Taster Courses in London - July 2019

This new major/minor four-year degree programme entirely based in the heart of the French capital at the University of London Institute in Paris (ULIP), will enable you to learn about “doing" international politics and consolidate your French language skills while gaining extensive international experience. The major subject is delivered entirely in English while the minor is entirely delivered in French. Not only will you have the opportunity to live and study in one of the greatest world cities for three years, but you will also have the chance to study a year abroad in another country.  The programme’s immersive approach, blending traditional seminars with fieldwork, will provide a firm theoretical and practical foundation for understanding international politics and enable you to graduate with a world-renowned Queen Mary University of London degree.

Key information

UCAS code
4 years (with year abroad)
Method of attendance
Course convenor

Entry requirements

A levels

  • Typical offer: AAB
  • Subjects: A level French grade B, or if this is to be studied from beginners’ level GCSE French grade B or equivalent.
  • Excluded subjects: General Studies and Critical Thinking

IB Diploma

  • Typical offer: 34 points
  • Subjects: 6,6,5 in Higher Level subjects. This must include a minimum of 5 in Higher Level French. If this is to be studied at beginners’ level please contact our Admissions Office for further information.

While native French speakers will not be accepted onto this programme, they are accepted onto our single honours programme or with year abroad option.

Other UK qualifications

We accept a wide range of qualifications such as: Access Foundation, vocational awards, Irish Leaving Certificate, Scottish Highers and other Baccalaureates. Please click here to find further information on Queen Mary’s entry requirements.

Non-UK applicants should refer to the QMUL International Admissions webpages

English Language Proficiency

All applicants must show they meet a minimum academic English language standard for admission and to be successful on the course, to the indicated levels for the area of study. See our guidance on English Language requirements for all degree programmes.

Degree benefits

The University of London Institute in Paris (ULIP) and Queen Mary University of London partnership offers a unique Major/Minor programme of study delivered over three years of residency in Paris.

The Major in International Politics is entirely taught in English. You will benefit from an intellectually stimulating programme which will give you an advanced understanding of state, non-state, institutional and non-institutional actors doing international politics.

The focus of this unique programme is on "doing" international politics enabling you to learn both the theoretical and practical aspects of how these actors perform international politics and how theories and methods can be used to understand their actions. The programme involves field experience where you will engage some of these actors as part of your learning process and share this learning in a collaborative space with your teachers and peers during Learning Labs.

The official language in 29 countries, French has a long history as an international language of commerce and diplomacy and is an official language in many international organisations. The Minor in French Studies, as well as everyday exposure to French life and language, will enable you to acquire a good level of proficiency in the French language, which will stand you in good stead when you apply for a job.

Our four-year programme enables you to take a study abroad year option during Year 3 and completing your degree in Year 4, allowing you to gain increased international exposure.

This course will allow you to develop your critical and analytical skills as well as the confidence to seek and meet unexpected challenges and opportunities.

Why study International Politics at QMUL-ULIP?  

The Queen Mary-ULIP BA in International Politics is a small programme with a close attention to students and their learning experiences. By studying international politics in our campus located in the heart of Paris, just around the corner from the intellectual heartbeat of France and the Assemblée Nationale (a major political institution in France), you will benefit from a singular teaching and learning experience.

The QMUL-ULIP partnership will allow you to experience all of the advantages of a leading UK university in the heart of Paris. Not only will you have the chance to reside in France for three years, allowing you to gain invaluable international experience and intercultural skills, but you will also have the opportunity to do site visits in London at Mile End Campus and understand the study of politics from different perspectives.

Some of the degree benefits include:

  • Study in a safe and stimulating learning environment that combines the benefits of a small welcoming institute with the advantages of a UK university.
  • Fully realise your academic potential by consolidating your French language skills while immersing yourself in French culture and society for three years.
  • Build your knowledge of various theoretical aspects of Politics and International Relations, and ‘do international politics’ with work-based experience in the field.  
  • Improve your employability as well as your capacity for postgraduate study by developing valuable transferable skills from your extensive international experience while studying in a UK institution in Paris three years as well as your year abroad.
  • Learn from academics who are experts in the field of political science and earn a world-renowned Queen Mary University of London degree from the heart of the French capital.

Degree structure

The Major is entirely taught in English and provides progressive structures enabling you to develop increasingly specialised knowledge and understanding of key themes in international politics alongside core transferable skills. The Minor is primarily taught in French, allowing you to strengthen your language skills and easily integrate into French life. In Major/Minor programmes, students take 90 credits in the Major subject and 30 credits of the Minor subject in each year of study.

Learning and teaching

As a student at Queen Mary-ULIP, you will play an active part in your acquisition of skills and knowledge. Teaching is by a mixture of small group seminars and Learning Labs. The seminars are designed to generate informed discussion around set topics, and may involve student presentations, group exercise and role-play as well as open discussion.

For every hour spent in seminars you will be expected to complete a further 2-3 hours of independent study. Your individual study time could be spent preparing for, or following up on formal study sessions; reading; producing written work; completing projects; and revising for examinations. The direction of your individual study will be guided by the formal study sessions you attend, along with your reading lists and assignments.  However, we expect you to demonstrate an active role in your own learning by reading widely and expanding your own knowledge, understanding and critical ability.

We take pride in the close and friendly working relationship we have with our students. You are assigned an Academic Adviser who will guide you in both academic and pastoral matters throughout your time at Queen Mary-ULIP.  

Learning Labs and Field Experience

Learning Labs involves field experience where you will engage actors of international politics to develop an advanced understanding of practical aspects of international politics. You will then bring this experience back to the classroom to collaborate with your peers and teachers on experience-based learning projects. This is an important transferable skill and will help to prepare you for the transition to working life.


Students are assessed by a combination of coursework and exams. A few modules are assessed by coursework only. If a module is assessed by means of coursework alone, this is usually in the form of a research project or dissertation, and the tutor project supervisor offers guidance and support in the researching and writing of this piece of assessment.

French Studies

Students in this programme will take a 30-credit module every year. The courses will be primarily taught in French allowing you to capitalise on your existing French knowledge and strengthen your language skills to become more fluent. Proficiency in French is required for the BA in International Relations with French Studies programmes, students must have GCSE French (equivalent to A2 or above on the Common European Framework) or a higher qualification.

If you do not meet this entry requirement, you can still study BA in International Politics without the French Studies option and take non-credit-bearing supplementary courses in French throughout the duration of your studies.



Core modules:  

  • Introduction to International Politics
  • Doing International Politics (1): Theories
  • Learning Lab: Field Experience (Actors)

Module (French Studies Minor):

  • French Grammar, written and oral expression 


Core modules:  

  • Doing International Politics (2): Methods
  • Sites of International Politics
  • Learning Lab: Field Experience (Sites)

Optional modules (French Studies Minor):

  • Advanced French grammar and expression
  • Introduction to Translation from English to French


Year abroad


Core modules:  

  • Doing International Politics (3): Practices
  • Learning Lab: Field Experience (Practices)
  • Dissertation

Optional modules (French Studies Minor):

  • Advanced techniques in French oral and written discourses
  • Advanced translation from English to French

Please click here to view the course outline.

Careers information

Graduate Employment

International Politics students have the opportunity to develop strong research, analytical and communication skills during their undergraduate programme, which combined to the invaluable international experience gained during the course of this singular degree, will mean a huge range of careers will open up to graduates, both inside and outside the political world.

Some graduates from Queen Mary-ULIP will enter sectors such as government, international governmental or non-governmental organisations, whilst others transfer skills gained during study into roles such as policy research, law, activism, campaigning or a wide range of opportunities in the non-profit or commercial fields.  

Careers support

In today’s complex career trajectories that graduates follow, most employers expect them to have a range of skills and work experience. Being based in Paris is a distinct advantage, and at Queen Mary-ULIP we have designed programmes of careers support to help you take advantage of our location.

Alongside your studies, you'll have opportunities to: 

  • attend networking or industry
  • apply for internships in your ideal area of work
  • volunteer with local or national charities
  • work part-time. 

Whether you need help with writing a CV, developing your interview skills or planning further study once you graduate, you will benefit from the support and services offered by QMUL Careers and Enterprise to make sure you have the tools to make the most of the opportunities offered by this programme.

How we support you

  • One-to-one Skype appointments with a careers consultant. These cover anything from career choice and job hunting through to CV and interview advice.
  • A comprehensive range of information on the Careers and Enterprise QMPlus pages including: resources for global job hunting; sector information on NGOs, Government, Think Tanks and Charities; advice on CVs and interviews 
  • Careers webinars for Politics and International Relations students
How to apply

All candidates should apply through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions System):

  • Institution code name: Queen Mary University of London
  • Institution code: Q50 
  • Course title: BA in International Politics with Year Abroad
  • UCAS course code: L24Z
  • Duration: Four years (three years in Paris and one year abroad)
  • Mode of study: Full-time 

Please check the application information on the QMUL website for further details.

Click here to view Queen Mary's degree programme page.

If you have any questions about the application process, please contact politics@qmul.ac.uk

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2019-20

Full-time Home/EU/Island
  • £9,250
Full-time Overseas
  • £16,200

The UK government sets guidelines on who is eligible to pay the UK/EU rate of fees. Details can be found on the UKCISA website.

The UK government has confirmed that, provided they meet European residency requirements, all EU students starting courses at British universities in the 2018-19 and 2019-20 academic years will continue to pay the Home (UK & EU) rate of tuition fees (i.e. £9250) for the duration of their course.

UK students accepted onto this course are eligible to apply for tuition fee and maintenance loans from Student Finance England or other government bodies. Students who are applying for funding through Student Finance Wales are not eligible for tuition fee and maintenance loans.

If you have any further questions please contact EUStudents@qmul.ac.uk where help will be on hand.

Please visit QMUL’s website for the most up-to-date information on fees and funding.

Alex McKenna

Studying at ULIP will not only give you a great grounding in French language, politics and culture but the Paris experience will open plenty of career opportunities.

Diplomatic Strategy Advisor
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