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International Politics, Economics and Law BA Honours

Learn about the course below
October 2018
3 years full-time
4 or 6 years part-time
£9,250 (UK/EU) *
£12,500 (INT) *
Course leader
Sarah Bradshaw

The course is designed for those who want 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.

Why study BA International Politics, Economics and Law at Middlesex University?

This degree provides you with the knowledge and skills related to three of the key issues affecting the lives of us all – politics, economics, and law. These key concepts and theories are studied in the context of evolving global policy processes and the contemporary international context, to ensure academic rigour and real life relevance.

Teaching is research informed, and our teaching staff are engaged in research on human rights, gender, and environmental issues. Many also use their research to influence on-going policy processes, such as development of United Nations international frameworks, which in turn informs their teaching.

As a University we celebrate diversity, and the 140 countries from which our students are drawn mean you will be able to learn from each other. We also see employability as key, and through undertaking an internship, you will have the opportunity to learn through working in the field of study.

Course highlights

  • You will gain an understanding of the key themes, concepts and theories relevant to international politics, economics and law giving you a broad knowledge base on which to build you future careers and further studies
  • The modules not only enhance critical and analytical skills, but also allow you to develop policy analysis skills and specialist in-depth knowledge of an international policy of interest to you
  • The innovative and up to date curricula reflects on-going international policy concerns and is informed by the research, practitioner and advocacy interests of staff
  • You will have the opportunity for experiential learning and career development through participation in staff and student led activities and through a work placement or internship
  • As a student of this course you'll receive a free electronic textbook for every module.

What will you study on the BA International Politics, Economics and Law?

This programme is made up of year-long 30 credit taught modules, with a strong emphasis on undertaking an internship or work placement in Year 2 or 3. You will study a combination of the three disciplines within an international framework and a specific focus on the developing world. You will focus on human rights, as understood from the legal, political and social science perspectives, and key cross-cutting themes include gender and environmental change. Your study during the first two years will provide the basis to develop in-depth knowledge of a specialist area in the final year through your choice of options and an independent study undertaken during the final year core module.

What will you gain?

During the three years of study, you will develop your ability to reflect upon and evaluate the principles, values and ideologies underlying perspectives on politics, law and economics. You will be able to locate and critically evaluate different sources of information and analyse and synthesise this information to construct evidenced arguments. You will present clear and convincing arguments through your written work and through oral presentations and have the expertise and skills to study, in-depth, a particular topic of interest, evaluate the existing policy frameworks related to this topic and provide recommendations for improvement.


  • Year 1

    • Introduction to Politics (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module introduces notions of democracy, civil society and the role of the state. It also has a focus on ideologies such as socialism, liberalism and feminism. The importance of globalisation in terms of these issues is also raised.

    • Principles of Economics (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module will introduce the 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.

    • Introduction to Law (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module provides a basic understanding of the legal framework, especially of the operation of the English legal system, the elements of a crime, police powers and of the essential legal principle of the main areas of law of negligence and contract and prepares for more advanced study in law. It will combine theory with practical skills, providing an introduction to contract and other law, and helping develop your practical legal skills.

    • Introduction to Development (30 credits) - Compulsory

      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. The module provides the international focus for the three other modules studied during Year 1. The module charts the shifts in international policy thinking around economic growth since the end of WWII and highlights the rise in rights and rights based actors over recent decades, problematising what this means for the international policy regime.

  • Year 2

    • Economic Policy and Analysis (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aim to develop your ability to examine the theoretical underpinnings of economic policy and your skills in evaluating and assessing the impact of such policies.

    • UK and European Human Rights Law (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to explore human rights in an international, historical and comparative perspective. You will be introduced to the rationale for this body of law and to major themes in international human rights jurisprudence. Special attention will be paid to the European Convention of Human Rights and its impact in the United Kingdom, in particular issues arising from the incorporation of the European regime through the Human Rights Act. In addition, the seminars and lectures will address specific human rights to provide you with in depth analysis of the application of human rights to factual scenarios. The course is designed to maximise your career potential, providing an insight into the extent to which universally protected values, articulated as legal claims impact domestic jurisdictions. The course also seeks to critically evaluate those values, their universal validity, and their implementation at regional level with the view of broadening your knowledge of law and to become sensitive to other values and normative regimes.

    • Theories of International Relations (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to introduce 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.

    • Integrated Learning and Work Placement (30 credits) - Compulsory

      You will be expected to undertake a placement module as your 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.

      If you cannot complete the work placement module due to extenuating circumstances then you can choose from the list of optional modules below:

      • Global Political Economy
      • Comparative Politics
      • Politics of Europe
      • Approaches to Research in Social Science
      • Equality and the Law
      • Jurisprudence
      • EU Internal Market Law
      • Trade and International Business

  • Year 3

    • Development Policy Seminars (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This student-led policy-focused module allows a blend of economics and politics, rights and development with consideration of legal and policy frameworks, bringing together the different aspects of the degree programme into one, finalist module. It give you the opportunity to conduct in-depth research on a topic of interest to you for an oral presentation and a subsequent policy critique, producing in-depth knowledge of a specialist area.

  • Year 3 optional modules - choose two modules from the following:

    • Public International Law (30 credits) - Optional

      This module aims to give you the knowledge and understanding on the principles of public international law. You will be extend your 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.

    • Humanitarianism and Global Change (30 credits) - Optional

      This module aims to build your understanding of particular approaches to global development that place the political context of economic development at the forefront.

    • International Trade (30 credits) - Optional

      This module aims to provide a mainstream economic perspective on trade to contrast with the development focus of the final year.

  • Year 3 optional modules - choose one module from the following:

    • Global Geopolitics: Critical Perspectives and Issues (30 credits) - Optional

      This module builds upon knowledge and skills acquired in previous modules. You 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.

    • International Finance (30 credits) - Optional

      This is a new module and information will become available shortly.

    • Immigration, Nationality and Asylum Law in the UK (30 credits) - Optional

      This module aims to provide an understanding of the legal structures and the regulation of immigration control, nationality law and asylum in the UK. The module will place legal controls in their historical, social and political context and will require you to demonstrate in-depth understanding of the inter-relationship of the various legal mechanisms.

    • Migration and Citizenship (30 credits) - Optional

      This module aims to provide a critical understanding of contemporary migratory processes, migrant communities and experiences and issues of citizenship. You will gain an understanding of the sources and methods appropriate to the study of migration and migrant communities.

    • Humanitarianism and Global Change (30 credits) - Optional

      This module aims to build your understanding of particular approaches to global development that place the political context of economic development at the forefront.

    • International Trade (30 credits) - Optional

    • Public International Law (30 credits) - Optional

    • Global Trade Law (30 credits) - Optional

    • Integrated Learning and Work Placemen (30 credits) - Optional

      This module is only an option if it was not previously taken.

You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Module and programme information is indicative and may be subject to change.

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How can the BA International Politics, Economics and Law support your career?

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 support is available?

Our Employability Service will help you to develop skills desired by top employers and gain valuable work experience. We provide workshops, events and one-to-one support with job hunting, writing your CV and cover letters, interview coaching and advice on how to network effectively. We also support you in securing part-time work, placements, internships, and volunteering opportunities, and offer an enterprise support service for those looking to start their own business.

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