This exciting and broad-based degree gives you a sophisticated understanding of how countries relate to each other, as well as fluency in a major world language.
Core modules will introduce you to topics such as security and international politics while building your written and spoken French skills. We also offer an impressive variety of optional modules, allowing you to pursue the areas of each subject that really interest you. You could even work on skills like translating or interpreting, and you'll spend a year working or studying overseas to gain first-hand experience of a Francophone culture.
You could study topics as diverse as Francophone Africa, political theory, French cinema, terrorism, US foreign policy and the complex political issues of Pacific Asia. From the Algerian War of Independence to the rise of extreme right parties in modern Europe, this course balances cultural awareness and language skills with a fascinating insight into the forces that shape global politics.
Leeds offers great facilities for language students. Digital language labs, audio/video practice booths and Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL) are all available in our fully-equipped Language Zone. There's also an extensive lending library of foreign films and newspapers as well as other on-demand resources.
Our Interpreter Training Suites also offer you the chance to explore a career in interpreting, and our Electronic Resource Information Centre houses specialised computing facilities to support translation studies.
A joint honours degree allows you to study the same core topics as students on each single honours course, but you'll take fewer optional and discovery modules so you can fit in both subjects.
You'll spend your first year exploring the key concepts and issues in international relations, considering the ways in which politics is conducted across the globe. You'll also improve your spoken and written French and take one of our Cornerstone modules, which help you make connections between your subjects.
This will prepare you for the rest of your degree. You'll balance core modules in language and the principles of international relations with optional modules that allow you to tailor your degree to your interests. You'll be able to work on topics from political issues in Africa, translation and interpreting or politics and society in Israel.
You'll spend your third year working or studying in a Francophone country, improving your language skills and immersing yourself in the local culture. In your final year, you'll even demonstrate the skills and knowledge you've acquired throughout the degree by independently researching a dissertation on a topic of your choice.
These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
Entry requirements, fees and applying
A-level: ABB including A in French.
A Joint Honours degree in French and International Relations could be the starting point for exploring a wide range of ideas. You'll be fluent in a major world language, and you'll have an in-depth understanding of the global political landscape. Moreover, you'll also have valuable transferable skills that appeal to employers in all industries.
As well as political, commercial and cultural awareness, you'll be an excellent communicator with strong presentation skills. You'll be able to think critically and analyse complex information before drawing your own conclusions. Spending time abroad will prove your resilience and independence, but you'll also be confident working within a team. By juggling two different subjects, you will also have developed invaluable organisational skills.
Graduates have succeeded in careers like diplomacy, journalism, business and finance, education, the media, marketing and the civil service. Many have pursued language-based roles in translating or interpreting, or gone into postgraduate training in these areas.
We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That's one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.
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Study abroad and work placements
You'll spend your third year in France or another Francophone country, immersing yourself in local culture and cultivating your language skills.
We have partnerships with a number of universities in the region where you could study, or you could undertake a work placement. You could even work as a language assistant in a school under the British Council's programme.
Whatever you choose to do, you'll gain a new insight into a French-speaking society as well as valuable experience of adapting to another culture. If you choose to work during your time there, you'll also return with work experience to increase your appeal to employers. For many of our students, it's the real highlight of their course.
Read more about Residence Abroad in French