Your degree in International Relations

Skills you’ll develop

While studying International Relations, you’ll customize your degree when you combine the insights and perspectives of different disciplines such as economics, geography, public health, sociology, and political science with the study of languages. You’ll develop important skills to apply toward examining global citizenship. 

These skills may include:

  • Understanding and critically reflecting on one’s role as a citizen in the world 
  • Analytical skills necessary to critically assess the dynamics and history of international politics
  • Evaluating complex policies and pressing global issues such as conflict, the environment, and poverty
  • Examining problems and proposing solutions considering multiple disciplines and perspectives
  • Conducting research, interpreting facts, and presenting coherent arguments
  • Effectively formulating creative and innovative ways to conduct diplomacy in a world of limited resources considering multiple perspectives
  • Persuasive written communication that draws on a deep theoretical and practical understanding of global issues
  • Clear and concise public speaking and debating abilities that demonstrate critical thinking and carefully-reasoned arguments

Explore career possibilities

Career opportunities vary widely across a range of fields including public and international affairs, foreign and public policy, business administration, law, journalism, consulting, education, and others

There are many career paths that can combine your academics, skills, and experience with your different interests. Read through the job titles below for ideas. Some career options may require further education or training.

Visit the National Occupational Classification website to research basic requirements and responsibilities of jobs in your field.

  • Campaign manager
  • Charitable organization director
  • Communications manager
  • Community worker
  • Copywriter
  • Customs broker
  • Customs officer
  • Diplomat
  • Economic analyst
  • Economic development officer
  • Elections officer
  • Event planner
  • Financial planner
  • Foreign service officer
  • Government official
  • Human resources manager
  • Human rights officer
  • Immigration officer
  • Insurance agent
  • Intelligence analyst
  • Intelligence investigator
  • International development worker
  • Journalist
  • Labour organizer
  • Labour relations mediator
  • Lawyer
  • Lobbyist
  • Market analyst
  • Market researcher
  • Media relations manager
  • Member of Parliament
  • News analyst
  • Ombudsperson
  • Parliamentary assistant
  • Policy advisor
  • Political organizer
  • Political risk analyst 
  • Public affairs officer
  • Public opinion interviewer
  • Public relations specialist
  • Social policy researcher
  • Speech writer
  • Teacher/Professor
  • Trade development director

Make the most of your program

Your experiences will open doors to new opportunities and help you understand your values and interests.

Build your network

Employers often hire people they know, so help them get to know you. You can build your network through clubs, classes, informational interviews, and more. There are so many ways to make connections and find mentors.

The professional associations below are also great resources for meeting people, learning about specific industries, and accessing job and volunteer opportunities. Most have reduced membership rates for students and new grads.

Connect with alumni on LinkedIn

Find UBC International Relations graduates on LinkedIn to learn about where they’re working, and their career and academic paths.

More information

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