International Relations and Politics Extended Degree (including Foundation Year) London Metropolitan University


Why study this course?

If you want to study an international relations-orientated course but don’t have the usual required qualifications, this four year extended degree includes a foundation year that, if passed successfully, allows you to continue on to an undergraduate degree. You’ll learn the skills necessary for academic study such as critical thinking, research skills and essay writing. Core topics are explored in the foundation year so you'll have proper grounding in the subjects you want to explore at an undergraduate level. Courses you can progress on to include the International Relations BA, Politics BA or combined subjects such as international relations and politics, diplomacy, peace and conflict studies or law.

More about this course

The International Relations and Politics Extended Degree includes a foundation year that prepares you for the opportunity to study at an undergraduate level in the field of social sciences and humanities at London Metropolitan University.

The foundation year will ground you in the basics of the social sciences and humanities, with modules including Culture, Family and Power; Critical Thinking and Media; and Crime and Race.

Successfully complete the foundation year and choose from six core subject areas to study at an undergraduate level including International Relations BA or international relations combined with law, politics, diplomacy and more.

Our teaching staff on these courses include award winning researchers, former political councillors and previous winners of London Met’s student vote for ‘Most Inspirational Lecturer’ and ‘Best Lecturer’. Experts in their field, these staff members will help you progress in the undergraduate degree of your choice.

Highlights of our social sciences and humanities courses can include work placements with organisations such as Amnesty International or the United Nations through our dedicated Employability Unit. Other opportunities include studying abroad in the United States, Japan, Amsterdam, Paris or elsewhere. These work placements and foreign study options are brilliant ways to boost your experience before entering the job market.

Your assessment in the foundation year will be split between coursework, exams and other methods listed below. This ensures you can display your skills in both research led and timed conditions.

Assessment includes:

  • portfolios of reflective writing

  • digital portfolios

  • essays

  • reports

  • presentations

  • discussion and seminar skills

What our students say

"Lecturers have enthusiasm for the subject they teach, which in turn has fed my enthusiasm for the subject and modules. The lecturers also have a deep understanding of the subject they teach."
National Student Survey (NSS)

"The tutors were great and enthusiastic about their work They were also organised and provided us with enough materials both online or through handouts in class. They were very helpful when needed and always made me feel that I wanted to learn more about the subject. Interactive and engaging ways of studying were used across all the modules. Overall, the tutors really made my studies great."

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