Affiliate Programme: Political Science & International Relations
Drawing on a wide range of courses from across UCL
UCL is recognised as having one of the leading departments of
Political Science, not just in the UK, but globally. Politics has been regularly rated in the top 10 of both The Times and The Guardian newspapers Good University Guides. It offers a
uniquely stimulating environment for the study of all fields of
politics, including International Relations, Political Theory and
Public Policy-Making and Administration.
The Department of Political Science offers an affiliate programme in
Political Science and International Relations for undergraduate students from North America and
Japan as well as a number of other countries.
The affiliate programme in Political Science and International Relations draws on a wide
range of courses from across UCL. There are particular strengths in
British Politics, International Relations, West and East European Politics including the EU, Political Anthropology, Political Geography, Political Philosophy and History. Affiliate students remain registered as degree students of
their home institutions but apply to follow the programme of study for
one term or one full year. Through the Department of Political Science,
students will have access to a wide range of weekly seminars, featuring
distinguished external speakers as well as regular high profile events
for policy makers and others.
Students are able to choose from a list of core courses offered by the Department of Political Science (see below) as well as a range of suggested courses in political studies from other UCL departments including European Social and Political Studies (ESPS), Scandinavian Studies, The School of Slavonic and East European Studies, the History Department, etc.
Students must concentrate at least 50% of their courseload within the Department of Political Science. The remaining 50% may be taken outside of the Department of Political Science according to individual student interests.
The Political Science and International Relations programme includes a range of suggested courses in addition to the core courses listed here and students who are admitted will be sent the full list in advance of their arrival. For a full course description, students are referred to the entries for the individual teaching departments.
Students register for either one, two or three terms:
Fall Term students register for one term only: the autumn term. Fall Term only students cannot be assessed by the end of year examinations held during the summer term but should check with each relevant individual department to make sure that alternative assessment is possible (e.g. assessment by essay).
Spring Term students register for two terms, the spring and summer terms. Students attend classes during the spring term, whilst the summer term is dedicated to assessment including unseen written exams and the submission of coursework such as essays.
Full year students register for the full year. Students attend classes during the autumn and spring terms, whilst the summer term is dedicated to assessment including unseen written exams and the submission of coursework such as essays.
Spring Term and Full Year students are expected to attend end of year examinations scheduled during the summer term, if applicable. All POLS modules are assessed by essays only, with deadlines falling during the autumn and spring terms as well as the start of the summer term.
How to apply
Political Science & International Relations Core Courses
- POLS6001A/B British Politics
- POLS6002A/B or POLS6003 Political Studies: Directed Independent Study
- POLS6010 International Relations Theories
- POLS6011 Comparative Politics
- POLS6012 Theories and Concepts of Politics
- POLS6021 Comparative Political Economy
- POLS6022 Normative Methods
- POLS6026 Qualitative Research Methods
- POLS7001 British Parliamentary Studies
- POLS7002 Strategies of Terrorism
- POLS7005A/B International Security
- POLS7006A/B Politics of the European Union
- POLS7007A/B International Development and Public Policy
- POLS7008 Gender and Politics
- POLS7009 Global Environmental Politics
- POLS7014 International Organisations
- POLS7015A/B International Political Economy
- POLS7016 Human Rights and World Politics
- POLS7019 Welfare Politics
- POLS7020 Democratic Challenges and Institutions
- POLS3005 Advanced Topics in Data Analysis