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City, University of London

International Politics

UCAS Code: L240

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,B

BBB A level General Studies, Critical Thinking and Citizenship are not accepted

Access to HE Diploma

D:27,M:18

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

including no less than 5, 5, 5 in three Higher Level subjects

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DDM

Check with Department for acceptable subjects

UCAS Tariff

120

120 tariff points from 3 A levels or 3 A levels and a relevant EPQ

About this course


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Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2021

Other options

4.0 years | Full-time including placement abroad | 2021

Subject

International politics

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.

Modules

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 methods

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.

The Uni


Course locations:

City, University of London

City, University of London

Department:

International Politics

TEF rating:
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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

81%
med
International politics

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

International politics

Teaching and learning

87%
Staff make the subject interesting
90%
Staff are good at explaining things
83%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
69%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

86%
Library resources
90%
IT resources
84%
Course specific equipment and facilities
80%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

64%
UK students
36%
International students
45%
Male students
55%
Female students
81%
2:1 or above
11%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
B
C

After graduation


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International politics

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£21,000
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Average annual salary
92%
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Employed or in further education
52%
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Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

11%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
11%
Media professionals
8%
Business, finance and related associate professionals

The numbers of people taking politics degrees fell sharply last year and we'll keep an eye on this one - it can't really be because of graduates getting poor outcomes as politics grads do about as well as graduates on average. Most politics or international relations graduates don't actually go into politics - although many do, as activists, fundraisers and researchers. Jobs in local and central government are also important. Other popular jobs include marketing and PR, youth and community work, finance roles, HR and academic research (you usually need a postgraduate degree to get into research). Because so many graduates get jobs in the civil service, a lot of graduates find themselves in London after graduating. Politics is a very popular postgraduate subject, and so about one in five politics graduates go on to take another course - usually a one-year Masters - after they finish their degrees.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

International politics

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

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Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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