Politics and International Relations (with Integrated Foundation Year) at Goldsmiths, University of London - UCAS

Course summary

Why study BA Politics and International Relations (with Integrated Foundation Year) at Goldsmiths This degree offers a distinctive approach that combines the study of politics and international relations, giving you a broad knowledge and experience of both disciplines.

  • Our BA in Politics and International Relations (with Integrated Foundation Year) offers an alternative entry route for students without the qualifications required for degree-level study
  • Before progressing onto one of the Department of Politics and International Relations' undergraduate programmes, you will have the chance to develop your academic skills and knowledge of the subject. You are able to select the undergraduate degree you wish to study at the point of application but be able to change as you progress through the foundation pathway if your interests change
  • You will receive an introduction to the study of politics and gain a better understanding of democracy, political parties, ideologies and movements
  • Develop an understanding of the political background of contemporary issues such as Brexit, global governance, everyday conflicts around identity and culture, climate change and more
  • View politics from a range of different perspectives, such as those of feminism, post-colonial thinking, or economics
  • Learn to write about politics in useful ways, such as essays, political speeches and manifestos
  • Develop your academic skills including how to present ideas effectively in writing; read, analyse and critically respond to a range of texts; participate effectively in academic discussion; identify how research is conducted in higher education; and compare different research methodologies
  • You'll be given a grounding in some of the major aspects of politics and international relations. You'll learn about international systems and global governance political theory, UK, European and US politics, international political economy and undertake area-based studies of Asia, Africa and the Middle East
  • The Department of Politics and International Relations provides a lively interdisciplinary environment, specialising in the study of institutions and conflicts in a way that crosses boundaries between traditional understandings of political phenomena.
  • Once you progress onto Year 1 of the degree you’ll be able to choose from a wide range of module options that explore the aesthetics of terrorism, critical approaches to security, the politics of development, US politics and foreign policy, the geopolitics of the Middle East, and contemporary movements from the Arab Spring to ISIS. We offer a range of area-based modules covering the Middle East, China and East Asia, Africa and Latin America
  • We have a lively events programme that attracts renowned speakers, meaning that you'll have the opportunity to hear the latest political arguments, theories and ideas
  • Our unique Work Placement module gives you the opportunity to gain work experience relevant to the degree and we also give you the opportunity to study abroad


Year 0 Foundation Year Developing your academic skills Alongside direct preparation for an undergraduate degree in Politics with International Relations, you will take two modules with our Centre for Academic Language and Literacies (CALL). These modules will help you develop the broader academic and research skills required for undergraduate study. You will also learn how key social and political movements of the period have influenced the world we live in today through a cross-disciplinary module: Culture and Society in Post-war Britain. This module will cover topics such as 'Windrush and Migration', 'Irish Colonisation', 'Second-wave Feminism', 'Protest and Punk' and 'South-Asian Britain'. Reading and Writing Your World Building Your Research World Culture and Society in Postwar Britain Politics in an Age of Crisis Year 1 You will study the following compulsory modules: UK and European Comparative Governance and Politics Colonialism, Power, Resistance World Politics Identity, Agency & Environment 1 Identity, Agency & Environment 2 Year 2 You will study the following compulsory modules: The Goldsmiths Elective Researching Politics or Theories and Methods in International Relations Security Studies or Global Governance and World Order Modern Political Theory or Modern Britain: Politics from 1979 - today You'll also take 60 credits worth of optional modules from a list approved annually by the Department of Politics and International Relations. In your third year, you write a research dissertation (30 credits) and then choose from a list of optional modules provided annually by the department to a value of 90 credits. This includes the option of a Work Placement module, worth 15 credits. Work Placement module This optional module gives students experience of working in a range of organisations in the NGO sector such as charities, think-tanks and pressure groups, bodies connected with international organisations, appropriate businesses, and political parties. Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.

Assessment method

You’ll be assessed by a variety of methods that broaden your academic skillset, depending on your module choices. These include coursework assignments such as essays, case studies, critical commentaries, presentations and personal reflections.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

You are also required to have achieved a Level 2 qualification in GCSE English at Grade 4 or above. For candidates who have not studied any Level 3 qualifications in the last two years, there are no formal qualifications required for admission, but you will need to demonstrate that you can benefit from the programme by undertaking an additional admissions process. This may involve an interview or request for the submission of written information used to assess suitability to study.

English language requirements

If English isn’t your first language, you will need an IELTS score (or equivalent English language qualification) of 6.0 to study this programme.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

No fee information has been provided for this course

Tuition fee status depends on a number of criteria and varies according to where in the UK you will study. For further guidance on the criteria for home or overseas tuition fees, please refer to the UKCISA website .

Additional fee information

To find out more about fees and funding, please check our undergraduate fees guidance or contact the Fees Office https://www.gold.ac.uk/ug/fees-funding/
Politics and International Relations (with Integrated Foundation Year) at Goldsmiths, University of London - UCAS