Politics and International Relations

Kingston University

Degree level: Undergraduate
Make sure you check on the university, college or conservatoire website for any updates about course changes as a result of COVID-19.

Course summary

TEF Bronze

Kingston University has opted into the TEF and received a Bronze award.

Find out more about the TEF.

Reasons to choose Kingston

  • You’ll be able to combine your study of politics and international relations with a strong emphasis on human rights and social justice.
  • Kingston’s proximity to central London makes it easy for you to participate in lectures, workshops, talks and political events.
  • You’ll be enabled and encouraged to make a contribution to political life in your community and become active in a democratic society.
About this course How should Europe respond to migrants and refugees? How is the UK overcoming the challenges of Brexit? On this course, you’ll gain the knowledge and skills to debate and participate in finding answers to these and other questions raised by our globalised world. You’ll examine how the world might be made a safer and fairer place. There is the opportunity to specialise in your main interests through a choice of topics, such as political violence, global terrorism and developmental economics. In your final year, you’ll complete a research project on a topic of interest and receive training in research skills. The project culminates with a presentation at our annual student conference.

Course details


Year 1

  • Introduction to Human Rights
  • Introduction to International Relations
  • Another World is Possible: Order and Revolution in Political Ideology
  • Pathways to Power: Active Citizenship in the UK
Year 2 (Core)
  • Modern Political Thought
  • International Relations and Global Governance
Year 2 (Optional)
  • Crime, Media and Policy
  • Contemporary Issues in Economics
  • Criminality, Deviance and the State in Early Modern Britain and Europe
  • Age of Extremes: Themes in Twentieth Century World History
  • Securing Human Rights: Contemporary Themes and Issues
  • Latin America: Power, Politics and El Pueblo Rising
  • Voices of Contemporary Europe
  • Globalisation, Development and Social Justice
  • How to Change the World
  • Globalisation and Social Change
Final Year (Core)
  • Advanced Research Project (Extended)
Final Year (Optional)
  • Global Terrorism and Transnational Crime
  • Development Economics
  • Beatles to Blair: Britain since 1960
  • Britain, the US and the World in the Twentieth Century
  • Britain, Europe and the Extreme Right, 1918-to the Present
  • Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity
  • Human Rights and Political Violence
  • Identity, Culture, Politics
  • Crimes of the Powerful: Corporations, the State and Human Rights
  • Cold War, Hot War: the Politics of the Middle East
  • Social Justice Through the Arts
  • Social Intersections: Gender, Race and Class
  • War and Society
- Migration and Social Transformation

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

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course codeL245
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)

Please click the following link to find out more about qualification requirements for this course


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: https://www.kingston.ac.uk/undergraduate/fees-and-funding/fees/ Please visit the provider course webpage for further information regarding additional course costs
Politics and International Relations at Kingston University - UCAS