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: Core modules: Introduction to politics; international relations since 1914; political analysis; optional modules: comparative government and politics; modern languages; history; geography. Year 2: Core modules: International relations in a globalising world; Optional modules: International security in the contemporary world; political economy of global development; modern political thought; British political system; Latin American politics; the comparative politics of the Middle East; nations, states and nationalisms; the politics of post'communist Europe; the nation in the global age; debates in contemporary political theory. Year 3: Core modules: The international relations research project; Optional modules: Themes and issues of the comparative politics of the Middle East; European politics: national identity and ethnicity; war in World politics; alternative approaches to international theory; globalisation: issues and debates; US foreign policy; 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.

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 Advanced Higher ABB
  • SQA Higher
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma MD
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma MDD
  • GCSE/SQA Standard Grade