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International Politics and Sociology

BSc (Hons) |
City's International Politics and Sociology BSc is a joint degree that offers a broad understanding of both subjects with a special focus on how the local and the global relate to each other.

Key Information

Start date

September 2016

Duration

3 years

Fees

UK/EU

Full-time: £9,000 per year (fees in subsequent years may be subject to increases (limited to the Retail Prices Index)

Non-EU

Full-time: £14,500 per year (fees may increase in subsequent years in line with the Retail Prices Index)

UCAS code

LL23

Who is it for?

Graduates of this course have found they are well suited to a wide range of career options, from the Civil Services, NGOs, journalism, and teaching to international organisations and the corporate sector.

Objectives

Studying in a unique environment this course benefits from the expertise in globalisation at the School of Arts & Social Sciences.

BSc International Politics and Sociology explores intergovernmental relations and the intersociety relations of non-governmental organisations (NGOs). You will gain a broad understanding of local, national and global social relations.

Requirements and how to apply

Entry requirements

UK

A Level

  • 320 UCAS tariff points. Typically gained from 'A' Level grades ABB or BBB with one 'AS' Level. Other qualification combinations achieving 320 UCAS tariff points will be considered.
  • A Level General Studies and 'A' Level Critical Studies are not accepted.
  • GCSE English Language and Mathematics or Statistics at grade C (or equivalent) are also required.

International Baccalaureate (IB)

32 points (no specific subjects required)

Access to Higher Education
We welcome Access course applications from 'mature' students. These applicants will be considered on the basis of their own merits. Please be aware that Access students are often asked for further information to supplement their application, this is normally in the form of a questionnaire.

A typical offer for an Access applicant would be: Pass 60 credits, 45 of which at Level 3. These Level 3 credits must include at least 27 at distinction and 18 at merit. It is essential the Access course qualification is supplemented by at least a grade B in Mathematics and English Language at GCSE.

Other UK qualifications:

  • BTEC National Diploma (DDD required)
  • Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects
  • Advanced Diploma (plus appropriate A Levels)
  • Scottish Advanced Highers
  • Welsh Diploma (plus appropriate A Levels)

International

We accept a wide range of international qualifications for direct entry to our programmes.

Typical offers for international and other qualifications

You can apply for a course here before you sit your final school exams (we would recommend applying in the October/November of the year before you wish to start). Any offer we decide to make you will be conditional on you achieving the appropriate score in your school leaving qualifications, in conjunction with your English language qualification.

If you do not qualify for direct entry, you may wish to take a foundation programme first. These programmes are designed to prepare students for entry to City's undergraduate courses.

INTO City University London

INTO City University London offers:

These courses offer a route to City University London through an excellent teaching and learning experience located in purpose-built study facilities. Successful completion of the International Foundation programme at INTO City University London to the standard required provides guaranteed progression to this degree.

Second-year transfers

We accept students transferring from other universities for second year entry on a case-by case basis. If you wish to apply for second-year entry please be aware that you must:

  • Currently be studying on a course in an equivalent subject area.
  • Have achieved grades equal to the entry requirements for first-year entry (A Levels, international qualifications, foundation years, access courses, etc).
  • Have covered sufficiently similar content to that of our first year students.
  • Be gaining or have gained at least a 2:1 in every module in your current first year. You must provide official documentation of this as evidence (e.g. university transcript).

If you feel you meet these requirements then please apply through UCAS as early as possible (transfer students normally apply when their first semester exam results are published) and we can then assess your eligibility. Please be aware you will need to select your 'point of entry' as year two.

Please note: For direct second-year entrants the overall degree classification will be based on the marks obtained at City University London only, with the weighting of 33/67 between the second and third year. Marks previously obtained will not be used in the degree classification.

On your application please include:

  • The exact name of the degree you are studying towards
  • The institution at which you are studying
  • The modules you have taken
  • Any scores you have achieved

This information will enable us to make a more informed decision as to whether the content that you have studied is to an appropriate level for level-two entry. Please be aware that you must meet all of the above requirements, otherwise your application is unlikely to be successful.

If you are currently studying in an overseas institution and have any questions about applying for 2nd year entry, please contact international@city.ac.uk.

English requirements

IELTS: 6.5 overall with a minimum of 6.0 in each component

PTE Academic: 58 overall with a minimum of 50 in each component.

English language programmes

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, our partner, INTO City University London offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to this degree. Find out more about:

Visa requirements

If you are not from the European Economic Area / Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa or entry clearance to come to the UK to study.

The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course. There are different rules for:

  • Students on courses of more than six months
  • Students on courses of less than six months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English language course.

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you cannot undertake any City courses on a part-time basis.

For more information see our main Visa page.

How to apply

Applications for degree courses must be made through Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). You can apply through your school or college using the Apply system, which enables you to submit your application directly to the UCAS website.

Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS)
Rosehill, New Barn Lane,
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL52 3LZ
www.ucas.com

UCAS Customer Service Unit telephone numbers:

  • For callers in the UK: 0871 468 0 468
  • For callers outside the UK: +44 (0)871 468 0 468

For callers with hearing difficulties:

  • From the UK use the Text Relay service on 18001 0871 468 0 468
  • From outside the UK dial +44 151 494 1260 (text phone) and then ask the operator to dial 0871 468 0 468.

You can apply for up to five universities on the form. Please take care to enter the correct course code, particularly for subjects with a foundation year or with BSc and BEng options.

UCAS has implemented an 'invisibility of choices' policy so that, on the initial application and while you are receiving decisions, each university can only see their entry and not those of other universities you have chosen. This ensures that your application for a course at City University London is considered solely on your academic and personal qualities.

You should submit your completed application form to UCAS with a £21 application fee. If you want to apply to City only, you can make a single choice application at a reduced rate of £11. The UCAS code for City University London is C60.

When to apply

Your application for entry in September 2016 should arrive at UCAS between September 2015 and January 2016. Applications that arrive after 15 January 2016 will be considered only at the University's discretion. When your application is acknowledged by UCAS, you will be sent a personal identification number so that you can access your records via Track on the UCAS website.

Enquiries

For general enquiries about the admissions process, please contact City University London's Admissions Office:
T: +44 (0)20 7040 8716/0223
E: ugadmissions@city.ac.uk

If your enquiry is about admission to a particular course, you should contact the admissions tutor for that course (please see the course description for contact details).

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Joint honours
core modules of both Sociology and International Politics degrees.
Opportunities
You may be able to study abroad

Placements

As a student on this course you can choose to undertake a work placement for one year between your second and third years. The degree awarded is a BSc (Hons) International Politics and Sociology with Integrated Professional Training.

Study abroad

This degree offers the opportunities to study abroad.

Previous International Politics and Sociology students have studied at:

  • The University of Queensland, Australia
  • Northeastern University, United States
  • Seoul National University, South Korea.

Academic facilities

The British Psychological Society Accredited logo

This degree is supported by the City Q-Step Centre, one of 15 centres nationwide. A prestigious and innovative programme, it is designed to develop students' research techniques and employability by enhancing education in quantitative data analysis.

Learn a language for free

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Teaching and learning

Educating

We educate through a combination of:

  • Lectures and interactive sessions
  • Practical workshops
  • Small group seminars
  • Personal tutorial system.

Lectures

Lectures provide commentary on and explanation of key content areas. Small group seminars develop your understanding by inviting you to raise questions and participate in the debate and by providing guidance for further study.

Assessment

Assessment is by coursework (assessed essays and assignments), unseen examinations and your final year project.

Assessment weightings by year

  • Year 1: 10%
  • Year 2: 30%
  • Year 3: 60%

Modules

Year 1

The first year introduces competing theories of international politics and global political economy and how power has transformed in the 20th and 21st centuries.

Core modules include:

  • Introduction to political economy
  • The making of the modern world economy
  • Myths and mysteries in world politics
  • International relations theories 1
  • Sociology in action
  • Introduction to sociology
  • Exploring London
  • Understanding the modern world
  • Producing social date.
  • Lies, damn lies and statistics.

Year 2

The second year offers one core theory module on international relations, an extended essay, an introduction to qualitative and quantitative methods and a range of elective modules provided by the Departments of International Politics and Sociology.

Core modules include:

  • Advanced theories of global politics
  • Scholarly writing for international politics
  • Doing sociology: qualitative methods
  • Doing sociology: quantitative methods.

International Politics elective modules:

  • States and markets in an era of globalisation
  • The global economy in the 21st century: Trends and challenges
  • Security studies: Conceptual approaches
  • Security studies: Contemporary and emerging issues
  • Foreign policy analysis 1
  • Foreign policy analysis 2
  • Religion and politics in the age of global change
  • Transnational social movements.

Sociology elective modules:

  • Identities and personal relationships
  • Classical social theory
  • Contemporary social theory
  • New media challenges
  • Violence, criminal justice policy
  • Food, culture and society
  • Circuits of culture
  • Sociology of punishment
  • Key issues in criminology
  • News and society.

Year 3

The final year includes a project on an international politics or sociology topic of your choice. You can also select electives from a range of International Politics and Sociology modules.

Core module:

International Politics elective modules:

Sociology elective modules:

  • New media: From cyberspace to social media
  • Statistical analysis of social research data
  • Youth crime and society
  • Sociology of race and racism
  • Gender and society
  • Sociology of contemporary Europe
  • Understanding global media flows
  • Class and culture
  • Work and workers in the 21st century
  • Global migration process
  • Broken Britain? Culture, employment and society
  • International news
  • Reporting conflict.

Career prospects

Graduates of this course are suited to a wide range of career options such as:

  • The Civil Service
  • NGOs
  • Journalism
  • Teaching
  • International organisations
  • The corporate sector.

Recent employers include:

  • Blackwood Group
  • The Conservative Party
  • The Department for Business
  • ESA Market Research
  • The London Borough of Islington.

Further study

A significant number of students also go on to further study at City and in other institutions such as Durham University, LSE and UCL. Graduates have started the following courses:

  • Graduate Diploma in Law
  • MA Global Political Economy
  • MA International Relations
  • MA Politics & Government.

Find out how studying at City University London helps you to improve your job prospects.

International Politics and Sociology

UCAS code: LL23


Applications for degree courses must be made through Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). You can apply through your school or college using the Apply system, which enables you to submit your application directly to the UCAS website.

Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS)
Rosehill, New Barn Lane,
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL52 3LZ
www.ucas.com

UCAS Customer Service Unit telephone numbers:

  • For callers in the UK: 0871 468 0 468
  • For callers outside the UK: +44 (0)871 468 0 468

For callers with hearing difficulties:

  • From the UK use the Text Relay service on 18001 0871 468 0 468
  • From outside the UK dial +44 151 494 1260 (text phone) and then ask the operator to dial 0871 468 0 468.

You can apply for up to five universities on the form. Please take care to enter the correct course code, particularly for subjects with a foundation year or with BSc and BEng options.

UCAS has implemented an 'invisibility of choices' policy so that, on the initial application and while you are receiving decisions, each university can only see their entry and not those of other universities you have chosen. This ensures that your application for a course at City University London is considered solely on your academic and personal qualities.

You should submit your completed application form to UCAS with a £21 application fee. If you want to apply to City only, you can make a single choice application at a reduced rate of £11. The UCAS code for City University London is C60.

When to apply

Your application for entry in September 2016 should arrive at UCAS between September 2015 and January 2016. Applications that arrive after 15 January 2016 will be considered only at the University's discretion. When your application is acknowledged by UCAS, you will be sent a personal identification number so that you can access your records via Track on the UCAS website.

Enquiries

For general enquiries about the admissions process, please contact City University London's Admissions Office:
T: +44 (0)20 7040 8716/0223
E: ugadmissions@city.ac.uk

If your enquiry is about admission to a particular course, you should contact the admissions tutor for that course (please see the course description for contact details).

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