Taster Courses in London - July 2019

This unique four-year degree programme, delivered entirely in English 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 while gaining extensive international experience. 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 (QMUL) degree.

Key information

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

Entry requirements

A levels

  • Typical offer: AAB
  • Excluded subjects: General Studies and Critical Thinking

IB Diploma

  • Typical offer: 34 points
  • Subjects: 6,6,5 in Higher Level subjects

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 view QMUL's degree programme web page and to find further information on QMUL’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

Taught in English and delivered in Paris the QMUL-ULIP BA in International Politics is designed to provide a unique learning experience drawing from QMUL’s and ULIP’s distinctive academic strengths.

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. At the same time as your studies, you will have the chance to learn a new language by opting for non-credit-bearing supplementary courses in French (for those without GCSE or equivalent), or by opting for a Minor in French Studies (for those who have a French GCSE or at least A2 on the Common European Framework), options that 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 QMUL-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 immersing yourself in French culture and society for three years and explore another country during your year abroad.
  • 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 international experience while studying in a UK institution in Paris, the gateway to continental Europe. 
  • 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 programme 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.

Learning and teaching

As a student at QMUL-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 QMUL-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.

Learning French

Although proficiency in French is not an entry requirement for the BA in International Politics, those who have GCSE French or a higher qualification can opt for the French Studies Minor. Those without at least GCSE in French (equivalent to A2 or above on the Common European Framework) can take non-credit-bearing supplementary courses in French throughout the duration of their studies.



Core modules:  

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


Core modules:  

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


Year abroad


Core modules:  

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

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 QMUL-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 QMUL-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: QMUL
  • Institution code: Q50 
  • Course title: BA in International Politics with Year Abroad
  • UCAS course code: L24X
  • 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 QMUL'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.

On April 21st 2017 Jo Johnson, Minister for Universities, Science and Research, announced that EU students who enrol at an English university in September 2018 will pay the same tuition fees as UK students for the duration of their course, and will be eligible for student loans throughout their courses (even after the UK exits the EU).

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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