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 degree programme
The School of Politics and International Relations was among the pioneers in the UK in developing a degree with a language. You focus on politics and international relations while also acquiring strong linguistic abilities.
Alongside modules covering areas such as conflict resolution, federalism, comparative politics and European integration, you study modules in the language of your choice. For the language component, you can choose from French, German, Italian and Spanish.
You spend your first and second year at Kent, moving to study in your chosen country in your third year, and returning to Kent for your final year of study. Spending a year abroad is a great way to develop your language skills and to increase your understanding of the politics and culture of the country you are studying in. A full list of our available partnerships is available on our Go Abroad pages.
Our Politics and International Relations with a Language (Hons) programme at University of Kent 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.Study resources
Facilities and resources to support the study of Politics and International Relations include:
- access to the European Documentation Centre
- a dedicated Student Support Officer, who advises on issues related to academic study as well as wider University life
- a Study Skills Officer, who provides subject-related guidance.
At Kent, there are many student societies related to your studies, for example:
- Current Affairs and Politics Society
- Kent European Debates Society
- Debating Society
- Kent Model United Nations Society.
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.
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Our popular Stage 1 modules cover key areas such as political science concepts and methods, international history, international relations theory, global politics, comparative politics, political theory, conflict analysis and resolution, and British politics. During your first year we will also help you develop key academic skills including essay writing, giving presentations and revising for exams.Optional modules
- French Lower Intermediate B1
- French Beginners A1-A2 (Intensive)
- German Lower Intermediate B1
- German Beginners A1-A2 (Intensive)
- Italian Beginners A1-A2 (Intensive)
- Italian Lower Intermediate B1
- Spanish Lower Intermediate B1
- Spanish Beginners A1-A2 (Intensive)
- 48 months
Start dates & application deadlines
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We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
- A level: BBB
- GCSE: Grade C in a modern European language other than English
- Access to HE Diploma: The University will not necessarily make conditional offers to all Access candidates but will continue to assess them on an individual basis. If we make you an offer, you will need to obtain/pass the overall Access to Higher Education Diploma and may also be required to obtain a proportion of the total level 3 credits and/or credits in particular subjects at merit grade or above.
- BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (formerly BTEC National Diploma): Distinction, Distinction, Merit
- International Baccalaureate: 34 points overall or 15 points at HL with 4 at HL or 5 at SL in a modern European language other than English
International16800 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 16800 GBP per year during 48 months.
National9250 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 9250 GBP per year during 48 months.
- EU full-time £12600
Living costs for Canterbury
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
Scholarships are available for excellence in academic performance, sport and music and are awarded on merit. For further information on the range of awards available and to make an application see our scholarships website.
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Apply and win up to €10000 to cover your tuition fees.
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