This undergraduate honours degree explores the relationship between government and society, examining the major issues in politics today. With the course’s global outlook, you’ll be able to specialise in the politics of countries and regions that interest you including Africa, Europe, Latin America, the UK, USA or the Middle East.
In the most recent Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey, 100% of all 2017 graduates from this course were in work or further study within six months.
Our Politics BA (Hons) degree will provide you with a thorough grounding in the concept and nature of politics, and the institutions and structures engaged in political decision-making. You’ll explore the different kinds of decision makers, how they operate within their government systems and the impact they have on the politics of cities, regions and countries.
The course is designed to provide you with an understanding of modern global politics at local, national and international levels, later allowing you to specialise and gain in-depth knowledge in topics that interest you. There’s an array of modules to choose from in your second and third years, allowing you to study subjects and concepts such as citizenship, authority, ethics, gender, equality, the media and culture, diplomacy, foreign policy and political ideologies.
Our dynamic teaching team have extensive research and teaching experience. They are leading figures in professional organisations such as the Political Studies Association and the British International Studies Association. They’ll be able to expertly guide you through the discipline of politics and provide valuable career insight.
Your future career prospects and learning outcomes are central to this course. In your final year, you’ll be able to choose between a research project and a work placement, allowing you to tailor your learning style to different modes of assessment and gain practical experience.
The University hosts various politics-related events. In the past these have included Brexit: Have we shrunk your world? and Congress to Campus after which some former members of the Congress give rare and personal insight into the world of US politics. Events like these, alongside opportunities to study abroad, offer innovative approaches to learning and position academic knowledge in the context of current affairs.
We pride ourselves on providing a variety of innovative and traditional assessment methods, which will allow you to play to your strengths.
In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should have:
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 our Politics (including foundation year) BA (Hons) degree.
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.
To study a degree at London Met, you must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. If you require a Tier 4 student visa you may need to provide the results of a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.
If you need (or wish) to improve your English before starting your degree, the University offers a Pre-sessional Academic English course to help you build your confidence and reach the level of English you require.
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.
Modules for this course are to be confirmed. Please check back at a later date or call our course enquiries team on +44 (0)20 7133 4200 for details.
"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, former student
By the end of the degree you'll be ready for a career in organisations including local government, central government departments, diplomatic services, domestic and international businesses, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and the media.
Our recent graduates have found success in the Civil Service, business, and as researchers for Members of Parliament.
This degree is also a gateway to further postgraduate study at postgraduate level.
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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Apply to us for September 2019
Applying for a full-time undergraduate degree starting this September is quick and easy – simply call our Clearing hotline on or complete our online Clearing application form.
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 looking to study part-time should apply direct to the University. If you require a Tier 4 (General) student visa, please be aware that you will not be able to study as a part-time student at undergraduate level.
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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