|Degree:||Bachelor of Arts (Honours) (BA (Hons))|
Politics & Political Science
|Study modes:||full-time, part-time|
Politics and international relations is a fast-changing, broad-based discipline, allowing you to engage with the key issues of today. Our degree programme at Kent gives you a strong foundation in the subject with a specific focus on the global aspects of contemporary world politics.
The School of Politics and International Relations is an exciting place to study - you receive high-quality teaching informed by cutting-edge research on a range of political issues, such as ethno-political conflict, human rights, feminism, social theories of justice, divided societies, and US and European politics.
At Kent, you are taught by people who have advised government departments or have conducted international conflict mediation exercises. They bring this experience to their teaching, giving you the opportunity to see how theoretical ideas apply in the real world.
Many of our lecturers have also won teaching awards for their innovative teaching practices.
Our programme helps you to think critically about political and international events, ideas and institutions. You study in a supportive and responsive learning environment, gaining knowledge and understanding of the theory and analysis of politics and international relations.
We offer a very wide choice of modules, reflecting the research interests of our staff, including conflict resolution, federalism, comparative politics, European integration, ethnic conflict, terrorism, the theory of international relations, political theory, and the politics of countries, such as China, Japan, Russia and the USA.
In the first year, you gain knowledge and understanding of the theory and analysis of politics and international relations. You learn to think like a quantitative researcher, developing a critical eye for statistics and data analysis, both in academic research and the world around you.
In the second year, you deepen your understanding of politics and international relations. A wide range of options allows you to focus on specific areas of interest, such as international conflict and resolution, modern political thought, comparative politics, international organisations and politics of the European Union.
In the final year, you can choose the Specialist Dissertation, where you produce an academic piece of writing on a topic of your choice based on your own research. The module concludes with the Student Conference, where you present your work to a panel of staff and fellow students.
If you are keen to widen your field of interest, you can also choose to study modules from another school in the second and final years of your degree.
Politics and International Relations student Rubaba talks about her course at the University of Kent.
We also offer Politics and International Relations programmes where it is possible to spend a year studying abroad between your second and final year. Studying abroad is a great experience and gives you the opportunity to discover how politics works in other cultures.
For details, see:
Facilities and resources to support the study of Politics and International Relations include:
The Year in Journalism is a free-standing, self-contained year and can be taken after stage two or three (that is, between your second and final year), or after your final year. You can take a Year in Journalism if you are a current undergraduate student at the University of Kent, studying another non-computing degree programme.
You can only apply for the Year in Journalism once you are a student at Kent.
At Kent, there are many student societies related to your studies, for example:
You are also encouraged to get involved in the programme of events and activities run by the School of Politics and International Relations, which focuses on bridging the gap between academic study and real-life politics.Our Public Speaker Programme features prominent academics and practitioners, who are invited to speak on current issues.