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. For all the high level contacts and influence, our department is perhaps most importantly known for its friendly accessibility and the genuine sense of community between academics and students.

Course Modules

Level 1 Core: Central themes in political thought; introduction to American politics; introduction to world politics; modern British politics; political science methods. Options: Capital labour and power: Britain 1701'1939; history, memory and culture in Europe since 1798. Level 2 Core: Comparative politics; international relations; total war in the modern era. Options: Asia'Pacific international relations: modern east'west encounters; democracy and democratisation; issues in American politics; US foreign policy: World War II to the end of the cold war; the holocaust. Level 3 Core: Dissertation; European Union politics: problems and prospect. Options: Empire, imperialism and hegemony; fascism; globalisation and governance; history, travel and the sea; India and the world: the international relations of a rising power; intelligence and national security; marx and Marxism; media, politics and power in America; parties and voters in the UK; theory and practice of cultural diversity; the Arab'Israeli conflict; the history and politics of heritage; the second world war; rethinking modern Europe: borders, nations and identities since 1850.

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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96% Overall, I am satisfied with the quality of the course

The course is well organised and is running smoothly 96%
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 85%

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

90% Go on to work and/or study

In work 65
Studying 25
Studying and working 0
Unemployed 5
Unknown 5

17% Total study time lectures

Total Written: 34%

Total Coursework: 66%

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

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