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Overview

The BA/BSc Politics provides students with a demanding and stimulating programme of study that focuses on the different subfields of politics, including international politics, comparative politics, and political theory. The course also puts emphasis on the development of analytical and research skills.


Key benefits

The programme will train students to think critically and independently about key issues in politics and to develop the range of skills that will support their intellectual, vocational and personal development.

On BA/BSc Politics, we encourage students to think of themselves as researchers, not just as students. In the first year, you will learn about basic statistical techniques, while in the second year, you will think about how you would investigate the important problems we face in politics, and you will produce your own proposal for such a piece of research. You will build on these skills as the programme continues, culminating in your third year dissertation, where you will conduct your own research on a subject of your choice.

After a grounding in core concepts and issues in the first year, students have a considerable amount of choice in the second and third years, with a range of option courses available and the opportunity for individual research. Given the interdisciplinary nature of the department, you will also have many opportunities to explore the interplay between politics and economics.

 


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: This course is now closed to applicants for 2016 entry.

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: This course is now closed to applicants for 2016 entry.

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: This course is now closed to applicants for 2016 entry.

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: This course is now closed to applicants for 2016 entry.

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: This course is now closed to applicants for 2016 entry.

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: This course is now closed to applicants for 2016 entry.

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: This course is now closed to applicants for 2016 entry.

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: This course is now closed to applicants for 2016 entry.

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: This course is now closed to applicants for 2016 entry.

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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.

Accordingly, the BA/BSc Politics relates the study of politics to developing knowledge and understanding of the relations between government and society. Exploring those issues gives a central place to questions of political order and decision making.

Teaching style

Sitting within the Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy, the Department of Political Economy has an interdisciplinary, social science ethos that cultivates a highly stimulating intellectual environment attracting leading scholars. A research-led curriculum encourages critical analysis and debate on contemporary international political and policy issues. A variety of teaching methods are used on the programme. Most modules use lectures accompanied by small seminars.

Structure of course and assessment

The Department offers three related undergraduate programmes: the BA/BSc Politics, the BA/BSc Political Economy and the BA Philosophy, Politics & Economics (PPE). 

The modules students take on both degrees will be assessed through a range of techniques including examinations, coursework and tutorial participation.

Location

Teaching is based on the Strand Campus with all the facilities offered by the College easily available and the cultural attractions of the Southbank and Covent Garden on its doorstep. The library and computing facilities are readily accessible together with the opportunity to use the University of London library at Senate House.

 

Structure

  • The Department offers three related undergraduate programmes: the BA/BSc in Politics, the BA/BSc in Political Economy and the BA in Philosophy, Politics & Economics (PPE). The modules students take on all degrees will be assessed through a range of techniques including examinations, coursework and tutorial participation.


    In Year One, students take one core and four compulsory modules. Core modules must be passed to progress.


    Required Modules

    Required Modules

    First year modules are all compulsory. Core modules must be passed to progress.

    Core:

    • Studying Politics (15 credits)

    Compulsory:

    • World Politics Since 1945 (30 credits)

    • Comparing Political Systems (30 credits)

    • Introduction to Political Theory (30 credits)

    • Political Analysis I Science  (15 credits)

     

  • In Year Two, students take a combination of compulsory and optional modules.


    Required Modules

     Compulsory for the BA and BSc:

    • Research Methods for Politics (15 credits)

    • Issues in International Politics (15 credits)

    Compulsory for the BSc:

    • Game Theory & Strategic Decision-Making (15 credits)

    • Political Analysis II  (15 credits)

     

    Optional Modules

    Optional Modules:

    • Political Economy: Approaches, Concepts and Issues (15 credits)

    • The International Politics of Energy (15 credits)

    • Modern Political Thought (15 credits)

    • Political Change in Europe (15 credits)

    • Political Theory of Capitalism (15 credits)

    • Stability & Change in Post-Colonial Nations (15 credits)

    • Institutions, Economics and Change (15 credits)

    • Ethics, Economics and Environmental Protection (15 credits)

    • The Economics of Politics (15 credits)

    • Globalisation & International Trade (15 credits)

    • Extended Essay (15 credits)


  • Required Modules

    • Dissertation (30 credits)

    Optional Modules

    • Political Economy: Advanced Analysis (15 credits)

    • Democracy & Its Critics (15 credits)

    • Religion and Politics (15 credits)

    • Commerce, Liberty and Virtue (15 credits)

    • Democracy and Development (15 credits)

    • Politics of Culture & Identity (15 credits)

    • Advanced Issues in International Politics (15 credits)

    • The Economics of Crime (15 credits)

    • Economic Policy-Making (15 credits)

    • Advanced Topics in Comparative Politics (15 credits)

    • Behavioural Political Economy (15 credits)

    • Liberalism (15 credits)

    • 20th Century Political Thought (15 credits)

    • Global Power Europe (15 credits)

    • International Institutions, Global Governance & World Order (15 credits)

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Career prospects

Graduates are suited to a wide range of careers and acquire a skill-set that equips them to work in policy development, governmental roles and communications, amongst others.

Career destinations

Further information coming soon.

 

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Full time tuition fees - Home/EU

£9,000 p.a. (2016/17)*

Full time tuition fees - Overseas

£16,250 p.a. (2016/17)**

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*This tuition fee may be subject to annual increases.

**This tuition fee is subject to annual increases.

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