School of Languages, Linguistics and Film

IFP for Politics and International Relations

Your QM Education

  • you prepare for a degree in Politics or International Relations at a Russell Group university

  • you attend seminars and lectures given by our brilliant teaching team, all highly qualified and experienced members of QMUL staff

  • you receive personal attention and support to achieve your full potential; external examiners consistently highlight the excellent standards in teaching and support


"The School of Politics and International Relations at Queen Mary regularly recruits students from the IFP. We've found it provides a great preparation, both in terms of skills and knowledge, for anyone who wants to ensure they're primed and ready to start an undergraduate degree in the UK.""

Professor Ray Kiely, Director of Admissions, School of Politics and International Relations







Programme Structure


Compulsory : English Language and Study Skills, Introduction to Politics

Optional: choose TWO from: Introduction to Business and Management, Introduction to Film Studies, Introduction to Human Geography I, Liberal Arts I : the Making of the Modern World, Introduction to English Literature, Twentieth Century History I : 1900-1945, Microeconomics*, Pure Mathematics for Economics, French Language and Culture, Spanish Language and Culture, Japanese Language and Culture



Compulsory : Independent Study Project, Introduction to International Relations

Optional : choose ONE from: Management, European and American Art Cinema, The Human Geography of London, Liberal Arts II : the Making of Modern Britain, Introduction to American Literature, Twentieth Century History II : 1945 - 1990, Introduction to International Relations, Macroeconomics*, Statistics for Economics, French Language and Culture, Spanish Language and Culture, Japanese Language and Culture 



Revision week and exam period.

For further details on module content, click here.

Your QM Experience

  • as an IFP student at Queen Mary, you will be a full member of both QMUL and the University of London
  • you are guaranteed accommodation on our Mile End campus**; live within the heart of our friendly and vibrant campus
  • you will experience a truly diverse international programme on a truly diverse international campus, surrounded by all the wonderful opportunities that London has to offer



  • QMUL PROGRESSION: if you achieve an average grade of 60 in your second semester modules with 60 in Introduction to International Relations, you can progress to the prestigious School of Politics and International Relations at QMUL, which offers a range of degree specialisms and combinations - click here for more details
  • The School of Politics and International Relations (SPIR) at Queen Mary is highly ranked for research and for teaching quality.  On the IFP you will be taught by SPIR faculty who will also teach you on your degree programme, so the programme gives you a real head start for your future degree
  • universities throughout the UK welcome applications from students on the IFP for History, and excellent support is provided for any applications to other institutions; in recent years our students have gone on to study Politics or International Relations and related subjects at King’s College London, SOAS, Royal Holloway University of London. 




*Economics modules can only be taken alongside Maths modules 

**To qualify for guaranteed accommodation on campus, you must accept a conditional or unconditional offer and apply for campus accommodation by the 31st of May