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The award
BSc (Hons)

How long you will study
3 - 4 years

Domestic course fees
GBP 9250 per year

How you will study

Course starts

International course fees
GBP 15300 per year

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About International Politics at City, University of London

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.

Who is it for?

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.

Requirements and how to apply

Entry requirements

  • 'A' Level: Grades ABB or BBB with a relevant EPQ or 128 UCAS tariff points
  • IB: 32 points
  • GCSE: Minimum Grade 4 (C) in GCSE English and Mathematics.

Access to Higher Education

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.

Other suitable qualifications

Other UK qualifications:

  • BTEC National Diploma (DDM required)
  • Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects
  • Advanced Diploma (plus appropriate A Levels)
  • Scottish Advanced Highers
  • Welsh Diploma (plus appropriate A Levels)


We accept a wide range of international qualifications for direct entry to our programmes.

Typical offers for international and other qualifications

You can apply for a course here before you sit your final school exams (we would recommend applying in the October/November of the year before you wish to start). Any offer we decide to make you will be conditional on you achieving the appropriate score in your school leaving qualifications, in conjunction with your English language qualification.

If you do not qualify for direct entry, you may wish to take a foundation programme first. These programmes are designed to prepare students for entry to City's undergraduate courses.

INTO City, University of London

Don't meet the entry requirements? INTO City, University of London offers a range of academic and English language programmes to help prepare you for study at City, University of London. You'll learn from experience teachers in a dedicated international study centre.

These programmes are designed for international students who do not meet the required academic and English language requirements for direct entry. To prepare for this degree course, learn more about the International Foundation in Humanities and Law or the International Foundation in Business and Economics with Society and Culture

Kaplan International College (KIC) London

City works in partnership with KIC London to provide a range of preparatory courses for international students. KIC London courses offer comprehensive support to students - including regular one-to-one tuition. Students who successfully complete the KIC London Foundation course at the required level have a guaranteed progression route to City, University of London degree courses.

Second-year transfers

We accept students transferring from other universities for second year entry on a case-by case basis. If you wish to apply for second-year entry please be aware that you must:

  • Currently be studying on a course in an equivalent subject area.
  • Have achieved grades equal to the entry requirements for first-year entry (A Levels, international qualifications, foundation years, access courses, etc).
  • Have covered sufficiently similar content to that of our first year students.
  • Be gaining or have gained at least a 2:1 in every module in your current first year. You must provide official documentation of this as evidence (e.g. university transcript).

If you feel you meet these requirements then please apply through UCAS as early as possible (transfer students normally apply when their first semester exam results are published) and we can then assess your eligibility. Please be aware you will need to select your 'point of entry' as year two.

Please note: For direct second-year entrants the overall degree classification will be based on the marks obtained at City, University of London only, with the weighting of 33/67 between the second and third year. Marks previously obtained will not be used in the degree classification.

On your application please include:

  • The exact name of the degree you are studying towards
  • The institution at which you are studying
  • The modules you have taken
  • Any scores you have achieved

This information will enable us to make a more informed decision as to whether the content that you have studied is to an appropriate level for level-two entry. Please be aware that you must meet all of the above requirements, otherwise your application is unlikely to be successful.

If you are currently studying in an overseas institution and have any questions about applying for 2nd year entry, please contact

English requirements

IELTS: 6.5 overall with a minimum of 6.0 in each component.

PTE Academic: 58 overall with a minimum of 50 in each component.

English language programmes

Don't meet the English language requirements? INTO City, University of London offers English language programmes to help prepare you for study at university. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to degree courses.

Visa requirements

If you are not from the European Economic Area / Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa or entry clearance to come to the UK to study.

The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course. There are different rules for:

  • Students on courses of more than six months
  • Students on courses of less than six months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English language course.

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you cannot undertake any City courses on a part-time basis.

For more information see our main Visa page.

How to apply

Applications for degree courses must be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). You can apply through your school or college using the Apply system, which enables you to submit your application directly to the UCAS website.

You can apply to up to five universities or institutions on the form. The UCAS code for City University London is C60.

Please take care to enter the correct course code when applying, particularly for subjects with a Foundation year or with BEng (Hons) and MEng (Hons) or BSc (Hons) and MSci (Hons) options.

UCAS has implemented an 'invisibility of choices' policy so that, on the initial application and while you are receiving decisions, each institution can see only their entry and not those of other institutions you have chosen. This ensures that your application for a course at City is considered solely on your academic and personal qualities.

You should submit your completed application form to UCAS with a £23 application fee. If you want to apply to City, University of London only, you can make a single choice application at a reduced rate of £12.

When to apply

Your application for entry in September 2018 should arrive at UCAS between 1st September 2017 and 15th January 2018. Applications that arrive after 15th January 2018 will be considered only at City's discretion.

When your application is acknowledged by UCAS, you will be sent a personal identification number so that you can access your records via Track on the UCAS website.


For general enquiries about the admissions process at City, please contact our Admissions Office:


Telephone: +44 (0)20 7040 8716.

If your enquiry is about admission to a particular course, please use the contact details provided on the course page.

Contacting UCAS


Address: Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), Rosehill, New Barn Lane, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL52 3LZ

Telephone: from inside the UK 0871 468 0468; from outside the UK +44 (0)871 468 0468

For callers with hearing difficulties: from inside the UK use the Text Relay service on 18001 0871 468 0468; from outside the UK dial +44 151 494 1260 (text phone) and then ask the operator to dial 0871 468 0468.

Teaching and learning


We teach through a combination of:

  • Lectures
  • Interactive sessions
  • Practical workshops
  • Small group seminars
  • All supported by a personal tutorial system.

Lecturing and teaching is supported by a personal tutorial, mentoring and supervision system. We also arrange organised research seminar and policy series with inspiring outside speakers - both professional and academic through our Centre for International Policy Studies (CIPS). The department also encourages the initiatives (talks, film screenings, etc.) of City's Politics Student Society , which is run independently by student volunteers through the Student Union.

Independent study

In addition, you will undertake extensive reading and independent study. This will enable you to broaden and deepen your understanding of the topics and concepts covered in lectures and to learn how to use the library resources. You will also have time to prepare for the interactive sessions and practical workshops, where you will be invited to ask questions and participate in in-depth discussions with other students and teaching staff.

Academic staff

The Department of International Politics is a collection of senior and junior of students  and academics dedicated to exploring power, global transformations and new challenges in the twenty-first century. Our expert staff are at the leading edge of contemporary research and debates concerning international diplomacy, finance, civil society, security, religion, migration and many other public policy issues across all continents. We also engage in theoretical debate on global politics in today's world. Our knowledge and research expertise are frequently sought after by the media and various international and national institutions where we serve as consultants and advisors.Learn more about  our International Politics staff.

You can follow our staff's activity through their Twitter feed: @cityintpolitics

Assessment methods

Assessment is by coursework (assessed essays and assignments), unseen examinations and your final year project.

Percentage of the course assessed by coursework

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 approximate percentage of the course assessment, based on 2016/17 entry is as follows:

Year 1

16% written, 0% practical, 84% coursework

Year 2

38% written, 0% practical, 62% coursework

Year 3

24% written, 1% practical, 75% coursework

Assessment weightings by year

Type%Year 110Year 230Year 360Year 3

  • Year 1: 10%
  • Year 2: 30%
  • Year 3: 60%


Your degree consists of three parts, corresponding to the three years of the full-time degree programme.

Part One: Certificate of Higher Education in International Politics

In the first year, you will understand the underlying concepts and principles associated with the study of international politics and interpret these within the context of your practice.

Part Two: Diploma of Higher Education in International Politics

In the second year, you will build on your previous knowledge and experience from Part One. You will develop skills of enquiry in your subject and the different approaches to problem solving.

Part Three: Degree in Higher Education in International Politics

In the third year, you will develop a coherent, systematic and detailed knowledge of the study of international politics. You will be able to develop techniques for practice, drawing on research and scholarship, demonstrating your role as a reflective practitioner.

Year 1

Part One is made up of 120 credit (all modules are 15 credits).

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.

Compulsory Core modules core (all modules are 15 credits each)

  • 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

Elective modules:

  • Introduction to Political Economy
  • The Making of the Modern World Economy
  • Research Scholars Programme
  • Introduction to Microeconomics
  • Introduction to Macroeconomics
  • History and Theory of Psychology
  • Media History and Politics
  • Contemporary Issues in Media Studies
  • Criminology
  • Criminal Justice
  • Exploring London
  • Researching Society: Qualitative Methods
  • Classical Social Theory
  • Research@City
  • Sociology
  • Language module

Year 2

Part Two consists of modules that make up 120 credits. 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.

Programme core modules (All modules are 15 credits each):

  • Advanced theories of global politics
  • Scholarly writing for international politics

Elective modules:

  • States and Markets in an Era of Globalisation
  • The Global Economy in the Twenty-First Century: Trends and Challenges
  • Security Studies: Conceptual Approaches
  • Security Studies: Contemporary and Emerging Issues
  • Foreign Policy Analysis
  • Foreign Policy Analysis: Instruments and Practice
  • Religion and Politics in the Age of Global Change
  • Transnational Social Movements
  • New Media Challenges
  • Understanding Social Change
  • Doing Sociology Qualitative Methods
  • Contemporary Social Theory
  • Key Issues in Criminology
  • Reporting Conflict
  • Humanitarian Reporting
  • Political Scandals and the British
  • Media
  • Comparative Political Economy
  • Sociology of Race and Racism
  • Culture and Society
  • Quantitative Analysis of Social Research Data
  • Fifteen Shades of Red - Russia in the twentieth century
  • Ordering the World: International thought in the twentieth century.

Year 3

Part three is made up of 120 credits. You will take six modules - one core module (45 credits) and 5 elective modules (total equivalent of 75 credits).

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.

Programme core module:

  • International Politics Dissertation Project

Elective modules - choose 75 credits (all modules are 15 credits each):

  • Politics of Forced Displacement
  • Advanced Topics in International
  • Political Economy: The Offshore World
  • Global Governance
  • International Politics of the Middle East
  • American Foreign Policy
  • The Global Political Economy of Development
  • Political Change in Europe
  • Governance of the Global Economy
  • Global Money and Finance
  • Global Ethics: Power and Principle in World Politics
  • The Theory and Practice of Conflict and Peace
  • International News
  • Reporting the Environment
  • Quantitative Analysis of Social Research Data
  • Global Migration Processes
  • Sociology of Contemporary Europe
  • Broken Britain? Culture, Employment and Society
  • Emotions, Identities and Relationships
  • Work and Workers in the Twenty-First Century
  • Global Media Flows
  • Radicals and Reformers: Left-Wing Politics and Activism in Britain and the World since 1945
  • Revolutions in the Long Nineteenth Century.

Download the relevant programme specification

Overall workload

Most contact hours will take the form of lectures, interactive sessions, practical workshops and small group classes, supported by a personal tutorial system. The number will decrease as you progress and you become more able to direct your own learning. Approximate study time based on 2016/17 entry is as follows:

Year 1

15% scheduled, 85% independent, 0% placement

Year 2

14% scheduled, 86% independent, 0% placement

Year 3

9 scheduled, 91% independent, 0% placement

Career prospects

This degree will equip you with a strong theoretical and practical understanding of the issues surrounding international politics, enabling you to develop highly valuable, transferable skills. As a result, you will find a wide range of career and postgraduate study options open to you.

As a graduate of City's BSc (Hons) International Politics degree, you will be suited to a wide range of career options such as:

  • International organisations
  • Journalism and communication
  • NGOs
  • Politics
  • Research
  • Teaching
  • The civil service
  • The corporate sector

Recent employers

Our graduates have found proactive roles in a number of companies and organisations, including:

  • Blackwood Group
  • The London Borough of Islington
  • The Conservative Party
  • The Department for Business, Innovation & Skills
  • ESA Market Research
  • New Statesman

85.7% of graduates in employment or further study six months after completing the course Type%In employment47.6Work and study9.5Further study28.6Unemployed14.3

Find out more about the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey 2015-16

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardBSc (Hons)How you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study3 - 4 years
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesGBP 9250 per yearInternational course feesGBP 15300 per year

Notes about fees for this course

More about fees

*The tuition fee for UK and EU students is determined by the UK Government and was £9,250 for the first year of study at City in 2017/18. The tuition fee for students commencing their studies in 2018/19 has not yet been confirmed: we will update these pages as soon as we receive confirmation. Fees in each subsequent year of study may be subject to an annual increase limited to the Student Fees Inflation Index as determined by the UK Government's Office for Budget Responsibility. However, this is subject to confirmation. The index is derived from the All Items Retail Prices Index. If fees do increase in each subsequent year of study, we will confirm any change to the annual tuition fee to you in writing prior to you commencing each subsequent year of study. Fees in each subsequent year of study will be subject to an annual increase limited by the All Items Retail Prices Index.

** The tuition fee for Non-UK/non-EU students was £15,300 for the first year of study in 2018/19. Each subsequent year of study may be subject to annual increase, as detailed above for UK and EU students, but this is also subject to confirmation.


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At City, you will have the opportunity to gain invaluable work experience and apply your knowledge and skills in the real-world with our work placement scheme (based on competitive selection). You can spend four years completing your degree by undertaking a work placement between the second and third year of your degree.

By choosing to complete a placement, you will graduate with a "BSc in International Politics with Integrated Professional Training".

Study abroad

As a student on the International Politics course you may have opportunities to study abroad. Previous students have taken up study abroad opportunities at a range of universities:

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