You spend your first and fourth years of study on the Science Po Lille campus, where teaching is in French, and your second and third years at Kent.
After four years, successful students gain their BA degree from the University of Kent and go on to complete a fifth year of study, normally at Lille or one of their partner institutions, to graduate with a Sciences Po diplôme.
Reasons to study Politics and International Relations (Bi-diplôme) at Kent
You’ll join the supportive and welcoming communities and gain access to world class facilities on both our Canterbury campus, and the Sciences Po Lille campus. You’ll develop your spoken and written language skills in both French and English and obtain a degree recognised in both educational systems. You’ll study a wide range of modules developed by our innovative lecturers, who advise governments around the world. Build your degree around your interests. You can shape your degree outside of the classroom through Politics and IR Society and Kent Model UN. These student-led societies host regular events, talks and debates with high-profile speakers, such as Jess Phillips MP, on tackling domestic violence.
What you'll learn
You learn to explore the challenges facing the world, utilising the different concepts and approaches of political theory. You benefit from the expertise of staff who have advised governments and conducted conflict mediation exercises, deepening your understanding, and developing solutions to a range of issues, from terrorism to the impact of the pandemic on politics, and political polarisation. Your time spent studying at Lille develops your proficiency in French and offers an exceptional insight into European political thought.
See the modules you'll study
Our main teaching methods are lectures, seminars, working groups, PC laboratory sessions and individual discussions with your personal tutor or module teachers. Assessment is through continuous feedback, written examinations, assessed essays and oral presentations.
Politics Open Forum
We hold a weekly extra-curricular Open Forum organised by our School research groups, where students and staff have the opportunity to discuss and debate key issues of the day that affect higher education and politics in the world today.
Knowledge and understanding
You gain knowledge and understanding of:
- key concepts, theories and methods and how to use them to analyse political ideas, institutions, practices and issues in the global arena
- the structure, institutions and operation of different political systems
- the social, economic, historical and cultural contexts of political institutions and behaviour
- the political dynamics of interaction between people, events, ideas and institutions
- the contestable nature of many concepts and different approaches to the study of politics and international relations
- the normative and positive foundations of political ideas
- the ways in which politics is linked to related disciplines such as economics, law and philosophy
- advanced use of the French language
- in-depth knowledge of French culture and society.
You gain intellectual skills in how to:
- gather, organise and deploy information from a variety of primary and secondary sources
- identify, investigate, analyse, formulate and advocate solutions to problems
- develop reasoned arguments, synthesise relevant information and exercise critical judgement
- reflect on, and manage, your own learning and make use of constructive feedback to enhance your own performance and personal skills
- use your understanding of different educational curricula and learning methods in your own work
- integrate into a different educational, cultural, social and linguistic environment.
You gain subject-specific skills in:
- understanding the nature and significance of politics as a human activity within its wider economic, legal and philosophical context
- the application of concepts, theories and methods to the analysis of political ideas, institutions, practices and issues in the global arena
- how to evaluate different interpretations of world political events and issues
- the ability to describe, evaluate and apply different approaches to collecting, analysing and presenting political information
- either economics, law, philosophy or a third European language, depending on the option chosen
- advanced knowledge and use of the French language
- in-depth knowledge of French culture and society.
You develop transferable skills in the following areas:
- communication – how to communicate effectively in speech and writing in both English and French; how to organise information clearly; how to use communication and IT for the retrieval and presentation of information, including statistical or numerical data
- numeracy – how to make sense of statistical materials; integrate numerical and non-numerical information, and understand the limits and potentialities of arguments based on quantitative information
- information technology – how to produce written documents; undertake online research; communicate using email; process information using databases
- reflective learning – how to explore personal strengths and weaknesses; review your working environment (especially the student-staff relationship); develop autonomy in your learning; work independently, demonstrate initiative, self-organisation and time-management
- working with others – how to define and review the work of others; work co-operatively on group tasks; understand how groups function; collaborate with others and contribute to the achievement of common goals
- problem solving – how to identify and define problems; explore alternative solutions and discriminate between them
- intercultural awareness – how to recognise the differences and similarities between British and French academic and cultural contexts and develop the flexibility to perform well in different environments.
The programme aims to:
- meet the needs of those who wish to study politics and international relations within a broader social science context
- provide the opportunity to study in the UK and France and obtain degrees recognised in both educational systems
- enable you to experience academic and personal life in two different institutional, national and linguistic environments and develop knowledge and understanding of their respective cultures and societies
- place political questions, both domestic and international, at the centre of social-scientific analysis
- enable you to understand and use the concepts, approaches and methods of politics and develop an understanding of their contested nature
- enable you to link your studies to related disciplines such as economics, law and philosophy
- develop your capacity to think critically about political and social events, ideas and institutions
- encourage you to relate your academic studies to questions of public concern
- provide a curriculum supported by scholarship and a research culture that promotes wide-ranging intellectual enquiry and debate
- enable you to develop skills relevant to your vocational and personal development
- enable you to perfect your command of English and French.