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Political Science and International Relations

UCL is recognised as having one of the leading departments of Political Science, not just in the UK, but globally. It offers a uniquely stimulating environment for the study of all fields of politics, including international relations, political theory, public policy-making and administration.

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Why study Political Science and International Relations at UCL?

The Department of Political Science acts as a bridge between UCL's world-class research and the policy-making community in Britain and internationally. Through the department, students have access to a wide range of weekly seminars, featuring distinguished external speakers as well as regular high-profile events with politicians and policymakers.

What you will gain from study at UCL

Through class presentations, seminar discussions, and essay writing, students will learn to present and defend arguments, learn to conduct independent research, marshal evidence, and come to their own conclusions.

Teaching and assessment

Most modules are taught through a combination of formal lectures and seminar classes for which students will be required to prepare work. Modules are usually assessed by coursework, or by end-of-year written examination, or both. Affiliates admitted to Political Science and International Relations select at least 50% of their course-load from the core modules listed here. The remaining modules may be taken outside the department according to individual student interests.

Modules in Political Science and International Relations

Please note that this guide lists a wide range of popular module options, but it is not exhaustive and some modules may have changed or no longer be available. If you have a particular interest or academic requirement you are advised to cross reference the listing in the online Study Abroad Guide with that on the relevant departmental pages, and to contact the department to make sure that an appropriate module is available.

Core modules

Module code Title US credits ECTS credits CU credits
POLS6001 British Politics 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
POLS6002 Political Studies: Directed Independent Study 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
POLS6003 Political Studies: Directed Independent Study 8 (US) 15 (ECTS) 1 (CU)
POLS6010 International Relations Theories 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
POLS6021 Comparative Political Economy 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
POLS6022 Justice and Public Policy 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
POLS6026 Qualitative Research Methods 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
POLS6027 Authority, Democracy and Resistance 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
POLS6028 Philosophy, Values, and the Social Sciences 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
POLS7001 British Parliamentary Studies 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
POLS7002 Strategies of Terrorism 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
POLS7005 International Security 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
POLS7006 Politics of the European Union 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
POLS7007 International Development and Public Policy 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
POLS7008 Gender and Politics 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
POLS7009 Global Environmental Politics 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
POLS7014 International Organisations 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
POLS7015 International Political Economy 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
POLS7016 Human Rights and World Politics 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
POLS7019 Welfare Politics 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
POLS7021 Democratic Challenges and Innovations 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
POLS7022 Discourses and Practices of International Development 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
POLS7023 Global Economic and Social Rights 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)

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