Politics and Sociology

Entry Year: 2020

2 study options

Politics and Sociology BA (Hons)

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BA (Hons)
3 years
September 2020
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Politics and Sociology with Year Abroad BA (Hons)

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BA (Hons)
4 years
September 2020
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Politics and Sociology


The personal is political: explore the links between politics and the social structures of the modern world.

This exciting new degree examines the relationship between the social and economic structures of societies and political change. Drawing on a range of political and social theories; we examine why in an age of increasingly high living standards, many people feel disenchanted and alienated.

  • What is the relationship between the changing social structure in both Britain and the United States, such as de-industrialisation and the rise of the rustbelt, and the 2016 votes for Brexit and Donald Trump?
  • Where does power lie in Britain, the United States and the world?
  • What causes inequality within and between countries, and can current levels of inequality and poverty be justified?

You’ll learn from the School’s expert academic staff, who specialise in areas such as race, gender, class, citizenship and globalisation. Their teaching will give you a thorough understanding of sociopolitical issues, and help you to make sense of the world we live in.

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You can complete your Politics and Sociology 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


  • Introduction into Politics
  • Political Analysis
  • Sociological Analysis: Theories, Concepts, Issues
  • 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


  • Modernity: Theories of the State, Economy and Society
  • Political Research
  • Researching Everyday Politics
  • Social Theory

Choose from

  • Accountability and Complexity in British Government
  • Colonialism, Capitalism and Development
  • Comparative European Politics 1 and 2
  • European Integration
  • International Relations Theory
  • Modern Political Thought 1 and 2
  • 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


  • Dissertation in Political Sociology

Choose at least two from

  • American Politics, Carceral State and Social Movements
  • British Economic and Social Policy since 1945: Ideas, Interests and Institutions
  • Gender and Politics
  • Globalisation: Issues and Debates
  • Political Violence and Liberal Modernity
  • Populism in 21st-century Europe
  • Populism: a Global Perspective
  • Race and Racism in World Politics
  • Radical Politics Today
  • The Political Life of Security Methods
  • The Politics of the Anti-Colonial
  • Utopia and Dystopia – Independent Research
  • Utopia and Dystopia: Political, Economic and Literary Dreamworlds

Choose from

  • Africa and International Politics
  • Contemporary Russian Politics
  • Global Ethics
  • Latin American Politics
  • Nationalism and Ethnicity in International Relations
  • Parliamentary Studies
  • Political Violence and Liberal Modernity
  • Politics of South Asia
  • Socialist Political Thought
  • The European Union: Governance and Crisis
  • The International Politics of Africa
  • The Politics of Southeast Asia
  • The Politics of the Post-Colonial Middle East
  • US Foreign Policy

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.

Study options

Apply for this degree with any of the following options. Take care to use the correct UCAS code - it may not be possible to change your selection later.

Year abroad

Go global and study abroad as part of your degree – apply for our Politics and Sociology BA with a 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 and what the progression requirements are.


Teaching and learning

You’ll receive approximately 8 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 per week.


Students are assessed by a combination of coursework and written assessments. 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 Mile End Institute, a major policy centre that specialises in contemporary British politics, featuring regular high-profile speakers
  • the Centre for European Research, which welcomes students and academics interested in learning and researching on all matters relating to Europe.


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.


Our 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, journalism, media and business. Combining politics with sociology gives you the potential to apply your political knowledge in the community, public and third sectors.

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

While studying with the School of Politics and International Relations you'll have access to bespoke careers support every step of your degree, including one-to-one academic guidance, tailored workshops and external speakers on topics such as careers in public affairs and working in parliament.

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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Politics and Sociology - BA (Hons)

Politics and Sociology with Year Abroad - BA (Hons)

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.

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