City, University of London

Politics City, University of London Degree level: Undergraduate


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Understand and analyse the key political issues that characterise twenty-first century politics and develop valuable, transferable skills that will prepare you for a wide range of career and postgraduate study options.

This course has been developed for students who want to analyse, in a systematic and comparative way, the key political problems and issues that face states and societies across the world.

You will develop vital analytical skills that are theoretically rigorous and empirically informed. You will learn how to apply these skills to explain today’s key issues, such as uneven economic growth and rising inequality, political violence, civil war and a shifting balance of global economic and political power.

The degree programme will equip you with the tools you need to be competitive in a world where strategic thinking is prized and analysis of political risks highly valued. The programme is geared to helping you graduate with the understanding, skills and experience that will prepare you for postgraduate study or careers in a range of governmental, corporate, non-governmental and international organisations engaged in addressing these challenges.

Why are some countries becoming democratic while democracy is failing in others? How is political power distributed in different societies around the world? How has globalisation reshaped state and market institutions in different countries? Why do different countries have different political systems? Why have far-right parties been successful in increasing their electoral support in some countries but not in others? When do social protests against governments emerge and when do they succeed?

In today’s increasingly interconnected world, understanding the central issues and trends that characterise twenty-first century politics requires students to look beyond the borders of any single nation and adopt a global perspective. The Politics BSc (Hons) at City will provide you with the analytical skills, and theoretical and methodological tools that will help you address the key questions that are central to understanding politics today.

The BSc (Hons) Politics will enable you to:

  • Investigate how national politics influences global political phenomena.

  • Develop strong analytical skills, learning how to compare political phenomena taking place in different countries to improve your knowledge of contemporary politics.

  • Broaden your regional and country-level expertise with a range of modules on the politics of emerging powers.

This course will challenge you to apply the key theories and approaches of the politics discipline to explore the diversity of political processes and political systems across different countries and regions of the world.

Plus, to prepare you for a wide range of future career and postgraduate study possibilities, you will benefit from our location within a department with a strong international focus, and our exciting opportunities for work placement and studying abroad.

Course details


The first year is made up of 120 credit (all modules are 15 credits).

You will take six core modules, which will provide you with a foundation in the main issues, concepts, and theoretical perspectives of politics, comparative politics and political theory.

In addition, you will choose two elective modules from a wide range of topics that are directly relevant to the study of politics. These are offered by the Department of International Politics, as well as other departments in the School of Arts and Social Science. In addition, you have the option of taking one foreign language course.

Compulsory core modules core (all modules are 15 credits each)

Introduction to Politics
Puzzles of Comparative Politics
Introduction to Political Theory
Emerging Powers in a Changing World
Lies, Damn Lies, and Statistics: Making Sense of Social Data
Producing Social Data.

The second year consists of modules that make up 120 credits. You will take two core modules, plus six elective modules (all modules are 15 credits).

During the second year, you will take two compulsory modules. One to consolidate your understanding of the key theories, approaches and concepts and another to develop your scholarly writing.

In addition to these two core modules you will be able to choose six elective modules – four must be chosen from a list of modules pertaining to the field of politics/comparative politics with the purpose of building your specialised knowledge in the subject field you are studying. The remaining electives can be chosen from a broader selection of modules.

Programme core modules (All modules are 15 credits each):

Scholarly Writing
Advanced Topics in Comparative Politics
Choose at least 60 credits (4 modules) from:

Political Risk Analysis
Politics of the USA
Comparative Asian Politics
Comparative Political Economy
Religion and Politics in the Age of Global Change
Violent politics: riots, civil wars and state repression
Political Psychology: Emotion & Reason in Politics.

Year three is made up of 120 credits. You will take six modules – one core module (45 credits) and 5 elective modules (total equivalent of 75 credits).

You will be able to apply the skills you have acquired during the first two years to your final year dissertation – a sustained piece of independent research on a subject of your choice within the field of politics/comparative politics.

You will also choose two elective modules in the areas that interest you the most and in doing so, specialise within the wider field of politics/comparative politics.

Programme core module:

Final Year Dissertation Project

Assessment method

The assessment weighting for year one is 10%, year two is 30% and year three is 60%.

You will be assessed by:

  • Coursework (assessed essays and assignments)
  • Unseen exams
  • Oral presentations
  • Other types of assessment methods that are suitable to specific modules.

In addition, the Politics BSc (Hons) involves two research projects:

  • A 5,000-word research paper at the end of the second year
  • A 10,000-word dissertation submitted at the end of your third year

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 L200
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 1 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) DDD Check with the Department for acceptable subjects
Access to HE Diploma D: 27 credits
M: 18 credits
We welcome Access course applicants from 'mature' students. These applicants will be considered on the basis of their own merits. 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. 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.
GCSE/National 4/National 5 English Language and Mathematics or Statistics at grade 4 (C) or equivalent
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 30 points including no less than 5, 5, 5 in three Higher Level subjects

It is essential the Access course qualification is supplemented by at least a grade B in Mathematics and English Language at GCSE. 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.

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