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Politics

L202 BA (Hons) 3 years

Overview

The BA in Politics is designed to give you an excellent grounding in the discipline, covering political theory, ideas and ideologies, government and institutions, area studies and comparative politics. You will be introduced to theories of politics and will analyse topical debates on, among others, the state, representative democracy, British politics, global governance, war and security, the politics of the developing world, US foreign policy, the politics of the Middle East, European integration, electoral behaviour, public policy and globalisation. At the end of your programme you will have acquired the skills needed to analyse and make sense of these real-life issues that have changed and continue to change our world.

As with all the degree programmes in the School, the BA in Politics is taught within a modular framework. This means that you are able to select modules according to your areas of interest, alongside the core modules associated with your programme. In your final year, through the Parliamentary Studies module, you have the chance to work for a parliamentarian, either at Westminster or in constituency offices, or both.

Year abroad option 

Politics with a Year Abroad
L20Y BA (four years)

You can choose to apply for this degree with an additional academic year abroad. We have links with universities around the world, including Europe, North America, Australia, and Asia (specific partnerships for each degree programme may vary). Studying abroad is an excellent way to grow in confidence and broaden your outlook on life by experiencing another culture, while making friends and having fun. When you return to QMUL after this experience, you will have a new perspective on life for your final year and will be awarded the ‘with study abroad’ variant in your degree title, which will help you stand out to employers.
Find out more about study abroad opportunities at QMUL at: www.qmul.ac.uk/international/study-abroad-opportunities

Please note that entry requirements vary for the year abroad programme option. Please contact politics@qmul.ac.uk to find out more.

Why study Politics at QMUL?

We’re an expanding School and pride ourselves on the friendly and informal approach of our great teachers. You’ll get one-to-one supervision for your dissertation and our small seminar groups are all led by academic staff. What's more, you will learn from academics at the cutting-edge of their fields, who are contributing to our understanding of the subject. Our staff have diverse research interests, and this is reflected in the choice of modules available to you. 

There are huge benefits to studying politics in London, with national political institutions, party headquarters, high-profile international organisations and think-tanks all based here. At QMUL, we exploit our location to the full, inviting a range of high-profile and inspiring speakers to the campus.

QMUL is also home to the Mile End Institute, a major policy centre. Drawing on its unique location within a Russell Group University situated in London’s East End, it brings together policymakers, academics and diverse local communities to address the major political challenges in the UK. They hold a number of exciting and engaging events throughout the year that are open to students. Recent speakers at the Mile End Institute include Nick Clegg, Diane Abbott and Michael Heseltine.

Structure

Year 1

Core modules:

  • Thinking Politically: Introduction to concepts, theories and ideologies
  • Political Analysis
  • Introduction to International Relations
  • Introduction into Politics

Optional modules (choose one):

  • Background to British Politics
  • Global Histories
  • Module from another School within the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

From 2017 we are introducing the QMUL Model to all our degrees. For further information on this initiative please contact the School by email at politics@qmul.ac.uk

Year 2

Core module:

  • Modern Political Thought

At least two from the following:

  • British Politics
  • Modernity: Theories of State, Economy and Society
  • Comparative European Politics
  • US Politics

Optional modules:

  • Choose from options from within the School or another School within the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Year 3 (for students on the BA Politics with a year 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.

Final Year 

Core module:

  • The Politics Research Project

Plus options from within the School which include the following. 

  • Analysing Public Policy
  • Globalisation: Issues and Debates
  • US Foreign Policy
  • Gender and Politics
  • The Politics of the Post-Colonial Middle East
  • Latin American Politics
  • Nationalism & Ethnicity in International Relations
  • Africa and International Politics
  • Parliamentary Studies
  • Race and Racism in World Politics
  • Parliamentary Studies (Internship)
  • Radical Politics
  • Utopia and Dystopia: Political, Economic and Literary Dreamworlds
  • The Political Economy of South East Asia
  • Political Violence and Liberal Modernity
  • Global Ethics
  • The European Union
  • The Political Life of Security Methods
  • Justice in a Global City 
  • Subject, Citizen, Mass: Thinking Selfhood in the Modern Age

Click here to view all modules from the School of Politics and International Relations.

QMUL will aim to deliver your programme so that it closely matches the way in which it has been described to you by QMUL in print, online, and/or in person. However, it is important to realise that in some circumstances, we may change aspects of your programme. See our full terms and conditions to read more: http://www.qmul.ac.uk/prospective/termsandconditions/

*If your third year is spent studying abroad, you will pay a reduced tuition fee to QMUL, currently 15 per cent of current undergraduate fees. (For guidance, in 2016/17, Home/ EU students paid £1,350; while international students paid 50 per cent of that year’s tuition fee for their programme.)
Please note: you will not pay a fee to the host university while abroad, but you will be expected to cover your accommodation costs.

 

 

Entry requirements

General Admission Entry Requirements can be found below.

2018 Entry requirements

A-LevelGrades ABB at A-Level. Excludes General Studies and Critical Thinking.
IBInternational Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum of 32 points overall, including 6,5,5 from three Higher Level subjects.
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 you will play an active part in your acquisition of skills and knowledge. Teaching is by a mixture of formal lectures and small group seminars. 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.

Independent Study

For every hour spent in classes 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.
Independent study will foster in you the ability to identify your own learning needs and determine which areas you need to focus on to become proficient in your subject area. 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 the School of Politics and International Relations go on to work in a wide variety of careers. Some apply their degree knowledge directly, entering sectors such as government, charities or public affairs, whilst others transfer skills gained during study into roles such as policy research, law, campaigning or a wide range of opportunities in the commercial arena.

The national 2015 destination survey confirmed that 94% of our graduates were in employment or study six months after graduation and 96% of these were already working or studying at graduate level. QMUL graduates have an average earning power of £24,000 six months after graduation.
The broad range of skills gained through this course, coupled with significant opportunities for extra-curricular activities and work experience, has enabled students to move into careers with organisations such as:

  • Houses of Parliament (UK)
  • Global Women Inventors and Innovative Network
  • Refuge 
  • The Constitution Unit, University College London
  • XL Catlin

Careers support

In today's competitive jobs market, employers expect graduates to have a range of skills and work experience. Being based in London is a distinct advantage, and at QMUL we have designed programmes of careers support to help you take advantage of our capital location. 
Alongside your studies, you'll have opportunities to:

  • attend networking or industry events
  • apply for internships in your ideal area of work
  • volunteer with local or national charities
  • work part-time.

And there's plenty of day-to-day support too. Whether you need help with writing a CV, developing your interview skills or planning further study once you graduate, we have teams of advisers on hand to give you the advice and support you need.
Visit: www.careers.qmul.ac.uk and qmsu.org/volunteering 

Learning a language

Even if you're not studying a language as part of your degree, you can still develop these skills by signing up for a course in QMUL's Language Centre. Choose from: Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), French, German, Japanese or Spanish.
Visit: language-centre.sllf.qmul.ac.uk/language-learning

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