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The School of Politics and International Relations at Kent was among the pioneers in the UK in developing a BA degree with a language and this programme offers you the opportunity to focus on Politics and International Relations as well as acquiring strong linguistic abilities. During your time at Kent this will be done through taking language modules in the first and second year and while abroad in your third year, by working or studying in your country of choise. For the language component, you can choose from French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish. For students studying abroad, we have a wide range of This would be an ideal programme for students who wish to combine the study of Politics and International Relations in the United Kingdom with a year abroad (either studying at a university or gaining professional experience through a suitable internship in a field relevant to the study of Politics and International Relations).
This programme will ensure that students of politics and international relations acquire knowledge and understanding of political and international relations theory and analysis in a supportive and responsive learning environment; while also encouraging students to relate the academic study of politics and international relations to questions of public concern.
Upon completion of the course students should have developped the ability to use the language of their choice as well as a knowledge of the cultures, communities and societies where the language is used.
Students should have a knowledge of the political dynamics of interaction between people, events, ideas and institutions; be able to identify factors accounting for political change as well as understand the nature and significance of politics as a global activity.
In the 2013 National Student Survey, 90% of Politics students were satisfied with the quality of their course. And in The Guardian University Guide 2014 Politics was ranked 4th for student satisfaction.
Detailed Course FactsApplication deadline January 15 Tuition fee
- GBP 9000 Year (EEA)
- GBP 12450 Year (Non-EEA)
Duration full-time 48 months Languages Take an IELTS test
The course structure below gives a flavour of the modules that will be available to you and provides details of the content of this programme. This listing is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year in response to new curriculum developments and innovation. Most programmes will require you to study a combination of compulsory and optional modules, you may also have the option to take wild modules from other programmes offered by the University in order that you may customise your programme and explore other subject areas of interest to you or that may further enhance your employability.
Possible modules may include:
- Introduction to International Politics
- Introduction to Political Thought
- Introduction to Political Science
- Introduction to Comparative Politics
- Learning French 3 (Post A Level)
- Learning French 2A (Post GCSE)
- Learning French 2B (Post GCSE)
- Intensive French for Beginners
- Learning German 3 (Post A Level)
- Learning Italian - Beginners
- Learning Italian 3 (Post A Level)
- Learning Portuguese 1A (Beginners)
- Learning Portuguese 1B (Beginners)
- Learning Spanish 3 (Post A Level)
- Intensive Learning Spanish 1 (Beginners)
You have the opportunity to select wild modules in this stage
Possible modules may include:
- Political Research and Analysis
- Comparative Politics: Dictatorship and Democracy
- International Organisation: The UN System
You spend your year abroad on an approved work placement or at one of our partner institutions in France, Belgium, Canada (French); Germany (German); Italy (Italian); Portugal (Portuguese); Spain, Argentina, Uruguay (Spanish).
Students studying at a partner university take approved modules totalling up to 60 ECTS credits (equivalent to 120 Kent credits), leading to a total of 360 credits for Stages 2, A and 3.
Please also see the 'Study Guide for the Year Abroad' (pdf) which explains year abroad programmes more generally.
Possible modules may include:
- Politics and International Relations Year Abroad Mark 1
- Politics and International Relations Year Abroad Mark 2
Possible modules may include:
- Terrorism and Political Violence
- Politics of The Middle East
- Understanding US Foreign Policy: War, Trans- formation and Terror
- Conflict and Security in Africa
- Political Behaviour in Britain
- Humanitarian Communication
- Market States and Post Democracy
- Presidents, Parliaments and Democracy
- Politics in the Classroom
- Politics of Deeply Divided Societies
- Humans at War
- Japan in the World
- The Contemporary Politics of Japan
- Ethics in International Relations
- Foreign Policy Analysis and Management
- Europe and the World
- Post Communist Russia
- Specialist Dissertation (2 units)
- Rights, Freedoms and Individualism:Contemporary Liberalism in Question
- Engendering Politics:Feminist Contributions to Political Theory
- Governance & Politics of Contemporary China
- European Security Co-operation since 1945
- Comparative European Politics
- Politics of the European Union
- Policy-making in the EU
- The Politics of Trust (in the USA)
- Contemporary Politics and Government in the United States
- East European Politics
- Modern Political Thought
- The International Politics of Global Climate Change
- Conflict Analysis and Northern Ireland: History, Politics & Culture
- Advanced Topics in Politics and International Relation
- Religion and International Politics
- War and Peace in International Society
- International Political Economy
- Conservatism: Politics and International Relations of the Right
- International Security
- The Rise of China
- Resistance, Suffering and Leadership: The Political Lives of Gandhi, Ma
- International Conflict and Cooperation
English Language Requirements
IELTS band : 6.5
To study at this university, you have to speak English. We advice you totake an IELTS test.
The University will consider applications from students offering a wide range of qualifications, typical requirements are listed below, students offering alternative qualifications should contact the Admissions Office for further advice. It is not possible to offer places to all students who meet this typical offer/minimum requirement.Qualification Typical offer/minimum requirement
- A level:BBB
- GCSE:C in a modern European language other than English
- Access to HE Diploma:The University of Kent will not necessarily make conditional offers to all access candidates but will continue to assess them on an individual basis. If an offer is made candidates will be required to obtain/pass the overall Access to Higher Education Diploma and may also be required to obtain a proportion of the total level 3 credits and/or credits in particular subjects at merit grade or above.
- BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (formerly BTEC National Diploma):The university will consider applicants holding BTEC National Diploma and Extended National Diploma Qualifications (QCF; NQF;OCR) on a case by case basis please contact us via the enquiries tab for further advice on your individual circumstances.
- International Baccalaureate:34 points overall or 15 points at HL
No work experience is required.
- Academic Excellence Scholarship
"The Academic Excellence Scholarship can provide up to a 50 % reduction in tuition per semester. These scholarships will be renewed if the student maintains superior academic performance during each semester of their 3-year Bachelor programme. The scholarship will be directly applied to the student’s tuition fees."
- Access Bursary
Bursary for UK students all subjects where the variable tuition fee rate is payable.
- Alumni Bursary
Alumni Bursary for UK Undergraduate students
* The scholarships shown on this page are suggestions first and foremost. They could be offered by other organisations than University of Kent.
Kent offers generous financial support schemes to assist eligible undergraduate students during their studies. Our 2015 financial support package includes a £6,000 cash bursary spread over the duration of your course. For Ts&Cs and to find out more, visit our funding page.
Scholarships are available for excellence in academic performance, sport and music and are awarded on merit. For further information on the range of awards available and to make an application see our scholarships website.
The Kent Scholarship for Academic Excellence
At Kent we recognise, encourage and reward excellence. We have created the Kent Scholarship for Academic Excellence, which will be awarded to any applicant who achieves a minimum of AAA over three A levels, or the equivalent qualifications as specified on our funding pages. Please note that details of the scholarship for 2015 entry have not yet been finalised and are subject to change.