Kingston University

Degree level: Undergraduate

Politics and Human Rights

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Course summary

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Reasons to choose Kingston – There are opportunities to take part in extracurricular projects, for example in the Centre for Human Rights and Social Justice Practice. – You’ll engage with current issues as a researcher, activist and campaigner, all with the support of human rights and social justice specialists. – Through flexible modules, you’ll be able to study a combination of politics, human rights and social justice to suit your own areas of interest. About this course What are human rights, and why have they changed throughout history? How much does justice differ between cultures? How are human rights coming under threat and how can they be defended? This course considers these questions and many more. You’ll become skilled at understanding the complex world of human rights and social justice work. In your final year, an advanced research project will enable you to study in greater depth what really interests you. The course emphasises practical skills to boost your employability. You’ll also have the opportunity to undertake a work placement through a sandwich year.

Course details


Examples of modules: Year 1

  • Another World is Possible: Order and Revolution in Political Ideology
  • Introduction to Human Rights
  • Introduction to International Relations
  • Social Justice: Study, Self-actualization, Solidarity
Year 2 (Core)
  • Securing Human Rights: Contemporary Themes and Issues
  • Globalisation, Development and Social Justice
Year 2 (Optional)
  • Modern Political Thought
  • Slavery and Emancipation
  • Latin America: Power, Politics and El Pueblo Rising
  • Crime, Media and Policy
  • Youth, Crime and Deviance
  • Voices of Contemporary Europe
  • International Relations and Global Governance
  • Contemporary Issues in Economics
  • How to Change the World
Final Year (Core)
  • Dissertation
  • Advanced Research Project (Extended)
Final Year (Optional)
  • Crimes of the Powerful: Corporations, the State and Human Rights
  • Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity
  • Britain, Europe and the Extreme Right, 1918-to the Present
  • Identity, Culture, Politics
  • Cold War, Hot War: the Politics of the Middle East
  • War and Society
  • Migration and Social Transformation
  • Human Rights and Social Justice in the Arts
  • Development Economics
  • The Politics of Crime in the Black Atlantic
- Social Intersections: Gender, Race and Class

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!

Application codes

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Course codeL290
Institution code K84
Campus nameMain Site
Campus code-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 112 points UCAS points from a minimum of 2 A-Levels or equivalent Level 3 qualifications. General Studies not accepted.
A level BBC Other A Level combinations possible to achieve 112 points. Minimum of 2 A Levels, can be combined with other Level 3 qualifications eg. AS levels/Extended Project to achieve 112 points
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DMM Grade combinations below 112 points considered when combined with other Level 3 qualifications including AS and Extended Project to achieve 112 points
Access to HE Diploma M: 21 credits P: 24 credits Mature applicants (21 years and older) will need to pass a QAA-approved Access to Higher Education Diploma in a relevant subject with 60 credits, minimum 45 credits at Level 3 including 21 at merit. Applicants under 21 years will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Scottish Higher BBCCC Achieve a minimum of 112 tariff points achieved from either five Highers or a combination of two Highers offered with two Advanced Highers. Where only Highers have been taken a minimum of (BBCCC) are required.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 25 points 4 in Mathematics at Standard Level. English Language required at 5 Standard Level or 4 Higher Level.
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) H3, H3, H3, H3, H4 A minimum of 112 UCAS points usually from 5 subjects. Irish Leaving Certificate (Higher Level subjects only)

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
EU £9250* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change as we are awaiting the Office For Student Guidance on Fee levels for 2020 and beyond. For foundation year and international fees, please visit: Please visit the provider course webpage for further information regarding additional course costs
Politics and Human Rights at Kingston University - UCAS