that has taken an interest in events. The public and the media have also been eagerly watching the situation unfold, bringing the theme of international relations into everyday conversations to an extent not witnessed in several years.

We thought that this interest in international relations by way of global news would be a timely moment to consider the degree subject of international relations. If you’re due to be entering your final year of school next year and have found yourself taking a close interest in the situation in Ukraine, a degree in international relations may well be the ideal course choice for you.

Now, when thinking about what subjects you might study at university, international relations might not have been among the first to roll off your tongue. This is because, like many degree subjects, this international relations is not something you can directly study at GCSE or A Level. International relations is an example of what we call an interdisciplinary degree, meaning that it combines strands of lots of different subjects so as to be able to best understand a particular theme.

That international relations is very much an interdisciplinary subject is something that can be seen if you consider the subjects through which you will have directly encountered international relations at school. Remember the Treaty of Versailles from GCSE history? That’s international relations from a historical perspective. Studied the eurozone crisis in A Level economics? That’s the economic dimensions of international relations. Politics, business studies and modern languages are other subjects that could have brought you into contact with international relations.

This interdisciplinary nature of international relations is one of the subject’s most attractive features to many people. Some people struggle with the idea of studying just one subject at university, often because they see this prospect as a bit restrictive and samey. But an interdisciplinary degree such as international relations keeps things fresh by letting you mix and match subjects. And this isn’t just a plus point from the point of view of keeping things interesting; by completing a degree program in an interdisciplinary subject you will also be gaining a much broader range of skills than if you study just one discipline. And if there’s one thing that employers like in a graduate, it’s a varied range of skills and a track record in being able to quickly adapt to new challenges.

So if you’ve been scratching your head as to what subject to study at university and have also recently begun to take an interest in global affairs, international relations could well be the degree for you. Why not indulge your curiosity by finding out about courses in this area using our course finder?

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