University of Westminster

Course Introduction

The University of Westminster is recognised internationally for its innovative teaching and research in politics and international relations (IR), and the Department has soared in the recent National Students Survey rankings, demonstrating our commitment to excellence in teaching and learning. You will be able to take advantage of our central London location, with our proximity to Parliament and centres of governance, and take part in events in the capital and beyond. Our undergraduates enjoy successful involvement in global activities, participate in international conferences and present papers at research events. You will be able to broaden your horizons through our exchange programmes with universities in Australia, Germany, Mexico and the USA. Our internship programme will help to improve your career prospects and build relationships with potential employers; our students have completed internships with MPs, the European Commission, Amnesty UK, the Fawcett Society, and Unlock Democracy.

Course Modules

Year 1: This level introduces students to key issues and theories involved in the study of international relations; core themes examine the nature of the international system, identify the main players and dominant trends, and encourage students to explore theoretical perspectives on international politics; option modules give students the chance to address questions of globalisation and international governance, comparative politics and political theory; students also develop the key study skills and transferable skills needed to complete their studies in international relations successfully. Years 2 and 3: Building on the 1st year, these levels provides more in'depth, specialised analysis of both the theory and practice of international relations; particular emphasis is given to terrorism, humanitarian intervention, international security and contemporary debates in foreign policy.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
3 years
Full Time
BA (Hons) £12,500  Academic year. First year overseas fees
3 years
Full Time
BA (Hons) £9,000  Academic year. First year home fees

Qualifications required:

  • GCE A-level BBC
  • SQA Higher
  • SQA Advanced Higher
  • GCE AS-level
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma MDD
  • GCSE/SQA Standard Grade
  • Tariff 112
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma
  • OCR National Certificate (6 Units)
  • OCR National Diploma (12 Units)
  • OCR National Extended Diploma (18 Units) M2

Key Course Information

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89% Overall, I am satisfied with the quality of the course

The course is well organised and is running smoothly 92%
I have been able to access general IT resources when I needed to 86%
The library resources and services are good enough for my needs 53%

£22,000 Average salary 6 months after course has finished

75% Go on to work and/or study

In work 50
Studying 15
Studying and working 10
Unemployed 25
Unknown 0

22% Total study time lectures

Total Written: 18%

Total Coursework: 76%

Total Practical: 6%

£4,700 - £6,700
Typical cost of university accommodation

£5,400 - £9,000
Typical cost of private accommodation