This course is for those students wishing to benefit from a joint degree combining main core modules of both International Politics and Sociology.
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.
This joint honours undergraduate degree combines key sociological and political perspectives for the understanding of local, national and global social relations, identities and structures. It will equip you with sophisticated critical thinking as well as rigorous quantitative and qualitative social sciences skills that are going to be highly valuable in your future profession, whether in the public, private or corporate sectors.
The International Politics element of the degree enables you to obtain the skills and knowledge to answer the many questions about our fast-changing world. You will also gain an understanding of important theoretical debates, global political systems and policy making.
The Sociology element examines the organisation of contemporary societies and explores the opportunities and structural inequalities that define our everyday lives. You will have the chance to study topics such as culture, identity, and class, and gain an appreciation of the complex interplay between local and global forces, with particular reference to life in the 21st century metropolis. This course will develop your critical thinking and skills in the analysis, interpretation and production of social data.
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30 points (no specific subjects required).
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.
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.
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:
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
INTO City courses are validated by City, University of London providing assurance of the quality and standards of education.
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.
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.
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.
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:
For more information see our main Visa page.
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 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 university can see only their entry and not those of other universities 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 London only, you can make a single choice application at a reduced rate of £12.
Your application for entry in September 2021 should arrive at UCAS between September 2020 and 15th January 2021. Applications that arrive after 15th January 2021 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.
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.
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.
* 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.
What our students think of Sociology at City
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.
This degree may offer opportunities to study abroad.
Previous International Politics and Sociology students have studied at:
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.
Our Accommodation Service can also help you find private accommodation.
We offer a free language course for City, University of London students.
Course timetables are normally available from July and can be accessed from our timetabling pages. These pages also provide timetables for the current academic year, though this information should be viewed as indicative and details may vary from year to year.
Please note that all academic timetables are subject to change.
We offer an extensive support network during your time here at City, University of London – from Learning Support (including disability support) and counselling to financial and career advice – leaving you free to enjoy every opportunity campus life has to offer.
Chat to our current students and read their blogs to gain an insight into studying at City and learn more about our undergraduate and postgraduate courses.
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.
We educate through a combination of:
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.
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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 2018/19 entry is as follows:
Year one lays the conceptual and historical foundations for the study of international politics and sociology. In the following two years you will build up specialist knowledge in how specific actors and institutions operate, how the ideas that shape global politics emerge and are contested, and how political and social dynamics affect issues and regions.
The International Politics modules enable you to gain knowledge on how diplomatic, economic, social and political relations are undertaken by companies and private groups, and how transnational and transgovernmental relations are structured through international organisations
The Sociology element gives you the opportunity to study topics such as: Class and social mobility, 'race' and ethnicity, gender, culture, migration, media, and crime and criminology.
The first year introduces competing theories of international politics and global political economy and how power has transformed in the 20th and 21st centuries. You will also receive a wide-ranging grounding in qualitative and quantitative approaches to sociology.
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.
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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.
Assessment is by coursework (assessed essays and assignments), unseen examinations and a final year project.
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Remaining 1 from the above or:
The programme specification contains more information on how the course is organised, the requirements for progression for each part and credits required for awards.
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 2018/19 entry is as follows:
Graduates of this course are suited to a wide range of career options such as: