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BA European Politics

 Course Level
Bachelors / UG
Full Time

3 Years
 Start month

 Tuition fee

15600 GBP
9000 GBP
9000 GBP

Application fee

International 12 GBP
National 12 GBP
Department of European & International Studies
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)5.5

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About this course

The purpose of this undergraduate programme is to provide students with a sophisticated understanding of contemporary European politics. The programme places an emphasis in year one on achieving a grounding of European politics rooted in history, but in year 2 and 3 shifts the focus to political science perspectives and widens the choice of modules available for students to deepen their knowledge in particular areas. The BA in European Politics is comprised of 360 credits in total, studied over three years. Students take 120 credits each year. In addition, they are permitted to take 30 optional credits in languages at the Modern Language Centre.

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Eligibility Criteria

IELTS - 5.5 overall with a minimum of:

  • 5.5 in reading and writing .
  • 5.0 in listening and speaking.

Note: Law pathway applicants require a minimum of 6.0 overall with no skill below 5.5.

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Course Modules

In the first year students will be given a firm grounding in political science, political thought and the historical development of contemporary European politics and societies through the two 30 credit compulsory modules Introduction to Politics and The Making of Modern Europe. They will take an additional 60 credits of modules, 30 credits of which must focus on at least two different European countries e.g. students could take German Politics and Society and Spain in the Twentieth Century.


  • Introduction to Politics
  • The Making of Modern Europe: Historical, Political and Sociological Approaches


  • Introduction to International Economics (30 credits)
  • British Politics (15 credits)
  • French Political Thought (15 credits)*
  • Revolution & Reaction in Modern France: an Introduction to Modern French History (15 credits)*
  • Milestones of German History (15 credits)
  • German Politics and Society (15 credits)
  • British Politics and Society 1865-1939 (15 credits)
  • Politics and Society in Britain 1780-1945 (30 credits)
  • Spain in the Twentieth Century (15 credits)
  • Europe from 1793 to 1991 (30 credits)
  • Any other approved module

* Note: these modules require that students have an A in A-Level French or equivalent

In the second year, students are introduced to the analysis of European integration and the principles of social and political research through three compulsory modules to give them a firm grounding for analysing the interplay between different levels of politics. Students take 60 credits of additional options to deepen their knowledge particular areas of politics and government, of which, at least 30 credits need to be focused on one or more European countries (Central and East European Politics can count towards these 30 credits).


  • The Integration of the European Union (30 credits)
  • Political Analysis (15 credits)
  • Research Methods in Political Science (15 credits)


  • International Political Economy
  • International Relations
  • Foreign Policy Analysis
  • Introduction to French Politics and Society
  • The Politics of Central and Eastern Europe
  • Economic and Social Change in Postwar Europe (15 credits)
  • Territoriality, State and the Nation: Political Geography in the Developing World (15 credits)
  • Society, Politics and Popular Culture in Germany After 1870 (15 credits)
  • Germany since 1945: Politics, Society & Economics (15 credits)
  • Spain in the World (15 credits)
  • Nationalism in Spain (15 credits)
  • Modern French History (15 credits)
  • The French Civil War 1934-1970
  • British Foreign Policy in the Age of Palmerston: c.1815-c.1865 (15 credits)
  • Any other approved module


In the final year students can take a range of modules to develop their knowledge of individual countries or gain an advanced comparative perspective on government politics, political economy and political thought in Europe. Students must take 120 credits in total from a large range of optional modules with the only restriction that at least 30 credits need to be focused on a particular European country (which may include the extended essay).


  • Representative Government in Modern Europe (15 credits)
  • Public Policy in Europe (15 credits)
  • The EU in the International System
  • European Political Economy
  • European Political Thought
  • The Political Economy of Money, Finance and Crisis
  • Extended Essay
  • Contemporary German Politics (15 credits)
  • Contemporary French Politics
  • Contemporary Spanish Politics
  • German Foreign Policy (15 credits)
  • Politics of everyday life in Germany (15 credits)
  • Political Economy in Spain (15 credits)
  • Any other approved module

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How to Apply

Apply online via the UCAS website (click on 'apply'). If you are applying through a school or college, you will need to obtain a 'buzzword' from the centre you are applying through. Alternatively, you can apply as an individual, independent of a school or college. Please see the UCAS website for instructions. The UCAS institution code name for King's is KCL, and the institution code is K60.

If you have already applied to King’s, in addition to using UCAS Track to keep up-to-date with your progress and reply to any offers (if your application is through UCAS), you can use King’s myApplication portal to check for messages regarding your application. You can use myApplication to find out if you’ve been invited for interview, view details of your offer and contact the King’s admissions team, as well as to find information about applying for accommodation and the points-based visa system

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