Goldsmiths, University of London

Course Introduction

This degree provides a thorough grounding in some of the major aspects of modern political studies: political history, political ideas, UK and European politics, the politics of non'Western countries, and international studies. It's good preparation for a range of careers and for further studies. We take a distinctive approach to the subject, extending beyond the conventional boundaries of the discipline. You won't simply learn about politics in terms of what happens in the Houses of Parliament and conventional arenas of power, but also what happens on the streets, in art galleries, and in the non'Western world. We'll defamiliarise you from what you think you already know, and encourage you to look at politics from a different perspective. 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. The Department of Politics has links with the Home Office, Department for Transport, local government and the European Commission.

Course Modules

Year 1: Core modules: UK and European government and politics; key concepts in political theory, including the state, democracy, freedom, rights and power; the development of social welfare systems, combined with the main theories, concepts, problems and questions of political economy; and theories of international relations and the main developments in international politics since 1945. Year 2 and 3: Core modules: the evolution of European society since 1945; Chinese politics; the development of modern political theory; the main theories, concepts and problems in political economy; public administration in the British government; art and politics; research design; or themes and issues in British politics since 1945.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
3 years
Full Time
BA (Hons) £13,100  Academic year. First year overseas fees
3 years
Full Time
BA (Hons) £9,000  Academic year. First year home fees
4 years
Part Time
BA (Hons)

Qualifications required:

  • GCE A-level BBB-ABB
  • Irish Leaving Certificates AABBB
  • European Baccalaureate 80%
  • SQA Advanced Higher BBC-ABC
  • GCE AS-level
  • BTEC National Certificate (12 units)
  • BTEC National Diploma
  • BTEC National Award
  • International Baccalaureate 33
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

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13% Total study time lectures

Total Written: 29%

Total Coursework: 71%

£5,247 - £5,247
Typical cost of university accommodation

£5,906 - £7,306
Typical cost of private accommodation