International Politics (Paris)

Entry Year: 2020

Key information

BA (Hons)
3 years
September 2020
UCAS code
Institution code
Typical A-Level offer
Grades ABB at A-Level. Excludes General Studies and Critical Thinking.
Full entry requirements
Fees for this course are not available yet. Please contact the Fees Office for more information.
International Politics (Paris)


Immerse yourself in French culture and politics at the prestigious University of London Institute in Paris.

Taught in English by Queen Mary academics, our BA in International Politics focuses on the practical aspects of international politics in contemporary society while giving students a unique chance to live and study in the French capital.

You'll benefit from an intellectually stimulating degree that draws from both institutions’ distinctive academic strengths. The programme explores how state, non-state, governmental and non-governmental actors perform international politics on the world stage, and the theories and methods of understanding their actions. You'll carry out field work engaging with political actors, sites and practices, and share your learnings with your peers in a collaborative seminar.

Proficiency in French is not an entry requirement, but you’ll have the opportunity to learn the language by undertaking supplementary courses in French, or a Minor in French Studies – and gain a valuable transferable skill that will open doors to international career opportunities.

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You can complete your International Politics 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

  • Doing International Politics (1): Theories
  • Introduction to International Politics
  • Learning Lab: Field Experience (Actors)
  • French Minor

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year 2

  • Doing International Politics (2): Methods
  • Learning Lab: Field Experience (Sites)
  • Sites of International Politics

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year 3

  • Dissertation
  • Doing International Politics (3): Practices
  • Learning Lab: Field Experience (Practices)

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year abroad

This programme is taught at the University of London Institute in Paris. You can apply for our International Politics BA with a Year Abroad, spending your third academic year at one of our partner universities. This will help you to expand your knowledge of another culture and even learn a new language. All teaching is delivered in English.

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 and what the progression requirements are.


The main reason I chose International Politics at ULIP was due to how contemporary and creative the course content is. I’ve really enjoyed the small class sizes, it has given us the unique opportunity to have constant debates with the tutors and other students, enhancing our understanding of the subject. 


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.


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

Resources and facilities

The University of London Institute has a library and IT facilities for your use.

Entry requirements

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.

Alternative offers may be made to applicants taking the Extended Project Qualification.

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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.


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. Students who are applying for funding through Student Finance Wales are not eligible for tuition fee and maintenance loans.

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.


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.

About the Schools

School of Politics and International Relations

We’re a growing School invested in high-quality teaching, and we pride ourselves on our friendly and informal approach. Our London location is home to the nation’s Parliament, political think tanks and economic powerhouses, we host high-profile speakers, and we offer students regular contact with Westminster, Whitehall and the third sector.

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.

University of London Institute in Paris

The University of London Institute in Paris is a long-standing British university in the centre of the French capital.

Our learning community is diverse, with students from all around the world. Undergraduate degrees typically have small cohorts, so you're never lost in the crowd.

As a student with us, you'll benefit from a high level of academic and pastoral support. You’ll be taught in English and graduate with a prestigious degree from Queen Mary University of London.

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