Royal Holloway, University of London

Course Introduction

The advanced curriculum reflects the most recent research in the discipline. You will be studying at a young and energetic department that has already established itself as an excellent teaching and research centre in the subject. We have strong links with universities elsewhere in Europe, as well as in the USA and in Asia. You will be able to choose from a wide range of elective course units to build the study content that matches your interests.

Course Modules

Year 1: introduction to politics and government; introduction to international relations; classic and contemporary readings in politics and international relations; introduction to research methods in politics and international relations. Year 2: European integration since 1945; comparative political institutions; democracy in Britain; contemporary political theory; the politics of migration and ethnicity; modern political thought. Year 3: issues in contemporary Europe; the British in India (a social and political history); great powers and great debates in international politics; contemporary middle east politics; issues in United States foreign policy; advanced readings in global studies; comparative foreign policy; gendered communities (women and nationalism in the middle east, north Africa and south Asia); transnational security studies; resistance to global governance; the politics of Africa.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
3 years
Full Time
BA (Hons) £13,500  Academic year. First year overseas fees
3 years
Full Time
BA (Hons) £9,000  Academic year. First year home fees

Qualifications required:

  • GCE A-level ABB-AAB
  • SQA Advanced Higher
  • International Baccalaureate 32
  • Course specific
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma D
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma DD
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma DDD
  • SQA Higher

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86% Overall, I am satisfied with the quality of the course

The course is well organised and is running smoothly 88%
I have been able to access general IT resources when I needed to 83%
The library resources and services are good enough for my needs 60%

£22,000 Average salary 6 months after course has finished

90% Go on to work and/or study

In work 40
Studying 45
Studying and working 5
Unemployed 5
Unknown 5

13% Total study time lectures

Total Written: 53%

Total Coursework: 41%

Total Practical: 5%

£4,300 - £5,700
Typical cost of university accommodation

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