Brunel University London

Course Introduction

Our courses are designed and taught by experts in politics, international relations and contemporary history. Many of our lecturers are internationally renowned, publishing and presenting papers across the world, with their research often being reported on in major television and radio programmes. Several are paid consultants to government departments including the Cabinet Office, the Home Office and the Ministry of Defence in the UK, and the Council of Europe, the Georgian Ministry of Justice and the Canadian Department of Citizenship abroad. Their network of contacts is unrivalled ' and our proximity to central London's world class research facilities, Westminster and Whitehall mean you couldn't be better placed to immerse yourself in politics and history.

Course Modules

Level 1 Core: Central themes in political thought; history, memory and culture in Europe since 1789; introduction to American politics; introduction to world politics; political science methods; the making of the modern world. Level 2 Core: Comparative politics; international relations; total war in the Modern Era; US foreign policy from World War II to the end of the Cold War. Options: Asia'Pacific international relations: modern East'West encounters; democracy and democratisation; issues in American politics; slavery and abolition in the Atlantic world; the holocaust. Level 3 Core: Dissertation; European union politics: problems and prospects; globalisation and governance. Options: Empire, imperialism and hegemony; fascism; history, travel and the sea; India and the World: the international relations of a rising power; intelligence and national security; media, power and politics in America; marx and Marxism; parties and voters in the UK; rethinking modern Europe: borders, nations and identities since 1850; theory and practice of cultural diversity; the Arab'Israeli conflict; the history and politics of heritage; the second World War.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
3 years
Full Time
BSc (Hons) £13,500  Academic year. First year overseas fees
3 years
Full Time
BSc (Hons) £9,000  Academic year. First year home fees

Qualifications required:

  • European Baccalaureate 70%
  • International Baccalaureate 30
  • GCE A-level BBB
  • SQA Advanced Higher BBB
  • Irish Leaving Certificates AAABB
  • Foundation / access qualification
  • IELTS 6.5
  • GCE AS-level
  • SQA Higher
  • GCSE/SQA Standard Grade
  • OCR National Certificate (6 Units)
  • OCR National Diploma (12 Units)
  • OCR National Extended Diploma (18 Units)
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

Key Course Information

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100% Overall, I am satisfied with the quality of the course

The course is well organised and is running smoothly 100%
I have been able to access general IT resources when I needed to 100%
The library resources and services are good enough for my needs 96%

£20,000 Average salary 6 months after course has finished

80% Go on to work and/or study

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

16% Total study time lectures

Total Written: 37%

Total Coursework: 63%

£4,500 - £6,900
Typical cost of university accommodation

£4,200 - £5,000
Typical cost of private accommodation