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3 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree

Program description

Politics BA

The academic study of politics is concerned with the sources of conflict, co-operation, power and decision-making within and between societies, how differences are expressed through ideology and organisation, and how, if at all, disagreements and problems are resolved.

You will develop an in-depth understanding of politics, political theory, how states are governed, and the place of citizens in politics.

Politics is a very dynamic subject area, and Queen’s Politics and International Relations staff study such topical issues as environmental politics, Brexit, democratic reforms (such as Citizens’ Assemblies and other democratic innovations), migration, citizenship, conflict, and security.

Admission requirements

A level requirements

  • ABB

Access Course

Successful completion of Access Course with an average of 70%.

International Baccalaureate Diploma

  • 33 points overall, including 6,5,5 at Higher Level. If not offered at Higher Level/GCSE then Standard Level grade 4 in English would be accepted.

BTEC Level 3 Extended/National Extended Diploma

QCF Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma (180 credits), with 120 credits at Distinction grade and 60 credits at Merit grade.

RQF Level 3 BTEC National Extended Diploma (1080 Guided Learning Hours (GLH) Level 3, with at least 660 GLH (minimum 240 GLH to be externally assessed) at Distinction grade and 420 GLH at Merit grade.


A minimum of a 2:2 Honours Degree

English Language Requirements

An IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each test component or an equivalent acceptable qualification.

For more information about admission requirements, please contact the school. 

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Program content

Modules include: 

Stage 1

  • Comparative Politics
  • Contemporary Europe
  • Issues in Contemporary Politics
  • Perspectives on Politics
  • World Politics.

Stage 2

  • American Politics
  • British Politics in crisis?
  • Irish Politics
  • International Organisations
  • Politics and Policies of the European Union
  • Security and Terrorism
  • International Relations
  • The Politics of Deeply Divided Societies

Stage 3

  • Arms Control
  • Asylum and Migration in Global Politics
  • Contemporary Critical Theory
  • Contemporary Political Philosophy
  • Ethics, Power and International Politics
  • Global Resource Politics
  • Minorities in Europe
  • Northern Ireland: A Case Study
  • Political Parties and Elections in Northern Ireland
  • Challenges to Contemporary Party Politics
  • Politics, Public Administration and Policymaking
  • Scotland and Northern Ireland
  • Security and Technology
  • The Far Right in Western Europe and North America
  • The Politics of Irish Literature
  • The Politics of Sustainable Development
  • Theories of Global Justice
  • US Foreign Policy
  • War and Visual Culture
  • Women and Politics
  • Internship
  • The Placement
  • Dissertation

Tuition fees

  • Northern Ireland (NI) - £4,530
  • Republic of Ireland (ROI) - £4,530
  • England, Scotland or Wales (GB) - £9,250
  • EU Other - £17,400
  • International - £17,400

Career opportunities

A degree in Politics provides a stimulating programme of study and intellectual training useful in many walks of life and future career paths. Graduates are equipped with the necessary attributes for graduate employment or postgraduate education and training, and are able to make a difference in whatever future career they choose.

About this institute

Queen's University Belfast

Queen's University Belfast is one of the leading universities in the UK and Ireland with a distinguished heritage and history. Founded in 1845 as Queen's College Belfast, we became an independent university in 1908. Today, we are ranked 200 in the...

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Contact info

Queen's University Belfast

University Road
BT7 1NN Belfast
United Kingdom


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