Liberal Studies (Political Science)

BA (Hons)

Programme details

  • Next start date: 23 Sep 2019
  • Future start date: 20 Jan 2020
  • Study: Full-time
  • Duration: 3 years
  • Fee: September 2019: £17,500, January 2020: £17,750
  • UCAS code: LS16
  • Study abroad: Optional

This programme is modelled on the traditional US liberal arts degree. You will major in one subject area, but will also have the opportunity to study a variety of other topics. This flexible structure gives you the freedom to tailor your education to reflect both your personal and professional interests.

The specialist knowledge and broad-ranging skills you will develop on this programme will prepare you for a career in almost any professional environment.

The types of skills you will gain include:

  • Creativity
  • Critical thinking
  • Effective communication
  • Problem-solving
  • Social responsibility

The BA (Hons) Liberal Studies (Political Science) programme provides an introduction to the political institutions and cultures of many different countries. You will examine how societies across the world operate and distribute power and resources, and gain a deeper understand of the complexities of global politics. As well as learning political theory, you will have opportunities to participate in the Model United Nations and attend conferences.

You will also take a selection of elective modules across the Liberal Studies curriculum ranging from art history to international relations, psychology to theatre studies. These modules enable you to diversify your education and develop the broad-based skills valuable to any profession.

In your second year, you will also have the option to spend a term abroad at one of our partner universities. This provides the unique opportunity to explore a diverse range of topics from another cultural perspective.

This programme will provide you with a highly transferable set of skills that are valued in most professional contexts. Political Science graduates from Regent’s have gone on to succeed in an excitingly diverse range of activities and careers.

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Programme brochure

This is a three-year, full-time programme, in which you will combine your Political Science major with a selection of subjects that reflect your interests.

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 can see the full list of elective modules here.

Study abroad

In addition to studying in London, you will have the opportunity to participate in a term spent studying abroad. This provides you with a unique opportunity to explore a diverse range of topics offered by other institutions and gain international experience. This term takes place in Year 2 and replaces the second term of your Regent's degree. For more information see the study abroad page.

Year 1 (Core Modules)

Module Title Overview
Theory and Practice in Political Science This module aims to introduce students to the conceptual and practical challenges of governance in the 21st Century. Following the manner in which political, social, technological, economic, and cultural forces have co-evolved to shape the functions of power and structures of governance throughout history, it introduces students to key theoretical frameworks for exploring political phenomena and critically assessing dominant doctrines. Core module for Political Science majors.
Introduction to Political Ideologies This module aims to introduce students 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. The module will provide an understanding of several major systems of political thought, investigating their origins, theoretical expression and practical effects. Core module for Political Science majors.
Introduction to Comparative Politics The Introduction to Comparative Politics module introduces students to core issues, theories and methods of political science. The module focuses on comparative political systems, such as regime types, institutions and parties. It highlights the emergence of democracies in the international system and compares this method of governance to other political arrangements. Students are introduced to various countries and case studies where they study the development of institutions and the impact of cultural norms, the organisation of the state 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. This module aims to develop comparative analytic skills and provide a theoretical framework for students to engage in independent research. Core module for Political Science majors.
Society and Mass Violence The purpose of this module is to study the phenomenon of mass violence and the impact on its victims and its perpetrators. The module will focus on distinguishing between various forms of mass violence, such as genocide, and conditions which contribute to the occurrence of mass violence. A combination of psychological, sociological, and cultural perspectives will be examined, as well as other theory. The module will encourage students to incorporate theory, the wider context within which mass violence occurs, and factors specific to each particular event. Core module for Political Science majors.
Energy, Security and Economics Energy security refers to questions of risk and security of supply as well as volatility in energy prices, and to supplies that are dependable and not subject to unexpected disruptions. Global Energy Security is concerned with the interests of both supplier and producer countries, even though these groups certainly differ in their preferences regarding the terms on which energy should be traded. We study arrangements, institutions and policies that can contribute to energy security. The aim of this module is, therefore, to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the role of energy in the global economy, and to provide them with analytic tools to comprehend the complex dynamics of global energy markets. Core module for Political Science majors.
Five elective modules You will select a number of elective modules from subjects that fall outside the remit of your major. These include: Art History, Business & Management, English, Film Studies, History, International Relations, Journalism, Media & Communications, Psychology and Public Relations.

Year 2 (Core Modules)

Module Title Overview
The Politics of Gender The Politics of Gender module aims to provide students with the theoretical knowledge and investigative tools to critically analyse the gendered power structures that shape the experiences of men and women in politics and conflicts by applying a feminist perspective. The module will explore the impact of gender on global politics, the relationship between gender and security, and the multiplicity of roles of gender in conflicts and post conflict societies. Students will gain a deep understanding of the different theories of gender and be able to comfortably and accurately use and apply the terms sex, gender, masculinity and femininity. The module also aims to analyse the translation of feminist theory into practice by exploring gendered components policy making at the international, and national level, as well as the varying degrees of interpretation and implementation. By the end of the course, students will be able to demonstrate a broad understanding of feminist international relations, express a wide variety of issues in war and conflict as they relate to sex and gender concepts, and examine and provide a critique of national and international policies as they relate to addressing gender and conflict. Core module for Political Science majors.
Research Methods for Political Science Research Methods for Political Science will introduce students to the theory and practice of social research. The module focuses primarily on research methods and methodologies pertinent to political science, but will also engage with topics in sociology, human rights, and international relations. Students will learn about research methodology; design; analysis and output. The module will provide students with the skills and confidence necessary to conduct original research about a variety of issues in political science. Core module for Political Science majors.
NGOs and Civil Society The aim of this module is to introduce students to primary types of international non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and understand the key skills and knowledge that enable the success of their personnel. The module will explore theories of civil society, globalisation, and other political science theories in relation to NGOs. The module will incorporate discussion and critical evaluation of the roles and activities of NGOs in international affairs, as well as evaluating the consequences of the political and moral choices of NGOs. Core module for Political Science majors.
Crime and Society Crime and Society introduces students to the interdisciplinary study of deviance and criminal behaviour. It outlines key theories in criminology, sociology, and political science in particular giving students the opportunity to examine crime and victimisation from multiple perspectives. Students will analyse the social and psychological impact of violence on individual victims and vulnerable groups in different countries. They will produce persuasive arguments and written work informed by academic journals, books, and government reports. In so doing, they will demonstrate understanding of judicial processes and social and political responses to crime. Core module for Political Science majors.
Global Human Trafficking The Global Human Trafficking module explores topics pertaining to human trafficking, such as globalisation, international crime, gender, national and international policy and NGO campaigns. It aims to familiarise students with the political, socio-economic, and global context of human trafficking and modern slavery. The module takes an interdisciplinary approach, and enables students to 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. It offers students the opportunity to critically analyse historical and contemporary events, and situating such events in a theoretical and policy framework. Students are required to undertake a project in the field of human trafficking, through which they develop skills in research and analysis, and learn to synthesise a variety of contexts of a given situation. Core module for Political Science majors.
British Politics This module aims to allow students to study the British political system in depth. By the end of the module students will have familiarised themselves with 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.

Core module for Political Science majors.
Five elective modules You will select a number of elective modules from subjects that fall outside the remit of your major. These include: Art History, Business & Management, English, Film Studies, History, International Relations, Journalism, Media & Communications, Psychology and Public Relations.

Year 3 (Core Modules)

Module Title Overview
Theory and Practice of Social Enterprise How can one innovate and develop creative solutions for social problems? 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. While examples of social entrepreneurship cover a highly varied range of projects, they all share one thing – the complex systemic nature of their challenges. Taking them on requires a new set of tools for both analysis and action. This module introduces students to new case studies and theories of social entrepreneurship, inspiring them to change their worlds.

Core module for Political Science majors.
European Politics: Integration and Polarisation This module will introduce students to an academic study of international politics with particular emphasis on the European Union. The module will focus on processes of integration. However, this will be one of the focuses as other processes in European politics are going to be introduced to students. Diversity of political processes and options will provide material for study of polarisation in international politics. This module will provide opportunity for discussions and examinations of theories of integration and nationalism and how the two processes correlate to each other. Classes will be a mixture of lectures and seminars.

Core module for Political Science majors.
Globalisation and Individual Lives In this module students will develop an understanding of how global trends influence and penetrate social worlds and individual lives, and engage in a range of debates about constructing new forms of identity, especially with regards to themes such as gender, race, class, citizenship, religion or consumerism. Political and social issues will be explored from a range of theoretical political and sociological perspectives, and within an interdisciplinary approach. Students will be required to use the above knowledge to study and analyze these complex themes and situations within a theoretical, historical and global context.

Core module for Political Science majors.
Major Capstone (Dissertation) The purpose of this module is to bring together the breadth of a Liberal Arts student’s learning and experience to bear on a major project. Starting from the student’s major area of study the project will reach out to incorporate elements from the totality of learning on the programme and the realisation of the breadth that a Liberal Arts graduate has achieved. The Capstone can take the form of a reflective practice-based project or a traditional written dissertation subject to meeting the word-length equivalencies below. The Capstone will run over two semesters and will be supervised by a minimum of one supervisor although two may be allocated depending on the nature of the work.

Three elective modules You will select a number of elective modules from subjects that fall outside the remit of your major. These include: Art History, Business & Management, English, Film Studies, History, International Relations, Journalism, Media & Communications, Psychology and Public Relations.

Priority Application Deadline


Our Priority Application Deadline for September 2019 is on Wednesday 1 May 2019. We are experiencing an increase in applications, so applying before the deadline gives you the strongest chance of securing a place to study at Regent’s University London, providing your application meets our requirements. If you apply after the deadline, there may still be places available, but we can't guarantee this.

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.

Step 1: Apply

You can apply in the following ways:

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, funding and bursaries

Undergraduate Scholarships

Students with three B grades at A-level (or equivalent qualification), and progressing Regent's foundation students who achieve a minimum 70% average across all modules will receive a £1,500 scholarship for each year of their degree programme.

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Bursaries

As part of our public benefit commitment, we aim to ensure that students are not deterred from applying to Regent’s University London because of financial difficulties. Each year we offer a number of means-tested University bursaries for full-time study on undergraduate programmes.

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Undergraduate loans - Student Finance England 2018/19

Funding for UK, and EU nationals, as well as students with the status of Migrant Worker.

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The Vice-Chancellor’s Excellence Scholarship

Professor Aldwyn Cooper, Vice-Chancellor of Regent’s University London, wishes to recognise and reward three students each year who demonstrate particular commitment to upholding the University’s values and the ability to play an ambassadorial role for the University during their studies. 

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Future Finance loans

Alternative loan funding* for students studying at Regent's University London.

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State-Sponsored Funding for Students from Norway

Loans and grants for Norwegian students studying for undergraduate or postgraduate degrees at Regent's University London.

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State-Sponsored Funding for Students from Sweden

Loans and grants for Swedish students studying for undergraduate or postgraduate degrees at Regent's University London.

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The Dean of Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences Excellence Scholarship

The Dean of the Faculty of Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences has established three scholarships that celebrate the University’s independent, cosmopolitan and enterprising spirit. 

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Regent’s Family Reward

Regent’s offers an intimate style of education, characterised by lots of personal attention. This personalised approach extends beyond our students to their families, with the University welcoming increasing numbers of brothers, sisters and even children of our alumni each year. The University is delighted to offer the Regent’s Family Reward as a thank-you to our alumni for their and their families’ loyalty.

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The Filippo Corsini Polo Scholarship, in association with the International Federation of Polo

The University awards two polo scholarships each year to students who show both the polo skills and the leadership acumen to help the Regent’s polo team's development. The scholarship is named in memory of Regent’s student Prince Filippo Corsini, an accomplished equestrian and showjumper.

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US Financial Aid

Direct subsidised and unsubsidised loans for US citizens, as well as Direct PLUS loans for eligible US citizens and Green Card holders administered by the US Department of Education (USED) for all eligible degree programmes offered at Regent’s University London.

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Annual Tuition fee

Starting September 2019: £17,500

Starting January 2020: £17,750

Non-refundable advance deposit

Home/EU students: £1,000

Non-EU students: £4,000

Non-EU students in receipt of US Federal Loans: £1,000

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
  • 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
  • As a registered charity, 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

Teaching

Teaching takes place in small classes of 20 people or less, in order to allow a more individual approach to learning.

You will be assigned a personal tutor who will help you to build a bespoke programme that reflects your passions, or your preferred future career.

Academics will use a variety of approaches to help you learn and get the most out of your degree. The teaching methods include seminars, study groups, role plays, tutorials and external guest speakers. You will learn through analysis, discussion and debate, practical work, problem-solving, presentations, portfolio building, research projects and team work, all of which are designed to help you develop key skills of independent critical thinking and confidence in decision-making.

Teaching staff

All classes on our Liberal Studies programme are taught by experts in their respective disciplines. The Head of Programme is Professor Lawrence Phillips, who holds a BA (Hons) in English from the University of Leeds, an MA in English Literature from the University of Sussex, and a PhD in English from Goldsmiths, University of London. He has previously held academic posts at the University of Northampton, Liverpool Hope University and Goldsmiths, University of London.  

Contact hours and expected workload

Contact hours in Year 1 and Year 2 are 15 hours per week. In Year 3, students receive around 12-13 hours per week on average per term, as the capstone project is a supervised module, rather than a classroom-based one.

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

Assessment

Students are assessed through a mix of presentations, journals, essays and exams. Assessment is both practical and theoretical and is designed to ensure that you acquire the knowledge and skills to adapt to a variety of professional environments.

In Year 3, you will also be asked to complete a liberal studies capstone project. The project will reflect what you have learned in your major, but also the knowledge you have gathered from your elective subjects.

This could be:

  • An essay or dissertation
  • A practical project
  • A report
  • A creative work, plus reflection
  • A portfolio of work , plus reflection
  • Another format (subject to supervisor approval)

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.

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. 

Typically, we will make an offer to a student holding A levels at grades BCC. 

We will also assess your application for proficiency in Mathematics, asking for a GCSE in this subject at grade A-C / 9-4 (or the international equivalent).

We receive applications each year from over 170 countries and are happy to assess all international qualifications. For example, if you are studying the International Baccalaureate, we would make an offer based on your successful completion of the IB Diploma; if you are studying an American High School Diploma, we would make an offer based on a minimum GPA of 2.8 plus three APs at grades 4, 3, 3.

English Language requirements

English is our language of instruction and we require proof of your English proficiency. 

You can demonstrate your English proficiency with:

•    IELTS: Overall score of 6.0 with no score below 5.5 in any of the four components

•    PTE Academic: Overall score of 58, with 51 or above in each individual component

•    TOEFL IBT: Overall score 80. (We do not accept TOEFL from applicants requiring a Tier 4 visa, as this qualification is no longer accepted by the UK Visas and Immigration Department (UKVI)

•    A-level/GCSE/IGCSE English: Grade C / 4 or above (for IGCSE certificates, please provide the Supplementary Certifying Statement with the breakdown of component grades)

•    International Baccalaureate: Grade 4 or above in English at Higher or Standard Level

This list is not exhaustive. We will review the English qualifications you submit 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.

On-campus diagnostic test

For offer holders able to visit us in London, we can provide a free on-campus English diagnostic test.  This test must be arranged in advance. To book a test, please contact [email protected] Please note, this is a diagnostic test for Regent’s University London applicants only.

English for Academic Purposes (EAP)

As a Regent’s student you will take an English for Academic Purposes (EAP) module in your first semester in order to support the development of your academic work in English.

Please note that students who achieve an IELTS 6.5, with a minimum score of 5.5 in each component, or an equivalent result, are exempt from taking the EAP module and have an additional academic module.

Students entering with Recognition of Prior Learning

If you are joining your programme at an advanced entry point, we require IELTS 6.5 with a minimum 6.0 in Reading and Writing, with no score below 5.5 in any other components.
 

 

Political science is a highly versatile degree. The skills and knowledge you will gain from studying this programme will prepare you for a career in a number of fields including:

  • Academia
  • Diplomacy
  • Economics
  • Government
  • Law
  • Media
  • Politics
  • Public Relations

Liberal studies graduates are suited to a broader range of career options, including:

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance
  • Management

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