Undergraduate prospectus

Politics and International Relations, BA Hons

With so much going on in the world of politics, this is the ideal time to study our politics and international relations degree. The course will prepare you for roles in government and public service.

Why study this at Greenwich?

  • You can specialise in the study of global politics alongside a variety of other subjects.
  • Follow various strands within the academic discipline of politics.
  • Our modules provide an appropriate introduction to politics and the practical implementation of political activity.
  • A wide range of modules allows you to explore the politics in Asia and Africa, migration, globalisation and parliament from social and political perspectives.
  • Undertake work placements in regional or local politics, such as at a London-based interest and pressure group, or even at the House of Commons.

UCAS points

104 (view full requirements)

Course/institution codes

L293 G BA/PIntR


History, Politics & Social Sciences



  • 3 years full-time
  • 6 years part-time

This programme allows students to specialise in the study of global politics while also incorporating courses from a variety of other subject pathways.

The study of politics addresses questions such as: Why do people vote the way they do? What is the difference between the ideas of different political parties? How is the operation of one political system different from that of another? Why is the international system constituted in the way that it is? Why do politicians behave in the way that they do? What do words such as 'democracy', 'power', 'freedom', 'rights' and 'liberty' mean? Responses to these questions are covered by the study of international politics, comparative politics, government and political theory.

In the final year, students may be offered a work placement in regional or local politics, or within one of the many interest and pressure groups based in London, or even in the House of Commons. The ability to reflect critically on this work experience forms part of the assessment of the placement.

The aims of the programme are:

  • To offer students a range of courses which provide an appropriate introduction to both politics and the practical implementation of political activity
  • Enable students to follow various strands within the academic discipline of politics
  • To offer students the opportunity to develop a number of skills that are valuable in both the political arena as well as in more general careers.

What you will study


Course information is currently unavailable for this programme. Please contact course-info@gre.ac.uk for more information.

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Entry requirements

Applicants from a UK educational background:

  • 104 UCAS points from A-levels
  • GCSEs in English (language or literature) and mathematics at grade C / 4 or above.

We accept alternative qualifications including:

  • BTEC/National Diploma
  • International Baccalaureate
  • Scottish Highers 
  • Irish Highers.

General studies is not normally accepted.

For more information, contact courseinfo@greenwich.ac.uk or 020 8331 9000.

Applicants from a non-UK educational background:

Applicants must have successfully completed 11 or 12 years of full time education, and demonstrated competence in mathematics (usually equivalent to GCSE grade C). 

If you were educated in a language other than English and/or in a country where English speakers are in a minority, you should have a minimum IELTS score of 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each skill) or equivalent. If you require a Tier 4 (General) student visa to study in the UK, your score must be from a UK Visas and Immigration approved IELTS test.

For more information, contact international@gre.ac.uk or +44 20 8331 8136.

 In addition:

You may be invited to an interview.

We welcome applications from mature students.

Fees and finance

Your time at university should be enjoyable, rewarding, and free of unnecessary stress. Planning your finances before you come to university can help to reduce financial concerns. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

Fees information International fees

Funding your study

There is a range of financial support options available to support your studies, including the Aspire@Greenwich award for study resources that many full-time students will receive.

Discover more about grants, student loans, bursaries and scholarships. We also provide advice and support on budgeting, money management and financial hardship.

Financial support

Additional information


Students are assessed through:

  • Coursework
  • Dissertation
  • Seminar presentations
  • Examinations.


On completing this programme successfully, you'll be well equipped for opportunities in the public service, information and communications, and media and voluntary sectors, as well as in the National Health Service, teaching, research, business, and central and local government. Some career options may require further study.

Not quite what you were looking for?

We've got plenty of other courses for you to choose from. Browse our undergraduate prospectus or check our related courses below.

International relations at the University of Greenwich

Where better to study international relations than Greenwich, an area steeped in maritime history? You’ll have the chance to undertake work placements at the House of Commons or international organisations.