University of Westminster

Course Introduction

The University of Westminster is recognised internationally for its innovative teaching and research in politics and international relations (IR), and the Department has soared in the recent National Students Survey rankings, demonstrating our commitment to excellence in teaching and learning. You will be able to take advantage of our central London location, with our proximity to Parliament and centres of governance, and take part in events in the capital and beyond. Our undergraduates enjoy successful involvement in global activities, participate in international conferences and present papers at research events. You will be able to broaden your horizons through our exchange programmes with universities in Australia, Germany, Mexico and the USA. Our internship programme will help to improve your career prospects and build relationships with potential employers; our students have completed internships with MPs, the European Commission, Amnesty UK, the Fawcett Society, and Unlock Democracy.

Course Modules

Year 1: Introduction politics and society of developing countries; introduction to key concepts and issues in international relations; political concepts, revolutions and ideologies. Year 2: Global political economy; order and justice in international relations; research methods for politics and international relations. Year 3: Development in the era of globalisation: area studies; either development studies dissertation or politics and international relations dissertation

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
3 years
Full Time
BA (Hons) £12,500  Academic year. First year overseas fees
3 years
Full Time
BA (Hons) £9,000  Academic year. First year home fees

Qualifications required:

  • SQA Higher
  • GCE A-level BBC
  • SQA Advanced Higher
  • GCE AS-level
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma MDD
  • GCSE/SQA Standard Grade
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma
  • OCR National Certificate (6 Units)
  • OCR National Diploma (12 Units)
  • OCR National Extended Diploma (18 Units) M2

Key Course Information

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92% Overall, I am satisfied with the quality of the course

The course is well organised and is running smoothly 90%
I have been able to access general IT resources when I needed to 85%
The library resources and services are good enough for my needs 84%

£19,000 Average salary 6 months after course has finished

87% Go on to work and/or study

In work 72
Studying 12
Studying and working 3
Unemployed 9
Unknown 5

22% Total study time lectures

Total Written: 14%

Total Coursework: 76%

Total Practical: 10%

£4,700 - £6,700
Typical cost of university accommodation

£5,400 - £9,000
Typical cost of private accommodation