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    1. 2021
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BSc (Hons) International Politics and Sociology

Entry Year:
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 2021

Academic year dates


3 years or 4 years with a work placement option.


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?

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.

Requirements and how to apply

Entry requirements


  • 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

International Baccalaureate (IB)

29 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 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.

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

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.

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 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.

When to apply

Your application for entry in September 2021 should arrive at UCAS between September 2020 and 29th January 2021. Applications that arrive after 29th 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.

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.

Large range of elective modules
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.

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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.


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.

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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.

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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.

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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 educate through a combination of:

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


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 2018/19 entry is as follows:

Year 1

Written examination: 16% Coursework: 84%

Year 2

Written examination: 12% Coursework: 88%

Year 3

Coursework: 100%

Assessment weightings by year

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


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:

  • Myths and mysteries in world politics
  • International relations theories 1
  • Researching society: qualitative methods
  • Classic social theory
  • Sociology in Action
  • Introduction to Political and Economic Data Analysis
  • Studying Politics
  • Culture and Society.

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
  • Contemporary social theory

Core Electives:

Choose 1 from:

  • Qualitative Methods of Analysing Social Research data
  • Quantitative Analysis of Social Research Data

And choose 1 from:

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


Choose 2 from:

  • Understanding Social Change
  • New Media Challenges
  • Sociology of Race and Racism
  • News and Society And 2 from:
  • States and Markets in the Era of Globalization
  • Comparative Political Economy
  • 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
  • Fifty Shades of Red – Russia in the Twentieth Century
  • Ordering the World: International Thought in the Twentieth Century
  • 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
  • India in the Eighteenth Century.

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.

Core Module:


Plus choose 2 from:

  • The Global Politics of Forced Migration
  • 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
  • Technology, Money, Power
  • Political Economy of Global Inequality
  • Ethnicity and nationalism: Global comparisons
  • Geopolitical Macroeconomy
  • Advanced Political and Economic Data Analysis (running from 2021-22)
  • The Multinational Corporation: Governance, Politics, Ethics
  • Sexuality and Gender in World Politics
  • Practical Politics
  • Micro-placement.

And also choose 2 from:

  • Global Migration Process
  • Poverty: What Counts?
  • Politica
  • Celebrity and Society
  • Interrogating Consumer Culture
  • Global Migration Process.

Remaining 1 from the above or:

  • International News
  • 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
  • Language.

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 2018/19 entry is as follows:

Year 1

Scheduled learning: 14% Independent learning: 86%

Year 2

Scheduled learning: 14% Independent learning: 86%

Year 3

Scheduled learning: 9% Independent learning: 91%
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.

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