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International Relations and Politics Extended Degree (including Foundation Year) - BA (Hons)

Why study this course?

If you want to study an international relations-orientated course but don’t have the usual required qualifications, this four year extended degree includes a foundation year that, if passed successfully, allows you to continue on to an undergraduate degree. You’ll learn the skills necessary for academic study such as critical thinking, research skills and essay writing. Core topics of the social and human sciences are explored in the foundation year so you'll have proper grounding in the subjects you want to explore at an undergraduate level. Courses you can progress on to include the International Relations BA, Politics BA or combined subjects such as international relations and politics, diplomacy, peace and conflict studies or law.

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The International Relations and Politics Extended Degree includes a foundation year that prepares you for the opportunity to study at an undergraduate level in the field of social sciences and humanities at London Metropolitan University.

The foundation year will ground you in the basics of the social sciences and humanities, with modules including Culture, Family and Power; Critical Thinking and Media; and Crime and Race.

Successfully complete the foundation year and choose from six core subject areas to study at an undergraduate level including International Relations BA or international relations combined with law, politics, diplomacy and more.

Our teaching staff on these courses include award winning researchers, former political councillors and previous winners of London Met’s student vote for ‘Most Inspirational Lecturer’ and ‘Best Lecturer’. Experts in their field, these staff members will help you progress in the undergraduate degree of your choice. 

Highlights of our social sciences and humanities courses can include work placements with organisations such as Amnesty International or the United Nations through our dedicated Employability Unit. Other opportunities include studying abroad in the United States, Japan, Amsterdam, Paris or elsewhere. These work placements and foreign study options are brilliant ways to boost your experience before entering the job market.


Your assessment in the foundation year will be split between coursework, exams and other methods listed below. This ensures you can display your skills in both research led and timed conditions.

Assessment variations include:

  • portfolios of reflective writing
  • digital portfolios
  • essays
  • reports
  • presentations
  • discussion and seminar skills

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

  • at least one A level (or a minimum of 40 UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification, eg BTEC Subsidiary/National/BTEC Extended Diploma)
  • English Language and Mathematics GCSEs at grade C (grade 4) or above (or equivalent, eg Functional Skills at Level 2)

If you are a mature student with significant work experience, you are invited to apply for this course on the basis of the knowledge and skills you have developed through your work.

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.

The modules listed below are for the academic year 2018/19 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.

Year 1 modules include:

  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester
    • spring semester

    This module provides a theoretical and practical introduction to the analysis, evaluation and production of argument. It will introduce students to the process of developing and supporting ideas and beliefs by evaluating how others do this and by supporting them going through the process themselves. The module will explore the importance of different points of view and the complexity that surrounds many issues. It will provide opportunities for students to relate their understanding of critical thinking and their reasoning skills to academic practices in general and, more specifically, to their pathway studies.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester
    • autumn semester

    This module provides an introduction to media, crime and deviance and ‘race’ and racism.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester
    • autumn semester

    This module introduces students to the academic skills required for undergraduate study in the Social Sciences and Humanities.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester
    • autumn semester

    Students will acquire research skills through a guided research project. They will use these as a basis for producing a short report.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • summer studies
    • spring semester

    Students will be introduced to various key areas of current research within the area of social sciences and humanities. They will analyse this research, undertake further research and this will inform their research proposal. They will give an oral presentation based on their area of research interest.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • summer studies
    • spring semester

    This module develops students’ academic skills for the effective planning and production of an essay in the Social Sciences and Humanities.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Friday morning

    This module aims to encourage students to examine a variety of economic, industrial, social and political issues that shape the experience of living in a global city. Weekly workshops, lectures and seminars will offer different dimensions of the variety of ways in which London offers contrasting experiences, competing interests or contested spaces, and these issues will be investigated further in seminar/workshops.

    This will be the first time students at level 3 attend formal lectures and seminars and they will be practising and developing key undergraduate study skills such as, note-taking, extended listening skills, pre and post lecture reading activities and reflective writing activities and understanding the etiquette of lectures.

    They will be asked in seminars to discuss issues raised in the lectures, and to engage in online activities and try out digital tools to help develop their digital learning skills. The assessment for this module will be for students to write reflectively in series of online activities and build up a digital journal on Weblearn. Success in this module depends upon regular attendance and active participation.

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

Year 0 (Level 3) modules include:

  • Culture, Family and Power
  • Critical Thinking
  • Media, Crime and Race
  • Reflecting on Self and Society
  • Researching Discrimination
  • Researching Inequality
  • Social Issues in Context: Text to Essay
  • Studying London

Modules at Year 1, 2 and 3 (levels 4, 5 and 6) are determined by the path you choose following the completion of Level 3 and other necessary maths and English qualifications.

Pathway options include:

"Lecturers have enthusiasm for the subject they teach, which in turn has fed my enthusiasm for the subject and modules. The lecturers also have a deep understanding of the subject they teach."
National Student Survey (NSS)

"The tutors were great and enthusiastic about their work They were also organised and provided us with enough materials both online or through handouts in class. They were very helpful when needed and always made me feel that I wanted to learn more about the subject. Interactive and engaging ways of studying were used across all the modules. Overall, the tutors really made my studies great."


Graduates from our international relations and politics related courses have progressed into successful careers, with job titles including: Programme Manager, Foreign Affairs Officer and English Language Instructor. The companies and organisations graduates work for include Muslim Aid, the American Cultural and Educational Centre of Bahrain, the UK Department for International Development and the United Nations.

Our undergraduate courses are also excellent preparation if you want to continue onto further study. Related postgraduate courses include our International Relations MA.

Extended degrees provide applicants with an alternative route into higher education. If you do not have traditional qualifications or cannot meet the entry requirements for an undergraduate degree, you may still be able to gain entry by completing an extended degree. Extended degrees include a Year 0, which is also known as a foundation year. Once you successfully complete your first year of study you will progress into Year 1 of an undergraduate degree.

We're investing in an exciting, multimillion pound transformation of the London Metropolitan University campus, between 2016 and 2020. We’re moving all of our activity to one place, our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching locations 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 208. 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

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.

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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