London Metropolitan University

Society, Politics and Policy London Metropolitan University Degree level: Undergraduate


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Why study this course?

This undergraduate honours degree offers a broad and innovative approach to the study of social sciences. You’ll explore how social policy is created through the lenses of sociology and politics. Employing this joint approach, you’ll examine how the relationship between national governments and their citizens is changing and how this affects contemporary issues such as work, education, equalities, human rights and social justice.

More about this course

Our Society, Politics and Policy BA (Hons) course offers a unique approach to the study of social sciences, as it draws knowledge from two different disciplines of sociology and politics. Throughout the course you’ll encounter contemporary case studies and we’ll encourage you to think outside the box in order to analyse how politics influences society and vice versa. You’ll get the opportunity to specialise in topics that interest you such as Latin American politics, gender and sexuality, human rights and conflict.

Our course is an excellent opportunity to expand your views, as it’ll provide you with the tools and understanding to reflect on contemporary politics and how it affects you. You’ll also have the opportunity to contribute to your classmates’ learning by sharing the experience of living in your own society, whether that’s in London or abroad.

The course is taught by specialists in sociology, politics and social policy, many of whom are internationally recognised for the quality of their work. Their teaching is supplemented by visits from practitioners, who’ll share their experience and knowledge. We also organise trips to public policy agencies and international organisations, providing you with insight into how policy making works in practice.

We are based in the capital, which is a vibrant place to study with access to a range of social and political institutions. You’ll get to see for yourself how society interacts with major political centres such as Westminster, international embassies and trade unions.

Course details


Modules include:

Level 4:

Introduction to International Development
Social Policy and Society
Social Problems and Social Issues
Politics and Government

Level 5:

Global Inequalities in the 21st Century
Governance and Public Policy
Social Problems and Social Policy
Interactive Research Methods
Racism and Ethnicity
American Foreign Policy
Politics of the Middle East
An Elective module

Level 6:

The Politics of Modern States
Comparative and Global Social Policy
Sociology and Social Policy Work Placement
Placement 1 Semester
Project 1 Year
Sociology Dissertation
Social Policy Dissertation
Conflict Resolution and Peace Building
Gender and Sexuality
Religion and the State
Latin American Politics
Living Theory
Human Rights and Conflict
Modern British Politics
Public Diplomacy and Global Communication
An Elective Module

Assessment method

Assessments will be a mix of coursework, presentations, portfolios and explorative, critical thinking projects. Many of the assessments will be related to real work challenges and students will have some choice in the areas studied in accordance to their interests and career aspirations. Detailed guidance and support is given for all assessments and students have opportunities to submit draft work or plans for individual feedback and tutorials.
All work placement learning is assessed by essays or presentations, not upon how you perform in the work placement itself.

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
A level BBC A minimum of three A levels with grades BBC (or a minimum of 112 UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification, eg BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma/Diploma or Access to HE Diploma with 60 credits)
GCSE/National 4/National 5 GCSE English Language at grade C or above (grade 4 from 2017) (or equivalent)

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.

IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,250 Year 1
EU £9,250 Year 1
International £12,700 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

Additional fee information

These fees are for the 2020–21 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 additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees. Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which 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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