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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.
  • 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

Further details

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy

Department Department of European & International Studies

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European Politics BA

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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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Course detail

Description

The European Politics BA course 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. This is a three-year study course that comprises modules totalling 360 credits. Each year, you will take modules totalling 120 credits. Additionally, you can choose to study 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. 

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

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.

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Structure

Year 1

Courses are divided into modules. You will normally take modules totalling 360 credits.

Each year, you can choose up to 30 credits of optional modules from outside your course. You can also choose to study up to 30 extra credits of language modules over the duration of your degree. 

Required Modules

You are required to take the following modules:

  • Introduction to Politics (30 credits)

  • The Making of Modern Europe (30 credits)

Optional Modules

In addition, you are required to take 60 credits from a range of optional modules from European Politics. 30 credits must focus on at least two different European countries. Optional modules may typically include:

  • An Introduction to German Politics (15 credits) [Department of German] 
  • Politics & Society in Britain 1780-1945 (30 credits) [Department of History] 
  • Spain in the Twentieth Century, 1939 to 2000 (15 credits) [Department of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies]
  • French Political Thought I (15 credits) [Department of French]* 
  • States & Market (15 credits) [King’s Russia Institute] 

 

* Modules which require that students have at least a B in A-Level French or equivalent. 

 

Year 2

Required Modules

You are required to take the following modules:

  • The Integration of the European Union (30 credits)

  • Political Analysis (15 credits)

  • Research Methods in Political Science (15 credits)

Optional Modules

In addition, you are required to take 60 credits from a range of optional modules. 30 credits must focus on one or more European countries. Optional modules may typically include: 

  • Politics and Culture in Cold War Germany (15 credits) 
  • Foreign Policy Analysis (30 credits) 
  • Italian Politics (15 credits) 
  • The Politics of Central and Eastern Europe (15 credits) 
  • Nationalism in Spain (15 credits) [Department of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies] 
  • Introduction to French Politics and Society (15 credits) [Department of French] 
  • French political Thought II (15 credits) [Department of French]* 
  • Modern French History (15 credits) [Department of French]* 
  • Society and Popular Culture in Germany (15 credits) [Department of German] 
  • Institutions, Identity and Society in Russia and Eurasia (15 credits) [Russia Institute] 
  • The Economics of Politics (15 credits) [Department of Political Economy] 
  • Political Theory of Capitalism (15 credits) [Department of Political Economy] 
  • Government and Business (15 credits) [King’s Business School] 

* Modules which require that students have at least a B in A-Level French or equivalent. 

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

  • National University of Singapore, Singapore 
  • Sciences Po (Paris) 
  • Maastricht University, Netherlands  
  • University of Oslo, Norway  
  • University of Copenhagen, Denmark 
  • Libera Università Internazionale degli Studi Sociali (LUISS), Rome, Italy 
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA 
  • University of British Coumbia, Canada 
  • University of Michigan, USA 

Year 3

Required Modules

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

Optional Modules

You are required to take 120 credits from a range of optional modules 30 credits must focus on one or more European countries. 

Optional modules may typically include: 

  • Extended Essay (30 credits) 
  • Clandestine Side of Globalisation: Organised Crime, Terrorism and Corruption (15 credits) 
  • Immigration, Identity and the Securitization of Europe's Borders (15 credits) 
  • Contemporary German Politics (15 credits) 
  • Comparative Capitalism (15 credits) 
  • German Foreign Policy (15 credits) 
  • Contemporary French Politics (30 credits)* 
  • Contemporary Spanish Politics: Institutions & Actors (15 credits) 
  • Democracy, populism and liberalism in southern Europe and Latin America(15 credits)•Postcolonial Political Economy (15 credits) 
  • Europe, America and the Transatlantic (15 credits) 
  • States and Citizens in Political Anthropology (15 credits) 
  • Corporate Social Responsibility (15 credits) [King’s Business School] 
  • Politics and Justice in International Law (15 credits) [Department of Political Economy] 
  • International Institutions & Global Governance (15 credits) [Department of Political Economy] 
  • Political Economy of Inequality (15 credits) [Department of Political Economy] 

* Modules which require that students have at least an B in A-Level French or equivalent. 

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

Entry requirements

 

Required grades

AAA

Please note that A-level General Studies, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills and Global Perspectives are not accepted by King's as one of your A-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.

Required grades

35 points overall (including TOK/EE) and three Higher Level subjects at 666

Required grades

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

Required grades

D3 D3 D3

Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels) will be considered

Required grades

Further information below

If you are taking the new RQF BTEC Nationals (2016), you will not be required to fulfil the module requirement stipulated above - you will only need to get the right overall grade. If you are taking the QCF BTEC Nationals (2010), you must achieve both the required overall grade and the specified module grades. If you are unsure which BTEC you are studying, your teacher or school/college counsellor should be able to tell you.

Required grades

Further information below

If you are taking the new RQF BTEC Nationals (2016), you will not be required to fulfil the module requirement stipulated above - you will only need to get the right overall grade. If you are taking the QCF BTEC Nationals (2010), you must achieve both the required overall grade and the specified module grades. If you are unsure which BTEC you are studying, your teacher or school/college counsellor should be able to tell you.

Required grades

Further information below

If you are taking the new RQF BTEC Nationals (2016), you will not be required to fulfil the module requirement stipulated above - you will only need to get the right overall grade. If you are taking the QCF BTEC Nationals (2010), you must achieve both the required overall grade and the specified module grades. If you are unsure which BTEC you are studying, your teacher or school/college counsellor should be able to tell you.

Required grades

85% overall

Required grades

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

Entry requirements
A-Level  AAA Please note that A-level General Studies, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills and Global Perspectives are not accepted by King's as one of your A 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 

D: 36 credits

M: 9 credits

P: 0 credits

Access to HE Diploma (for example, in Humanities) with 45 Level 3 credits: 36 must be from units awarded at Distinction, with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit.
Cambridge Pre-U D3 D3 D3 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

AAB at Highers

and

AA at Advanced Highers

Must be a combination of three Scottish Highers and two Scottish Advanced Highers. We do not count the Higher and Advanced Higher in the same subject.
International Baccalaureate 35 points including 6,6,6 at Higher Level. Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE.
Other International Qualifications   Visit our admissions webpages to view our international entry requirements.
English Language requirements Band B Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

 

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 2020

Fees and funding

Full time tuition fees UK:

The UK tuition fee for the 2020-2021 academic year is currently £9,250 per year. This is based on the UK Government’s cap.

Full time tuition fees EU:

Students starting their programme in 2020/21 (September 2020) who are eligible to pay EU fees will pay the same rate of tuition fees as UK students. This will apply for the duration of their programme, but may be subject to change by the UK Government for subsequent cohorts from 2021/22.

The UK tuition fee for the 2020-2021 academic year is currently £9,250 per year. This is based on the UK Government’s cap.

Full time tuition fees International:

The International tuition fee for the 2020-2021 academic year is £19,800 per year.

Please note that the International tuition fee is subject to annual increases in subsequent years of study, 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.

 

Additional costs/expenses

If you choose the study abroad option with one of King’s partner universities, you will not be charged tuition fees by the host university (although some partners do charge a small administration fee for applying). Please see the Study Abroad webpages for details of the relevant partner universities. King’s will continue to invoice for a proportion of King’s tuition fees. 

You should also budget to pay for the associated subsistence costs, such as travel, visas, accommodation and food as well as any vaccination/immunisations required by the country to which you are travelling. 

In addition to the costs above, you can also expect to pay for: 

  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies 
  • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions 
  • Library fees and fines 
  • Personal photocopies 
  • Printing course handouts 
  • Society membership fees 
  • Stationery 
  • Graduation costs
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses 

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

 

Financial help and support

Visit the fees and funding webpages to find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans and other financial help available at King's.

Career prospects

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



Career destinations

Recent graduates  from BA European Politics have found employment as: 

  • UK Civil Service 
  • Schuman Trainee, European Parliament 
  • Campaign Strategist, Shape History 
  • Parliamentary Assistant, House of Commons 
  • KYC Analyst, Credit Agricole CIB 
  • Chargee de Mission Section Euratlantique, chez Etat-Major de l’Armee de Terre 

 

 

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