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International Relations and Politics - BA (Hons)

Why study this course?

Confronting terrorism, saving the environment, controlling nuclear arms and fighting for democracy. Explore these issues and more on this undergraduate course led by expert teachers with a range of professional experience on both the UK and international world stages. You'll have work placement opportunities with international organisations such as the United Nations and the option to study abroad in locations including France, Japan and the United States.

In the most recent (2014-15) Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey, 100% of graduates from this course were in work or further study within six months.

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This undergraduate degree lets you specialise in your desired field, whether it's politics, international relations, public policy, public management or political philosophy. You can combine this with unique modules such as American Foreign Policy, Chinese Politics and International Aid and Development.

Our expert staff have experience as councillors, international commercial negotiators, company directors and include current members of the Political Studies Association and the British International Studies Association. They regularly contribute to the BBC and other media. This wide range of experience means you'll be taught by individuals who can share professional insight and knowledge of the latest academic research.

You'll also have the opportunity to undertake a work placement to improve your career prospects. Our connections to political and international institutions around the world mean you could gain experience with the United Nations, Amnesty International or other international non-governmental organisations and businesses.

With this undergraduate course, you'll have the option to go abroad and gain further international experience. London Met gives you the chance to study in Amsterdam, Paris, Japan, the United States and more.

Assessment

You will be assessed during and at the end of modules using a variety of methods including:

  • essays
  • reports
  • learning logs
  • exams
  • seminar performance
  • individual and group seminar presentations
  • portfolios
  • blogs
  • policy documents
  • dissertations
  • book reviews

The majority of these are assessed by your tutor, but a number will be peer-reviewed in seminars. This mixed assessment strategy will maximise your development through each level of the degree, improving your subject-specific knowledge and employability.

In addition to the University’s standard entry requirements, you should have:

  • for entry in the 2016-17 academic year: 280 points from two or more A levels five GCSEs at grade C or above (or equivalent)
  • for entry in the 2017-18 academic year: a minimum grade BBC in three A levels (or a minimum of 112 UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification)
  • GCSE English at grade C (grade 4 from 2017) or above (or equivalent)
  • Mathematics GCSE is not required

Applicants with international qualifications and mature applicants are also welcome.

If you don’t have traditional qualifications or can’t meet the entry requirements for this undergraduate degree, you may still be able to gain entry by completing the International Relations and Politics Extended Degree BA (Hons).

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

Accelerated study

If you have relevant qualifications or credit from a similar course it may be possible to enter this course at an advanced stage rather than beginning in the first year. Please note, advanced entry is only available for September start. See our information for students applying for advanced entry.

Specific qualifications that may make you eligible for advanced entry to this course include a relevant foundation degree, Higher National Diploma (HND) or equivalent.

If you're studying full-time, each year (level) is worth 120 credits.

Year 1 (Level 4) modules include:

  • Introduction to International Relations
  • Politics and Government
  • Introduction to International Development
  • Peace Conflict and Diplomacy Since 1945

Year 2 (Level 5) modules include:

  • Approaches to International Relations and Foreign Policy
  • Governance and Public Policy
  • Political Theory
  • The Politics of the Middle East (option)
  • Media and Culture (option)
  • Politics of the European Union (option)
  • American Government (option)
  • American Foreign Policy (option)

Year 3 (Level 6) modules include:

  • International Relations in an Era of Globalisation
  • The Politics of Modern States
  • Research Project or Work Placement
  • International Aid and Development (option)
  • Chinese and Asian Politics and Development (option)
  • African Politics (option)
  • Human Rights and Social Justice (option)

"I really like that we have a wide choice of modules and can combine studying other subjects. The teaching is very well structured. I like doing the reports as they’re very useful in real life and the seminars have given me confidence to speak in public. I love everything about London. It’s got so many different cultures and international students - I meet people from all over the world and learn about their experiences. I love the social life and clubs too. I joined the United Nations Model Society and helped run an event with the Bulgarian Ambassador that went really well."
Plamena Solakova, International Relations and Politics BA graduate

You could follow in the footsteps of our graduates who now work for the UK Department for International Development, the United Nations, national diplomatic services, leading non-governmental organisations, businesses and have even become Members of Parliament.

The degree is also excellent preparation if you want to go on to further study or research in subjects including politics, government and international relations.

Whichever path you choose, our teaching staff have nationally-recognised expertise in developing student employability to help you promote yourself effectively in the competitive job market.

Between 2016 and 2020 we're investing £125 million in the London Metropolitan University campus, moving all of our activity to our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching location of some courses will change over time.

Whether you will be affected will depend on the duration of your course, when you start and your mode of study. The earliest moves affecting new students will be in September 2017. This may mean you begin your course at one location, but over the duration of the course you are relocated to one of our other campuses. Our intention is that no full-time student will change campus more than once during a course of typical duration.

All students will benefit from our move to one campus, which will allow us to develop state-of-the-art facilities, flexible teaching areas and stunning social spaces.

Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.

Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.

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How to apply

UK/EU students wishing to begin this course studying full-time in September 2016 should apply by calling the Clearing hotline on .

Applicants from outside the EU should refer to our guidance for international students during Clearing.

Part-time applicants should apply direct to the University online.

If you're a UK/EU applicant applying for full-time study you must apply via UCAS unless otherwise specified.

UK/EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University.

Non-EU applicants for full-time study may choose to apply via UCAS or apply direct to the University. Non-EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University, but please note that if you require a Tier 4 visa you are not able to study on a part-time basis.

All applicants applying to begin a course starting in January must apply direct to the University.

When to apply

The University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) accepts applications for full-time courses starting in September from one year before the start of the course. Our UCAS institution code is L68.

If you will be applying direct to the University you are advised to apply as early as possible as we will only be able to consider your application if there are places available on the course.

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