Goldsmiths, University of London

Course Introduction

This degree aims to advance your intellectual engagement with the study of politics as both an academic discipline and as an activity, and with the study of economics, which informs important areas of public policy making and is a major focus of contemporary political debate. We take a distinctive approach to the subject, extending beyond the conventional boundaries of the discipline. You won't simply learn about economics and politics in terms of what happens in conventional arenas of power, but also what happens on the streets, in art galleries, and in the non'Western world. We'll defamiliarise you from what you think you already know, and encourage you to look at the subjects 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: UK and European government and politics; key concepts in political theory, including the state, democracy, freedom, rights and power; the development of social welfare systems, combined with the main theories, concepts, problems and questions of political economy; and theories of international relations and the main developments in international politics since 1945. Years 2 and 3: Core modules: The current politics options enable you to study: the evolution of European society since 1945; Chinese politics; modern political theory; public administration in the British government; art and politics; or themes and issues in British politics since 1945; the economics courses enable students to study: the modern African economy; or the main theories, concepts and problems in political economy.

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
4 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
  • GCE AS-level
  • BTEC National Certificate (12 units)
  • BTEC National Diploma
  • BTEC National Award
  • International Baccalaureate 33
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

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13% Total study time lectures

Total Written: 38%

Total Coursework: 62%

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

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