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  • Tuition Fee:
  • Local: $ 9k / Year
  • Foreign: $ 12.5k / Year
  • Languages of instruction:
  • English
  • Deadline:
  • 15 January 2016


    The BA degree of Politics and International Relations with a Year in China/Hong Kong is a four-year programme offered in partnership with the University of Hong Kong, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) andChina Foreign Affairs University, Beijing. Students from the University of Kent registered for this degree will spend the first two years at Kent, they will then study in China/Hong Kong in their third year and return to Kent for their final year.

    This programme will be of particular interest to those wishing to study politics and international relations whilst also integrating into a different educational, cultural, social and linguistic environment.

    While in China/Hong Kong the students will follow an approved course of study drawn from the course offerings at our partner institutions, all courses at partner institutions will be taught in English.

    Mandarin is a compulsory component of the programme at stages one and two if students are studying in mainland China, however, it is optional for students wishing to study in Hong Kong.

    Independent rankings

    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 Facts

    Application deadline January 15 Tuition fee
    • GBP 9000 Year (EEA)
    • GBP 12450 Year (Non-EEA)

    Start date September 2015 Credits (ECTS) 180 ECTS
    Credits Total Kent credits: 360
    Duration full-time 48 months Languages Take an IELTS test
    • English
    Delivery mode On Campus Educational variant Part-time, Full-time Intensity Flexible More information Go To The Course Website

    Course Content

    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.

    Stage 1

    Possible modules may include:

    • Introduction to International Politics
    • Introduction to Political Thought
    • Introduction to Political Science
    • Introduction to Comparative Politics
    • Introduction to Conflict Analysis and Resolution
    • Politics and Popular Culture in Modern Japan
    • Learning Mandarin Chinese 1A
    • Learning Mandarin Chinese
    • Analysing British Politics Today
    • International History and International Relations
    • Globalisation and World Politics

    You have the opportunity to select wild modules in this stage

    Stage 2

    Possible modules may include:

    • Political Research and Analysis
    • The Rise of China
    • Comparative Politics: Dictatorship and Democracy
    • International Organisation: The UN System
    • Governance & Politics of Contemporary China

    You have the opportunity to select wild modules in this stage

    Year abroad

    You spend a year studying in one of our partner institutions at University of Hong Kong, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) and China Foreign Affairs University, Beijing where courses are taught in English.

    Possible modules may include:

    • Politics and International Relations Year Abroad Mark 1
    • Politics and International Relations Year Abroad Mark 2

    Stage 3

    Possible modules may include:

    • Resistance, Suffering and Leadership: The Political Lives of DGandhi, M
    • International Conflict and Cooperation
    • 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
    • Advanced Analysis of British Politics
    • 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
    • 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
    • Marxism
    • Politics of Deeply Divided Societies
    • Humans at War
    • 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
    You have the opportunity to select wild modules in this stage

    UK requirements for international applications

    Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).

    Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.

    All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.

    University requirements

    Program requirements

    English Language Requirements

    IELTS band : 6.5

    To study at this university, you have to speak English. We advice you to

    take 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
    • 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 at HL

    Work Experience

    No work experience is required.

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