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BSc (Hons) International Politics and Sociology

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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.

Clearing and Adjustment

Limited places on this course for September 2019 may be available through Clearing and Adjustment this summer.

Key Information

Start date

September 2019

Academic year dates

Duration

3 years or 4 years with a work placement option.

UK/EU

Full-time: 9,250*

Non-EU

Full-time: £15,610 for the first year of study**

UCAS code

LL23

Application period

From September 2018

Until We are currently accepting late applications via UCAS***

Campus

Northampton Square

Who is it for?

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.

Objectives

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. As well as developing strong research skills, you will have the option to further your data skills through a Quantitative Methods (QM) pathway for your final two years of study.

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.

Requirements and how to apply

Entry requirements

We may demonstrate some flexibility of entry requirements in Clearing. This will depend on the results we receive and the number of spaces we have available.

Applications through Clearing are likely to be considered on a case by case basis, but an indication of the level at which offers may be considered for International Baccalaureate students is as follows:

  • 28 points and above

If you are an applicant who has completed qualifications outside of the UK then we encourage you to visit our country pages ahead of calling our Clearing hotline. On these pages you will find information on equivalent grades City will be applying during the Clearing process for students applying from Bulgaria, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Norway, Poland, Spain and the USA.

Entry requirements in Clearing for A-Level students will be published on 15th August. Details of the standard entry requirements for 2019 are shown below.

Standard requirements

A-Level

  • Grades BBB or 120 UCAS tariff points
  • A-Level General Studies and 'A' Level Critical Studies are not accepted
  • GCSE English Language and Mathematics or Statistics at grade 4 (C) (or equivalent) are also required.

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

Other suitable qualifications

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

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.

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.

INTO City, University of London

Don’t meet the entry requirements? INTO City, University of London offers a range of academic and English language programmes to help prepare you for study at City, University of London. You’ll learn from experience teachers in a dedicated international study centre.

These programmes are designed for international students who do not meet the required academic and English language requirements for direct entry. To prepare for this degree course, learn more about the International Foundation in Humanities and Law or the International Foundation in Business and Economics with Society and Culture.

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.

English requirements

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

PTE Academic: 58 overall with a minimum of 51 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

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.

For more information see our main Visa page.

How to apply

Limited places on this course for September 2019 may be available through Clearing and Adjustment this summer.

If you have already received your results, call our Clearing hotline +44 (0)20 7040 8877. If you've yet to receive your results, you can register your interest in Clearing and we will update you on the Clearing process this summer.

Applying through UCAS

Applications for degree courses must be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

  • The UCAS institution code for City, University of London is C60.
  • The UCAS course code for this programme is LL23.

You can contact UCAS for further information using the following details:

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.

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.

Joint honours
core modules of both Sociology and International Politics degrees.
Opportunities
You may have the opportunity to study abroad
During your course

More about fees

*The fee for this course will be £9,250 for each year of study for the duration of your studies.

** The fee for your first year of study will be £15,610. 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.

Funding

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

Future Finance Loans

Future Finance offers students loans of between £2,500 and £40,000 to help cover tuition fees and living expenses. All students and courses are considered. All loans are subject to credit checks and approval for further details please visit the City Finance website.

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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 may offer 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.

Accommodation

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.

Read more about our undergraduate halls.

Our Accommodation Service can also help you find private accommodation.

Find out more about private accommodation.

Learn a language for free

We offer a free language course for City, University of London students.

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Timetables

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.

View academic timetables

Please note that all academic timetables are subject to change.

Student support

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.

Find out more about the different types of student support available.

Course content and assessment

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.

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

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 2016/17 entry is as follows:

Year 1

Written examination: 19% Coursework: 81%

Year 2

Written examination: 13% Coursework: 87%

Year 3

Written examination: 13% Coursework: 87%

Assessment weightings by year

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

Modules

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.

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. You will also receive a wide-ranging grounding in qualitative and quantitative approaches to sociology.

Core modules include:

  • Introduction to political economy
  • Myths and mysteries in world politics
  • International relations theories 1
  • Producing social data
  • Lies, damned lies and statistics
  • Researching society: qualitative methods
  • Classic social theory
  • Sociology in Action

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
  • Quantitative analysis of social research data
  • Contemporary social theory.

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.

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

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: 11% Independent learning: 89%
After you graduate

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:

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

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

100% of graduates in employment or further study six months after completing the course

International Politics and Sociology

UCAS code: LL23

Application Deadline

We are currently accepting late applications via UCAS***


Limited places on this course for September 2019 may be available through Clearing and Adjustment this summer.

If you have already received your results, call our Clearing hotline +44 (0)20 7040 8877. If you've yet to receive your results, you can register your interest in Clearing and we will update you on the Clearing process this summer.

Applying through UCAS

Applications for degree courses must be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

  • The UCAS institution code for City, University of London is C60.
  • The UCAS course code for this programme is LL23.

You can contact UCAS for further information using the following details:

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.

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.

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