Goldsmiths, University of London

Course Introduction

The purpose of this programme is to explore the changing character of the contemporary world in an interdisciplinary manner. It encourages you to engage with the international at a number of levels, ranging from the practical (through an internship option), to the theoretical, to the study of specific areas/regions, including the UK, Europe, Asia and Africa. You'll develop an understanding of conventional as well as interdisciplinary ways of understanding the international realm, and will study not only the West, but also Asia and Africa. You'll have the opportunity to gain practical experience through an internship option; recent placement organisations have included the Red Cross, Equality and Diversity Forum, and the Department for International Development. We'll defamiliarise you from what you think you already know, and encourage you to look at the subject 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: theories of international relations, and developments in global politics since 1945; UK and European government and politics; key concepts in political theory, including democracy, freedom, and rights; and the culture and politics of selected non'Western countries. Year 2: Core modules: contemporary international relations and at least 1 Politics 'area'based' unit, from a list which includes: European politics, and the politics of Asian or African countries. Year 3: Dissertation on a subject in the broad field of international studies; students will also take 3 other units, 1 of which may involve an internship, allowing them to gain practical experience.

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
5 years
Part Time
BA (Hons)

Qualifications required:

  • GCE A-level BBB-ABB
  • Irish Leaving Certificates AABBB
  • European Baccalaureate 80%
  • SQA Higher BBBBC-ABBBC
  • SQA Advanced Higher BBC-ABC
  • BTEC National Diploma
  • International Baccalaureate 34
  • GCE AS-level
  • BTEC National Certificate (12 units)
  • BTEC National Award
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

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13% Total study time lectures

Total Written: 25%

Total Coursework: 75%

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

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