Course information

Entry requirements

UCAS code


Entry requirements

A-level: BBB
IB: 33 points overall with Three HL subjects at 655


3 years full-time

Course overview

Please note, applications to start this programme in 2022 are still open.

Goldsmiths' operating principles for 2022-23 have not yet been finalised but should changes be required to teaching in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, we will publish these as early as possible for prospective students wishing to start their programme in September 2022.

This degree provides a grounding in some of the major aspects of politics and international relations. You'll learn about international systems and global governance political theory, UK, European and US politics, international political economy and undertake area-based studies of Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

Why study BA Politics with International Relations at Goldsmiths?

  • We offer a distinctive approach that combines the study of politics and international relations, giving you the opportunity to gain broad knowledge and experience of both disciplines.
  • The Department of Politics and International Relations provides a lively interdisciplinary environment, specialising in the study of institutions and conflicts in a way that crosses boundaries between traditional understandings of political phenomena.
  • You’ll be able to choose from an unusually wide range of module options which explore the aesthetics of terrorism, critical approaches to security, the politics of development, US politics and foreign policy, the geopolitics of the Middle East, and contemporary movements from the Arab Spring to ISIS. We offer a range of area-based modules covering the Middle East, China and East Asia, Africa and Latin America.
  • We have a lively events programme that attracts renowned speakers, meaning that you'll have the opportunity to hear the latest political arguments, theories and ideas.
  • Our unique work placement module gives you the opportunity to gain work experience relevant to the degree and we also give you the opportunity to study abroad.

Contact the department

If you have specific questions about the degree, contact Eskandar Sadeghi-Boroujerdi or Dr Paul Gunn (for information about applying).

What you'll study

Year 1 (credit level 4)

In your first year, you take a total of 120 credits comprised of these compulsory modules:

Module title Credits
Political Theory and Ideologies 30 credits
UK and European Comparative Governance and Politics 30 credits
World Politics 30 credits

You then take either:

Module title Credits
Introduction to Political Economy 15 credits
Introduction to Economic Policy 15 credits

or the following 30 credit module:

Module title Credits
Colonialism, Power, and Resistance 30 credits

Year 2 (credit level 5)

In your second year, you must take the following two modules:

Module title Credits
Global Governance and World Order 15 credits
Contemporary International Relations Theories 15 credits

Your remaining 90 credits are made up from these options:

Module title Credits
Making Modern Japan 15 credits
Chinese Politics: The Revolutionary Era 15 credits
US Politics and Foreign Policy 15 credits
Europe Since 1945 15 credits
Ideologies and Interests: Political Thought in Modern Britain 15 credits
International Trade 15 credits
International Monetary Economics 15 credits
Liberalism and its Critics 15 credits
Life: A User's Manual
Modern Britain: Politics from 1979 - today 15 credits
Modern Political Theory 30 credits
Political Economy 30 credits
International Politics of the Middle East 15 credits
Politics of Vision 15 credits
Rough Politics 15 credits

Year 3 (credit level 6)

In your third year, you write a research dissertation (30 credits) and take the following compulsory module:

Module title Credits
Citizenship and Human Rights 15 credits

You then make up the remaining 90 credits from a list of modules provided by the department, which currently includes:

Module title Credits
An(other) China: Streetscenes of Politics 15 credits
An(other) IR – Views from the South 15 credits
Anarchism 15 credits
Beyond All Reason 15 credits
Britain and Europe 15 credits
Colonialism and Non-Western Political Thought 15 credits
Rhetoric and Politics 15 credits
Work Placement 15 credits
Ethics and Economics of Environmental Protection 15 credits
Feminist Politics 15 credits
Finance and the Global Political Economy 15 credits
International Political Economy 2 15 credits
Liberal Government and Power 15 credits
Political Islam: Ideology and Discourse 15 credits
Nationalist Conflict and International Intervention 15 credits
New Radical Political Economy 30 credits
Political Economy of the European Union 30 credits
Politics of Conflict and Peacebuilding in Contemporary Africa 15 credits
An(other) Japan: Politics, Ideology and Culture 15 credits
The Political Economy of International Development Assistance 15 credits
The Politics of Popular Music 15 credits
Armed Politics and Political Violence 30 credits
Feminist Economics 15 Credits

Teaching style

This programme is mainly taught through scheduled learning - a mixture of lectures, seminars and workshops. You’ll also be expected to undertake a significant amount of independent study. This includes carrying out required and additional reading, preparing topics for discussion, and producing essays or project work.

The following information gives an indication of the typical proportions of learning and teaching for each year of this programme*:

  • Year 1 - 13% scheduled learning, 87% independent learning
  • Year 2 - 13% scheduled learning, 87% independent learning
  • Year 3 - 13% scheduled learning, 87% independent learning

How you’ll be assessed

You’ll be assessed by a variety of methods, depending on your module choices. These include coursework, examinations, group work and projects.

The following information gives an indication of how you can typically expect to be assessed on each year of this programme*:

  • Year 1 - 63% coursework, 38% written exam
  • Year 2 - 85% coursework, 13% written exam, 3% practical
  • Year 3 - 99% coursework, 1% practical

*Please note that these are averages are based on enrolments for 2020/21. Each student’s time in teaching, learning and assessment activities will differ based on individual module choices. Find out more about how this information is calculated.

Download the programme specification. If you would like an earlier version of the programme specification, please contact the Quality Office.

Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.

For 2021-22 and 2020–21, we have made some changes to how the teaching and assessment of certain programmes are delivered. To check what changes affect this programme, please visit the programme changes page.

Entry requirements

We accept the following qualifications:

A-level: BBB
International Baccalaureate: 33 points overall with Three HL subjects at 655
Access: Pass with 45 Level 3 credits including 30 Distinctions and a number of merits/passes in subject-specific modules
Scottish qualifications: BBBBC (Higher) or BBC (Advanced Higher)
European Baccalaureate: 75%
Irish Leaving Certificate: H2 H2 H2 H2

International qualifications

We also accept a wide range of international qualifications. Find out more about the qualifications we accept from around the world.

If English isn’t your first language, you will need an IELTS score (or equivalent English language qualification) of 6.0 with a 6.0 in writing and no element lower than 5.5 to study this programme. If you need assistance with your English language, we offer a range of courses that can help prepare you for degree-level study.

Fees & funding

Annual tuition fees

These are the fees for students starting their programme in the 2022/2023 academic year.

From August 2021 EU/EEA/Swiss nationals will no longer be eligible for 'Home' fee status. EU/EEA/Swiss nationals will be classified as 'International' for fee purposes, more information can be found on our fees page.

  • Home - full-time: £9250
  • International - full-time: £17560

If your fees are not listed here, please check our undergraduate fees guidance or contact the Fees Office, who can also advise you about how to pay your fees.

It’s not currently possible for international students to study part-time if you require a Student Visa, however this is currently being reviewed and will be confirmed in the new year. Please read our visa guidance in the interim for more information. If you think you might be eligible to study part-time while being on another visa type, please contact our Admissions Team for more information.

If you are looking to pay your fees please see our guide to making a payment.

Additional costs

In addition to your tuition fees, you'll be responsible for any additional costs associated with your course, such as buying stationery and paying for photocopying. You can find out more about what you need to budget for on our study costs page.

There may also be specific additional costs associated with your programme. This can include things like paying for field trips or specialist materials for your assignments. Please check the programme specification for more information.

Funding opportunities

We offer a wide range of scholarships and bursaries, and our careers service can also offer advice on finding work during your studies. Find out more about funding your studies with us.



This programme will develop you intellectually, and will enhance your transferable and communication skills – learning to plan your workload, to research solutions, and to express your ideas coherently.


Our politics graduates go on to a wide variety of careers. Some go on to postgraduate study or further training in law, accountancy, social work, business administration, or to specialise in one area of their academic studies, whilst others go directly into employment.

Recent politics graduates have found employment in administration and management; in various departments of central and local government; in finance, in the media; in research and computing; in voluntary agencies; in health, education and housing management; the probation service; in company management, and as lecturers and teachers. You can read more about career options on our Politics and International Relations careers pages.

Find out more about employability at Goldsmiths