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BSc in Politics and International Relations (Full Time)

University College London

Bachelor Degree , International Relations

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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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.