politicalscience

Liberal Arts (Political Science)

BA (Hons) with Integrated Foundation

Programme details

  • Next start date: Jan 2022
  • Future start date: Sep 2022
  • Study: Full-time
  • Duration: 4 years
  • Fee: £18,500
  • UCAS code: LS08
  • Study abroad: Optional

Overview

For January 2022 entry, this course is titled BA (Hons) Liberal Studies (Political Science) with Integrated Foundation. All other course details remain the same.

Study a degree that’s tailor-made for you.  

A liberal arts degree gives you the freedom to focus on the subjects that most interest you. You’ll concentrate on a major area of study while maintaining a breadth of learning spanning the arts, humanities and social sciences.  

Liberal Arts with Integrated Foundation incorporates an extra year of study to prepare you for your undergraduate degree. Once you have completed the foundation year, you will progress directly on to the three-year BA (Hons) Liberal Arts (Political Science) degree. 

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The Political Science Major

The Political Science Major will give you a broad and in-depth knowledge of the complexity of global politics.  

You will examine political institutions from across the world and critically analyse the ways in which they operate and distribute power and resources.   

Using case studies drawn from contemporary and historic events, you will learn how to develop policies that aim to resolve complex political issues.  

With over 140 nationalities on campus, you’ll encounter a diverse range of perspectives that will broaden your understanding of global politics.  

Elective modules will help you understand the breadth of this discipline and also give you a broad skillset.   

Options to learn a language and study abroad at one of our international partners will help expand your learning and global outlook.   

This degree will equip you with the knowledge and skills to pursue a career in fields such as politics, diplomacy, international business, economics, history, law and media. 

 

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Structure

Undertake a four-year, full-time programme, in which you'll combine your major with a selection of subjects that reflect your interests. Following the foundation year, the three-year degree course will feature four elements:  

  • A major area of specialisation 
  • An optional minor 
  • Several core modules 
  • A wide selection of elective modules 

You will be required to combine your specialist modules with five elective modules in other subjects in Years 1 and 2, and three in Year 3.  

You’ll also take part in three core Liberal Arts modules (Leadership and Liberal Learning, Effective Research, Capstone) and one Global Perspectives module that facilitates interpersonal, intercultural, cross-disciplinary learning, increasing self-awareness and a sense of global citizenship. Topics include employability, equality, entrepreneurship, diversity and sustainability. 

Study abroad

In addition to studying in the heart of London, you’ll have the chance to study abroad for a term in your second year – replacing the second term of your Regent’s degree.  

This provides you with the unique opportunity to explore a diverse range of topics offered by other institutions and gain international experience. 

Foundation Year

Module Title Overview
Arts Appreciation This module introduces you to a number of different creative art forms, each of which will be approached through the concept of ‘performance’. During each session, you will consider the social history and purpose of different text-based and visual art forms and consider how the concept of ‘performance’ can be applied to them. You will also be asked to evaluate your own experiences of artistic performance.
Business and Management This module will introduce you to the study of business, its structure and functions in a global environment. It will give you an understanding of different types of business structures and ownership, key business concepts and economic principles. You will approach major functional areas of a business including management, marketing, human resources, accounting and finance. The module will also review the role of commercial organisations in society and ethical dilemmas in business.
Foundation Seminar 1 This module will introduce you to major ideas within the Western tradition through an encounter with its greatest works. You’ll examine literature, philosophy, religion, art and science from the ancient world to the Enlightenment. This module will encourage and facilitate discussions and examinations of these ideas and how they relate to each other.
Foundation Seminar 2 This module offers an introduction to major ideas within the Western tradition through an encounter with its greatest works. Approaching great works from the French Revolution to the contemporary era, you will consider topics such as literature, philosophy, religion, art and science through a Western lens.
Humanities This module will introduce you to the humanities and the differences in subject matters, approaches and techniques across these related disciplines. You will focus on a particular theme and examine it from different disciplinary perspectives across the field of humanities.
International Relations This module will introduce you to the basic principles of international relations and equip you with the skills to contextualise and critically evaluate the relationship between states in a globalised world. You will investigate the politics of war and peace and the role of international law and international organisations. You will also examine the implications of inequality, globalisation, power distribution and technology and their impact on decision-making by international actors.
Media Communications In today’s media saturated environments, it can be challenging to understand how media and communications technologies shape societies and our everyday lives. This module will help you understand the relationship between media, society and culture. You’ll be introduced to the history, development and contemporary role of media and communications. In terms of history, this module maps the early development of modern media beginning with the printing press and early electronic media to social and mobile media. In terms conceptual tools, this module gives an overview of influential thinkers in media and communications.
Political Science This module will introduce you to the main concepts within the field of political science. Classes will explore basic concepts such as state, nation, parties, elections, sovereignty, leadership, power, parliaments, government and many more. You will be introduced to theoretical frameworks and learn how to analyse a wide range of political phenomena. Emphasis is placed on establishing good research skills in order to construct strong arguments using a wide range and diverse sources.
Psychology Why do people behave in the way that they do? This module will give you a core understanding of the major branches of modern psychology. You will be introduced to the history of psychology as well several different topics and approaches which emphasise the breadth of this disciplinary field. The aim is to establish basic skills in relation to library usage, note taking, reading academic materials, making decisions about sources, critical and analytical thinking, essay planning and writing skills, with a particular emphasis on how these skills are applied in psychology.
Quantitative Literacy This module will introduce you to the basic concepts of data analysis, covering probability as well as descriptive and inferential statistics. The emphasis throughout is on ‘real world’ application and the mathematical tools available to develop analytical as well as empirical thinking skills.

Year 1 (Core Modules)

Module Title Overview
Global Perspectives This University-wide common module facilitates interpersonal, intercultural and trans-disciplinary learning for all level 4 students. The module introduces a range of ideas and ways of thinking based around the University’s values. It will encourage you to interact with the broader University community, both socially and academically, asking you to cross the physical and intellectual borders of your degree. Global Perspectives aims to increase self-awareness and a sense of global citizenship, preparing you for your subsequent studies.
Introduction to Comparative Politics This module introduces you to core issues, theories and methods of political science, with a particular focus on comparative political systems such as regime types, institutions and parties. You will examine the emergence of democracies in the international system and compare this method of governance to other political arrangements. You will study the development of institutions and the impact of cultural norms, state organisation and the behaviour of its participants. Topics may include state-formation, political participation, the role of institutions, violence, nationalism, ethnic identity, federalism and other systems.
Introduction to Political Ideologies This module will introduce you to the major political ideologies which have shaped the modern world. We will establish a clear conceptual framework for the study of political ideologies and learn some of the various methods of political classification. You will approach several major systems of political thought, investigating their origins, theoretical expressions and practical effects.

For students starting in January 2022, this module is called Introduction to Political Ideologies. For students starting in September 2022 or later, this module is called Political Ideologies.
Liberal Arts Seminar – Leadership and Liberal Learning The purpose of this core module is to help you build awareness and develop potential leadership capacity through engagement with the curriculum. Taking an integrated approach, this module focuses on four interdependent fundamental competencies: critical thinking, communication, cross-cultural understanding and the development of ethical capacity.
Society and Mass Violence This module explores the pervasive phenomenon of mass violence in history. Taking a case-study approach, this module looks at how and when mass violence occurs and how societies, victims and perpetrators have dealt with the wounds of their past. You will approach questions such as why does mass violence occurs so frequently outside of wartime? Why is it employed in place of peaceful solutions to conflict? When and how are justifications for mass violence employed? This inter-disciplinary module will bring together elements of history, politics, psychology, sociology, anthropology and economics to account for the participation of individuals and societies in mass violence.
Theory and Practice in Political Science This module will introduce you to the conceptual and practical challenges of political power in the 21st century. You will study the key concepts, theories, and methodologies elaborated by political scientists, comparing and contrasting them with proposals from other social sciences such as history, sociology, anthropology and international relations. The module lays emphasis on the origins, development, types, and challenges related to democracy as well as statehood in a global context and non-Eurocentric way.

For students starting in January 2022, this module is called Theory and Practice in Political Science. For students starting in September 2022 or later, this module is called Understanding Political Science.
Four elective modules You will select a number of elective modules from subjects that fall outside the remit of your major. These include: Business and management, literature and creative writing, history, international relations, journalism, media and communications, political science, psychology and public relations.

Year 2 (Core Modules)

Module Title Overview
Energy, Food and Water Security How do we use scarce resources to facilitate economic growth and pull people out of poverty in a sustainable manner without causing conflict or environmental disaster? This module approaches this global challenge, exploring the inter-related issues of food, energy and water conflicts in the context of sustainability and the threats of climate change and pollution.
Global Human Trafficking This module focuses on the political, socio-economic, and global context of human trafficking and modern slavery. You will explore topics relating to human trafficking, such as globalisation, international crime, economics, gender, national and international policy and NGO campaigns. Taking an interdisciplinary approach, you will critically assess human trafficking from a range of perspectives including slavery, migration, human rights and international law, international crime, and the notion of work in a globalised economy. You will explore historical and contemporary events and learn how to situate such events in a theoretical and policy framework.
Liberal Arts Seminar – Effective Research This module addresses the fundamentals of academic research, its aims and ethics. It will teach you how to use established research methodologies and engage critically with sources in order to interpret research discoveries. You will be introduced to various forms of academic research and their practical application in both the humanities and social sciences. These will include the handling of historical sources, interviews, surveys/questionnaires and content analysis.
Politics and Protest The module explores the history of social movements as a form of democratic politics as well as various theories of revolution. You will explore various theories of social movements and their role in politics and society. Various movements will be covered, from the early modern labour movements through the early twentieth century, the history of far-right protest politics to the new social movements of the 1960s/1970s, particularly the role of protest in civil rights and LGBTQ+ liberation. You will learn about technology and protest, the organisation of movements and the role violence in protest. Theoretical knowledge will be applied to contemporary real life examples, such as the Arab Spring, rise of populism, Occupy, Extinction Rebellion.
Politics of Belonging Belonging (who is included or excluded) has re-emerged as a central issue for contemporary local, regional and international politics and the challenge of diversity for modern democracies has been made even more pertinent by growing globalisation, multiculturalism and migration. This module approaches the key theoretical and empirical debates surrounding nationalism and re-addresses the concepts of identity, nations, states, citizenship and migration in the contemporary global context. You will learn how to analyse the ways these key concepts and issues interact with other sociological processes such as language, religion, gender, class, political regulation and globalisation.
Politics of Gender The module will introduce you to the concepts of sex, gender, feminism, masculinity and femininity in relation to issues of identity, society, global politics and security. The module will focus on the gendered experiences and agency of men and women. Topics covered will include: gender and feminism, the intersections between queer theory and feminism, war as gendered phenomenon, gender-based violence, sexual violence, rape as a weapon of war, gender and asylum, and contemporary gender politics. By applying a feminist perspective, this module will give you the theoretical knowledge and investigative tools to critically analyse the gendered power structures that shape the experiences of men and women in politics and society. This module will give you a critical understanding of identity as a social construct, which has been created by individuals and groups over time and in different contexts.
Four elective modules  You will select a number of elective modules from subjects that fall outside the remit of your major. These include: Business and management, literature and creative writing, history, international relations, journalism, media and communications, political science, psychology and public relations.

Year 3 (Core Modules)

Module Title Overview
British Politics This module explores the British political system in depth. You will examine the origins and functioning of the parliamentary system, the ideologies and structure of the main political parties and the most significant contemporary political and constitutional issues.
Europe in Global Politics The module examines the EU’s role as a global and regional actor in international relations. It will teach you the relevant theoretical grounding to analyse long-term trends as well as short-term dynamics in European foreign policy-making. You will evaluate key EU policies and investigate the EU’s relations with key states such as the US, Russia and China. The first part of the module offers a conceptual overview of the topic by looking at some of the main theoretical perspectives (IR theory, EU Integration theory) on the EU actorness. The second part will focus on the nature of key relationships that the EU has developed with selected states and regions across the world and the EU’s role in international organisations. You will also look at issues and theories of nationalism and its role in contemporary politics.
Globalisation and World Politics We live in an increasingly ‘globalised’ world. Nuclear proliferation, terrorism, failed states, global poverty and inequality, financial market instability, biodiversity losses, and climate change - are among the global challenges we face. Focusing on the social, cultural, political, security and economic aspects of global politics, this module exposes the different dimensions and implications of global social change and the need to look beyond traditional inter-national relations.
Theory and Practice of Social Enterprise How can one innovate and develop creative solutions for the social challenges of our day? This role, traditionally held by governments, has been increasingly taken up by individuals motivated by the desire for change. Economic, social, and technological shifts have facilitated the emergence of a new breed of social activists, bringing an entrepreneurial spirit and culture into the societal realm. This highly experiential module will explore social enterprises operating across a range of sectors. Using accelerator frameworks, you will work in teams to develop and pitch your own innovative concepts for new social start-ups.
The Liberal Arts Capstone (Dissertation)  The purpose of this module is to bring together the breadth of your learning and experience to bear on a major project. The Capstone runs over two semesters and can take the form of either a reflective practice-based project or a traditional written dissertation. It will be supervised by one or two academics depending on the nature of the project.
Three elective modules You will select a number of elective modules from subjects that fall outside the remit of your major. These include: Business and management, literature and creative writing, history, international relations, journalism, media and communications, political science, psychology and public relations.

How to apply

Applying to study at Regent's University London is quick and easy. We have put together some helpful information to guide you through the process. We accept direct applications and there is no application fee.

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Step 1: Apply

You can apply in the following ways:

  • Apply through our website
  • Apply through UCAS  (The Regent’s UCAS code is R18)

If you have not uploaded the relevant supporting documents during the online application process, you should ensure that we have the below supporting documents as soon as you have completed your application. These can be sent to the Regent’s Admissions Department via email to [email protected].

  • Copies of academic transcripts and certificates from all previous studies (i.e. secondary school and/or university certificates)
  • One academic letter of recommendation
  • A 300-500 word personal statement outlining the reasons for applying to your chosen programme, how you feel you will benefit from the programme of study, what contributions you will make to the University and how this will help your future career aspirations
  • A copy of your passport photograph (ID) page
  • If you are not a native English speaker, proof of your English proficiency

Credit Transfer

  • If you’ve already studied part of a degree course elsewhere, you may be able apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and join the programme at an advanced entry point. If you’d like to request entry part-way through a programme, make sure you state this clearly in your statement of purpose and provide us with the transcripts and module descriptions for the relevant study.

 Step 2: Receive a response to your application

You can expect to receive a decision on your application within 10 working days of receipt of your completed application and supporting documents.

We will assess whether you meet our entry requirements and will notify you of the decision via email. UCAS applicants will also receive official notification via the UCAS system.

For some of our programmes, the selection process may include an interview or audition. Interviews/auditions can take the form of a one-to-one interview, group interview or portfolio review which may be conducted by telephone or as a Skype call. Arrangements of these are made between the Admissions Department and the applicant.

Step 3: Accepting your offer

If you wish to accept the offer you must pay the advance tuition fee deposit (non-refundable) to confirm your place.

Please see here for information on how to pay.

Step 4: After you have accepted your place

Closer to the start of the term, the Admissions Team will send information regarding the registration process. This will include information on completing your online enrolment prior to your arrival as well as a checklist of documents you will need to bring with you to fully register onto the programme.

Information for international students

If you are an overseas student requiring visa sponsorship to study in the UK, our team will be in touch with information on applying for your student visa and the documents you will need. More information can be found on our visas and immigration page.

Scholarships and funding

There are a wide variety of funding and scholarship opportunities to help you finance your studies.

For further information, please visit our scholarships and funding page.

 

Fees

Tuition fees

Annual fee: £18,500

Non-refundable advance deposit

Home/EU students: £1,000

Non-EU students: £4,000

What do fees include?

Fees cover the cost of all tuition and access to the University’s IT infrastructure and library learning resources. Fees are presented for the first level of study which equates to two terms.

What other costs should I budget for?

Fees cover the cost of tuition. You will need to budget additional funds for accommodation and living expenses, travel, and any additional trips, visits, activities or courses that you choose to participate in outside of the tuition offered as part of the programme.

The library hold a limited number of copies of core text books and where possible in e-format. You will be encouraged to purchase your own text books and will need to budget approximately £80-£100 per year, depending on your programme of study.

When are fees paid?

Fees are payable in the following instalments:

  • An initial non-refundable advance deposit paid when you accept your offer of a place
  • The advance deposit is allocated against the first term’s fees
  • Tuition fees (including fees for subsequent terms) are due two weeks in advance of classes commencing

Calculating fee increases

  • The University sets tuition fees on an annual basis in line with the University's financial year which runs from 1 August to 31 July
  • The fees quoted here are for one academic year of study commencing in September
  • For students starting their programme in January the programme spans two separate financial year accounting periods. Fees for the different teaching terms are calculated separately in line with fees charged in each financial year
  • Fees for subsequent years of study are subject to fee inflation
  • The University aims to keep annual fee increases in line with the University’s cost inflation. The expectation is that this will be no greater than UK consumer price inflation (CPI) plus 3%. There are occasionally variations to this dictated by the costs of running specific programmes or facilities required for our programmes
  • All fee increases are subject to approval of the Trustee Board thus ensuring that affordability for our students remains a primary concern in any decisions regarding fee increases

Study Period Abroad (SPA)

Some programmes at Regent’s University London offer an optional or mandatory Study Period Abroad, for one or two semesters. No SPA can be undertaken in the United States.
 
A student who wishes to attend an “ineligible” school, which includes any school in the USA, will forfeit all funding from that semester going forward and all current loans will become due with immediate effect. For any questions regarding these terms and conditions, please email the US Loans Advisor at [email protected]. For questions regarding what an “eligible” or “deferment only” school is, please  email the IPO office, [email protected] or [email protected] before applying for a programme with an SPA module.

Teaching and assessment

As a small university, we centre our teaching around your individual goals – identifying the skills and support you need to thrive. 

Small, interactive classes (of 20 students or less) ensure you’ll have a high level of contact with your tutors, enabling you to develop your individual strengths and interests. 

Teaching staff

Learn from staff who combine strong academic credentials with deep industry experience, offering insights into the latest trends and the chance to apply your learning practically. 

Attend regular guest lectures with industry professionals: networking and developing partnerships with business owners, journalists, curators, scientists, artists, historians – the list goes on. 

Academics are experts in their fields, but they’re also broad thinkers, able to support your learning across other disciplines throughout your study, so you’ll emerge a well-rounded, innovative thinker. 

You’ll also be assigned a personal tutor who’ll help you to build a bespoke programme that reflects your passions and future career. 

Practical learning

Engage in authentic experiences that encourage collaboration and self-expression: learning through hands-on tasks such as debates, discussions, role plays, simulations, group projects and workshops, designed to help you develop skills including critical thinking, problem-solving and decision-making. 

Take field trips to business hubs, museums, galleries and labs, and join work placements to put your learning in context – building your professional network and gaining a competitive edge. 

You’ll never learn in silo – everything you study will be connected. You’ll explore topics from a wide range of perspectives, learn to understand the relationships between subjects and start to connect themes and topics across modules.  

Contact hours and expected workload

Contact hours in Year 1 and Year 2 are 15 hours per week. In Year 3, you’ll receive 12-13 hours per week as your final capstone project is a supervised module, rather than a classroom-based one. 

You’ll receive a minimum of 10 hours of one-on-one time with your supervisor, to agree the scope and direction of your capstone project. We also offer research skills lectures and drop-in sessions. 

Assessment

At Regent’s, assessments are designed to consolidate your learning – helping you develop practical skills that’ll be useful in your future career.  

Assessment methods vary according to your major and your combination of elective modules, but could include essays, journals, reports, creative portfolios, group projects, presentations, research papers, online exercises and examinations. 

In your final year you’ll complete a major project that brings together the breadth of your learning, combining the knowledge and skills from your major with thinking from other subject areas.  

The Liberal Arts Capstone can either take the form of a reflective project or a traditional written dissertation and is highly personalised – reflecting your unique mix of modules. 

Disability Support

We welcome and support students with a wide range of disabilities and health concerns. This includes learning difficulties, visual and hearing impairments, mental health difficulties, autism spectrum conditions, mobility difficulties, and temporary or chronic health conditions.

Our dedicated Disability Officer is here to support you. We ask that you speak with Student Registry and our Disability Officer as early as you can to enable us to support you. Find out more about our disability support and contact us.

Entry requirements

Academic requirements

A Regent’s education provides you with a high level of personal attention, and this begins from the moment you apply to study with us. We want to understand who you are and what your skills and interests may be – we are interested in your potential, as well as your prior achievements. We review each application comprehensively and on its individual merit, considering all of your skills, interests and attributes.

Minimum entry requirements for Level 3 students

One of the following qualifications: 

  • 5 GCSEs at grade A-C or equivalent
  • US High School Diploma with a minimum GPA of 2.5 
  • Equivalent qualifications as deemed acceptable by the University

We receive applications each year from over 170 countries and are happy to assess all international qualifications.

English Language requirements

We require proof of English Proficiency. For example, we ask for:

  • IELTS: Overall score of 5.5, with a minimum of 5.5 in each individual component
  • GCSE/IGCSE English, grade C / 4 (for IGCSE certificates, please provide the Supplementary Certifying Statement with the breakdown of component grades).

This list is not exhaustive, we will review the English qualifications you have as part of your application and be in contact if we require anything further.

For applicants who wish to improve their English language proficiency, please see our English language courses.

Regent's English Proficiency Test (REPT)

We provide an online English diagnostic test known as the Regent’s English Proficiency Test (REPT). This test must be booked in advance. To find out more information and to book a test, please visit the REPT page. The REPT test is currently free of charge.

Careers

You’ll graduate with a wide range of skills valuable in any workplace, including critical thinking, cross-cultural understanding, communication, teamwork and problem-solving – ready to become an engaged, thoughtful and well-informed global leader.  

Industry-active academics and our Graduate Outcomes Team can help to connect you to world-renowned companies, where you’ll build workplace skills and connections you’ll lean on throughout your whole career. 

Liberal Arts alumni have a high rate of employment and occupy various high-profile positions across academia, entrepreneurship, finance, politics, law, management, the arts, marketing, PR, psychology and consultancy. 

Many Liberal Arts graduates also pursue postgraduate study at Regent’s, launch successful enterprises and expand existing family businesses, while making the most of Regent’s lifelong career support and innovative entrepreneurial space. 

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BA (Hons) Liberal Studies (Political Science) with Integrated Foundation

For entry in January 2022. Anyone starting in January 2022 will graduate from this degree. For future start dates, please see the next box.

BA (Hons) Liberal Arts (Political Science) with Integrated Foundation

For entry in September 2022 and future: updated course title. Anyone starting in September 2022 and future will graduate with this title. All other course details remain the same.

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Andrea Chavarria
'The Liberal Studies course allowed me to tailor my work to my interests. I minor in Political Science but also have an interest in art, so have taken modules that connect to my minor – for example exploring the impact of globalization on the art market'. Andrea Chavarria, BA (Hons) Liberal Studies (International Relations, minor in Political Science) student