Politics and International Relations

Entry Year: 2019

2 Study Options

Politics and International Relations BA (Hons)

Key information

Degree
BA (Hons)
Duration
3 years
Start
September 2019
UCAS code
L240
Institution code
Q50
Typical A-Level offer
Grades ABB at A-Level. Excludes General Studies and Critical Thinking.
Full entry requirements
UK/EU fees
£9,250*
International fees
£15,400*

*These fees are for the 2018-19 academic year and are provided as a guideline. Fees for 2019-20 have not yet been set.

Politics and International Relations with Year Abroad BA (Hons)

Key information

Degree
BA (Hons)
Duration
4 years
Start
September 2019
UCAS code
L24Y
Institution code
Q50
Typical A-Level offer
Grades AAB at A-Level. Excludes General Studies and Critical Thinking.
Full entry requirements
Fees
Fees for this course are not available yet. Please contact the Fees Office for more information.
Politics and International Relations

Overview

Gain a world-class education in international relations theory and modern political thought.

This degree will give you a comprehensive view of the interlinking disciplines of politics and international relations. You'll achieve a firm understanding of government, political thought, empirical and theoretical approaches to international relations, and how multiple levels of political governance – national, regional and international – interact in the world.

The programme offers a huge variety of module options, allowing you to specialise in particular themes, topics and areas. You can examine global ethics, US foreign policy, race and racism in world politics or the intricacies of the European Union. You may also choose modules from other schools, covering subjects such as English, history, geography and languages.

You have the opportunity to study abroad in your third year, immersing yourself in the culture and politics of another country.

Structure

You can complete your Politics and International Relations degree in three or four years. If you choose to do a year abroad this will take place in Year 3 and Year 3 modules will instead be studied in Year 4.

Year 1

Compulsory

  • Introduction into Politics
  • Introduction to International Relations
  • Political Analysis
  • Thinking Politically: Introduction to concepts, theories and ideologies

Choose from

  • Background to British Politics
  • Global Histories

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year 2

Compulsory

  • International Relations Theory
  • Modern Political Thought 1
  • Researching Everyday Politics

Choose from

  • Accountability and Complexity in British Government
  • Colonialism, Capitalism and Development
  • Comparative European Politics I - Context and Institutional Development
  • Comparative European Politics II - Issues and Performance
  • European Integration
  • Modern Political Thought 2
  • Modernity: Theories of State, Economy and Society
  • Political Research
  • Politics of International Law
  • Power and Legitimacy in British Politics
  • Power in Global Governance
  • The International Politics of Security
  • The International Politics of the Developing World
  • US Politics
  • War in World Politics

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year 3

Compulsory

  • Dissertation in Politics/International Relations

Choose from

  • Africa and International Politics
  • American Politics, Carceral State and Social Movements
  • British Economic and Social Policy Since 1945 – Ideas, Interests and Institutions
  • British Economic and Social Policy Since 1945 – Independent Research
  • Contemporary Russian Politics
  • Doing International Politics
  • Gender and Politics
  • Globalisation: Issues and Debates
  • Global Politics of Health and Disease
  • Justice in a Global City
  • Latin American Politics
  • Nationalism & Ethnicity in International Relations
  • Parliamentary Studies
  • Parliamentary Studies (Internship)
  • Political Violence and Liberal Modernity
  • Politics of South Asia
  • Politics of South Asia – Independent Research
  • Populism: A Global Perspective
  • Populism in 21st Century Europe
  • Race and Racism in World Politics
  • Race and Racism in World Politics: Independent Research
  • Radical Politics
  • Radical Politics Today – Independent Research
  • The Politics of the Post-Colonial Middle East
  • US Foreign Policy
  • Utopia and Dystopia: Political, Economic and Literary Dreamworlds
  • Utopia and Dystopia: Political, Economic and Literary Dreamworlds: Independent Research

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

In each year you may also choose some modules from outside the School of Politics and International Relations.

In 2017, we introduced the QMUL Model to all our degrees. For further information on this initiative please visit QMUL Model.

Year abroad

Go global and spend your third academic year abroad. Queen Mary has links with universities in Europe, North America, Asia and Australia (partnerships vary for each degree programme).

Find out more about study abroad opportunities at Queen Mary.

Testimonial

I believe it is important, now more than ever, for people to be aware of what is happening in our world beyond what can be learned through the news. Our world is undergoing fast changes and this course helps me analyse and understand them better.

Teaching and Facilities

Teaching and learning

You’ll receive approximately eight to 12 hours of weekly contact time, in the form of formal lectures and small group seminars. The seminars are designed to generate informed discussion around set topics, and may involve student presentations, group exercises and role-play as well as open discussion.

You’ll complete a further 20 hours of independent study a week.

Assessment

Students are assessed by a combination of coursework and exams. A few modules are assessed by coursework only.

Resources and facilities

The School offers excellent on-campus resources to aid your studies, including:

  • events throughout the year such as public debates, film nights and book launches which attract diverse audiences and offer networking opportunities
  • the Centre for European Research, which welcomes students and academics interested in learning and researching on all matters relating to Europe
  • the Mile End Institute, a major policy centre that specialises in contemporary British politics, featuring regular high-profile speakers.

Entry requirements

Politics and International Relations - BA (Hons)

A-LevelGrades ABB at A-Level. Excludes General Studies and Critical Thinking.
IBInternational Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum of 32 points overall, including 6,5,5 from three Higher Level subjects.
BTECSee our detailed subject and grade requirements
Access HEWe consider applications from students with the Access to Higher Education Diploma. The minimum academic requirement is to achieve 60 credits overall, with 45 credits at Level 3, of which 15 credits must be at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit or higher. Applications are considered on a case by case basis. Due to the high volume of applications, we do not make offers of study purely on the basis of meeting grade requirements.
GCSEMinimum five GCSE passes including English and Maths at grade C or 4.
EPQAlternative offers may be made to applicants taking the Extended Project Qualification.
Contextualised admissionsWe consider every application on its individual merits and will take into consideration your individual educational experiences and context. More information on how academic schools and programmes use this information as part of the admissions process, can be found on our contextualised admissions pages.

Politics and International Relations with Year Abroad - BA (Hons)

A-LevelGrades AAB at A-Level. Excludes General Studies and Critical Thinking.
IBInternational Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum of 34 points overall, including 6,6,5 from three Higher Level subjects.
BTECSee our detailed subject and grade requirements
Access HEWe consider applications from students with the Access to Higher Education Diploma. The minimum academic requirement is to achieve 60 credits overall, with 45 credits at Level 3, of which 15 credits must be at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit or higher. Applications are considered on a case by case basis. Due to the high volume of applications, we do not make offers of study purely on the basis of meeting grade requirements.
GCSEMinimum five GCSE passes including English and Maths at grade C or 4.
EPQAlternative offers may be made to applicants taking the Extended Project Qualification.
Contextualised admissionsWe consider every application on its individual merits and will take into consideration your individual educational experiences and context. More information on how academic schools and programmes use this information as part of the admissions process, can be found on our contextualised admissions pages.

Non-UK students

We accept a wide range of European and international qualifications in addition to A-levels, the International Baccalaureate and BTEC qualifications. Please visit International Admissions for full details.

If your qualifications are not accepted for direct entry onto this degree, consider applying for a foundation programme.

English language

Find out more about our English language entry requirements, including the types of test we accept and the scores needed for entry to the programme.

You may also be able to meet the English language requirement for your programme by joining a summer pre-sessional programme before starting your degree.

Further information

See our general undergraduate entry requirements.

Funding

Loans and grants

UK students accepted onto this course are eligible to apply for tuition fee and maintenance loans from Student Finance England or other government bodies.

Scholarships and bursaries

Queen Mary offers a generous package of scholarships and bursaries, which currently benefits around 50 per cent of our undergraduates.

Scholarships are available for home, EU and international students. Specific funding is also available for students from the local area. International students may be eligible for a fee reduction. We offer means-tested funding, as well as subject-specific funding for many degrees.

Find out what scholarships and bursaries are available to you.

Support from Queen Mary

We offer specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.

Take a look at our Student Advice Guides which cover ways to finance your degree, including:

  • additional sources of funding
  • planning your budget and cutting costs
  • part-time and vacation work
  • money for lone parents.

Career opportunities

School of Politics and International Relations graduates are highly employable, with invaluable political knowledge and research, analytical and communication skills that open doors to a huge variety of roles. They move into domestic and international careers both inside and outside the political sphere – predominantly in government, policy research, education, media and business.

Recent graduates from the School of Politics and International Relations have been hired by:

  • AMAR
  • House of Commons
  • Labour Party
  • PwC
  • Scodie Deyong
  • UK Home Office.

Career support

You'll have access to bespoke careers support every step of your degree, including one-to-one academic guidance, tailored workshops and career webinars.
Our careers team can also offer:

  • specialist advice on choosing a career path
  • support with finding work experience, internships and graduate jobs
  • feedback on CVs, cover letters and application forms
  • interview coaching.

Learn more about career support and development at Queen Mary.

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About the School

The School of Politics and International Relations at Queen Mary is invested in high-quality teaching, and we pride ourselves on our friendly and informal approach. Our staff are active researchers with diverse interests, from British politics to the Middle East, which is reflected in our teaching and the breadth of our programmes.

Our location in one of the world’s greatest capital cities is hard to beat. Home to the nation’s Parliament, political think tanks and economic powerhouses, London is where all the action takes place. We host a range of high-profile speakers on campus, and offer students regular contact with Westminster, Whitehall and the third sector through our events.

Students can also take advantage of the Mile End Institute, a major policy centre based at Queen Mary which brings together policymakers, academics and local communities to address national political challenges.

Why Queen Mary?

Fifth in the UK for percentage of research ranked 4* and 3* (REF 2014)

5th in the UK

Fifth in the UK for percentage of research ranked 4* and 3* (REF 2014)

Russell Group

Member of the Russell Group of leading UK universities

Global top 50

Global top 50

English, drama, and law ranked in the global top 50 (QS Subject rankings 2018)