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BSc (Hons) International Politics

Entry Year:
International Politics BSc (Hons) at City enables you to understand global issues and actors in a time of fast-moving political and social change, preparing you for a diverse range of postgraduate study options and career possibilities.

Key information

Start date

September 2021

Academic year dates


3 years or 4 years with professional placement.


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


Full-time: £16,240 for the first year of study **


Full-time: £16,240 for the first year of study **

UCAS code


Application period

From September 2020


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Who is it for?

The International Politics BSc (Hons) degree is for students who want to explore contemporary global issues and deepen their understanding of the rapid social and political changes affecting the world. This up-to-date, thought-provoking curriculum, will enable you to learn how governments, intergovernmental organisations, transnational movements, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and multinationals influence global politics. You will also study international organisations as policy-making structures and will examine what kind of ideas, ethical concerns, and regional considerations  shape global governance and key decisions around, for instance, conflict, peace, or economic gains. Crucially, you will develop your analytical skills to examine and critically assess complex issues, contested concepts, and debates.

As a result, this degree will prepare you for a diverse range of postgraduate study options and career possibilities – from the Civil Service, NGOs, diplomacy, journalism and teaching, to international law and the private and corporate sector.


What roles do governments, transnational actors, intergovernmental organisations, international NGOs and multinationals play in global politics? How do they complete for power and respond to emerging challenges affecting societies, nations and institutions around the world, from security, to migration, to social justice?  How do they mobilise support for their positions on global issues? How do global, social and political relationships, as well as ideas, affect local, regional, economic, cultural, religious, historical and political differences and vice versa?

The BSc (Hons) in International Politics enables you to obtain the skills and knowledge to answer the many questions about our fast-changing world, and will help you to:

  • Understand the important theoretical debates in the study of international politics.
  • Explore global political systems and how they are engaged in policy-making on contemporary issues and related to country-level politics.
  • Understand the diplomatic relations between governments, as well as the economic, social and political relations between societies that are undertaken by companies and private groups.
  • Recognise political globalisation through the development of transnational and transgovernmental relations and how these relations are structured through international organisations.

To prepare you for a wide range of future career and postgraduate study possibilities, you will benefit from our location at the heart of a vibrant cosmopolitan city and within a department with a strong international focus, enthusiastic approachable staff with close connections with practitioners in the policy world, and exciting opportunities for work placement and studying abroad.

The logic connecting the three years of study is to lay the conceptual and historical foundations for the study of international politics in year one. Then, gradually, you will build up your specialist knowledge, in the following two years, by understanding how specific actors and institutions operate, how ideas shaping global politics emerge and are contested, and exploring the multifaceted political dynamics affecting specific issues and regions of the world.

Requirements and how to apply

Entry requirements

  • 'A' Level: Grades BBB or 120 UCAS tariff points
  • IB: 29 points
  • GCSE: Minimum Grade 4 (C) in GCSE English and Mathematics.

International Baccalaureate (IB)

  • 30 points including 5,5,5 from three Higher Level subjects (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 Level 3 including at least 27 at distinction and the remaining 18 at merit. The Access qualification should be supplemented by at least a grade 4 (C) in Mathematics and  English Language at GCSE.

Other suitable qualifications

Other UK qualifications:

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


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 of London

INTO City, University of London offers pathway programmes in a range of academic subjects and English language to help you prepare for degree-level study at City. You’ll learn from experienced teachers in a dedicated international study centre.

Learn more about the International Foundation in Humanities and Law. and the International Foundation programme in Business and Economics with Society and Culture

INTO City courses are validated by City, University of London providing assurance of the quality and standards of education.

Kaplan International College (KIC) London

City works in partnership with KIC London to provide a range of preparatory courses for international students. KIC London courses offer comprehensive support to students - including regular one-to-one tuition. Students who successfully complete the KIC London Foundation course at the required level have a guaranteed progression route to City, University of London degree courses.

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

English requirements

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

PTE Academic: 59 overall with a minimum of 59 in each component.

English language programmes

Don’t meet the English language requirements? INTO City, University of London offers English language programmes to help prepare you for study at university. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to degree courses.

Visa requirements

International Students (EEA and Non EEA) coming to study in the UK, 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:

  • EEA nationals joining the programme in 2020 and EEA nationals joining from January 2021
  • Students on courses of more than six months
  • Students on courses of less than six months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English language course.

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.

You can apply to up to five universities or institutions on the form. The UCAS code for City University 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 2021 should arrive at UCAS between 1st September 2020 and 29th January 2021. Applications that arrive after 29th January 2021 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.


For general enquiries about the admissions process at City, please contact our Admissions Office:


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


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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During your course

More about fees

* The fee for this course in 2020/21 was £9,250 for each year of study. Fees for students commencing study in 2021/22 are to be confirmed.

** In 2020/21 the fee was £15,920 for the first year of study. Fees for students commencing study in 2021/22 are to be confirmed. The institution reserves the right to increase your tuition fees annually to take account of the institution's increased costs of delivering educational services. The increase will normally be 2% but this is kept under review with reference to the RPI. If the institution intends to increase your tuition fees you will be advised of this alongside the published entry fee.


Explore up-to-date information about funding options, available financial support and typical living costs.

You will find a wide variety of funding sources and options available for the International Politics BSc (Hons) at City. To help you fund your studies, our award-winning Student Centre will provide you with financial advice and support

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At City, you will have the opportunity to gain invaluable work experience and apply your knowledge and skills in the real-world with our work placement scheme (based on competitive selection). You can spend four years completing your degree by undertaking a work placement between the second and third year of your degree.

By choosing to complete a placement, you will graduate with a "BSc in International Politics with Integrated Professional Training".

Study abroad

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


We operate a Guarantee Scheme for first year undergraduates which means you will be offered place in one of City's affiliated Halls if you meet the Scheme's criteria.

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Course content and assessment

To make sure that you can begin or continue your studies with us during the COVID-19 pandemic, we have reviewed and adapted our courses to ensure a safe learning environment for our students and staff. We have modified the way some of our courses are delivered, with many programmes being made available online.

Contact us to find out more about how our programmes will be delivered.

Teaching and learning


We teach through a combination of:

  • Lectures
  • Interactive sessions
  • Practical workshops
  • Small group seminars
  • All supported by a personal tutorial system.

Lecturing and teaching is supported by a personal tutorial, mentoring and supervision system. We also arrange organised research seminar and policy series with inspiring outside speakers – both professional and academic through our Centre for International Policy Studies (CIPS). The department also encourages the initiatives (talks, film screenings, etc.) of City’s Politics Student Society , which is run independently by student volunteers through the Student Union.

Independent study

In addition, you will undertake extensive reading and independent study. This will enable you to broaden and deepen your understanding of the topics and concepts covered in lectures and to learn how to use the library resources. You will also have time to prepare for the interactive sessions and practical workshops, where you will be invited to ask questions and participate in in-depth discussions with other students and teaching staff.

Academic staff

The Department of International Politics is a collection of senior and junior of students  and academics dedicated to exploring power, global transformations and new challenges in the twenty-first century. Our expert staff are at the leading edge of contemporary research and debates concerning international diplomacy, finance, civil society, security, religion, migration and many other public policy issues across all continents. We also engage in theoretical debate on global politics in today’s world. Our knowledge and research expertise are frequently sought after by the media and various international and national institutions where we serve as consultants and advisors.

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

Assessment methods

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

Percentage of the course assessed by coursework

The balance of assessment by coursework (assessed essays and assignments) unseen examinations and a final year project will to some extent depend on the optional modules you choose. The approximate percentage of the course assessment, based on 2017/18 entry is as follows:

Year 1

Written examination: 24% Coursework: 76%

Year 2

Written examination: 25% Coursework: 75%

Year 3

Written examination: 9% Practical: 2% Coursework: 89%

Assessment weightings by year

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


Your degree consists of three parts, corresponding to the three years of the full-time degree programme.

Part One: Certificate of Higher Education in International Politics

In the first year, you will understand the underlying concepts and principles associated with the study of international politics and interpret these within the context of your practice.

Part Two: Diploma of Higher Education in International Politics

In the second year, you will build on your previous knowledge and experience from Part One. You will develop skills of enquiry in your subject and the different approaches to problem solving.

Part Three: Degree in Higher Education in International Politics

In the third year, you will develop a coherent, systematic and detailed knowledge of the study of international politics. You will be able to develop techniques for practice, drawing on research and scholarship, demonstrating your role as a reflective practitioner.

Year 1

Part One is made up of 120 credit (all modules are 15 credits).

The first year of the BSc programme introduces competing theories of international politics and global political economy and how power has transformed in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

You will take six compulsory core modules, which cover the key topics for the degree on theory, global power and issues, and research methods. The remaining 30 credits are chosen from a range of elective modules offered in global political economy, the research scholars programme, other Social Sciences disciplines and the Languages Department.

Compulsory Core modules core (all modules are 15 credits each):

  • Myths and Mysteries in World Politics
  • International Relations Theories
  • Politics and Power in World History
  • Emerging Powers in a Changing World
  • Studying Politics
  • Introduction to Political and Economic Data Analysis

Elective modules:

  • Introduction to Political Economy
  • The Making of the Modern World Economy
  • History and Theory of Psychology
  • Media History and Politics
  • Criminology
  • Criminal Justice
  • Exploring London
  • Researching Society: Qualitative Methods
  • Classical Social Theory
  • Language module
  • Politics of Britain
  • Introduction to Politics
  • Puzzles in Comparative Politics
  • Introduction to Political Theory
  • Principles of Economics 1: Markets and Prices
  • Principles of Economics 2: Countries & Systems
  • Contemporary Issues in Media and Communication
  • Sociology in Action

Year 2

Part Two consists of modules that make up 120 credits. You will take one core module, plus seven electives of which at least four from a list of IP core elective modules (all modules are 15 credits).

The core module covers advanced theory, and the core elective modules allow you to specialise in security studies, foreign policy analysis or religion and social movements. Elective modules provide you with further opportunity to specialise in different areas of international politics.

Compulsory Core module (All modules are 15 credits each):

  • Advanced theories of global politics

Core Elective modules:

  • Security Studies: Conceptual Approaches
  • Security Studies: Contemporary and Emerging Issues
  • Foreign Policy Analysis: Instruments and Practice
  • Foreign Policy Analysis : Theories and Issues
  • Religion and Politics in the Age of Global Change
  • Transnational Social Movements

Elective modules:

  • Understanding Social Change
  • Contemporary Social Theory
  • Humanitarian Reporting
  • Comparative Political Economy
  • Sociology of Race and Racism
  • Fifty Shades of Red – Russia in the Twentieth Century
  • States and Markets in the Era of Globalization
  • Advanced Topics in Comparative Politics
  • Politics of the USA
  • Comparative Asian Politics
  • Analysing Political and Economic Data in the Real World
  • Advanced Principles of Economics: Financial Markets and Corporate Systems
  • Political Risk Analysis
  • Violent Politics: Riots, Civil wars & State repression
  • Political Psychology: Reason & Emotion in Politics
  • Theories of International Political Economy
  • Practical Politics
  • The American Century: The United States in the Twentieth Century
  • Cultures of Benevolence: Philanthropy and Civil Society from 1601 to the Present
  • The Making of Modern Japan
  • Ordering the World: International Thought in the Twentieth Century
  • India in the Eighteenth Century
  • New Media Challenges
  • Data Journalism.

Year 3

Part three is made up of 120 credits. You will take six modules: one core module, which is your dissertation (45 credits), and five elective modules (total equivalent of 75 credits). Of the five elective modules, up to 30 credits can come from outside the International Politics Department.

The final year core requirement is a dissertation on a topic of your choice, working one-to-one with your supervisor. The elective modules will give you further opportunity to specialise in different areas of international politics and cognate disciplines.

Programme core module:

  • International Politics Dissertation Project

Elective modules – choose 75 credits (all modules are 15 credits each):

  • Advanced Topics in International Political Economy
  • Global Governance
  • International Politics of the Middle East
  • American Foreign Policy
  • The Global Political Economy of Development
  • Political Change in Europe
  • Governance of the Global Economy
  • Global Money and Finance
  • Global Ethics: Power and Principle in World Politics
  • The Theory and Practice of Conflict and Peace
  • Global Migration Processes
  • The Global Politics of Forced Migration
  • Technology, Money, Power
  • Political Economy of Global Inequality
  • Ethnicity and nationalism: Global comparisons
  • Geopolitical Macroeconomy
  • The Multinational Corporation: Governance, Politics and Ethics
  • Sexuality and Gender in World Politics
  • Radicals and Reformers: Left-Wing Politics and Activism in Britain and the World since 1945
  • Revolution: Rebels and Riots in Modern History
  • Comparative Empires in the Modern Era
  • The Holocaust in History and Memory
  • Disruptive Divas. Riot Grrrls and Bad Sistas: A History of Women in Popular Music
  • Poverty: What Counts?
  • Reporting Business
  • Corporate Governance
  • International News
  • Reporting Science and the Environment
  • Advanced Political and Economic Data Analysis
  • Micro-placement.

The programme specification contains more information on how the course is organised, the requirements for progression for each part and credits required for awards.

Overall workload

Most contact hours will take the form of lectures, interactive sessions, practical workshops and small group classes, supported by a personal tutorial system. The number will decrease as you progress and you become more able to direct your own learning. Approximate study time based on 2017/18 entry is as follows:

Year 1

Scheduled learning: 15% Independent learning: 85%

Year 2

Scheduled learning: 14% Independent learning: 86%

Year 3

Scheduled learning: 9% Independent learning: 91%
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After you graduate

Career prospects

This degree will equip you with a strong theoretical and practical understanding of the issues surrounding international politics, enabling you to develop highly valuable, transferable skills. As a result, you will find a wide range of career and postgraduate study options open to you.

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

  • International organisations
  • Journalism and communication
  • NGOs
  • Politics
  • Political Research
  • Teaching
  • The civil service
  • The corporate sector
  • Project/Team Leadership

Recent employers

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

  • Unicef
  • The London Borough of Hounslow Council
  • Ministry of Defence
  • Access Intelligence
  • British and Columbia Chamber of Commerce
  • Principle UK

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

76.9% of graduates in employment or further study six months after completing the course

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