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Politics

Entry Year: 2022

2 study options

Politics BA (Hons)

Key information

Degree
BA (Hons)
Duration
3 years
Start
September 2022
UCAS code
L202
Institution code
Q50
Entry Requirements
Full entry requirements
UK fees
£9,250*
International fees
Fees for 2021 entry will appear here shortly

*These fees are for the 2020-21 academic year and are provided as a guideline. Fees for 2021-22 have not yet been set.

Politics with Year Abroad BA (Hons)

Key information

Degree
BA (Hons)
Duration
4 years
Start
September 2022
UCAS code
L20Y
Institution code
Q50
Entry Requirements
Full entry requirements
UK fees
£9,250*
International fees
Fees for 2021 entry will appear here shortly

*These fees are for the 2020-21 academic year and are provided as a guideline. Fees for 2021-22 have not yet been set.

Overview

Study power, identity, conflict and society, as well as the systems and organisations that govern the world.

A degree in politics from Queen Mary can lead to domestic and international careers in government, education, media, business and beyond. You'll graduate with the skills needed to analyse and make sense of our ever-changing world.

Our single honours BA is taught by academics who have close links to the world of British and International politics. The programme is designed to give you an excellent grounding in the discipline, covering political theory, ideas and ideologies, and government and institutions. You'll also explore comparative politics, which considers the different national and international political institutions in Britain, the USA, Europe and much of the developing world.

As you progress in your studies you can choose modules according to your areas of interest – including a final-year internship allowing you to work with a Member of Parliament.

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Structure

You can complete your 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.

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 Pollitics 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.

Testimonial

I really enjoy the discussions that take place in seminars. Trying to defend your point of view, whilst hearing the other side, allows everyone to see the strengths and weaknesses in both arguments. This enhances everyone’s understanding of the issues and allows you to challenge your own beliefs, which ultimately develops you as a person.

Alfie Joe Sudhir Khadka, Politics (2019)

Teaching

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 per 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 Mile End Institute, a major discussion forum that specialises in contemporary British politics, featuring regular high-profile speakers,
  • the Centre for European Research, which is a Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence, welcomes which welcomes students and academics interested in learning and researching on all matters relating to Europe.

Entry requirements

BTEC

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.

Careers

Our Politics 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.

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 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.

Unistats data for these courses

Politics - BA (Hons)

Politics 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.