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  • Overview

    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.

    Specialist facilities

    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.

  • Course content

    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.

    Course structure

    These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

    Year 1

    Compulsory modules

    • Language Awareness and Skills 20 credits
    • Introduction to French Studies (Resistance and Desire) 20 credits
    • IT for LCS Students 5 credits
    • Politics, Culture and Society 20 credits
    • Comparative Politics 20 credits
    • International Politics 20 credits

    Year 2

    Compulsory modules

    • Language in Contexts 20 credits
    • Theories of International Relations 20 credits
    • Security Studies 20 credits

    Optional modules

    • The Foundations of Modern French Thought 20 credits
    • The Age of Extremes: Culture, Crisis and Commitment between the Wars 20 credits
    • Black Atlantic: African and Caribbean Culture in French 20 credits
    • Introduction to Professional Translation and Interpreting 20 credits
    • British Central Government 20 credits
    • State and Politics in Africa 20 credits
    • Analysing Data in Politics, Development and International Relations 20 credits

    Year 3

    Compulsory modules

    • Year Abroad 120 credits

    Year 4

    Compulsory modules

    • Advanced Language Skills 20 credits

    Optional modules

    • Bilingual Liaison Interpreting 20 credits
    • French as a Professional Language 20 credits
    • Gender, Sex and Cinema in France 20 credits
    • The Politics of national identity in the UK 20 credits
    • Europe in the World 20 credits
    • Crisis Diplomacy: Coercion, Sanctions and the Use of Force in International Relations 20 credits

    For more information on typical modules, read French and International Relations BA in the course catalogue

    Broadening your academic horizons

    At Leeds we want you to benefit from the depth and breadth of the University's expertise, to prepare you for success in an ever-changing and challenging world. This course gives you the opportunity to broaden your learning by studying discovery modules. Find out more on the Broadening webpages.

    Learning and teaching

    We use a wide range of teaching and learning methods so you can benefit from our tutors’ expertise. These include lectures, tutorials and seminars, as well as workshops from time to time in some modules. However, we also emphasise independent learning, since this is where you develop important research and critical skills.


    A variety of assessment methods are also used in this programme. Exams and essays are among the most popular methods we use, but group work, oral presentations and case studies may also be included in some modules. We do offer support to help you handle assessments – extra classes on topics such as exam technique and public speaking will be available throughout your time at Leeds.

  • Entry requirements, fees and applying

    Entry requirements

    A-level: ABB including A in French.

    • Access to HE Diploma

      Pass diploma with 60 credits overall, including at least 45 credits at level 3, of which 30 credits must be at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit or higher. An interview and a piece of written work may also be required. This course has additional subject specific requirements. Please contact the Admissions Office for more information.

    • BTEC

      We will consider this qualification in combination with other qualifications. Please contact the Admissions Office for more information.

    • Cambridge Pre-U

      M1, M1, M1 including French.

    • International Baccalaureate

      34 points overall with 16 at Higher Level including 6 in French at Higher Level.

    • Irish Highers (Leaving Certificate)

      H2, H2, H2, H3, H3, H3 including H2 in French

    • Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers

      BB in Advanced Highers including French and AABBB in Highers, or B in French in Advanced Highers and AAABB in Highers.

    • Welsh Baccalaureate

      The Welsh Baccalaureate is not typically included in the academic conditions of an offer made to you for this course. If you choose to undertake the Welsh Baccalaureate we would strongly encourage you to draw upon these experiences within your personal statement, as your qualification will then be taken into account both when your application is initially considered by the selection panel and again when reviewed by the admissions tutor at the time your A-level results are passed to us.

    • Other Qualifications

      European Baccalaureate: 77% including 85% in French.

    Read more about UK and Republic of Ireland accepted qualifications or contact the School’s Undergraduate Admissions Team.

    Where an applicant is taking the EPQ in a relevant subject this might be considered alongside other Level 3 qualifications and may attract an alternative offer in addition to the standard offer. If you are taking A Levels, this would be ABC at A Level including A in French and grade A in the EPQ.

    We welcome applications from mature students with Access qualifications, and from students with a wide range of qualifications.

    Alternative entry

    We’re committed to identifying the best possible applicants, regardless of personal circumstances or background.

    Access to Leeds is an alternative admissions scheme which accepts applications from individuals who might be from low income households, in the first generation of their immediate family to apply to higher education, or have had their studies disrupted.

    Find out more about Access to Leeds and alternative admissions.

    Typical Access to Leeds offer: BBC at A Level including B in French and pass Access to Leeds.


    We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. For more information, contact the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies admissions team.

    International Foundation Year Programme

    International students who do not meet the academic requirements for undergraduate study may be able to study the University of Leeds International Foundation Year. This gives you the opportunity to study on campus, be taught by University of Leeds academics and progress onto a wide range of Leeds undergraduate courses. Find out more about International Foundation Year programmes.

    English language requirements

    IELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.5 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

    International students who do not meet the English language requirements for the programme may be able to study an English for Academic Purposes pre-sessional course with a progression route to the degree programme. For information and entry requirements, read Pre-sessional programmes.

    How to apply

    Apply to this course through UCAS. The institution code for the University of Leeds is L23. Check the deadline for applications on the UCAS website.

    International students apply through UCAS in the same way as UK/EU students. Our network of international representatives can help you with your application. If you’re unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

    Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.

    Admissions policy

    School of Languages, Cultures and Societies Undergraduate Admissions Policy


    UK/EU: See fees section below

    International: £17,500 (per year)

    For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2018, the fee for 2018/19 will be £9,250. 

    The fee for undergraduate students starting in 2019 will be confirmed in September 2018.

    The fee may increase in future years of your course in line with inflation, and as permitted by law. For example, the increase of 2.8% in 2017/18 was based on the government’s forecast for the RPI-X measure of inflation.

    The UK government has confirmed that non-UK EU students in 2018-19 will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans. The UK government has not confirmed the situation for future years, so keep checking our website for updates.

    If you take a study abroad or work placement year, you’ll pay a reduced tuition fee during this period. For more information, see Study abroad and work placement tuition fees and loans.

    Read more about paying fees and charges.

    Additional cost information

    There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs

    Financial support

    If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There is help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more in our Undergraduate funding overview.

  • Career opportunities

    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.

    Careers support

    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.

    Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.

    The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.

  • Study abroad and work placements

    Residence abroad

    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