London Metropolitan University

Degree level: Undergraduate


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Course summary

Why study this course? Explore the relationship between government and society, and examine major issues facing today’s politics such as conflict and violence, inequality and climate change. Learn about the causes that are important to you. You can choose to study topical politics from around the world such as Trumpism, Brexit or the role of China in global politics. Or you might decide to delve into related topics, including political spin and propaganda in the British media, the impact of social media or how celebrities influence politics. More about this course This Politics BA (Hons) degree shines a light on the challenges facing politicians and the public today, while teaching you about the historic events, thinkers and theories that led to our current political structures. We’re passionate about our students’ interests, which is why you’re able to tailor your degree to study the things that are important to you, through optional modules. You can study the historical origin of racism and how this affects today’s societies, or the Arab Spring uprisings, the rise and fall of Turkey’s soft power, or the impact of religious ideologies in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. By exploring international and national political issues, you’ll develop a solid understanding of how politics changes around the world. Our teaching team is highly experienced and have played leading roles in professional organisations such as the Political Studies Association and the British International Studies Association. They will work with you to help you understand various theories and concepts relating to politics, including citizenship, diplomacy, authority and ethics. Your future is our priority. That’s why we make sure you have the opportunity to undertake a work placement in your final year, giving you practical experience that can help you pursue a graduate career. Studying in London means you have the UK government, international embassies and other intergovernmental organisations right on your doorstep, helping you secure opportunities that might not be possible elsewhere. As a university, London Met holds various political events that you can attend or even help organise. Our events include panel discussions on Brexit by leading journalists and Congress to Campus, where former members of US congress share rare and personal insights into the world of American politics. There are also opportunities for you to learn about political issues outside of the classroom, with trips to parliament, embassies, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), museums and art galleries. Here, you can understand the history behind various issues relating to politics, such as power, race and gender. What our students say "We have a wide choice of modules and can combine studying other subjects. The first year introductory subjects give us the basis for future years. “I love everything about London. I get to meet people from all over the world and learn about their experiences." Plamena Solakova, former student

Course details


Year 1 modules include: Introduction to International Relations (core, 30 credits) Global Politics, Economy and Society (core, 30 credits) Peace, Conflict and Diplomacy since 1945 (core, 30 credits) Politics and Government (core, 30 credits) Open Language Programme Module (option, 15 credits) Year 2 modules include: Governance and Public Policy (core, 15 credits) Comparative Politics (core, 15 credits) Political Theory (core, 15 credits) Approaches to International Relations and Foreign Policy (core, 30 credits) Creating a Winning Business 1 (alt core, 15 credits) Politics and International Relations: Work-Based Learning (alt core, 15 credits) Immigrants and Nativists (option, 15 credits) American Foreign Policy (option, 15 credits) Media and Culture (option, 15 credits) The Politics of the Middle East (option, 15 credits) The Politics of the European Union (option, 15 credits) Contemporary US Politics (option, 15 credits) Race and Ethnicity (option, 30 credits) Extension of Knowledge Module (option, 15 credits) Year 3 modules include: The Politics of Modern States (option, 30 credits) Project 1 Year (alt core, 30 credits) Placement 1 Year (alt core, 30 credits) Project 1 Semester (alt core, 15 credits) Politics and International Relations: Work-Based Learning (alt core, 15 credits) Creating a Winning Business 2 (alt core, 15 credits) Modern British Politics (option, 15 credits) African Politics (option, 15 credits) Latin American Politics (option, 15 credits) Action and Identity: Gender and Political Participation (option, 15 credits) Conflict Resolution and Peace Building (option, 30 credits) Public Diplomacy and Global Communication (option, 30 credits) Human Rights and International Conflict (option, 15 credits) Extension of Knowledge Module (option, 15 credits)

Assessment method

You'll be assessed through essays, reports, exams, seminar performance, seminar presentations (both individual and group), portfolios, blogs, policy documents, dissertations, learning logs and book reviews. The majority will be tutor assessed, but a number will be peer-reviewed in seminars. The strategy is designed to maximise the development of subject specific skills and employability skills appropriate to each level of the degree.

How to apply

Application codes

Please select a course option – you will then see the application code you need to use to apply for the course.

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:

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

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.

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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 £15576 Year 1
International £15576 Year 1
Channel Islands £15576 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £15576 Year 1

Additional fee information

These fees are for the 2022/23 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: Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be extra costs for things such as equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees. There may also be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but that 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.
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