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Politics and International Relations

University College London

  • September, 2020 Start Date

  • 3 years Duration

  • Full Time Study Mode

  • £9250.00 Course Fee

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Course Description

The new BSc in Politics and International Relations is designed for people who are passionate about politics, and who want to look in-depth behind the headlines to understand the forces shaping today's world. The degree will empower you to assess some of the most pressing challenges of our time, both domestically and globally. Our training will equip you with the tools through which to analyse data, conduct research, and write persuasively.

    • Learn from world-leading experts in politics and international relations in the UCL Department of Political Science and School of Public Policy, who will teach your classes. 
    • Acquire the knowledge and know-how you need to analyse the major political problems of our time -- and evaluate how we should respond to them. 
    • Link your studies with real-world political developments, both through coursework that engages with current events and by learning from eminent practitioners at our flagship Policy & Practice Seminar Series.
    • Develop a portfolio of skills -- in how to undertake research, analyse data, argue persuasively, and communicate effectively -- valued by employers in both the public and private sectors. 

The new BSc in Politics and International Relations is designed for people who are passionate about politics, and who want to look in-depth behind the headlines to understand the forces shaping today's world. The degree will empower you to assess some of the most pressing challenges of our time, both domestically and globally. Our training will equip you with the tools through which to...

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Course Content

Year 1

Core or compulsory module(s)

The compulsory modules for the first year are:

  • How to Argue About Politics
  • Lies, Damned Lies, and Bullshit: Evidence and Inference for Citizens and Social Scientists
  • International Conflict and Cooperation
  • Democracy and Authoritarianism
  • Justice and Public Policy

You will also take modules in which you explore controversial contemporary political "hot topics" in detail. Topics vary in response to current events. These may include: Protest and Revolution; Globalisation and Populism; Refugees; and Identity Politics: Prejudice, Inclusion, and Equal Rights.

Please note that the exact titles of these modules may change. Please check the departmental website for updates on the specific titles of these modules.

Optional modules

There are no optional modules in year one.

Year 2

Core or compulsory module(s)

The compulsory modules for the second year are:

  • Foundations of Research Design
  • Quantative Methods
  • Qualitative Methods
  • Normative Methods
  • Politics and Policy in Practice

Please note that the exact titles of these modules may change. Please check the departmental website for updates on the specific titles of these modules.

Optional modules

Optional modules for the second year may include the following or similar. Please note that this list is subject to change – both removals and additions – and there is no guarantee that all of these optional modules will run in any given year.  

  • British Politics
  • Comparative Political Economy
  • Authority, Democracy, and Resistance
  • Ethics of Crime and Punishment
  • Strategies of Terrorism
  • International Security
  • Politics of the European Union
  • International Development and Public Policy
  • Global Environmental Politics
  • Human Rights and World Politics
  • Global Economic and Social Rights

Year 3

Core or compulsory module(s)

During the final year, the only compulsory module is the year-long final research project, which culiminates in a dissertation.

Optional modules

Optional modules for the third year may include the following or similar. Please note that this list is subject to change – both removals and additions – and there is no guarantee that all of these optional modules will run in any given year.  

  • British Politics
  • Comparative Political Economy
  • Authority, Democracy, and Resistance
  • Ethics of Crime and Punishment
  • Strategies of Terrorism
  • International Security
  • Politics of the European Union
  • International Development and Public Policy
  • Global Environmental Politics
  • Human Rights and World Politics
  • Global Economic and Social Rights
  • Public Policy
  • Wars and Violence
  • Voters, Public Opinion, and Political Participation
  • Global Justice
  • Conflict Resolution and Postwar Development
  • Managing Government

Year 1 Core or compulsory module(s) The compulsory modules for the first year are: How to Argue About Politics Lies, Damned Lies, and Bullshit: Evidence and Inference for Citizens and Social Scientists International Conflict and Cooperation Democracy and Authoritarianism Justice...

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Available Dates

Location Start Date Price  

Classroom

Bloomsbury

Full Time, 3 years

September, 2020

£9250.00

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Entry Requirements

A Levels

Grades

AAA

Subjects

No specific subjects. An essay based subject is preferred but not required.

Please refer to UCL’s list of preferred A level subjects.

GCSEs

English Language and Mathematics at grade C or 5. For UK-based students, a grade C or 5 or equivalent in a foreign language (other than Ancient Greek, Biblical Hebrew or Latin) is required. UCL provides opportunities to meet the foreign language requirement following enrolment, further details at: www.ucl.ac.uk/ug-reqs

Contextual offer

Grades

ABB (more about contextual offers)

Subjects

No specific subjects. An essay based subject is preferred but not required.

GCSEs

English Language and Mathematics at grade C or 5. For UK-based students, a grade C or 5 or equivalent in a foreign language (other than Ancient Greek, Biblical Hebrew or Latin) is required. UCL provides opportunities to meet the foreign language requirement following enrolment, further details at: www.ucl.ac.uk/ug-reqs

IB Diploma

Points

38

Subjects

A score of 18 points in three higher level subjects, with no score lower than 5. An essay based subject at HL is preferred but not required.

Contextual offer

Points

34 (more about contextual offers)

Subjects

A score of 16 points in three higher level subjects, with no score lower than 5.

English language requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency. Information about the evidence required, acceptable qualifications and test providers can be found on our English language requirements page.

The English language level for this programme is: Advanced

A variety of English language programmes are offered at the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education.

A Levels Grades AAA Subjects No specific subjects. An essay based subject is preferred but not required. Please refer to UCL’s list of preferred A level subjects. GCSEs English Language and Mathematics at grade C or 5. For UK-based students, a...

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Assessment Methods

Assessment includes essays, problem sets, examinations, presentations, literature reviews, policy briefs, and a final research project, culminating in a dissertation. 

Assessment includes essays, problem sets, examinations, presentations, literature reviews, policy briefs, and a final research project, culminating in a dissertation. 

Student Satisfaction

Source: NSS

Overall student satisfaction
77%
of students were satisfied overall
The teaching on my course
80% of students strongly agree that staff are good explaining things
74% of students strongly agree that staff have made the subject interesting
87% of students strongly agree that the course is intellectually stimulating
72% of students strongly agree that the course has challenged them to achieve their best work
Learning opportunities
81% of students strongly agree that the course has provided them with opportunities to explore ideas or concepts in depth
82% of students strongly agree that the course has provided them with opportunities to bring information and ideas together from different topics
67% of students strongly agree that the course has provided them with opportunities to apply what they have learnt
Assessment and feedback
61% of students strongly agree that the criteria used in marking have been clear in advance
72% of students strongly agree that the marking and assessment has been fair
57% of students strongly agree that the teedback on their work has been timely
57% of students strongly agree that they have received helpful comments on my work
Academic support
80% of students strongly agree that they have been able to contact staff when they needed to
60% of students strongly agree that they have received sufficient advice and guidance in relation to their course
54% of students strongly agree that good advice was available when they needed to make study choices on their course
Organisation and management
59% of students strongly agree that the course is well organised and running smoothly
75% of students strongly agree that the timetable works efficiently for them
74% of students strongly agree that any changes in the course or teaching have been communicated effectively
Learning resources
79% of students strongly agree that the IT resources and facilities provided have supported their learning well
84% of students strongly agree that the library resources (e.g. books, online services and learning spaces) have supported their learning well
88% of students strongly agree that they have been able to 3ess course-specific resources (e.g. equipment, facilities, software, collections) when they needed to
Learning community
56% of students strongly agree that they feel part of a community of staff and students
70% of students strongly agree that they have had the right opportunities to work with other students as part of their course
Student voice
87% of students strongly agree that they have had the right opportunities to provide feedback on their course
71% of students strongly agree that staff value students’ views and opinions about the course
58% of students strongly agree that it is clear how students’ feedback on the course has been acted on
44% of students strongly agree that the students’ union (association or guild) effectively represents students’ academic interests

University TEF Outcome

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Statistics

Source: hesa.ac.uk

  • UCAS Points128

  • Employment Rate75%

  • Average Graduate Salary£27000

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