Queen Mary University of London Politics

Queen Mary University of London Politics

Queen Mary University of London Politics


L202 BA (Hons) 3 years



The BA in Politics is designed to give you an excellent grounding in the discipline, covering political theory, ideas and ideologies, government and institutions, area studies and comparative politics. You will be introduced to theories of politics and will analyse topical debates on, among others, the state, representative democracy, British politics, global governance, war and security, the politics of the developing world, US foreign policy, the politics of the Middle East, European integration, electoral behaviour, public policy and globalisation. At the end of your programme you will have acquired the skills needed to analyse and make sense of these real-life issues that have changed and continue to change our world.

As with all the degree programmes in the School, the BA in Politics is taught within a modular framework. This means that you are able to select modules according to your areas of interest, alongside the core modules associated with your programme. In your final year, through the Parliamentary Studies module, you have the chance to work for a parliamentarian, either at Westminster or in constituency offices, or both.

Year abroad option 

This programme is also available with a year abroad at one of our partner universities. You will gain a strong grounding in the different aspects of political studies and benefit from the cultural experience of a year abroad. This will allow you to increase your knowledge of another culture country and understand the study of politics from a different perspective. All teaching is delivered in English but you are encouraged to learn another language.

Please note that entry requirements vary for the year abroad programme option. Click here to find out more.

Why study Politics at QMUL?

We’re an expanding School and pride ourselves on the friendly and informal approach of our great teachers. You’ll get one-to-one supervision for your dissertation and our small seminar groups are all led by academic staff. What’s more, you will learn from academics at the cutting-edge of their fields, who are contributing to our understanding of the subject. Our staff have diverse research interests, and this is reflected in the choice of modules available to you.

There are huge benefits to studying politics in London, with national political institutions, party headquarters, high-profile international organisations and think-tanks all based here. At QMUL, we exploit our location to the full, inviting a range of high-profile and inspiring speakers to the campus.

QMUL is also home to the Mile End Institute, a major policy centre. Drawing on its unique location within a Russell Group University situated in London’s East End, it brings together policymakers, academics and diverse local communities to address the major political challenges in the UK. They hold a number of exciting and engaging events throughout the year that are open to students. Recent speakers at the Mile End Institute include Nick Clegg, Diane Abbott and Michael Heseltine.