Why study BA International Politics, Economics and Law at Middlesex?
This course is ideal for those looking to gain an understanding of international systems and processes – economics, international political systems and international law – with a focus on understanding issues such as human rights and development using different international legal, political, and economic perspectives. A special focus on understanding the impact on gender and development will emerge in the final year of the course.
The programme draws from four distinct disciplines (international politics, international economics, development and international law) and two complementary schools of study (Law and Business).
You will gain real-life experience through a work placement in your second year
Our academic staff, including renowned international development and gender authority Dr Sarah Bradshaw, human rights champion Dr Alice Donald and race equality specialist Dr Erica Howard, are experts in their respective fields who use their impressive research portfolios to inform their teaching.
The first year of the programme provides grounding in the four essential disciplines of the course and their overlapping concerns at the international level. In year two, three core modules sharpen the focus on the international development agenda, with students expected to undertake a placement as their fourth module. The final year involves a more practical and applied approach.
POI1001 Introduction to Politics - introduces notions of democracy, civil society and the role of the state and has a focus on ideologies such as socialism, liberalism and feminism. The importance of globalisation in terms of these issues is also raised.
ECS1350 Principles of Economics - introduces students to macroeconomic principles and tools of analysis, as well as how problems such as unemployment and inflation affect macroeconomic performance, complemented by understanding of markets through supply and demand.
DEV1001 The Construction of the Third World - view critically the notion of 'third world' and its representation in the context of global development, particularly through the practical lens of the 'millennium development goals' and with an eye to the gender dimension in development.
LAW1101 Introduction to Law - combines theory with practical skills, providing an introduction to contract and other law, and helping develop students' practical legal skills.
ECS2335 Economic Policy Evaluation
LAW2465 UK and European Human Rights Law
POI2001 Theories of International Relations
Students are also expected to undertake a placement module as their year two option, but if that is not possible it may be deferred to the final year and replaced in year two by one of a range of optional modules.
DEV3001 Development Policy Seminars - focuses on student-led project presentation
Students are also required to select TWO modules from:
LAW3181 Public International Law: aims to give students a knowledge and understanding of the principles of public international law in order to enable students 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.
POI3353 Globalism: An Introduction to Political Economy - builds student understanding of particular approaches to global development that place the political context of economic development at the forefront.
ECS3070 International Trade: provides a mainstream economic perspective on trade to contrast with the development focus of the final year.
A range of optional modules are available across the disciplinary areas to suit students' particular interests or have relevancy to their project presentation in DEV3001.
You will further your knowledge through lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials, as well as directed reading in your own time. You will develop your written and verbal presentation skills too.
In your second or third year you will complete a work placement to help you develop your real-world and employability skills.
You will be assessed through a variety of means, including exams, essays, critical reviews and presentations, and your work placement. When you submit your coursework we will be looking, among other things, at your understanding of theory and practice and your ability to sustain a coherent and reasoned argument.
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.
New UCAS Tariff:
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.
Academic credit for previous study or experience
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.
International entry requirements
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.
Visas and immigration
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.
English language requirements for international students
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.
Interviews, entrance tests, portfolios and auditions
Entry onto this course does not require an interview, entrance test, portfolio or audition.
What are the career options with an BA International Relations, Politics and Economics ?
Students graduating with this degree may go on to work for diplomatic missions, embassies, the Foreign Office, human rights advocacy centres or conduct regional economic analysis.
What about placements?
Students on the programme take a placement in year two or three in order to prepare them for industry.
What support is available?
Our Employability Service will support you in developing the skills that employers are seeking and help you gain valuable work experience in your chosen field. It provides workshops, events and one-to-one support related to job hunting, CVs, covering letters, interviews and networking.
It can also support you in securing part-time work, placements, internships and volunteering opportunities, while the Enterprise Development Hub aims to help entrepreneurial students launch their own business ventures or assist with becoming self-employed.