International Relations

Options with a degree in international relations 

A degree in International Relations equips you with a wide range of skills and knowledge that are applicable across a wide range of sectors. It is a diverse degree which allows you to investigate the complexities of relationships between different countries and apply this understanding to the world of work

These skills, along with other factors of career choice – what you like doing (your interests), what’s important to you (your values) and your personality type – will help you make informed career decisions. Remember that your career may be based on the skills you’ve gained over the course of your degree studies.

Some of the main career options with a Politics degree are:

You can find out more about these on Prospects what can I do with an international relations degree? as well as the wide variety of jobs where your skills and knowledge are applicable. Target Jobs also has very detailed information on Politics based careers which may be of interest to International relations students.

Useful resources to help with your careers research  

The website also has a full range of careers information interviews and case studies featuring numerous different roles which you can search through a selection of a few are listed below:

To help you explore the wide range of career options open to you have a look at Prospects what can I do with my degree? and take the Prospects Career Planner Quiz.


If you are interested in gaining some voluntary experience locally you may find the following websites helpful

Internships and work experience 

Finding a graduate job

General job searching sites for graduates – all disciplines 

The following websites may be helpful to search the wider job market, where your transferable skills can be applied.

Graduate schemes

Many leading UK employers across all industries run graduate training programmes, to discover the benefits of these schemes and how you apply the links below will help:

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