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Politics - BA (Hons)

Why study this course?

Who has the power to make decisions that affect us? How do they obtain and exercise that power? These are just a few of the questions you’ll address in this unique and stimulating course. Taught by expert lecturers, you’ll learn about a variety of issues including citizenship and cyberspace, authority, ethics, equality, political economy and political ideologies that have shaped and are shaping the contemporary world.

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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The course provides a thorough grounding in the study of politics. You’ll determine and explore the decision makers and how policies are made at a variety of levels including the local, regional, national, European, international and global.

There are also excellent opportunities to specialise in particular areas such as public policy, political philosophy, or a particular location - Africa, the Middle East, China and Asia, or the United States, for example.

Our dynamic expert staff have extensive research and teaching experience and many are leading figures in the academic world in professional organisations such as the Political Studies Association and the British International Studies Association.

Employability is central to every module and we have links with many political institutions and organisations in London and beyond. You’ll be able to opt for a research project or work placement in your final year, or to study abroad. Our students have gained new skills working with NGOs, MPs, local and national government, embassies, the United Nations and Amnesty International.



The course combines both formative and summative assessment opportunities, embracing a variety of methods including: essays, reports, exams, seminar performance, seminar presentations (both individual and group), portfolios, blogs, policy documents, dissertations, learning logs and book reviews. The majority will be tutor assessed, but a number will be peer-reviewed in seminars.

The strategy is designed to maximise the development of subject specific skills and employability skills appropriate to each level of the degree.

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 and five GCSEs of 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 relevant professional qualifications or extensive professional experience will also be considered on a case by case basis.

Applicants with international qualifications and mature applicants are very welcome.

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.

The degree provides you with a broad perspective on the discipline of politics and its philosophical, theoretical, historical and practical aspects, and enhances your ability to understand the complex forces shaping politics in the contemporary world.

It is divided into three levels with core modules and an increasing range of options as you progress your studies.

Level one topics include:

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

Year two topics include:

  • Governance and Public Policy
  • Political Theory
  • Approaches to International Relations and Foreign Policy

Optional topics include:

  • Media and Culture
  • Politics of the European Union
  • American Government
  • American Foreign Policy
  • The Politics of the Middle East

Year three topics include:

  • The Politics of Modern States
  • Research Project or Work Placement

Optional topics include:

  • Modern British Politics
  • Human Rights and Social Justice
  • Chinese and Asian Politics and Development
  • International Aid and Development
  • African Politics

"I really like the fact that we have a wide choice of modules and can combine studying other subjects. The teaching is very well structured. The first year introductory subjects give us the basis for study in future years. I liked doing a report which is very useful in real life and seminars have given me confidence to speak in public. I love everything about London, the different cultures and the many international students. I get to meet people from all over the world and learn about their experiences. I love the social life and clubs. I joined the University United Nations Society and helped run an event with the Bulgarian Ambassador that went really well." Plamena Solakova

By the end of the course you will be ready for careers in organisations ranging from local government, central government departments, diplomatic services, the United Nations and the European Union, to domestic and international businesses, non-governmental organisations and the media.

Recent graduates have embarked on careers in the Civil Service: UK Department for International Development; as a local government officer; political researcher; or undertaken postgraduate study.

Some of our graduates have become Members of Parliament and famous public relations “spin doctors”!

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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