University of East London

BA (Hons) Politics and International Relations

Do you want to make sense of the post-truth world, encapsulated by events such as Brexit and the US Election? Are you interested in understanding how global powers interact, both in times of war and peace?

Would you like to know more about international organisations and their capacity to control and shape development around the world? Do you want to learn about political participation and become an active citizen, so that you can contribute to policy-making processes?

If you answer 'Yes' to any of these questions, then our International Relations course is for you.

Global politics has become increasingly turbulent, foundations and systems are being shaken, and relations between nations are being shifted and tested. There is a new demand for experts who are able to understand and work in this new political arena. With our innovative Politics and International Relations course we can equip you with the skills and knowledge to play an active role in this new world.

There has never been a more pressing and fascinating time to study and make a career in international politics.

Our foundation year course is perfect if you want a degree in International Relations but you don't have the standard entry requirements. First we prepare you for your degree during the Foundation year, bringing you up to speed with academic skills and a firm grounding in the subject. Then you can go on to do the full undergraduate degree.

Entry Requirements


Without Foundation Year

112 UCAS Points from

  • A LEVEL- Must include passes at A2 in at least two subjects. 
  • BTEC- Extended Diploma or Diploma.
  • INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE- Diploma with 25 points including a minimum of 15 points at Higher Level.
With Foundation Year

 64 UCAS Points from

  • A LEVEL- Must include passes at A2 in at least one subject.
  • BTEC- Extended Diploma or Diploma.
  • INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE- Diploma with 24 points including a minimum of 15 points at Higher Level.

Other entry routes

Access to HE Diploma (QAA approved) with 60 credits overall and 45 credits at Level 3

English language requirements

Overall IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking (or recognised equivalent).
If you do not meet the academic English language requirements for your course, you may be eligible to enrol onto a pre-sessional English programme. The length of the course will depend on your current level of English and the requirements for your degree programme. We offer a 5-week and an 11-week pre-sessional course.

Alternative GCSE qualifications

Level 2 equivalences such as:

  • Level 2 Functional Skills in English / Maths,
  • Level 2 Key Skills in Communication / Application of Number and
  • Level 2 Adult Literacy / Adult Numeracy

Mature applicants and those with no formal qualifications

As an inclusive university, we recognise that applicants who have been out of education for some time may not have the formal qualifications usually required for entry to a course. We welcome applications from those who can demonstrate their enthusiasm and commitment to study and have the relevant life/work experience that equips them to succeed on the course. We will assess this from the information provided in your application – in particular your personal statement - to help us decide on your eligibility for the course.

Career Prospects

You'll develop a range of skills, knowledge and insights that you can transfer to careers in public bodies such as central and local government, pressure groups, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) or community organisations.

Your tutors place a strong emphasis on role-playing and simulation of real-life situations throughout the course. These will allow you to step into the world of work with confidence.

The variety of roles into which University of East London graduates go into is as wide as it is interesting. You could decide to move into the not-for-profit sector as a community organiser, a case worker or a civic engagement officer. Or how about becoming a project manager or a campaign organiser? Equally, you'll have gained the skills necessary to land a job as a communications officer or to specialise in research.

Not only is UEL at the forefront of research, it's also pioneering new fields of study. Among the many postgraduate courses on offer for those who decide to stay with us is the innovative Refugee Studies MA course – the first of its kind in the country.

Kathryn Perera, chief executive of Movement for Change, can vouch for the rich opportunities available to our undergraduates.

"Studying international relations at UEL offers students the opportunity to access state-of-the-art political training and work with inspiring mentors," she says.

Course Details

On your International Politics course, you'll ask questions about who gets what at the international level and how decisions are reached when it comes to distributing power, wealth and resources. We will encourage you to develop your own perspective and give you the tools to express your opinions through a variety of formats. 

You'll study theory in modules such as Politics, International Relations, and Global Governance and you'll see it brought to life in fascinating modules such as Gender, Power and International Relations as you investigate how global political change has come about.

You'll also find modules to develop your particular interests or passions in politics such as African Politics, Politics of Global Powers, and Rethinking Security.

Foundation Year


Knowledge, Skills, Practice and the Self: Mental Wealth
Exploring Communities as Social Scientists
Researching Changing Communities
Reimagining the Work of a Social Scientist


Crime, Justice and Surveillance
Reading the Body Psychosocially
Introduction to Digital Sociology
Globalisation and Society

Year 1

Mental Wealth 1: Knowledge, Skills, Practice and the Self
Global Political Economy
The Mess We Are In (And How We Got Here)
International Relations
Public Policy

Year 2


Global Governance
Space, Bodies and Power
Mental Wealth 2: Social Enterprise
Great Power Politics
Research Methods


Human Mobility and Forced Migration
Alternative Approaches to Development

Year 3


Mental Wealth 3: Placement Reflections
Applied Research Project in Social Sciences
European Politics


African Politics and Development
Conflict Intervention and Development

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