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BSc (Hons) |
City's BSc (Hons) Politics course recognises how in today’s increasingly interconnected world, understanding the central issues and trends that characterise 21st century politics requires students to look beyond the borders of any single nation and to adopt a global perspective.

Key Information

Start date

September 2017

Duration

3 years or 4 years with professional placement.

UK/EU

Full-time: £9,250 for the first year of study*

Non-EU

Full-time: £15,000 for the first year of study**

UCAS code

L200

Application period

From 1st September 2016

Until 1st September 2017 (Only applications received before 15th January 2017 are guaranteed to receive equal consideration)

Who is it for?

This programme will train you to understand and to analyse the key political problems and issues that face states and societies across the world in a systematic and comparative way. Issues of uneven economic growth and rising inequality, political violence, civil war and a shifting balance of global economic and political power require a form of analysis that is both theoretically rigorous and empirically informed. The programme is geared to producing graduates who have the understanding, skills and experience to be attractive to a range of governmental, corporate, academic (postgraduate studies), non-governmental and international organisations engaged in addressing these challenges and opportunities. The degree programme will equip you with the tools you need to be competitive in a world where strategic thinking is prized and analysis of political risks valued.

Avi Garson, BSc in Politics

The Politics course at City is comprehensive and engaging.  The content of the modules is diverse, thought-provoking and exciting. The lecturers are fantastic as well as approachable and very helpful. The tutors are able to provide the attention, guidance and feedback necessary. Tutorials are interactive and enjoyable. I'm extremely pleased I chose this degree.

Objectives

How is political power distributed in different societies around the world? Why are some countries becoming democratic while democracy is failing in others? How has globalisation reshaped state and market institutions in different countries? When do social protests against governments emerge and when do they succeed? How do emerging powers like China, India, and Brazil understand global interconnections? What is the view from within the political worlds of the global south?

Through the BSc (Hons) Politics, City, University of London provides you with the theoretical tools, analytical skills, and empirical evidence that will help you address these and other key questions that are central to understanding politics in the 21st century.

The BSc (Hons) Politics is distinctive in three important ways:

  • It investigates how national politics influence global political phenomena.
  • It has a strong comparative component; learning how to compare political phenomena taking place in different countries will benefit your grasp of contemporary politics.
  • It offers a wide range of modules on the politics of emerging powers (e.g. China, India, Brazil), broadening your regional and country-level expertise.

The BSc (Hons) Politics recognizes how in today’s increasingly interconnected world, understanding the central issues and trends that characterize 21st century politics requires students to look beyond the borders of any single nation and to adopt a global perspective. The BSc Politics will challenge you to apply the key theories and approaches that characterize the study of politics to explore the diversity of political processes and political systems across different countries and regions of the world. From this perspective, you will benefit from location of this programme within a department with a strong international focus, such as the Department of International Politics at City, University of London.

Requirements and how to apply

Entry requirements

A Level

  • Grades ABB or BBB with a relevant EPQ or 128 UCAS tariff points
  • A Level General Studies and A Level Critical Studies are not accepted
  • GCSE pre-requisites: English Language and Mathematics or Statistics at grade 4 (or equivalent).

For help with the new UCAS tariff please visit the UCAS Tariff Calculator

Access to Higher Education

We welcome Access course applicants from 'mature' students. These applicants will be considered on the basis of their own merits. 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. 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.

Other UK qualifications accepted include:

  • 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, INTO City, University of London offers an International Foundation Programme. This course offers a route to City, University of 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 of 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 of 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.

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 the 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.

www.ucas.com

You can apply to up to five universities or institutions on the form. The UCAS code for City, University of London is C60.

Please take care to enter the correct course code when applying, particularly for subjects with a Foundation year or with BEng (Hons) and MEng (Hons) or BSc (Hons) and MSci (Hons) options.

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

You should submit your completed application form to UCAS with a £23 application fee. If you want to apply to City, University of London only, you can make a single choice application at a reduced rate of £12.

When to apply

Your application for entry in September 2017 should arrive at UCAS between 1st September 2016 and 15th January 2017. Applications that arrive after 15th January 2017 will be considered only at City'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 at City, please contact our Admissions Office:

Email: ugadmissions@city.ac.uk

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7040 8716.

If your enquiry is about admission to a particular course, please use the contact details provided on the course page.

Contacting UCAS

Website: www.ucas.com

Address: Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), Rosehill, New Barn Lane, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL52 3LZ

Telephone: from inside the UK 0871 468 0468; from outside the UK +44 (0)871 468 0468

For callers with hearing difficulties: from inside the UK use the Text Relay service on 18001 0871 468 0468; from outside the UK dial +44 151 494 1260 (text phone) and then ask the operator to dial 0871 468 0468.

4th in London
International Politics department
Opportunities
Work placement and study abroad
57% of Research
World leading or Internationally excellent

More about fees

* The tuition fee for UK and EU students is £9,250 for the first year of study (2017/18). Fees in each subsequent year of study will be subject to an annual increase limited to the Student Fees Inflation Index as determined by the UK Government’s Office for Budget Responsibility. This index is derived from the All Items Retail Prices Index. We will confirm any change to the annual tuition fee to you in writing prior to you commencing each subsequent year of study.

** The tuition fee for Non-EU students is £15,000 for the first year of study (2017/18). Fees in each subsequent year of study may be subject to annual increase, as detailed above for UK and EU students.

Funding

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Placements

While studying at the department you will have several opportunities to improve your employability skills and pave the way for a stellar career trajectory. First, you will be given the opportunity to secure a micro-placement and work on a research project of your interest at a politics related field such as an NGO, a think tank, the house of commons, a political risk consultancy, the civil service or public affairs lobbying. Reflecting back on your mini-placement will enable you to fully maximise the value of your experience in helping you to decide what your future career goals are and to articulate fully what you gained from your experience in future job application process. You will gain practical skills to prepare you to compete for professional graduate roles through the experience of preparing a professional CV and learning about how to effectively communicate your relevant skills, experience and motivation in a cover letter and interview.

Second, in Year 3 we offer a module, titled ‘Practical Politics’, geared towards developing the skills required to secure graduate employment. This module will develop the written communication skills necessary to perform well in roles commonly obtained by politics graduates. Practical sessions training you in written communication skills very different from those you have developed through your degree so far will cover the writing of policy documents, press releases or political editorials for media outlets. These sessions will be delivered by external specialists from political organisations utilising these professional skills on a day-to-day basis.

Finally, you can spend four years completing your degree by undertaking a work placement between years 2 and 3 of your degree. The degree title awarded would be: BSc Politics with Integrated Professional Training.

Study abroad

As a student on the Politics BSc degree you may have opportunities to study abroad. Previous students have taken up study abroad opportunities at a range of universities:

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Teaching and learning

The educational aims are achieved through a combination of lectures, interactive sessions, practical workshops, small group classes, and use of online learning tools. The BSc (Hons) Politics will include an average of 10 contact hours per week (8 teaching face to face hours and two office hours with module leaders and tutors). This amounts to around 200 contact hours during the academic year. In addition, you will be expected to undertake extensive reading and independent study in order to broaden and deepen your knowledge, understand the topics covered in lectures, and to prepare yourself for the interactive sessions and practical workshops where you will be invited to make questions and to participate in in-depth discussions with other students and the teaching staff.

Lecturing and teaching is supported by a personal tutorial, mentoring and supervision system, and by an organised research seminar series with outside speakers, both professional and academic.

Academic staff

The staff within our Department of International Politics are research active, enthusiastic and passionate about their work. Often this research and influence leads to policy change and many media appearances. Find out more about International Politics staff.

You can follow our staff’s activity through their Twitter feed: @cityintpolitics

Assessment

Assessment is by coursework (assessed essays and assignments), unseen exams, oral presentations and other types of assessment methods that are suitable to specific modules. In addition, the BSc (Hons) Politics involves two research projects that all students will have to complete: a 5,000-word research paper at the end of the second year, and a 10,000-word dissertation submitted at the end of your third year of undergraduate study. You will choose the topics for both research projects, in consultation with module leaders and supervisors. These two research exercises are designed to help you develop and advance your conceptual and analytical knowledge in the field of Politics as well as key transferable skills that will become an asset when entering the professional world or embarking in further studies.

Assessment weighting

The assessment weighting for year one is 10%, year two is 30% and year 3 is 60%.

Assessment weightings by year

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

Modules

Year 1

The purpose of the first year is to introduce you to the main issues, concepts, and theoretical perspectives in the study of politics and related sub-disciplines such as comparative politics and political theory. During the first year, the core (compulsory) module “Introduction to Politics” establishes your first contact with the academic study of real-world politics. Three additional core (compulsory) modules will present you with key issues, concepts, and theoretical perspectives in the study of the sub-disciplines of comparative politics (“Comparing Political Systems”), political theory (“Introduction to Political Theory”), as well as to key debates in British Politics (“Politics in Britain”). During this year, you will also gain some of the skills required to succeed in your study, such as the tools to write appropriately constructed essays, to interact in small group seminars, and to convey in oral format complex arguments (typically in the form of presentations). Finally, the two core (compulsory) methodological modules (“Lies, Damn Lies, and Statistics” and “Producing Social Data”) will familiarize you with the bases of quantitative methods of analysis in social sciences.

In addition to the above, as a student of the BSc (Hons) Politics you will be able to choose from a wide range of modules that are directly relevant to the study of politics and which are offered by Department of International Politics as well as other departments in the School of Arts and Social Science. In addition you have the possibility of taking one foreign language course.

Programme core (compulsory) modules (All modules are 15 credits each)

  • Introduction to Politics
  • Comparing Political Systems
  • Introduction to Political Theory
  • Lies, Damn Lies, and Statistics: Making Sense of Social Data
  • Producing Social Data.

Programme elective modules - Choose 30 credits from:

Year 2

During the second year, through the core module “Advanced Topics in Comparative Politics”, you will build upon the skills and body of knowledge gained in the first year to analyse comparatively politics in a variety of countries, from key industrialised and rising powers to developing and underdeveloped states. During this year you will also start to more systematically acquire some of those skills required to engage with the discipline as researcher through the core module “Scholarly Writing in Politics”. At the end of this module you will produce an extended piece of research (5,000-word long research paper).

In addition to these two core modules, you will be able to access a selection of elective modules. Of these, at least 60 credits (4 modules) will have to be chosen from a list of modules pertaining to the field of politics/comparative politics with the purpose of building your specialised knowledge in the subject field you are studying. The remaining electives can be chosen from a broader selection of modules in related areas offered by the Department of International Politics and other Departments in the School of Arts and Social Sciences.


Programme core modules (All modules are 15 credits each)

Choose at least 60 credits (4 modules) from:

Choose remaining credits (a maximum of 30 credits) from:

Year 3

During the final year of your undergraduate studies you will have the opportunity to engage with specific topics and sub-fields at length. First, through the production of a sustained piece of independent research on a subject of your choice within the study of politics/comparative politics (Undergraduate Dissertation), as a means to allow you to experience the challenge and reward of independent research and thought. Second, besides the dissertation, you will be entirely free to choose elective modules in the areas that interest you the most. In particular, elective modules in the third year will allow you to build upon the knowledge developed in previous years to bear on a wide range of theoretical and empirical issues in the diverse yet increasingly interconnected world of politics.

Programme core module

  • Politics project (45 credits)

Programme elective modules (All modules are 15 credits each) choose 75 credits from:

Read the full programme specification

Career prospects

As a graduate of City's BSc (Hons) Politics degree, you will be suited to a wide range of career options such as:

  • The civil service
  • Politics
  • NGOs
  • Journalism and Communication
  • Research
  • Teaching
  • The corporate sector
  • International organisations.

Recent employers

Our graduates have found proactive roles in a number of companies and organisations, including:

  • Blackwood Group
  • The London Borough of Islington
  • The Conservative Party
  • The Department for Business, Innovation & Skills
  • ESA Market Research
  • New Statesman.

Politics

UCAS code: L200

Application Deadline

1st September 2017 (Only applications received before 15th January 2017 are guaranteed to receive equal consideration)


Applications for degree courses must be made through the 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.

www.ucas.com

You can apply to up to five universities or institutions on the form. The UCAS code for City, University of London is C60.

Please take care to enter the correct course code when applying, particularly for subjects with a Foundation year or with BEng (Hons) and MEng (Hons) or BSc (Hons) and MSci (Hons) options.

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

You should submit your completed application form to UCAS with a £23 application fee. If you want to apply to City, University of London only, you can make a single choice application at a reduced rate of £12.

When to apply

Your application for entry in September 2017 should arrive at UCAS between 1st September 2016 and 15th January 2017. Applications that arrive after 15th January 2017 will be considered only at City'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 at City, please contact our Admissions Office:

Email: ugadmissions@city.ac.uk

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7040 8716.

If your enquiry is about admission to a particular course, please use the contact details provided on the course page.

Contacting UCAS

Website: www.ucas.com

Address: Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), Rosehill, New Barn Lane, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL52 3LZ

Telephone: from inside the UK 0871 468 0468; from outside the UK +44 (0)871 468 0468

For callers with hearing difficulties: from inside the UK use the Text Relay service on 18001 0871 468 0468; from outside the UK dial +44 151 494 1260 (text phone) and then ask the operator to dial 0871 468 0468.

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