This degree is ideal for those looking to gain an understanding of international political processes and systems with a focus on issues such as international relations, global security, human rights and development using different theoretical perspectives in an increasingly globalised and interconnected world.
It will provides the foundations for a wide range of careers across politics, policy, NGOs, journalism, research and public relations, or act as stepping stone to postgraduate study.
Our London campus is located just a short distance from the epicentre of British politics, allowing us to support our students in applying for placements and internships with working MPs, MEPs and pressure groups part-time while you study. This will enable you to blend real-life practice with theory and gain invaluable work experience.
In class you will learn alongside a global cohort of students and academic staff, including renowned Black Sea and Europe specialist Dr Tunc Aybak, global security analyst Dr Peter Hough and international political economist and labour relations academic Dr Phoebe Moore, who bring an internationally respected research perspective to the curriculum.
The first year of the programme provides grounding in the four key areas and their overlapping relevance at international level. An introduction to key concepts and theories of international politics, the wider relevance of social scientific perspectives on globally experienced problems, an introduction to global development issues and an introduction to issues of globalisation and governance are the main focus.
In Year 2, three core modules sharpen the focus on theories of international relations, global political economy perspectives and the provision of research methods training in preparation for the final year dissertation. Students also select from one of two option modules in Year 2.
The final year involves greater independent study through completion of a dissertation and a focus on geopolitical perspectives in a final year core module. Students then select two of four optional modules and are actively encouraged to undertake a work placement module to enhance employability. Modules in public international law, humanitarianism, and migration and citizenship complete the range of options available.
Introduces notions of democracy, civil society and the role of the state, and has a focus on ideologies such as socialism, liberalism and feminism.
Students will learn about the concept of governance and its evolving relevance to politics in an increasingly globalised world.
This module critically views the notion of 'third world' and its representation in the context of global development, particularly through the practical lens of the UN's Millennium Development Goals and their post-2015 manifestation with an eye to the gender dimension in development.
This module introduces students to methods and theories that underpin the social sciences as well as giving them a grounding in key political processes, institutions and forms of global socio-economic change. The module provides a preparation for studying such approaches and phenomenon more critically and in greater detail in years two and three.
Introduces students to the main theories, concepts and themes of international relations. The rival paradigms of the discipline are initially explored and then applied to the understanding of key topics of relations between states and also non-state global actors.
The module is designed to familiarise students with research methods in preparation for their independent dissertation in the final year. The module aims to develop students critical evaluation of the range of appropriate quantitative and qualitative research methodologies available, and the underlying philosophical and ethical principles of social research.
It will make clear the links between theory, method and data as well as defining what data is within different research paradigms and the various ways of generating and analysing it. The module also aims to evaluate and critique published research. Emphasis is placed on developing awareness and critique of secondary sources and especially the use of official statistics.
Students will also receive an overview of the theoretical basis of social research and prepare for the development of a proposal for their final year project. Throughout the module students will apply the various components of research methods to the specific subject of the programme they are studying.
You will explore, historically and conceptually, the interplay of economics and politics at the global level. The economic, political and cultural implications of living in an increasingly inter-dependent world are explored. You will examine the workings of the global economy and key issues of global governance, both theoretically and empirically.
Comparative Politics examines the different political systems of the developed and developing worlds in harness with different models of government. The module considers the patterns of political behaviour adopted by very different forms of government across the world.
An introduction to the political institutions and policy-making processes of the European Union and contemporary international political developments across the whole of Europe, this module facilitates an empirical and theoretical understanding of how the EU has evolved and operates today. The politics of transition in former Communist states are then explored along with analysis of the geopolitics of south-east Europe to provide a through appreciation of what is 'Europe'.
This module builds upon knowledge and skills acquired in the year two modules Theories of International Relations and Global Political Economy. Students will apply theories and concepts explored in those modules to a range of contemporary global political issues. A more advanced, critical appreciation of international politics will be gained along with a more detailed understanding of key geopolitical issues of the day.
Completing a dissertation is designed to synthesise learning from the degree and provide an opportunity for students to study independently and investigate a topic in depth. It fosters academic curiosity, an inquiry-based approach and the employment and application of research skills, thus facilitating the development of a higher level of theorising. Students will select a topic of personal interest they wish to study further and will manage their own learning during this module, with the support of an allocated supervisor for this period of independent study.
The module aims to provide an interdisciplinary analysis of the processes, policies and practice related to contemporary humanitarian crises, be they the outcome of conflict, war, famine, extreme climatic events natural or man-made disasters. Case studies are a key feature of the approach in this module.
Placements provide an opportunity for students to apply, consolidate and develop skills and knowledge gained in the classroom to the responsibilities of the placement and future employment. Students will be assisted to find an appropriate placement with an organisation relevant to their studies where they will develop and apply critical and reflective capabilities in an employment context.
This module aims to give students a knowledge and understanding of the principles of public international law in order to enable them to extend their ability to evaluate and analyse legal issues in the international context, often dealing with topical concerns. This might include debates over the legality of the use of armed force, the protection of the environment, or the extent of individual responsibility for war crimes.
This module aims to provide a critical understanding of contemporary migratory processes, migrant communities and experiences and issues of citizenship. Students will gain an understanding of the sources and methods appropriate to the study of migration and migrant communities.
Typical offers for this course:
A Levels minimum two, maximum three subjects
Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma minimum two, maximum three subjects
Access to HE Diploma
Overall pass: must include 45 credits at level 3, of which all 45 must be at Merit or higher
If you are unable to meet the entry requirements for this course you may still be eligible for our Foundation year course. This is an extra year of study to prepare you for the full degree. For more information see our Law and Social Sciences foundation page.
The UCAS Tariff has changed for courses starting in September 2017. The points awarded to each qualification have been lowered in comparison to the previous UCAS Tariff. Our entry requirements are displayed as the grades you will require, however if you wish to find out the equivalent tariff points please use the UCAS calculator.
UK/EU and International students are eligible to apply for this course.
If you have achieved a qualification such as a foundation degree or HND, or have gained credit at another university, you may be able to enter a Middlesex University course in year two or three. For further information please visit our Transfer students page.
If you have relevant work experience, academic credit may be awarded towards your Middlesex University qualification. For further information please visit our Accreditation of Prior Learning page.
We accept the equivalent of the above qualifications from a recognised overseas qualification. To find out more about the qualifications we accept from your country please visit the relevant Support in your country page.
If you are unsure about the suitability of your qualifications or would like help with your application, please contact your nearest Regional office for support.
You will not need a visa to study in the UK if you are a citizen of the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland. If you are a national of any other country you may need a visa to study in the UK. Please see our Visas and immigration page for further information.
You must have competence in English language to study with us. The most commonly accepted evidence of English language ability is IELTS 6.0 (with minimum 5.5 in all four components). Visit our English language requirements page for a full list of accepted English tests and qualifications. If you don't meet our minimum English language requirements, we offer an intensive Pre-sessional English course.
Entry onto this course does not require an interview, entrance test, portfolio or audition.
The career prospects with our international politics degree are excellent and you will be well-placed to enter politics, policymaking and evaluation, NGOs, journalism, political and social research, and public relations – or progress onto postgraduate-level study.
We actively encourage you to undertake a placement part time while you study and our careers service can support you to find a suitable placement host.
Dr Tunc Aybak is currently the programme leader for BA International Politics within the School of Law at Middlesex University. He graduated from the School of Political Science, Ankara University in International Relations and Diplomacy. He completed his PhD at the University of Hull in International Law and Politics.
As well as BA International Politics, Dr Tunc Aybak teaches on the MA International Relations programme, specialising in critical studies, geopolitics and diplomacy, foreign policy analysis, international political economy and the politics of Europe. His main research areas and field work include Turkish and Russian foreign policy, citizenship and identity issues in Europe, the enlargement of the EU, energy geopolitics and pipelines, with particular reference to human security issues in the Black Sea and the Middle East area. He is currently working on research projects to be published on Europe's Final Frontier and Critical Geopolitics of Pipelines.
He has been widely interviewed by international media, such as the BBC, TRT British, Australian and Turkish and Eastern European. His publications include books The Politics of the Black Sea and Migrant's Voice in Europe, and academic articles on Turkish foreign policy, Russian-Turkish Relations, citizenship and migration issues in Europe and the politics of the Black Sea. He also acts as an editorial adviser to Global Faultlines Journal.