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

Our new range of liberal studies degrees provides a true US-style liberal arts education, a first in the UK. In your foundation year you undertake a general education programme which provides a comprehensive foundation for your degree studies. From the first year of your degree, you choose a ‘major’ subject area whilst taking a range of ‘electives’ to tailor your degree to match your passions and interests. Every module in our liberal studies programme has been specifically designed for the degree, delivering you a broad-based education which engages you in critical and interdisciplinary thinking. Liberal arts graduates are well-prepared to make the most of opportunities in a fast-moving global economy.

The Political Science major offers a thorough grounding in the main theoretical concepts used in the field. You will also be introduced to the political institutions and cultures of many different countries.

Through combining theory and practice you will develop analytical skills which will assist them in solving problems, understanding complex issues and develop policies.

You will develop a wide and deep knowledge about the complexity of the political world and how to approach it as well as learn how to formulate arguments with examples drawn from contemporary events as well as academic theory

You will have opportunities to participate in and attend conferences, as well as take part in international conferences.

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Why should I choose this programme?

Knowledge of political issues is essential for anyone seeking to understand the world and how it works.

It interacts with a number of other fields, including economics, international relations, history or law.

Studying Political Science at Regent’s University London, you will encounter stimulating, engaging and challenging discussions that will provide you with the tools to consider global issues from a variety of perspectives.

Our internationally diverse classrooms encourage thought provoking debates from a variety of viewpoints and approaches. 

Our programme places strong emphasis on experiential learning, as we see activity outside class as complimenting the work in class.

You have opportunities to take part in international conferences, attend seminars given by influential politicians and policy maker, or even attending international conferences in Geneva and New York.

You will enjoy membership to the Royal Institute of International Affairs, Chatham House for a reduced fee and have the opportunity to attend many of their events for free.

Key skills, aims and objectives

This programme offers a deep understanding to prepare you for the political world. You will

  • Develop a thorough grounding in the main theoretical concepts used in Political Science
  • Be able to put contemporary political issues in historical context and use historical facts in building arguments about politics
  • Understand and examine the political institutions and processes of a number of countries comparatively
  • Evaluate international and transnational dimensions of particular problems and policies
  • Understand the methods and analytical approaches used by political scientists to examine political institutions and processes

Future opportunities

A politics science degree provides skills and knowledge which can equip students for a career in a number of fields such as economics, diplomacy, government or, non-governmental organisations, media, academic and law.

The skills of analysis in such a degree are highly transferable and are valued in all professional contexts and Political science graduates from Regent’s University London have gone on to succeed in an excitingly diverse range of activities.

 

 

 

 

Majors / pathways

This is an American-style Liberal Studies programme that incorporates an area of specialisation (a major), a general education programme which all students take in their first year providing a broad foundation for your degree, plus electives chosen from a wide range of subject areas to be taken alongside your major.

There is a major project in the final year of study which enables you to open out the specialist area of your major to the breadth of your learning on the whole programme.

It is also possible to undertake a dual major or one or two minor subject areas alongside your major from other subjects offered within the overall programme. Majors, minors and elective classes are offered in the following subject areas:

  • Art History
  • Business and Management
  • English
  • History
  • International Relations
  • Journalism
  • Media and Communications
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Public Relations

There are also elective classes in Music Appreciation, Philosophy, and Theatre.

Study abroad
In addition to studying in London, you will have the opportunity to participate in an exciting 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 section.

Additional information

Please note that an optional study period abroad always take place during degree level studies and is not included in your foundation year.

Modules

Foundation Modules

  • Foundation Seminars 1 and 2
  • Humanities
  • International Relations
  • Media Studies
  • Psychology
  • Political Science
  • Quantitative Literacy
  • Scientific Understanding

Degree Level Modules

  • Energy Security
  • Introduction to Comparative Politics
  • Introduction to Political Ideologies
  • Society and Mass Violence
  • Theory and Practice in Political Science
  • Crime & Society
  • Global Human Trafficking
  • NGOs and Civil Society
  • Research Methods for Political Science
  • The Politics of Gender
  • British Politics
  • European Politics: Integration & Polarisation
  • Globalisation and Individual Lives
  • Theory & Practice of Social Enterprise
  • Major Capstone (dissertation)

In addition the students of political science can enrol to the Model United National module.

See module descriptions

Future start dates

23 January 2017

Apply online for January 2017

 

18 September 2017 

Apply online for September 2017

 

 

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Fees

Fees January 2017

Annual tuition fee: £16,175 
Registration fee: £250 (non-refundable)
Non-EU advance deposit: £2000 (non-refundable)

Fees September 2017

Annual tuition fee: £16,400 
Home/EU advance deposit: £500 (non-refundable)
Non-EU advance deposit: £4,000 (non-refundable)

 

Tuition fees are set for the University’s financial year which runs from 1 August to 31 July. Annual fees for students commencing studies in spring will span financial years. Spring and autumn fees will be invoiced at the rate applicable for that term.

 

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Academic requirements

For entry to the programme, we require five passes at GCSE/IGCSE level at grade C or above, including English.

All applicants must have successfully completed GCSE Mathematics or equivalent.

Other international qualifications, as recommended by the National Academic Recognition Information Centre (NARIC) will be accepted, including:

  • US High School Diploma with a 2.5 GPA
  • HAVO
  • Six WAECs with grades A-C (1-6)
  • Realschulabschluß
  • Apolytirion of Gymnasio
  • Attestat
  • Bachillerato (from Central and South America)

If you have already successfully completed A Levels, or a recognised Level 3 or Access Programme; the full International, European or Welsh Baccalaureate; or, an equivalent qualification, you may be eligible for direct entry onto your chosen degree programme.  

English requirements

PLEASE NOTE: Latest update regarding ETS & TOEFL testing – The Home Office has suspended all ETS tests, including TOEFL exams, as evidence of English language ability from new visa applicants.

Please see the Home Office website for further information: https://www.gov.uk/government/world-location-news/changes-to-english-language-certification-for-visa-applications--3

Therefore, if you are relying on an ETS / TOEFL certificate for Visa purposes please be aware that you will now need to take an alternative English proficiency test.

We will continue to accept the following English language proficiency tests:

  • IELTS
  • PTE Academic
  • Cambridge Advanced
  • Regent’s University London on campus diagnostic test

If you have taken and submitted the TOEFL test as part of your admissions application, or have any questions in relation to the above, please do not hesitate to make contact with our Admissions team to seek further advice and support.

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For those applicants whose mother tongue is not English, we require a recent pass in any of the following qualifications:

  • Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English, grade C
  • GCSE/IGCSE English, grade C (for non-EU IGCSE students, please provide along with the IGCSE certificate, the Supplementary Certifying Statement with the breakdown of component grades)
  • IB Diploma English A grade 4 or above HL or SL. English B grade 5 at HL
  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System) with an overall score of 6.0 (for non-EU students: a minimum score of 5.5 in each component)
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of 80 on the internet-based test (TOEFL results not accepted post 17 April 2014 for non EU/UK students)
  • Pearson Test (PTE Academic) score of 53 (for non-EU Students: a minimum score of 51 in each component)

Please note that the above list is not exhaustive; for more information about other accepted English language qualifications, please contact us.

Please also note that you may be exempt from taking an English language test if the last three years of your full-time education have been taught completely in English.

Please note that the above list is not exhaustive; for more information about other accepted English language qualifications, please contact us.

Students who require an international student visa to study in the UK and whose native language is not English, are also be required to meet specific grade requirements and conditions of study as stipulated by the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI). Please check their website for current information: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/uk-visas-and-immigration

On-campus diagnostic test

If you live in London, or are able to visit us, we can offer you a free English diagnostic test. 

This test is offered through Regent's Institute of Languages & Culture and should be arranged in advance. Please note, this is a diagnostic test for Regent’s University London only. For more information, or to arrange a test, please contact us: exrel@regents.ac.uk

How to apply

For advice and guidance on study-related visas and immigration, please view our visas and immigration webpage.

Applying to study at Regent's is a quick and easy process. We accept direct applications, have no formal application deadlines and there is no application fee.

Step 1 Apply

Please complete an application form. You can apply in the following ways:

Once you have completed the application form, you should send us the following supporting documents; these can be sent to us via email/post/fax:

  • Copies of academic transcripts and certificates from all previous studies (i.e. secondary school and/or university)
  • One letter of academic reference
  • A 300-500 word personal statement outlining the reasons for applying to your chosen course at RUL and how you feel you will benefit from the course of study
  • A copy of your passport photograph (ID) page
  • One recent passport-sized, colour photograph, jpeg format (this must be emailed to us to: admit@regents.ac.uk)
  • If not a native English speaker, proof of your English proficiency

Step 2 Making an offer

We will assess whether you meet our minimum entry requirements and will make you an offer by both email and post, or notify you that you have been unsuccessful.

If you have completed your education and have met all the entry requirements, you will be sent an unconditional offer. If you still have to finish your exams, or have yet to submit supporting documentation, you will be issued a conditional offer.

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

Step 3 Accepting the offer

If you wish to accept the offer you must:

  • Confirm your acceptance via email/post/telephone/in person
  • Pay the registration fee (non-refundable)
  • Pay the non-EU advance tuition fee deposit, if applicable (non-refundable)

Please note, while there is no formal deadline to pay your registration fee or non-EU advance deposit, if you need to apply for an international student visa to study in the UK, then we recommend that you pay these as soon as possible.

Please see here for information on how to pay.

Step 4 Full acceptance and visa

On receipt of your acceptance we will issue the final set of documentation and, where needed, the relevant visa support documentation. To find out if you need a student visa please consult the UKVI website: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/uk-visas-and-immigration (please note it is your own responsibility to arrange the appropriate visa).

Transfer of credits

Transfer applicants must complete their applications by submitting all the supporting documentation required from freshman applicants.

If you have completed fewer than 30 credit hours or equivalent at your current institution we will need your official high school transcript in addition to your current undergraduate transcript.

If you have completed 30 or more credit hours, or equivalent, we only require your official undergraduate transcripts.

Once we have received your complete application, and if you have been accepted for admission, we will advise you on the number of credits you will be able to transfer towards your degree.

Scholarships, funding and bursaries

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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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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Future Finance loans

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

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Student Finance England

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

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Study methods

Our lecturers come from diverse backgrounds and cultures with vast experience and knowledge in their field.

Our programme puts strong emphasis on learning from experience, with outside activity complementing the work in class.

You will participate in conferences, take part in the Model United Nations and attend seminars given by influential politicians and policy makers.

You can also make use of all the resources that London has to offer. For example our students, by an exclusive arrangement, are eligible for a substantial discount on membership ofthe Royal Institute of International Affairs, Chatham House, with its captivating meetings and rich academic resources.

The British Library with its vast collection is also available to our students.

Students with disabilities

Some of our courses encourage trips outside of the campus. If you have a condition that affects your mobility you are advised to contact the Disability Officer.

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Regent’s University London has no connection with Regent University of Virginia USA

 

 

Last updated: 04 January 2017

 

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Key information

Name
Liberal Studies (Political Science)
Qualification
BA (Hons) with Integrated Foundation
Level
Undergraduate
UCAS Code
LS08
Study mode
Full time
Duration
4 years
Tuition fees
£16,175 *
Scholarships
No *
Next start date
23 January 2017
Future start date
Study abroad
Optional
Validation
Regent's University London

* See the admissions tab for further details on fees and scholarships

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