Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: Open University Validating Partnership

International Politics

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Course summary

BA (Hons) International Politics In today’s complex world modern states need political leaders, IR specialists, and active global citizens capable to find ways to adapt nations to new challenges and changing relations so as to provide their people the core values of security, freedom, justice and welfare. This degree is designed to teach you about the interconnected levels of politics – from local to national and international – and benefit from an intellectually stimulating programme which will give you an advanced understanding of global politics in the contemporary world. The programme is centered on enhancing students’ knowledge of key theories and complex issues in international politics. Through academic excellence and a work based approach, the curriculum aims to offer all the fundamental skills and professional development that future professionals in the field may require. You will investigate issues such as the role of the United States and the United Nations, financial crises, Middle East politics, genocide, humanitarian intervention, terrorism and fundamentalism. This programme is designed to form future embassy and foreign service officers, political aides, journalists, media analysts, policy advisors, market researchers, speech writers, charity officers, foreign aid workers, fundraisers, and scholars. We also care for the future employment choices of students. Due to the very wide range of international relations careers, our Student Placement Office informs students of internship opportunities at private and public sector and non-profits organisations throughout the year. International Politics Degree: why study at NCIUL? In an era of unprecedented social and political upheaval in the modern world the study of international politics is highly relevant. Our programme introduces students to the role that political ideologies have played in shaping our understanding of international politics in the past and today. You will also learn about the description and explanation of power, alliances, regionalism, European, US, Asian, and Middle Eastern politics, international security, the role of international organisations, trade, globalisation and the transformation of the political community. Our BA in International Politics promotes critical thinking, problem-solving, and creativity with respect to international politics. At NCIUL you will learn from the leading research of faculty staff in their specialist areas from “Post-Communist Russia”, “International Political Economy” to “American Politics” and “Government and Politics of China”. That will enable you to acquire an advanced understanding of contemporary social, political and economic issues. We are located in London, the global hub of international non-governmental organisations, international finance, and trans-Atlantic relations, which puts us at the heart of the UK’s political and business life and at the centre of academic London. Also NCIUL’s location will enable you to participate in lectures, workshops, talks and political events in the capital and expand your knowledge beyond the classroom. This vibrant city will allow you to combine your studies with an interesting social and cultural life.

Course details


Level 1 Compulsory: Introduction to International Relations; 20th Century International History; Introduction to Politics; International Political Economy; Problems in Global Politics; Geopolitics; International Law. Level 2 Compulsory: Research Methods; British Government and Politics; Government and Politics of the Middle East; Introduction to Islamic History. Optional: American Politics; Statecraft and Diplomacy; 20th Century European Politics and Foreign Relations; Genocide; Global Business Planning; Strategic Management. Level 3 Compulsory: Post-Communist Russia; Democratic Systems; Terrorism and Fundamentalism in the 20th and 21st Centuries; Dissertation. Optional: Government and Politics of China; History of Economic Thought; International Migration; Africa and Globalization; International Migration and Refugee Law.

Assessment method

You can expect an interesting mix of coursework, essays, exams and activity-based assignments.

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • Open University Validation Services

How to apply

Application deadlines

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

15 January

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Application codes

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 85 points
A level CCC
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) MMM
Access to HE Diploma M: 20 credits P: 15 credits
Scottish Higher CCCCCC
GCSE/National 4/National 5 5 GCSE/IGCSE at grade C, or grade 4, or above, including English and Maths.

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English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6

or equivalent

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £8500 Year 1
International £8500 Year 1
England £8500 Year 1
Northern Ireland £8500 Year 1
Scotland £8500 Year 1
Wales £8500 Year 1
Channel Islands £8500 Year 1

Additional fee information

Every year NCIUL releases a number of Funding and Bursaries that are intended to reward highly motivated students as well as support those who might face any financial hardship. Visit for more detailed information.
International Politics at NCIUL - UCAS