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European Politics BA

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Overview

Our European Politics BA degree is an intellectually challenging study programme designed for students who want to gain an in-depth knowledge of politics and government with a particular emphasis on Europe. You will research the domestic politics of European countries as well as the integration of the European Union and the effect that this has had on governance in member states. You will also analyse the position of Europe in the international system.


Key benefits

  • Multi-national teaching faculty with a passion for their subject and a wealth of knowledge in the major fields of European politics.
  • Our degree programme combines in-depth study with flexibility, allowing you to pursue your interests in areas of politics and government.
  • Optional overseas study in the second semester of the second year. Current partner institutions located across Europe, the USA and South-East Asia.
  • You will gain an in-depth perspective on the governments, politics and histories of European countries.
  • Benefit from close links with the university's nationally-focused political studies departments.
  • Opportunities to be part of fundamental research and discussions. The department is a founding member of the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence, which regularly invites high-profile scholars and practitioners to events at King’s.
  • European Politics at King’s provides a firm grounding for a wide-range of careers, including in EU institutions and national government, but also journalism, public relations, consultancies, think tanks and charitable organisations or NGOs.

Key information

UCAS code L241

Duration Three years

Study mode Full-time

Course type Single honours

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy

Department

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Entry requirements

Required grades:

AAB

Required subjects

No compulsory subjects.

Preferred subjects

None.


Further information and other requirements

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

General Studies and Critical Thinking - College policy: Please note that AS/A level General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted by King's as one of your A or AS levels. However, if offered the grade achieved may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has just fallen short of the conditions of their offer

Access to HE Diploma: Access to HE Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits: 33 must be from units awarded at Distinction with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit.

Cambridge Pre-U: Three Pre-U Principal subjects at D3 D3 M2 . Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels) considered

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF from 2010): DDM with eleven Distinctions and two A levels at grades AB, or DDM with ten Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA.

BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF from 2010): DM with six Distinctions and two A levels at grades AB, or DM with four Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA.

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (QCF from 2010): D with four modules at Distinction and two A levels at grades AB, or M and two A levels at grades AA.

Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers: AA in Advanced Highers in addition to AAAAB in 5 Highers.

International Baccalaureate: Pass the IB Diploma with a total of at least 35 points, with three Higher Level subjects at 665. Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE.

Selection procedure

In addition to high academic qualifications we look for a commitment to the study of politics and history.  Some modules may also require additional language qualifications.  We welcome applications from mature students.

Application deadline:  15 January 2017

Required grades:

35 points overall with three Higher Level subjects at 665

Required subjects

No compulsory subjects.

Preferred subjects

None.

Further information and other requirements

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

General Studies and Critical Thinking - College policy: Please note that AS/A level General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted by King's as one of your A or AS levels. However, if offered the grade achieved may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has just fallen short of the conditions of their offer

Access to HE Diploma: Access to HE Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits: 33 must be from units awarded at Distinction with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit.

Cambridge Pre-U: Three Pre-U Principal subjects at D3 D3 M2 . Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels) considered

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF from 2010): DDM with eleven Distinctions and two A levels at grades AB, or DDM with ten Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA.

BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF from 2010): DM with six Distinctions and two A levels at grades AB, or DM with four Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA.

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (QCF from 2010): D with four modules at Distinction and two A levels at grades AB, or M and two A levels at grades AA.

Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers: AA in Advanced Highers in addition to AAAAB in 5 Highers.

International Baccalaureate: Pass the IB Diploma with a total of at least 35 points, with three Higher Level subjects at 665. Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE.

Selection procedure

In addition to high academic qualifications we look for a commitment to the study of politics and history.  Some modules may also require additional language qualifications.  We welcome applications from mature students.

Application deadline:  15 January 2017

Required grades:

45 Level 3 credits: 33 must be from units awarded at Distinction, with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit

Required subjects

No compulsory subjects.

Preferred subjects

None.

Further information and other requirements

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

General Studies and Critical Thinking - College policy: Please note that AS/A level General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted by King's as one of your A or AS levels. However, if offered the grade achieved may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has just fallen short of the conditions of their offer

Access to HE Diploma: Access to HE Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits: 33 must be from units awarded at Distinction with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit.

Cambridge Pre-U: Three Pre-U Principal subjects at D3 D3 M2 . Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels) considered

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF from 2010): DDM with eleven Distinctions and two A levels at grades AB, or DDM with ten Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA.

BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF from 2010): DM with six Distinctions and two A levels at grades AB, or DM with four Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA.

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (QCF from 2010): D with four modules at Distinction and two A levels at grades AB, or M and two A levels at grades AA.

Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers: AA in Advanced Highers in addition to AAAAB in 5 Highers.

International Baccalaureate: Pass the IB Diploma with a total of at least 35 points, with three Higher Level subjects at 665. Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE.

Selection procedure

In addition to high academic qualifications we look for a commitment to the study of politics and history.  Some modules may also require additional language qualifications.  We welcome applications from mature students.

Application deadline:  15 January 2017

Required grades:

D3 D3 M2

Required subjects

No compulsory subjects.

Preferred subjects

None.

Further information and other requirements

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

General Studies and Critical Thinking - College policy: Please note that AS/A level General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted by King's as one of your A or AS levels. However, if offered the grade achieved may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has just fallen short of the conditions of their offer

Access to HE Diploma: Access to HE Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits: 33 must be from units awarded at Distinction with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit.

Cambridge Pre-U: Three Pre-U Principal subjects at D3 D3 M2 . Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels) considered

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF from 2010): DDM with eleven Distinctions and two A levels at grades AB, or DDM with ten Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA.

BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF from 2010): DM with six Distinctions and two A levels at grades AB, or DM with four Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA.

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (QCF from 2010): D with four modules at Distinction and two A levels at grades AB, or M and two A levels at grades AA.

Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers: AA in Advanced Highers in addition to AAAAB in 5 Highers.

International Baccalaureate: Pass the IB Diploma with a total of at least 35 points, with three Higher Level subjects at 665. Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE.

Selection procedure

In addition to high academic qualifications we look for a commitment to the study of politics and history.  Some modules may also require additional language qualifications.  We welcome applications from mature students.

Application deadline:  15 January 2017

Required grades:

Further information below

Required subjects

No compulsory subjects.

Preferred subjects

None.

Further information and other requirements

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

General Studies and Critical Thinking - College policy: Please note that AS/A level General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted by King's as one of your A or AS levels. However, if offered the grade achieved may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has just fallen short of the conditions of their offer

Access to HE Diploma: Access to HE Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits: 33 must be from units awarded at Distinction with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit.

Cambridge Pre-U: Three Pre-U Principal subjects at D3 D3 M2 . Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels) considered

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF from 2010): DDM with eleven Distinctions and two A levels at grades AB, or DDM with ten Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA.

BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF from 2010): DM with six Distinctions and two A levels at grades AB, or DM with four Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA.

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (QCF from 2010): D with four modules at Distinction and two A levels at grades AB, or M and two A levels at grades AA.

Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers: AA in Advanced Highers in addition to AAAAB in 5 Highers.

International Baccalaureate: Pass the IB Diploma with a total of at least 35 points, with three Higher Level subjects at 665. Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE.

Selection procedure

In addition to high academic qualifications we look for a commitment to the study of politics and history.  Some modules may also require additional language qualifications.  We welcome applications from mature students.

Application deadline:  15 January 2017

Required grades:

Further information below

Required subjects

No compulsory subjects.

Preferred subjects

None.

Further information and other requirements

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

General Studies and Critical Thinking - College policy: Please note that AS/A level General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted by King's as one of your A or AS levels. However, if offered the grade achieved may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has just fallen short of the conditions of their offer

Access to HE Diploma: Access to HE Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits: 33 must be from units awarded at Distinction with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit.

Cambridge Pre-U: Three Pre-U Principal subjects at D3 D3 M2 . Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels) considered

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF from 2010): DDM with eleven Distinctions and two A levels at grades AB, or DDM with ten Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA.

BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF from 2010): DM with six Distinctions and two A levels at grades AB, or DM with four Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA.

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (QCF from 2010): D with four modules at Distinction and two A levels at grades AB, or M and two A levels at grades AA.

Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers: AA in Advanced Highers in addition to AAAAB in 5 Highers.

International Baccalaureate: Pass the IB Diploma with a total of at least 35 points, with three Higher Level subjects at 665. Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE.

Selection procedure

In addition to high academic qualifications we look for a commitment to the study of politics and history.  Some modules may also require additional language qualifications.  We welcome applications from mature students.

Application deadline:  15 January 2017

Required grades:

Further information below

Required subjects

No compulsory subjects.

Preferred subjects

None.

Further information and other requirements

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

General Studies and Critical Thinking - College policy: Please note that AS/A level General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted by King's as one of your A or AS levels. However, if offered the grade achieved may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has just fallen short of the conditions of their offer

Access to HE Diploma: Access to HE Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits: 33 must be from units awarded at Distinction with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit.

Cambridge Pre-U: Three Pre-U Principal subjects at D3 D3 M2 . Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels) considered

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF from 2010): DDM with eleven Distinctions and two A levels at grades AB, or DDM with ten Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA.

BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF from 2010): DM with six Distinctions and two A levels at grades AB, or DM with four Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA.

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (QCF from 2010): D with four modules at Distinction and two A levels at grades AB, or M and two A levels at grades AA.

Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers: AA in Advanced Highers in addition to AAAAB in 5 Highers.

International Baccalaureate: Pass the IB Diploma with a total of at least 35 points, with three Higher Level subjects at 665. Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE.

Selection procedure

In addition to high academic qualifications we look for a commitment to the study of politics and history.  Some modules may also require additional language qualifications.  We welcome applications from mature students.

Application deadline:  15 January 2017

Required grades:

80% overall

Required subjects

No compulsory subjects.

Preferred subjects

None.

Further information and other requirements

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

General Studies and Critical Thinking - College policy: Please note that AS/A level General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted by King's as one of your A or AS levels. However, if offered the grade achieved may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has just fallen short of the conditions of their offer

Access to HE Diploma: Access to HE Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits: 33 must be from units awarded at Distinction with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit.

Cambridge Pre-U: Three Pre-U Principal subjects at D3 D3 M2 . Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels) considered

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF from 2010): DDM with eleven Distinctions and two A levels at grades AB, or DDM with ten Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA.

BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF from 2010): DM with six Distinctions and two A levels at grades AB, or DM with four Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA.

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (QCF from 2010): D with four modules at Distinction and two A levels at grades AB, or M and two A levels at grades AA.

Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers: AA in Advanced Highers in addition to AAAAB in 5 Highers.

International Baccalaureate: Pass the IB Diploma with a total of at least 35 points, with three Higher Level subjects at 665. Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE.

Selection procedure

In addition to high academic qualifications we look for a commitment to the study of politics and history.  Some modules may also require additional language qualifications.  We welcome applications from mature students.

Application deadline:  15 January 2017

Visit our admissions webpages to view our international entry requirements and English language entry requirements.

Required subjects

No compulsory subjects.

Preferred subjects

None.

Further information and other requirements

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

General Studies and Critical Thinking - College policy: Please note that AS/A level General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted by King's as one of your A or AS levels. However, if offered the grade achieved may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has just fallen short of the conditions of their offer

Access to HE Diploma: Access to HE Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits: 33 must be from units awarded at Distinction with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit.

Cambridge Pre-U: Three Pre-U Principal subjects at D3 D3 M2 . Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels) considered

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF from 2010): DDM with eleven Distinctions and two A levels at grades AB, or DDM with ten Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA.

BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF from 2010): DM with six Distinctions and two A levels at grades AB, or DM with four Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA.

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (QCF from 2010): D with four modules at Distinction and two A levels at grades AB, or M and two A levels at grades AA.

Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers: AA in Advanced Highers in addition to AAAAB in 5 Highers.

International Baccalaureate: Pass the IB Diploma with a total of at least 35 points, with three Higher Level subjects at 665. Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE.

Selection procedure

In addition to high academic qualifications we look for a commitment to the study of politics and history.  Some modules may also require additional language qualifications.  We welcome applications from mature students.

Application deadline:  15 January 2017

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Course detail

Description

The European Politics BA degree aims to provide you with a sophisticated understanding of contemporary European politics. In the first year of study, you will gain a firm understanding of European politics and their historical origins. In the second and third years, you will focus on political science perspectives and a diverse choice of modules available for you to deepen your knowledge in the major areas of interest.

The course is a three-year study programme that comprises modules totalling 360 credits. Each year, you will take modules totalling 120 credits. Additionally, you can choose to study for a further 30 credits in languages at the Modern Language Centre.

Teaching

We use lectures, seminars and group tutorials to deliver most of the modules on the programme. You will also be expected to undertake a significant amount of independent study. You will be assigned a personal tutor who will provide support and guidance for your studies.

Assessment

The primary methods of assessment for this course are coursework, assessed essays, written examinations and individual and group presentations.

Location

The majority of learning for this degree takes place at the King’s College London Strand Campus. Please note that locations are determined by where each module is taught and may vary depending on the optional modules you select.

Other Related Courses

  • European Studies (French pathway)
  • European Studies (German pathway)
  • European Studies (Spanish pathway)
  • Politics
  • Political Economy

Structure



  • Required Modules

    • Introduction to Politics (30 credits)

    • The Making of Modern Europe (30 credits)

    Optional Modules

    • Introduction to International Economics (30 credits)

    • Challenges & Transformations: British Political History since 1945 (15 credits)

    • French Political Thought (15 credits)*

    • Revolution & Reaction in Modern France: an Introduction to Modern French History (15 credits)*

    • Milestones of German History (15 credits)

    • An Introduction to German Politics (15 credits)

    • British Politics & Society 1850-1945 (15 credits)

    • Politics & Society in Britain 1780-1945 (30 credits)

    • Spain in the Twentieth Century (15 credits)

    • Europe from 1793 to 1991 (30 credits)

    • Any other approved module

    * Note: these modules require that students have an A in A-Level French or equivalent.


  • Required Modules

    • The Integration of the European Union (30 credits)

    • Political Analysis (15 credits)

    • Research Methods in Political Science (15 credits)

    Optional Modules

    Additionally, you will choose 60 credits from a wide range of Europan Politics modules, each worth 15 or 30 credits, of which 30 credits must focus on one or more European country.

    Optional modules available may typically include:

    • Development Geographies: Livelihoods & Policy Contexts (Department of Geography) (15 credits)
    • Territory, State & Nation (Department of Geography) (15 credits)
    • Society & Popular Culture in Germany (Department of German) (15 credits)
    • Politics and Culture in Cold War Germany (15 credits)
    • Spain in the World (15 credits)
    • Nationalism in Spain (15 credits)
    • Modern French History (15 credits)

    You will have the opportunity to study abroad in the second semester of the second year. Partner universities currently include:

    • National University of Singapore
    • University of North Carolina
    • Sciences Po
    • Maastricht University

  • Required Modules

    There are no required modules for this course in year three. 

    Optional Modules

    Additionally, you will choose at least 30 credits from a wide range of European Politics optional modules, each worth 15 or 30 credits, of which 30 credits must focus on one or more European country. 

    Optional modules available may typically include:

    • Dissertation (with a national focus) (30 credits)
    • Contemporary German Politics (15 credits)
    • German Foreign Policy (15 credits)
    • Politics of Everyday Life in Germany (15 credits)
    • Contemporary French Politics (30 credits)*
    • Citizenship & Exclusion: Theories & Practices (France) (15 credits)*
    • Citizenship & Exclusion: Republicanism & its Discontents (France) (15 credits)*
    • Contemporary Spanish Politics: Institutions & Actors (15 credits)
    • Contemporary Spanish Politics: Issues & Public Policy (15 credits)
    • Political Economy in Spain (15 credits)

    * Note: these modules require that students have an A in A-Level French or equivalent.

    You will then choose a number of modules from a wide range of European & International Studies modules to take your total up to 120 credits for the year. You can select further credits from other optional modules from other departments (approved by the course leader) to bring your total for the year to 120 credits.

    King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. The optional modules offered may therefore change. We suggest that you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

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Career prospects

Our graduates go on to work in a range of professions including in EU institutions and national government, but also journalism, public relations and consultancies for various kinds. While some choose to continue their studies at graduate level.





Career destinations

Recent graduates from BA European Studies have found employment as: 

• Trade Policy Analyst, Organisation for Economic Co-operation & Development 

• Communications Consultant, Kreab Gavin Anderson 

• Event Coordinator, Reed Exhibitions 

• Individual Giving Administrator, Tate 

• Journalism/Writing Intern, New York Times

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Testimonials

European Politics

Undergraduate study

The European Politics BA gives students a comparative perspective on specific European countries and provides them with the theoretical and methodological tools to understand domestic politics as part of a European system of governance. The programme promotes an understanding of European politics within global politics. Students can specialise in areas such as foreign policy, political parties and institutions, economic policy and political thought.

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Fees and funding

Full time tuition fees UK:

The current tuition fee is set as £9,000 per year, a cap set by the UK Government. However, the Government is currently reviewing this policy, and you should be aware that the UK tuition fee for the 2017-2018 academic year may increase to £9,250. Depending on the decision reached by the UK Government, tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

 

Full time tuition fees EU:

Current regulations allow some students to pay UK tuition fees on the basis of their EU citizenship or residency. Until these eligibility criteria are changed, the EU tuition fee will remain the same as the UK tuition fee.

This means that the current tuition fee is £9,000 per year, a cap set by the UK Government. However, the Government is currently reviewing this policy, and you should be aware that the tuition fee for the 2017-2018 academic year may increase to £9,250. Depending on the decision reached by the UK Government, tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

 

Full time tuition fees International:

£17,050 p.a. (2017/18). This tuition fee is subject to annual increases, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

All International applicants to Undergraduate programmes are required to pay a deposit of £2,000 against their first year’s tuition fee. This deposit is payable when you firmly accept an unconditional offer to study with us, and will be offset against your tuition fees when you join King’s.

 

For further information, please visit our fees and funding pages.

 

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