Queen Mary, University of London

Course Introduction

At Queen Mary, it is all about a combination of location, high'quality teaching and, ultimately, our people. Politically, London is where all the action takes place' firmly plugged in to a globalised, networked world. Not only are the nation's Parliament, its parties and its think'tanks headquartered here in the capital, but so are its high'profile international organisations and its economic powerhouses. At Queen Mary, we exploit our location to the full, inviting a range of high'profile speakers to the campus, some to talk to the Mile End Group, a forum for the exchange of ideas on government, others to address New Turn, our student'run politics society. We are also expanding our students' contacts with Westminster, Whitehall and the Third Sector. We care about helping you interact with the real world as well as ensuring you get great teaching, based on lectures, seminars and workshops which are assessed by a combination of coursework, exams and a final'year dissertation. We are pleased to see that in the most recent National Student Survey, 88 per cent of our students were satisfied the quality of their teaching and that four of our staff were nominated this year for by students. Our staff not only care about teaching, but are also active, critical researchers, working in a School that was highly rated in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise and whose diverse interests are reflected in the wide choice of modules available to students.

Course Modules

Year 1: Introduction to politics; comparative government and politics; political analysis; either international relations since 1914 or 1 other module chosen from another department (modern languages, history, geography). Year 2: Modern political thought; British politics; elections, parties and government; global governance; international politics of the developing world; international relations (theories and concepts); political theories of the state, economy and society; war and security in world politics; plus options from other schools. Year 3: The research project; case studies in ethnic conflict (Ireland and northern Ireland); electoral behaviour; theories of the self; European integration and the European union as a political system; select topics in British government 1; select topics in British government 2; the politics of economic ideas; French politics; theory and practice in environmental politics; themes and issues of the comparative politics of the Middle East; gender and politics; globalisation (issues and debates); theories of radical democracy and politics; resistance, revolutionary change and world politics; international political theory; US foreign policy; liberalism, past and present.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
3 years
Full Time
BA (Hons) £28,200  Academic year. First year overseas fees
3 years
Full Time
BA (Hons) £9,000  Academic year. First year home fees

Qualifications required:

  • International Baccalaureate 32
  • European Baccalaureate 75%-80%
  • GCE A-level
  • SQA Higher
  • SQA Advanced Higher ABB
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma MD
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma MDD
  • GCSE/SQA Standard Grade