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European Politics BA

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Overview

This intellectually challenging programme is designed for students who want to gain an in-depth knowledge of politics and government with a particular emphasis on Europe. You will study 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 place of Europe in the international system. There is the option to study abroad in the second semester of the second year at one of our partner institutions.


Key benefits

The programme aims to equip students with the skills required to critically analyse European politics at both the domestic and international levels. It is designed for students interested in the politics and government of individual European states and the European Union. Students will acquire an in-depth knowledge of European politics, international relations and political economy and will also gain valuable transferable skills in research design and methods.

  • Join a degree taught by research-active, multi-national staff with a passion for their subject and a wealth of knowledge in key fields of European politics: political institutions, foreign policy, political economy, and many more.

  • Choose from a wide range of modules that enable you to specialise in particular fields of politics and government.

  • Study abroad is an option in the second semester of your second year. We have partner institutions to select from across Europe, the USA and South-East Asia.
  • Gain an in-depth perspective on the governments, politics and histories of European countries

  • Benefit from close links with the univeristy’s nationally-focused political studies departments.

  • Be at the heart of key 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.

  • Set yourself up for your future career. European Politics at King’s provides a strong 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.

  • Get more from your degree. All European Politics students can undertake 30 credits worth of language courses from the Modern Languages Centre free of charge (no prior knowledge of a language is necessary but marks for the course will contribute towards your degree classification).

Please note: Assessed internship placements are not included as part of this programme. However, King’s Careers & Employability can help you to find a range of different work experience options, including internships, placements and shadowing opportunities.


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 Arts & Humanities

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: January 15th 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: January 15th 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: January 15th 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: January 15th 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: January 15th 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: January 15th 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: January 15th 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: January 15th 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: January 15th 2017

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Course detail

Description

The purpose of our undergraduate programme is to provide students with a sophisticated understanding of contemporary European politics. The programme places an emphasis in year one on achieving a grounding of European politics rooted in history, but in year 2 and 3 shifts the focus to political science perspectives and widens the choice of modules available for students to deepen their knowledge in particular areas. The BA European Politics is comprised of 360 credits in total, studied over three years. Students take 120 credits each year. In addition, they are permitted to take 30 optional credits in languages at the Modern Language Centre.

Teaching style

BA European Politics is similar in teaching style to BA European Studies. However, a larger proportion of the modules are taught by staff within the Department of European & International Studies, rather than the other contributing departments such as History, Political Economy, German, French and Spanish, Portuguese & Latin American Studies.

Structure of course and assessment

BA European Politics adopts a comparative perspective by giving students the opportunity to take a range of modules on specific European countries but also provides them with the theoretical tools to understand how domestic politics is also part of a European system of governance and where borders have become less significant for the circulation of people, goods and ideas. Through its compulsory modules the programme promotes an understanding of European politics as situated in and influenced by the international system and global politics. It offers substantial opportunities for specialisation in areas such as foreign policy, economic policy and political thought, plus the expertise of staff to offer supervision of an extended essay.

Location

The Strand Campus, where most of the teaching takes place, is located in the heart of London adjacent to the Thames and close to Covent Garden. No other place in the United Kingdom can compete with London with regards to the opportunities on offer for the study of modern Europe. The library and research facilities available, as well as the range of contacts with cultural institutes, libraries, international firms, journalists, clubs and government agencies, far outstrip anything available elsewhere. Foreign language film showings, exhibitions, political talks and other cultural events take place continually.

Structure

  • The European Politics programme was introduced in 2013. The Department of European & International Studies reviews the modules offered on a regular basis in order to maintain an innovative and exciting programme and therefore this list is subject to change and not all of the optional modules are available each year. Students are also able to take certain modules from other departments in the College subject to approval from the programme convenor and the individual module convenors. In addition, students have the option to undertake 30 credits of modern language courses. 


    In the first year students will be given a firm grounding in political science, political thought and the historical development of contemporary European politics and societies through the two 30 credit compulsory modules Introduction to Politics and The Making of Modern Europe. They will take an additional 60 credits of modules, 30 credits of which must focus on at least two different European countries e.g. students could take An Introduction to German Politics and Spain in the Twentieth Century.


    Required Modules

    • Introduction to Politics

    • The Making of Modern Europe: Historical, Political and Sociological Approaches

    Optional Modules

    • Introduction to International Economics (30 credits)

    • Challenges and 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 and Society 1850-1945 (15 credits)

    • Politics and 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

  • In the second year, students are introduced to the analysis of European integration and the principles of social and political research through three compulsory modules to give them a firm grounding for analysing the interplay between different levels of politics. Students take 60 credits of additional options to deepen their knowledge particular areas of politics and government, of which, at least 30 credits need to be focused on one or more European countries (Central and East European Politics can count towards these credits).


    Required Modules

    • The Integration of the European Union (30 credits)

    • Political Analysis (15 credits)

    • Research Methods in Political Science (15 credits)

    Optional Modules

    • International Political Economy

    • International Relations

    • Foreign Policy Analysis

    • Introduction to French Politics and Society (15 credits)

    • The Politics of Central and Eastern Europe (15 credits)

    • Development Geographies: Livelihoods & Policy Contexts (15 credits)

    • Territory, State & Nation (15 credits)

    • Society, Politics and Popular Culture in Germany After 1870 (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)

    • The French Civil War 1934-1970

    • British Foreign Policy in the Age of Palmerston: c.1815-c.1865 (15 credits)

    • Any other approved module

  • In the final year students can take a range of modules to develop their knowledge of individual countries or gain an advanced comparative perspective on government politics, political economy and political thought in Europe. Students must take 120 credits in total from a large range of optional modules with the only restriction that at least 30 credits need to be focused on a particular European country (which may include the extended essay).


    Optional Modules

    • Representative Government in Modern Europe (15 credits)

    • Public Policy in Europe (15 credits)

    • The EU in the International System

    • European Political Economy

    • European Political Thought

    • The Political Economy of Money, Finance and Crisis

    • Extended Essay

    • Contemporary German Politics (15 credits)

    • Contemporary French Politics

    • Contemporary Spanish Politics: Institutions and Actors (15 credits)

    • Contemporary Spanish Politics: Issues and Public Policy (15 credits)
    • German Foreign Policy (15 credits)

    • Politics of Everyday Life in Germany (15 credits)

    • Political Economy in Spain (15 credits)

    • Any other approved module

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Career prospects

Our undergraduate programmes in the Department of European & International Studies at King’s provides an ideal grounding for a wide-range of careers, including in EU institutions and national government, but also journalism, public relations and consultancies for various kinds.

We expect graduates to pursue varied career trajectories within national governments, European and international institutions, news media and public relations, non-governmental organisations or consultancies of various kinds.




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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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 - Home/EU

£9,000 p.a. (2016/17)*

Full time tuition fees - Overseas

£16,250 p.a. (2016/17)**

For further undergraduate funding information, please visit our fees and funding webpages.

*This tuition fee may be subject to annual increases.

**This tuition fee is subject to annual increases.

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