City, University of London

International Politics City, University of London Degree level: Undergraduate


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International Politics BSc (Hons) at City enables you to understand global issues and actors in a time of fast-moving political and social change, preparing you for a diverse range of postgraduate study options and career possibilities.

The International Politics BSc (Hons) degree is for students who want to explore contemporary global issues and deepen their understanding of the rapid social and political changes affecting the world. This up-to-date, thought-provoking curriculum, will enable you to learn how governments, intergovernmental organisations, transnational movements, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and multinationals influence global politics. You will also study international organisations as policy-making structures and will examine what kind of ideas, ethical concerns, and regional considerations shape global governance and key decisions around, for instance, conflict, peace, or economic gains. Crucially, you will develop your analytical skills to examine and critically assess complex issues, contested concepts, and debates.

As a result, this degree will prepare you for a diverse range of postgraduate study options and career possibilities – from the Civil Service, NGOs, diplomacy, journalism and teaching, to international law and the private and corporate sector.

What roles do governments, transnational actors, intergovernmental organisations, international NGOs and multinationals play in global politics? How do they complete for power and respond to emerging challenges affecting societies, nations and institutions around the world, from security, to migration, to social justice? How do they mobilise support for their positions on global issues? How do global, social and political relationships, as well as ideas, affect local, regional, economic, cultural, religious, historical and political differences and vice versa?

The BSc (Hons) in International Politics enables you to obtain the skills and knowledge to answer the many questions about our fast-changing world, and will help you to:
Understand the important theoretical debates in the study of international politics.
Explore global political systems and how they are engaged in policy-making on contemporary issues and related to country-level politics.
Understand the diplomatic relations between governments, as well as the economic, social and political relations between societies that are undertaken by companies and private groups.

Recognise political globalisation through the development of transnational and transgovernmental relations and how these relations are structured through international organisations.
As well as developing strong research skills, you will have the option to further your data skills through a Quantitative Methods (QM) pathway for your final two years of study.

Plus, to prepare you for a wide range of future career and postgraduate study possibilities, you will benefit from our location at the heart of a vibrant cosmopolitan city and within a department with a strong international focus, enthusiastic approachable staff with close connections with practitioners in the policy world, and exciting opportunities for work placement and studying abroad.

The logic connecting the three years of study is to lay the conceptual and historical foundations for the study of international politics in year one. Then, gradually, you will build up your specialist knowledge, in the following two years, by understanding how specific actors and institutions operate, how ideas shaping global politics emerge and are contested, and exploring the multifaceted political dynamics affecting specific issues and regions of the world.

Course details


The first year of the BSc programme introduces competing theories of international politics and global political economy and how power has transformed in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

You will take six compulsory core modules, which cover the key topics for the degree on theory, global power and issues, and research methods. The remaining 30 credits are chosen from a range of elective modules offered in global political economy, the research scholars programme, other Social Sciences disciplines and the Languages Department.

1st year compulsory core modules are:

  • Myths and Mysteries in World Politics
  • International Relations Theories
  • Politics and Power in World History
  • Emerging Powers
  • Lies, Damned Lies and Statistics
  • Producing Social Data.

In second year you will take two core modules, plus six elective modules (all modules are 15 credits).

The two core modules cover advanced theory, research in international politics and writing skills. Elective modules provide you with the opportunity to specialise in global political economy, foreign policy analysis, security studies, religion and transnational social movements.

2nd year core modules (All modules are 15 credits each):

  • Advanced theories of global politics
  • Scholarly writing for international politics

The final year core requirement is a project on a topic of your choice, working one-to-one with your supervisor. In the final year of the BSc in International Politics, you will also choose from a wide range of elective modules. Across all 3 years you will study electives from Politics, History, Sociology and International Political Economy.

Assessment method

Assessment is by coursework (assessed essays and assignments), unseen examinations and your final year project. The balance of assessment by coursework (assessed essays and assignments) unseen examinations and a final year project will to some extent depend on the optional modules you choose.

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 code L240
Institution code C60
Campus name Main Site
Campus code -

This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 120 points 120 tariff points from 3 A levels or 3 A levels and a relevant EPQ
A level BBB BBB

A level General Studies, Critical Thinking and Citizenship are not accepted
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DDM Check with Department for acceptable subjects
Access to HE Diploma D: 27 credits
M: 18 credits
We welcome Access course applications from 'mature' students. These applicants will be considered on the basis of their own merits. Please be aware that Access students are often asked for further information to supplement their application, this is normally in the form of a questionnaire.

A typical offer for an Access applicant would be: Pass 60 credits, 45 of which at Level 3. These Level 3 credits must include at least 27 at distinction and 18 at merit. It is essential the Access course qualification is supplemented by at least a grade B in Mathematics and English Language at GCSE.
GCSE/National 4/National 5 Minimum Grade 4 (C) in GCSE English and Mathematics
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 30 points including no less than 5, 5, 5 in three Higher Level subjects

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City, University of London
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