Brunel University London

Course Introduction

Who has political power? Why do they have it? To whom are they accountable? In whose interest do they exercise it? What is globalisation? Is violent protest ever justified? If these questions excite you and provoke another torrent of questions in return, you're looking in the right area for your degree course. Politics and international relations are exciting and dynamic areas of study, stimulating debate and offering great insight into how the world around us works.

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: Optional Work placement (for thick'sandwich mode of study). Level 4 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
4 years
BSc (Hons) £13,500  Academic year. First year overseas fees
4 years
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

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

The course is well organised and is running smoothly 94%
I have been able to access general IT resources when I needed to 96%
The library resources and services are good enough for my needs 84%

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

95% Go on to work and/or study

In work 65
Studying 20
Studying and working 10
Unemployed 5
Unknown 5

16% Total study time lectures

Total Written: 26%

Total Coursework: 74%

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

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