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International Politics with French with Year Abroad (Paris Plus)

L24Z BA (Hons) 4 years

Overview

Taught in English and delivered at the heart of Paris at the University of London Institute in Paris (ULIP), this programme provides a unique learning experience drawing from QMUL’s and ULIP’s distinctive academic strengths. You will become familiar with and learn about theories and methods of understanding international politics.

You will benefit from an intellectually stimulating programme which will give you an advanced understanding of state, non-state, governmental and non-governmental actors doing international politics in the contemporary world.

The focus of this unique programme is to learn how these actors perform international politics and how theories and methods can be used to understand their actions. The programme involves a field experience where you will engage some of these actors as part of your learning process and share this learning in a collaborative seminar with your teachers and peers.

This programme can also be taken with a year abroad at one of our partner universities which takes place in Year 3  of your programme, thus completing your degree in Year 4. Studying a year abroad will help to expand your knowledge of another culture and even learn a new language. All teaching is delivered in English. 

Although proficiency in French is not an entry requirement for the BA in International Politics, you will have the chance to learn a new language by opting for non-credit-bearing supplementary courses in French (for those without GCSE or equivalent), or by opting for a Minor in French Studies (for those who have GCSE/A2 Level French or higher qualification), options that will stand you in good stead when you apply for a job.

Why study International Politics at QMUL-ULIP?  

QMUL-ULIP is a small programme in a world city. By studying international politics in our campus located in central Paris, just around the corner from the intellectual heartbeat of France and some of the greatest universities in the world, you will benefit from a unique teaching and learning experience. 

We pay close attention to students and their learning experiences. The programme is committed to strong theoretical and practical skills within the frame of international studies education that helps you expand your horizons and become a critical and engaged citizen of the world.  

Structure

Year 1 

Core modules:   

  • Introduction to International Politics
  • Doing International Politics (1): Theories
  • Learning Lab: Field Experience (Actors)

Year 2 

Core modules:   

  • Doing International Politics (2): Methods 
  • Sites of International Politics 
  • Learning Lab: Field Experience (Sites)

Year 3 

Study abroad 

You will embark on a year abroad at a carefully selected partner university. You will choose your modules with the help of QM advisors. Although these modules will be non-credit bearing, you will need to pass them in order to progress to the next stage of the programme. You are encouraged to study the local language, but your studies would not depend on it. All teaching will be delivered in English.

Year 4

Core modules:   

  • Doing International Politics (3): Practices
  • Learning Lab: Field Experience (Practices) 
  • Dissertation 

 

Entry requirements

General Admission Entry Requirements can be found below.

2018 Entry requirements

A-LevelGrades AAB at A-Level. This must include A-Level French at grade B, or if this is to be studied from beginners¿ level GCSE French at grade B or equivalent. Native French speakers will not be accepted onto this programme. Excludes General Studies and Critical Thinking.
IBInternational Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum of 34 points overall, including 6,6,5 from three Higher Level subjects. This must include a minimum of 5 in Higher Level French. If this is to be studied at beginners' level, please contact our Admissions Office for further information. Native French speakers will not be accepted onto this programme.
BTECSee our detailed subject and grade requirements
Access HEWe consider applications from students with the Access to Higher Education Diploma. The minimum academic requirement is to achieve 60 credits overall, with 45 credits at Level 3, of which 15 credits must be at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit or higher. Applications are considered on a case by case basis. Due to the high volume of applications, we do not make offers of study purely on the basis of meeting grade requirements.
GCSEMinimum five GCSE passes including English and Maths at grade C or 4.
EPQAlternative offers may be made to applicants taking the Extended Project Qualification.
Contextualised admissionsWe consider every application on its individual merits and will take into consideration your individual educational experiences and context. More information on how academic schools and programmes use this information as part of the admissions process, can be found on our contextualised admissions pages.

General Admissions Entry Requirements

English Language Proficiency

All applicants to QMUL must show they meet a minimum academic English language standard for admission and to be successful on the course, to the indicated levels for the area of study. See our guidance on English Language requirements for all degree programmes.

Vocational and Other Qualifications

The College accepts a wide range of qualifications such as Access and Foundation programmes, vocational awards, Irish Leaving Certificate, Scottish Highers and other Baccalaureates. You are advised to contact the Admissions team (admissions@qmul.ac.uk) before making an application so that we can give individual advice.

Admission is based on academic merit and on the proven ability of the applicant to achieve success on their chosen programme of study. Every application to Queen Mary is considered on its individual merits with personal statement and reference taken into consideration.

Combined Qualifications

If you are taking a combination of qualifications at Level 3, we will consider your academic profile and may make offers on a case-by-case basis. You are advised to contact the Admissions team (admissions@qmul.ac.uk) before making an application so that we can give individual advice.

Advanced Entry

Subject to the policy of the programme, it may be possible for students to join undergraduate degree programmes at the beginning of the second year of a three or four year degree programme or, sometimes, the beginning of the third year of a four year programme. Please note, not all schools will consider advanced entry. You are advised to contact the Admissions team (admissions@qmul.ac.uk) before making an application for individual advice.

If you are applying for advanced entry on the basis of a post A-Level qualification, such as the BTEC HND, you should apply via UCAS in the usual way. If you wish to transfer your degree studies from another UK higher education institution, you will be considered on the basis of your original A-Level or equivalent qualifications, current syllabus, academic references and results.

We typically expect you to have achieved a 2.1 standard on your current programme and have already met the standard equivalent first year entry requirements. Applications must be submitted via UCAS.

Non-UK students

European and International Applicants

Our students come from over 162 countries and we accept a wide range of European and International Qualifications for entry, in addition to A-Levels, the International Baccalaureate and BTEC qualifications. Please see our International Admissions webpages for further details of our academic requirements, and information regarding how we assess the equivalence of your qualification.

Applicants will typically be expected to be taking academic subjects relevant to the programme of study. You are advised to review the A-Level and IB requirements for an indication of these subjects. If you are at all unclear, the Admissions team (admissions@qmul.ac.uk) is happy to advise you further.

Further Information

For any other enquiries directly relating to our entry requirements, please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office directly.
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7882 5511
Email: admissions@qmul.ac.uk

See our information and guidance on how to apply.

Learning and teaching

As a student at QMUL-ULIP, you will play an active part in your acquisition of skills and knowledge. Teaching is by a mixture of small group seminars and field experience. The seminars are designed to generate informed discussion around set topics, and may involve student presentations, group exercise and role-play as well as open discussion. We take pride in the close and friendly working relationship we have with our students. You are assigned an Academic Adviser who will guide you in both academic and pastoral matters throughout your time at QMUL-ULIP.

For every hour spent in seminars you will be expected to complete a further 2-3 hours of independent study. Your individual study time could be spent preparing for, or following up on formal study sessions; reading; producing written work; completing projects; and revising for examinations. 

The direction of your individual study will be guided by the formal study sessions you attend, along with your reading lists and assignments.  However, we expect you to demonstrate an active role in your own learning by reading widely and expanding your own knowledge, understanding and critical ability. 

Learning Labs and Field Experience

Learning Labs involves field experience where you will engage actors of international politics to develop an advanced understanding of practical aspects of international politics. You will then bring this experience back to the seminar to collaborate with your peers and teachers on experience-based learning projects. This is an important transferable skill and will help to prepare you for the transition to working life.

Assessment

Students are assessed by a combination of coursework and exams. A few modules are assessed by coursework only. If a module is assessed by means of coursework alone, this is usually in the form of a research project or dissertation, and the tutor project supervisor offers guidance and support in the researching and writing of this piece of assessment. 

 

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for Home and EU students

2018/19 Academic Year
Full-time £9,250

Tuition fees for International students

2018/19 Academic Year
Full-time £15,400

You can either take out a Tuition Fee Loan (see Funding section below) to pay your fees or, if you are paying them yourself, you can pay in instalments.

Tuition fees for a year abroad or placement year on a full time undergraduate course will be a proportion of the full fee for the year in which you commence your time abroad or placement.

For information on field trip and other course related costs which are not included in your tuition fee, please contact the relevant Department/School.

See more general information about fees.

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 7676
email: fees@qmul.ac.uk

Funding

Queen Mary has a substantial package of scholarships and bursaries which will benefit around 50 per cent of our undergraduate student body.

Scholarships and Bursaries available at Queen Mary for Home/EU Students

There are a number of scholarships and bursaries available each year for home students. Visit our Bursaries and Scholarships page for more information.

Visit our Advice and Counselling website for more information about financial support.

Scholarships available at Queen Mary for International Students

There are a number of Scholarships available each year for International Students including bursaries and scholarships in a range of subject areas.

Find out more about international scholarships.

Some International students may also be eligible for a fee reduction.

Loans and Grants available to help with tuition fees and living costs

Student Finance England administers all grant and loans for your studies if you normally live in England.

If you live in Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland you have an equivalent Student Finance department for your region.

Through Student Finance England, you can apply for (figures relate to programmes starting from September 2016):

  • A Tuition Fee Loan of up to £9,000 to pay all or part of your fees
  • A Maintenance Loan of up to £10,702 to help pay your living costs like rent, food and travel
  • Extra grants if you have a disability or you have children or an adult dependant
  • You might get a grant to cover some travel expenses if you normally live in England but study away from home. If you’re a medical or dental student you might also qualify for help with the costs of attending clinical placements in the UK.

Visit Student Finance Information to find out more about:

  • How to apply for student finance
  • What eligibility rules apply, including if you already have a degree or previous higher education study
  • What the income thresholds are and how much you might personally get for each element of Student Finance
  • What to do if you have problems getting your Student Finance

Other financial help on offer at Queen Mary

We offer one to one specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.

Our Advice and Counselling Service also has lots of Student Advice Guides on all aspects of finance including:

  • Additional sources of funding
  • Planning your budget and cutting costs
  • Part-time and vacation work
  • Money for lone parents

For more information visit the Advice and Counselling service website, or call +44 (0)20 7882 8717.

Graduate employment

Graduates from QMUL-ULIP will continue in a wide variety of careers. Some will enter sectors such as government, international governmental or non-governmental organisations, whilst others transfer skills gained during study into roles such as policy research, law, activism, campaigning or a wide range of opportunities in the non-profit or commercial fields.  

Careers support

In today’s complex career trajectories that graduates follow, most employers expect them to have a range of skills and work experience. As a QMUL-ULIP student, you can expect to receive the following support:

  • One-to-one Skype appointments with a careers consultant.  These cover anything from career choice and job hunting through to CV and interview advice
  • A comprehensive range of information on the Careers and Enterprise QMPlus pages including: resources for global job hunting; sector information on NGOs, Government, Think Tanks and Charities; advice on CVs and interviews 
  • Careers webinars for International Politics students.

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