London Metropolitan University

Degree level: Undergraduate

International Relations and Politics

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Course summary

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Why study this course? Examine the relationship between historical events, politics and social issues such as poverty, power, gender and race on our International Relations and Politics BA (Hons). You’ll have the freedom to explore the social movements that interest you. This could be anything from #MeToo, to the current #BlackLivesMatter drive or the Stonewall riots that started the fight for LGBTQIA+ rights in the United States. This course received a 90% overall student satisfaction score in the National Student Survey 2020 – it also received a 98% satisfaction score for teaching on the course. More about this course On this International Relations and Politics BA (Hons) degree, you’ll explore the relationship between social and political issues around the world today and study the historical events that led to current situations. We want you to tailor your degree so it’s right for you. There will be some core modules where you’ll learn about important events, theories and structures, but you’ll also have lots of flexibility to explore the topics that are important to you. You could choose to study political unrest in the Middle East, the origin of racism and its impact globally to date, how religion affects political unrest around the world, the role of social media in social movements, acts of terrorism, political spin in the UK in relation to Brexit or the global fight for equality. Our lecturers are established thinkers and influencers in their specialist topics. From them, you’ll learn key theories around diplomacy, conflict, authority and ethics. On top of this, you’ll also have the opportunity to gain practical experience via a work placement so that you’re prepared to hit the ground running when you graduate. Being based in London helps to secure work experience in a range of places, including the UK government, non-government organisations (NGOs) or international embassies. We also hold various events that you can get involved with, such as our popular Congress to Campus talk where we’re joined by former members of the US congress to shed light on the workings of American politics. There are also field trips to parliament, embassies, NGOs, museums and art galleries to solidify your understanding of international social and political events. What our students say "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 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

Course details

Modules

Year 1 modules include: Introduction to International Relations (core) Global Politics, Economy and Society (core) Peace, Conflict and Diplomacy since 1945 (core) Politics and Government (core) Open Language Programme Module (option) Year 2 modules include: Approaches to International Relations and Foreign Policy (core) Governance and Public Policy (core) Comparative Politics (core) Political Theory (core) Creating a Winning Business 1 (alt-core) Politics and International Relations: Work- Based Learning (alt-core) Immigrants and Nativists (option) Shifting Global Power (option) American Foreign Policy (option) Media and Culture (option) Politics of the Middle East (option) Politics of the European Union (option) Strategy in a Contemporary World (option) Contemporary US Politics (option) Open Language Programme Module (option) Extension of Knowledge Module (option) Year 3 modules include: International Security in an Era of Globalisation (core) The Politics of Modern States (core) Creating a Winning Business 2 (alt-core) Politics and International Relations: Work-Based Learning (alt-core) Project 1 Semester (alt-core) Project 1 Year (alt-core) Placement Module - 1 Year (alt core) Public Diplomacy and Global Communication (option) Modern British Politics (option) Human Rights and International Conflict (option) African Politics (option) Latin American Politics (option) Action and Identity: Gender and Political Participation (option) Extension of Knowledge Module (option)

Assessment method

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, and 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.


How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

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 up to date English language requirements please see: http://www.londonmet.ac.uk/international/international-admissions/application-guidance-and-entry-criteria/english-language-requirements/undergraduate-english-requirements/


Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 96 points
A level CCC Typical offer CCC (96 UCAS points from two or more A levels).
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) MMM
Access to HE Diploma D: 6 credits M: 24 credits P: 15 credits Total of 60 credits (45 credits at Level 3 and 15 credits at Level 2) from an Access to Higher Education Diploma with passes in Level 2 Communications units. QAA accredited course required.
Scottish Higher CCCCC A minimum of 105 UCAS points to include four passes at Higher level in related subjects.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 28 points A minimum of 15 points at the higher level and a minimum of 4 points in English.

English Language GCSE at grade C (grade 4 from 2017) or above (or equivalent). We accept a broad range of equivalent level qualifications, please check the UCAS tariff calculator or contact us if you are unsure if you meet the minimum entry requirements for this course. We encourage applications from international/EU students with equivalent qualifications. We also accept mature students with diverse backgrounds and experiences.


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £3300 Module
England £2310 Module
Northern Ireland £2310 Module
Scotland £2310 Module
Wales £2310 Module
Channel Islands £2310 Module
International £3300 Module

Additional fee information

These fees are for the 2021/22 academic year. Fees for new and returning students may change each year by an amount set under the government’s regulation. For further information about our undergraduate fees, please visit: londonmet.ac.uk/fees2021 Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things such as 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.
International Relations and Politics at London Metropolitan University - UCAS