Course Overview

UK/EU Fees £9,250 *
International Fees £14,400 *
Duration 4 years

* Price per academic year

Course summary

Our degree courses with Foundation year offer the opportunity to prepare you for advanced study before you progress onto a full honours degree at the University of Westminster.

Whether you do not feel ready for degree-level study, don’t have the right qualifications, want to change your subject specialism or return to study after an absence from education, we aim to encourage a broad range of students to undertake our Foundation year in order to progress onto their full honours degree with us. 

The Foundation year is designed to give you the opportunity to explore new ideas, opening up new perspectives on the key debates within your chosen field. Core modules accelerate your academic and professional development, bringing together like-minded students to think about the ‘big ideas’ within your discipline. You will also take modules from areas closely related to your chosen field, giving you the chance to develop a cross-disciplinary perspective on your course. 

On successful completion of the Foundation year, you will be able to move on to study for the Politics BA Honours degree over a further three years study.

Our Politics BA equips you with an understanding of the relationship between government and society in regions all over the world, from Europe, the Middle East and Asia to North and South America.

Studying for a politics degree will help you to understand and think critically about political events, the interplay of domestic and international politics, how resources and power are distributed in society; how decisions are made, and why political systems develop in the ways that they do.

You'll study political concepts, ideas, values and institutions, and explore the relationship between political theory and practice. 

Our graduates go on to work in a range of sectors, including the Civil Service, government, NGOs, international organisations, think tanks, teaching and research.

We are in the centre of one of the world’s greatest cities and we use this vibrant, multicultural setting to ensure that our students discover innovative solutions to the problems facing our world. In 2018, the University of Westminster was named the most diverse university in the UK, New Zealand and the USA, representing 170 nationalities (Hotcourses Diversity Index).

We take full advantage of our location in the heart of London, which allows us to take you out of the classroom to visit places such as the Houses of Parliament, government departments, international organisations, NGOs, exhibitions and museums. We regularly invite high-profile speakers to our central London location for our well-established series of seminars, public lectures and conferences to which you, as a student of politics, will be invited.

As a student on this course, you have the opportunity to spend one optional year abroad. You may complete a work or volunteering placement, both of which provide valuable opportunities to boost your employability. You may also undertake a study placement at one of our partner universities.

Graduates with international experience are particularly valued by employers, and a one-year period of residence abroad enhances your language skills and gives you experiences, contacts and intercultural awareness that will be valuable in your career.

As a School, we also host the world-renowned Centre for the Study of Democracy. The centre undertakes research across a range of critical challenges to the theory and practice of politics, international relations, sociology and criminology. We have an innovative initiative called the Democratic Education Network, which facilitates dialogue and the sharing of knowledge between our students, international universities and diasporic communities in London.

Top reasons to study with us

  • An enhanced learning experience – Our central London location allows us to take you out of the classroom to visit places such as the Houses of Parliament, government departments, international organisations, NGOs, exhibitions and museums
  • Our truly international outlook – We have been named the most diverse university in the UK, USA, Australia and New Zealand (source: Hotcourses Diversity Index 2018), with students representing 170 nationalities
  • A supportive community – We provide a supportive, inclusive and dynamic environment with high student satisfaction. There are plenty of opportunities for community engagement, not least through the student-led Democratic Education Network - a runner-up ‘Student Experience’ initiative in the Guardian University Awards 2019

Course structure

Teaching and learning methods include lectures, small group work, review sessions, workshops, symposia, debates, Q&A sessions, document analysis sessions, and structured role-plays.

A wide range of assessments includes essays, exams, policy reports, project work, simulations, individual and group presentations, blogs, posters, and debates.

The teaching is offered within the School of Social Sciences, which brings together Criminology, Politics and International Relations, Psychology and Sociology. What binds us together is our shared commitment to making education a transformative experience for our students, to conducting research that makes a difference to the social world, and to enhancing the diversity of ideas and identities within and beyond the University.

Students on this course have the opportunity to spend one optional year abroad. 

The following modules are indicative of what you will study on this course.

Subjects of study include: 

  • Introduction to Academic Practice
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Imagining Global Society and Politics
  • Critical Thinking for Academic and Professional Development 
  • History, Memory and Belonging
  • Rights and the Law

There are no optional or elective modules offered at Level 3, as the focus is on the development of key academic skills through a broad understanding of social sciences and humanities.

Credit Level 3

Subjects of study include:

  • British Politics
  • Democracy in Crisis
  • Dilemmas of International Development
  • Global Governance and the State
  • Introduction to International Relations and Global Politics
  • Political Ideas in Action
  • The Global Politics of Migration

Credit Level 4

Subjects of study include:

  • Asia, Africa and Latin America; Dynamism and Change in the Global South
  • Democratic Innovations
  • Doing Political Research: Project Management in the Social Sciences
  • Governance in Europe: Comparative and Multilevel Perspectives
  • Internship
  • Middle East Politics
  • Politics and Society in 21st Century America
  • Power and the State
  • Questioning Rights
  • Short Burst of Learning in an International Environment
  • The European Union as a Regional Power
  • The Politics of Killing
  • Theorising Politics and International Relations

Credit Level 5

Students on this course have the opportunity to spend one optional year abroad. You may complete a work or volunteering placement, both of which provide valuable opportunities to boost your employability and ground your studies in an experiential setting. You may also undertake a study placement at one of our university partners. You can also undertake a combination of both study and work.

Subjects of study include:

  • Advanced Readings in Contemporary Political Theory
  • American Power in a Multipolar World
  • Digital Politics
  • Dissertation or Professional Report
  • Equality, Justice and Citizenship
  • Foreign Policy and Diplomacy in a Changing World
  • Gender and Politics
  • Humanitarian Intervention
  • Policy and Practice
  • Political Psychology
  • Radical Democracy
  • Security and the Surveillance State
  • Social and Political Movements in a Globalising World

Credit Level 6

Programme Specification

For more details on course structure and modules, and how you will be taught and assessed, see the programme specification.

Careers

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Fantastic London location

We take you out of the classroom to visit places such as the Houses of Parliament, government departments, international organisations, NGOs, and museums. 

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Gain international experience

You have the option to spend a year abroad undertaking a work, study or volunteering placement.

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Employers around the world

The University’s Careers and Employability Service has built up a network of over 3,000 employers around the world, helping all our students explore and connect with exciting opportunities and careers.

Industry links

We take full advantage of our location in the heart of London, using our links with the Houses of Parliament and other centres of power and policy-making.

We regularly invite high-profile speakers to our central London location for our well-established series of seminars, public lectures and conferences, to which you, as a student of Politics, will be invited.

Work experience

Our central London location means you'll be perfectly placed to access placement and internship opportunities. 

In the past, our students have undertaken work experience at organisations including: 

  • Association for Citizenship Teaching
  • British Red Cross
  • Cancer Research UK
  • Conservative Party
  • European Commission 
  • European Parliament
  • Google
  • Greater London Assembly
  • Green Party
  • Houses of Parliament
  • Italian Embassy in London
  • Labour Party
  • Patchwork Foundation
  • Russo-British Chamber of Commerce
  • Save the Children
  • Women's Resource Centre

Job roles

This course will prepare you for a range of roles, including:

    • Campaigner
    • Civil servant
    • Diplomat
    • Journalist
    • Researcher

    Graduate employers

    Graduates from this course have found employment at organisations including:

      • Bradford Council
      • HM Government
      • Houses of Parliament
      • Metropolitan Police
      • Student Union

      Course Leaders

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      The safe and compassionate learning environment we have here encourages students to explore new ideas, grow their subject-knowledge, and expand their skills and build confidence."

      Dr Frands Pedersen

      Senior Lecturer in International Relations

      Dr Frands Pedersen is Senior Lecturer and Course Leader for the Foundation Courses in Humanities, Law and Social Sciences. He has Masters degrees in Political Science (Aarhus, Denmark) and Diplomacy (Lancaster), and received his PhD for his thesis on sub-national authorities as international actors. He convenes the Teaching Excellence Learning Community at Westminster and the Political Studies Association’s Nordic Politics Specialist Group. He is also co-founder of the Serious [email protected] group.

      Dr Pedersen has led Diplomacy, International Relations and European Union related modules at the Universities of Surrey, Central Lancashire and Westminster since 1999. In 2016, he was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship in recognition of his contribution to innovation in learning and teaching. He is passionate about active and immersive learning and has conducted extensive research on, for example, simulations and games, run projects and created shared resources to facilitate active learning. Dr Pedersen's current research focuses on Nordic responses to the Covid19 crisis, aspects of digital diplomacy and city diplomacy, and pedagogical research on compassion in higher education.

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      Dr Magdalena Frennhoff Larsen

      Assistant Head of School

      Magdalena Frennhoff Larsén has taught EU studies at the University of Westminster since 2007. Her PhD, which she obtained from the Centre for the Study of Democracy, analysed EU-South Africa trade negotiations following South Africa's transition to democracy. She obtained her Bachelor in Social Science from the University of Lund, and for her Master of Social Science she studied at the University of Bologna and the University of California, Irvine.

      Prior to joining the University of Westminster, Magdalena worked as Development Director at the Institute for Citizenship and as Public Affairs Officer at the UK Office of the European Parliament. 

      Her research interests are in the areas of EU external relations, with a particular focus on EU trade negotiations, and she has published widely on the topic in leading journals.

      She is a regular media commentator and has been working with media outlets both in the UK and overseas, including the BBC, France 24, Swedish Radio, Open Democracy, Deutsche Welle, PMP Magazine, Huffington Post, and The Conversation.

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      Our students love the way we work with policymakers and NGOs alongside their studies, and so do I. It is a joy to work with such enthusiastic students."

      Why study this course?

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      Get career-ready

      Studying politics will prepare you for a range of careers, including working as a civil servant, diplomat, campaigner, researcher or journalist.

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      Learn from experts

      Our School of Social Sciences hosts the world-renowned Centre for the Study of Democracy, and the innovative Democratic Education Network

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      Study in a supportive environment

      We provide an inclusive environment with high student satisfaction, and our teaching is structured to support your transition to higher education.

      Studying with us

      Online open days

      Join us at an online open day and get a feel for student life at the University of Westminster.

      You'll get a chance to: 

      • Speak to our academic staff
      • Take a virtual reality tour of our student halls
      • Ask us any questions you may have about student finance and accommodation

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      Entry Requirements

      • A Levels – DEE to CDD
      • International Baccalaureate – 56 to 80 UCAS Tariff points from the IB
      • BTEC Extended Diploma – MPP to MMP
      • BTEC Diploma – MM to DM
      • Access – 56 to 80  UCAS Tariff points from the Access course

      In addition to one of the above, you should have: 

      • GCSE English Language grade 4/C – IB grade 4 Higher Level, GCSE Maths grade 4/C – IB grade 4

      If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS of 6.0 overall, with 5.5 in each component.

      We also welcome applications from students who are taking a combination of qualifications listed above. For further information, please contact Course Enquiries.

      View more information about our entry requirements and the application process

      • International Baccalaureate – 56 to 80 UCAS Tariff points from the IB

      If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS of 6.0 overall, with 5.5 in each component.

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      International Foundation course

      We work in partnership with Kaplan International College London to provide Foundation Certificate courses for international students who don’t meet our Bachelor’s degree entry requirements.

      Find out how to apply for the Foundation Certificate course.

      Pre-sessional English programmes

      Need to improve your English before starting your course? We offer summer pre-sessional English programmes to help develop your English language skills.

      Find out more about our pre-sessional English programmes.

      Democratic Education Network

      The Democratic Education Network (DEN) is an academic, student-led organisation, part of the Department of Politics and International Relations.

      It promotes social action and student engagement through local and international projects that solidify and enhance your experiences. It also provides numerous opportunities to transform your ideas into reality and make a real difference.

      Participate every Thursday at our weekly meetings and check out our blog 'Inside Westminster'.

      Visit the DEN website

      Learn new skills

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      Learn a new language

      From Arabic to Spanish, you can learn a new language alongside your degree with our Polylang programme

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      Develop your entrepreneurial skills

      Our award-winning Creative Enterprise Centre offers industry networking events, workshops, one-to-one business advice and support for your startup projects. 

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      Gain extra qualifications

      We provide access to free online courses in Adobe and Microsoft Office applications, as well as thousands of specialist courses on LinkedIn Learning.

      Fees and Funding

      UK and EU tuition fee: £9,250 (Price per academic year)

      When you have enrolled with us, your annual tuition fees will remain the same throughout your studies with us. We do not increase your tuition fees each year.

      Find out how we set our tuition fees.

      Funding

      As well as tuition fee loans, there is a range of funding available to help you fund your studies.

      Find out about undergraduate student funding options.

      Scholarships

      The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

      Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

      Additional costs

      See what you may need to pay for separately and what your tuition fees cover.

      International tuition fee: £14,400 (Price per academic year)

      When you have enrolled with us, your annual tuition fees will remain the same throughout your studies with us. We do not increase your tuition fees each year.

      Find out how we set our tuition fees.

      International student funding

      Find out about funding for international students.

      Scholarships

      The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

      Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

      Additional costs

      See what you may need to pay for separately and what your tuition fees cover.

      Teaching and assessment

      Below you'll find examples of how marks have been calculated and study time distributed in the past. Changes to assessment weights and division of study time may be made in response to feedback and in accordance with our terms and conditions.

      How you'll be taught

      Teaching methods across all our undergraduate courses focus on active student learning through seminars, workshops, problem-based and blended learning, as well as group work. Teaching will be informed by our research, giving you the benefit of the knowledge of current theories and, where appropriate, their practical application.

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      How you'll be assessed

      Assessment methods across our undergraduate courses may include essays, reports, presentations, case studies, videos, podcasts and posters, as well as time-constrained in-class tests and exams.

       

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      Supporting you

      Our Student Hub is where you’ll find out about the services and support we offer, helping you get the best out of your time with us.

      • Study support — workshops, 1-2-1 support and online resources to help improve your academic and research skills
      • Personal tutors — support you in fulfilling your academic and personal potential
      • Student advice team — provide specialist advice on a range of issues including funding, benefits and visas
      • Extra-curricular activities — volunteering opportunities, sports and fitness activities, student events and more

      visit our student hub

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      Location

      Our Regent Campus is composed of three sites, situated on and around Regent Street – one of the most famous and vibrant streets in London.

      Our Humanities subjects are based at 309 Regent Street, which includes recently refurbished social spaces, gym facilities and our Regent Street Cinema.

      For more details, visit our locations page.

      Contact us

      We have an FAQs page if you are applying this year.

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