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Politics BA/BSc

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Overview

Our BA/BSc Politics course offers a demanding and stimulating programme of study covering international politics, comparative politics, and political theory, with an emphasis on developing your analytical and research skills.


Key benefits

  • You will learn to think critically and independently about key issues in politics and develop a range of skills to support your intellectual, vocational and personal development.
  • Given the interdisciplinary nature of the department, you will also have many opportunities to explore the interplay between politics and economics.
  • In your first year, you’ll learn about the core concepts and issues in politics and about the statistical techniques we employ. Your second and third years will feature a wide range of options, plus some further required modules, depending on whether you choose the Politics BA or BSc degree. You’ll consider how you could investigate the important problems we face in politics, and produce your own proposal for a piece of research. Building on these skills, you will conduct and write up your own piece of original research on a subject of your choice for your third-year dissertation.

 


Key information

UCAS code L240

Duration Three years FT, six years PT

Study mode Full-time, Part-time

Course type Single honours

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy

Department Department of Political Economy

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Entry requirements

Required grades:

AAA

Required subjects

None.

 

Preferred subjects

Essay focused subjects.


Further information and other requirements

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

A-levels: AAA. At least one essay-focused subject preferred.

Access to HE Diploma: Access to Humanities (or similar) Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits: 36 must be from units awarded at Distinction, with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit. Preference for essay-focused Level 3 study.

Cambridge Pre-U: Three Pre-U Principal subjects at D3 D3 D3. At least one essay-focused subject preferred. 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 AA.

BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF from 2010): DM with six 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 AA.

Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers: AA in Advanced Highers in addition to AAAAB in 5 Highers. At least one essay-focused subject preferred.

International Baccalaureate: Pass the IB Diploma with a total of at least 35 points, with three Higher Level subjects at 666 . Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE. At least one essay-focused subject preferred at HL

 

Selection procedure

Applicants should normally possess Level 3 qualifications (with AAA at A level or equivalent). Applicants with Access to HE qualifications will be considered. Aptitude will be assessed for part-time applicants in employment on the basis of their prior experiential learning.

Application deadline for 2017 entry: 15 January 2017

Required grades:

35 points overall and three Higher Level subjects at 666

Required subjects

None.

 

Preferred subjects

Essay focused subjects.

Further information and other requirements

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

A-levels: AAA. At least one essay-focused subject preferred.

Access to HE Diploma: Access to Humanities (or similar) Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits: 36 must be from units awarded at Distinction, with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit. Preference for essay-focused Level 3 study.

Cambridge Pre-U: Three Pre-U Principal subjects at D3 D3 D3. At least one essay-focused subject preferred. 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 AA.

BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF from 2010): DM with six 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 AA.

Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers: AA in Advanced Highers in addition to AAAAB in 5 Highers. At least one essay-focused subject preferred.

International Baccalaureate: Pass the IB Diploma with a total of at least 35 points, with three Higher Level subjects at 666 . Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE. At least one essay-focused subject preferred at HL

 

Selection procedure

Applicants should normally possess Level 3 qualifications (with AAA at A level or equivalent). Applicants with Access to HE qualifications will be considered. Aptitude will be assessed for part-time applicants in employment on the basis of their prior experiential learning.

Application deadline for 2017 entry: 15 January 2017

Required grades:

45 Level 3 credits: 36 must be awarded at Distinction, with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit

Required subjects

None.

 

Preferred subjects

Essay focused subjects.

Further information and other requirements

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

A-levels: AAA. At least one essay-focused subject preferred.

Access to HE Diploma: Access to Humanities (or similar) Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits: 36 must be from units awarded at Distinction, with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit. Preference for essay-focused Level 3 study.

Cambridge Pre-U: Three Pre-U Principal subjects at D3 D3 D3. At least one essay-focused subject preferred. 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 AA.

BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF from 2010): DM with six 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 AA.

Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers: AA in Advanced Highers in addition to AAAAB in 5 Highers. At least one essay-focused subject preferred.

International Baccalaureate: Pass the IB Diploma with a total of at least 35 points, with three Higher Level subjects at 666 . Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE. At least one essay-focused subject preferred at HL

 

Selection procedure

Applicants should normally possess Level 3 qualifications (with AAA at A level or equivalent). Applicants with Access to HE qualifications will be considered. Aptitude will be assessed for part-time applicants in employment on the basis of their prior experiential learning.

Application deadline for 2017 entry: 15 January 2017

Required grades:

D3 D3 D3

Required subjects

None.

 

Preferred subjects

Essay focused subjects.

Further information and other requirements

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

A-levels: AAA. At least one essay-focused subject preferred.

Access to HE Diploma: Access to Humanities (or similar) Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits: 36 must be from units awarded at Distinction, with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit. Preference for essay-focused Level 3 study.

Cambridge Pre-U: Three Pre-U Principal subjects at D3 D3 D3. At least one essay-focused subject preferred. 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 AA.

BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF from 2010): DM with six 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 AA.

Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers: AA in Advanced Highers in addition to AAAAB in 5 Highers. At least one essay-focused subject preferred.

International Baccalaureate: Pass the IB Diploma with a total of at least 35 points, with three Higher Level subjects at 666 . Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE. At least one essay-focused subject preferred at HL

 

Selection procedure

Applicants should normally possess Level 3 qualifications (with AAA at A level or equivalent). Applicants with Access to HE qualifications will be considered. Aptitude will be assessed for part-time applicants in employment on the basis of their prior experiential learning.

Application deadline for 2017 entry: 15 January 2017

Required grades:

Further information below

Required subjects

None.

 

Preferred subjects

Essay focused subjects.

Further information and other requirements

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

A-levels: AAA. At least one essay-focused subject preferred.

Access to HE Diploma: Access to Humanities (or similar) Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits: 36 must be from units awarded at Distinction, with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit. Preference for essay-focused Level 3 study.

Cambridge Pre-U: Three Pre-U Principal subjects at D3 D3 D3. At least one essay-focused subject preferred. 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 AA.

BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF from 2010): DM with six 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 AA.

Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers: AA in Advanced Highers in addition to AAAAB in 5 Highers. At least one essay-focused subject preferred.

International Baccalaureate: Pass the IB Diploma with a total of at least 35 points, with three Higher Level subjects at 666 . Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE. At least one essay-focused subject preferred at HL

 

Selection procedure

Applicants should normally possess Level 3 qualifications (with AAA at A level or equivalent). Applicants with Access to HE qualifications will be considered. Aptitude will be assessed for part-time applicants in employment on the basis of their prior experiential learning.

Application deadline for 2017 entry: 15 January 2017

Required grades:

Further information below

Required subjects

None.

 

Preferred subjects

Essay focused subjects.

Further information and other requirements

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

A-levels: AAA. At least one essay-focused subject preferred.

Access to HE Diploma: Access to Humanities (or similar) Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits: 36 must be from units awarded at Distinction, with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit. Preference for essay-focused Level 3 study.

Cambridge Pre-U: Three Pre-U Principal subjects at D3 D3 D3. At least one essay-focused subject preferred. 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 AA.

BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF from 2010): DM with six 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 AA.

Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers: AA in Advanced Highers in addition to AAAAB in 5 Highers. At least one essay-focused subject preferred.

International Baccalaureate: Pass the IB Diploma with a total of at least 35 points, with three Higher Level subjects at 666 . Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE. At least one essay-focused subject preferred at HL

 

Selection procedure

Applicants should normally possess Level 3 qualifications (with AAA at A level or equivalent). Applicants with Access to HE qualifications will be considered. Aptitude will be assessed for part-time applicants in employment on the basis of their prior experiential learning.

Application deadline for 2017 entry: 15 January 2017

Required grades:

Further information below

Required subjects

None.

 

Preferred subjects

Essay focused subjects.

Further information and other requirements

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

A-levels: AAA. At least one essay-focused subject preferred.

Access to HE Diploma: Access to Humanities (or similar) Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits: 36 must be from units awarded at Distinction, with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit. Preference for essay-focused Level 3 study.

Cambridge Pre-U: Three Pre-U Principal subjects at D3 D3 D3. At least one essay-focused subject preferred. 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 AA.

BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF from 2010): DM with six 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 AA.

Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers: AA in Advanced Highers in addition to AAAAB in 5 Highers. At least one essay-focused subject preferred.

International Baccalaureate: Pass the IB Diploma with a total of at least 35 points, with three Higher Level subjects at 666 . Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE. At least one essay-focused subject preferred at HL

 

Selection procedure

Applicants should normally possess Level 3 qualifications (with AAA at A level or equivalent). Applicants with Access to HE qualifications will be considered. Aptitude will be assessed for part-time applicants in employment on the basis of their prior experiential learning.

Application deadline for 2017 entry: 15 January 2017

Required grades:

85% overall

Required subjects

None.

 

Preferred subjects

Essay focused subjects.

Further information and other requirements

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

A-levels: AAA. At least one essay-focused subject preferred.

Access to HE Diploma: Access to Humanities (or similar) Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits: 36 must be from units awarded at Distinction, with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit. Preference for essay-focused Level 3 study.

Cambridge Pre-U: Three Pre-U Principal subjects at D3 D3 D3. At least one essay-focused subject preferred. 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 AA.

BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF from 2010): DM with six 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 AA.

Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers: AA in Advanced Highers in addition to AAAAB in 5 Highers. At least one essay-focused subject preferred.

International Baccalaureate: Pass the IB Diploma with a total of at least 35 points, with three Higher Level subjects at 666 . Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE. At least one essay-focused subject preferred at HL

 

Selection procedure

Applicants should normally possess Level 3 qualifications (with AAA at A level or equivalent). Applicants with Access to HE qualifications will be considered. Aptitude will be assessed for part-time applicants in employment on the basis of their prior experiential learning.

Application deadline for 2017 entry: 15 January 2017

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

Required subjects

None.

 

Preferred subjects

Essay focused subjects.

Further information and other requirements

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

A-levels: AAA. At least one essay-focused subject preferred.

Access to HE Diploma: Access to Humanities (or similar) Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits: 36 must be from units awarded at Distinction, with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit. Preference for essay-focused Level 3 study.

Cambridge Pre-U: Three Pre-U Principal subjects at D3 D3 D3. At least one essay-focused subject preferred. 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 AA.

BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF from 2010): DM with six 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 AA.

Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers: AA in Advanced Highers in addition to AAAAB in 5 Highers. At least one essay-focused subject preferred.

International Baccalaureate: Pass the IB Diploma with a total of at least 35 points, with three Higher Level subjects at 666 . Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE. At least one essay-focused subject preferred at HL

 

Selection procedure

Applicants should normally possess Level 3 qualifications (with AAA at A level or equivalent). Applicants with Access to HE qualifications will be considered. Aptitude will be assessed for part-time applicants in employment on the basis of their prior experiential learning.

Application deadline for 2017 entry: 15 January 2017

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Course detail

Description

The interaction of people, ideas and institutions is central to shaping the outcomes of political processes and government decision-making at global, national, regional and local levels. Our Politics BA/BSc will develop your knowledge and understanding of the relationship between government and society and explore questions of political order and decision making.

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

We will assess your progress and attainment on all the modules you take on both the BA and BSc degrees through a range of techniques including written examinations, coursework, assessed essays and presentations. You may also benefit from some informal assessment during individual modules to help steer your studies and enhance your learning.

Location

Politics BA/BSc is taught primarily at our Strand Campus, putting you close to all the facilities offered by the university and within easy reach of the cultural attractions of the Southbank and Covent Garden. The library and computing facilities are readily accessible together with the opportunity to use the University of London library at Senate House.

Other related courses:

  • Political Economy 
  • Politics, Philosophy & Economics 
  • Politics, Philosophy & Law LLB
  • Economics
  • European Politics

Structure



  • Required Modules

    Your first year will comprise the following compulsory modules:

    • Fundamentals of Politics Research (15 credits)
    • World Politics Since 1945 (30 credits)
    • Comparing Political Systems (30 credits)
    • Introduction to Political Theory (30 credits)
    • Statistics for Political Science (15 credits)

     

    Optional Modules

    There are no optional modules for this course in Year 1.


  • Required Modules

    After year 1, you will choose whether to read for the BA or the BSc.

    The following 15-credit modules are required for this course:

    • Research Methods for Politics

    If you choose Politics BSc, you will also be required to take these modules:

    • Game Theory & Strategic Decision-Making (15 credits)
    • Statistics for Political Science II (15 credits)

     

    Optional Modules

    You will then select further modules to bring your total credits to 120 for the year from a wide range of options, each of which typically carries 15 credits. To ensure that we continue to provide an exciting and stimulating range of options, we review our provision of modules regularly. Please check here for updates or contact the department for more information:

    • Issues & International Politics
    • Political Economy: Approaches, Concepts & Issues
    • The International Politics of Energy
    • History of Political Thought
    • Political Change in Europe
    • The Political Theory of Capitalism
    • Stability & Change in Post-Colonial Nations
    • Institutions, Economics & Change
    • Ethics, Economics & Environmental Protection
    • The Economics of Politics
    • Extended Essay

    As a second-year student you also have the option to study abroad with one of our partner institutions for the second semester of the year. These currently include:

    • Hong Kong University (Faculty of Economics & Business)
    • National University of Singapore
    • 3 Campus Programme (students attend Keio, Yonsei and HKU)
    • University of North Carolina
    • Georgetown University
    • Sciences Po, Paris (you would basic French language for this option although a significant number of English-language taught modules are now available) – this option is not appropriate for BSc students because the required economics modules are not guaranteed.
    • University of California – this option is not appropriate for BSc students because the required economics modules are not guaranteed.

  • Required Modules

    • Dissertation (30 credits)

    Optional Modules

    You will then select further modules to bring your total credits to 120 for the year from a wide range of options, each of which typically carries 15 credits. To ensure that we continue to provide an exciting and stimulating range of options, we review our provision of modules regularly. Please check here for updates or contact the department for more information: 

    • Political Economy: Advanced Analysis
    • Democracy & Its Critics
    • Religion & Politics
    • Commerce, Liberty & Virtue
    • Democracy & Development
    • The Politics of Culture & Identity
    • Advanced Issues in International Politics
    • The Economics of Crime
    • Economic Policy-Making
    • Advanced Issues in International Politics
    • Behavioural Political Economy
    • Liberalism
    • Global Power Europe
    • International Institutions & Global Governance
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Career prospects

Your Politics BA/BSc will equip you for a wide-range of career options in business, government and policy, the public sector, charity and social enterprise. Through your course, you will acquire skills and knowledge that are recognised and valued by employers in policy development, governmental roles and communications, amongst many others.

Your Politics BA/BSc will equip you for a wide-range of career options in business, government and policy, the public sector, charity and social enterprise. Through your course, you will acquire skills and knowledge that are recognised and valued by employers in policy development, governmental roles and communications, amongst many others.

Career destinations

Recent graduates from the Department of Political Economy have found employment as:

  • public affairs executive, London Chamber of Commerce & Industry
  • junior political consultant, Ketchum Pleon
  • production management assistant, BBC
  • press and communications officer, European Parliament
  • communications officer, Drugscope
  • finance analyst, BNP Paribas

 

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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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