Royal Holloway, University of London

Degree level: Undergraduate

Politics, International Relations and Modern Languages (French)

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Politics, International Relations and Modern Languages explores the key areas of contemporary European politics and international relations, and combines these with the in-depth study of German language, society and culture. Taught in partnership between the Department of Politics and International Relations and the School of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures, this course is informed by the outstanding research and international outlook of both departments. The politics element of the course provides an introduction to the working of international relations and the growth of Europe as a political entity. This includes research into areas such as Brexit, the European Union’s Budget, the European Parliament, security, international diplomacy, and the use of military force, as well as European languages and cultures. Your second and final year courses in European politics and international relations will be taught by Giacomo Benedetto, who holds a Jean Monnet professorship in European integration awarded by the European Union. As a modern linguist, you will not only learn to speak and write fluently, you will also develop excellent communication and research skills and combine language proficiency with cross-cultural perspectives. As a part of Royal Holloway’s close-knit international community based in our beautiful historic campus, you will be within easy reach of London. You will also have the exciting opportunity to spend a year working, teaching or studying in a German-speaking country, when you will immerse yourself in the language and culture and truly broaden your horizons. Among the institutions we have exchange links with are two of Germany’s most respected universities for politics and international relations - the Ludwig-Maximilian’s University of Munich and the University of Konstanz. In the event of a no-deal Brexit, we will commit to providing 2019 and 2020 entry students with a subsidy equivalent to current Erasmus+ funding (where this would have previously been funded by the Erasmus+ scheme). To find out more visit the Erasmus+ page.

  • Study with leading experts on Brexit and EU Budgets.
  • Taught in partnership with the School of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures.
  • Spend a year of study and/or work in a French-speaking country.
  • Gain written and verbal fluency in French.
  • Other language options in German (R200), Italian (R300) and Spanish (R401).

Course details


Core Modules Year 1 Introduction to International Relations Introduction to Politics and Government You will take one of the following modules in French depending on your language proficiency: French Language: Culture and Translation French Ab Initio Written I French Ab Initio Oral I French Advanced Oral I French Advanced Written I Year 2 Understanding the European Union: Politics and Theory You will take one of the following modules in French depending on your language proficiency: Pratique du Français II Intensive French for Beginners II Advanced French Translation: Skills and Practice Year 3 Year Abroad Year 4 European Union Public Policy You will take the following module in French: Pratique du Français III Optional Modules There are a number of optional course modules available during your degree studies. The following is a selection of optional course modules that are likely to be available. Please note that although the College will keep changes to a minimum, new modules may be offered or existing modules may be withdrawn, for example, in response to a change in staff. Applicants will be informed if any significant changes need to be made. Year 1 Optional modules in French may include: All modules are core Year 2 International Relations Theory Democracy in Britain Contemporary Political Theory International Political Economy Political Behaviour War and Security in World Politics Modern Political Thought International Organisations The Politics of Human Rights Introduction to Political Communication Optional modules in German may include: Death, Desire, Decline: Thomas Mann and Franz Kafka Love and Marriage in Major Novels by Theodor Fontane Representations of Childhood and Youth in Modern German Culture Year 4 Power and Money in the European Union Dissertation in Politics and/or IR The British in India: a Social and Political History Contemporary Middle East Politics US Foreign Policy Comparative Foreign Policy Young People's Politics Leadership, Power and the British Prime Minister Visual Politics Understanding China's Rise: Domestic Politics and Foreign Policy Global Energy Policy Refugees and Migration in World Politics American Political Development The Politics of Russia and Eastern Europe The Politics of International Development Issues in Democratic Theory Political Theories of Freedom Defence and Security Governance Military Change in the 21st Century Leaders and Political Communication Global Healthy Policy Political Protest European Union Foreign Policy Optional modules in German may include: Doubles, Devils, and Deadly Spiders: 19th-Century German Gothic Literature Narrative and Identity: The German Novel from the 18th to the 21st Century Dream Factories: Recent German Film Dark Tales: E.T.A. Hoffmann and German Romanticism National Socialism and the Third Reich in German Film and Visual Culture from 1933 to the Present

Assessment method

The course has a modular structure, whereby you will take 14 units at the rate of four per year in the first, second and fourth years, plus two in the third year, which is spent working or studying abroad. Most modules contain an element of assessed coursework, which contributes to the final mark awarded. Your first year is formative, though your results will determine whether you can progress to the second year. Your second and fourth year results, alongside those of the third year spent abroad, will contribute to your final degree classifcation. Work completed in your fourth year will count for a larger proportion of the result. You will be assigned a personal tutor who will provide you with support, guidance and advice throughout your studies. You will also have access to the comprehensive e-learning facility Moodle, which features lecture handouts and other supporting materials, such as lecture slides, quizzes, video clips, and links to relevant academic journal articles.

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  • Year 1

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £17700 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
International £17700 Year 1

Additional fee information

The tuition fee for UK undergraduates is controlled by Government regulations. For students starting a degree in the academic year 2020/21, the fee will be £9,250 for that year. The Government has also confirmed that EU nationals starting a degree in 2020/21 will pay the same fee as UK students for the duration of their course. The fee for UK undergraduates starting in 2021/22 has not yet been confirmed. For EU nationals starting a degree in 2021/22, the UK Government has confirmed that you will not be eligible to pay the same fees as UK students, nor be eligible for funding from the Student Loans Company. This means you will be classified as an international student. At Royal Holloway, we wish to support our EU students through this transition. For eligible EU students starting their course with us in September 2021, we will award an automatic fee reduction which brings your fee into line with the fee paid by UK students. This will apply for the duration of your course. Fees for international students may increase year-on-year in line with the rate of inflation. The policy at Royal Holloway is that any increases in fees will not exceed 5% for continuing students. For further information see fees and funding and our terms and conditions. Fees shown above are for 2020/21 and are displayed for indicative purposes only. These estimated costs relate to studying this particular degree programme at Royal Holloway. Costs, such as accommodation, food, books and other learning materials and printing etc., have not been included.
Politics, International Relations and Modern Languages (French) at Royal Holloway, University of London - UCAS