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Social Sciences: Politics & International RelationsPart of Social SciencesUndergraduate study

Entry requirements

BSc Politics (L200), BSc International Relations (L250), BSc Politics and International Relations (L260)


International Baccalaureate


BSc Politics and Economics (LL12)

A level

International Baccalaureate


Alternative qualifications

We welcome applications from candidates offering qualifications other than A and AS levels (including BTEC, European Baccalaureate, International Baccalaureate, Irish Leaving Certificate and Scottish Highers). You will be expected to attain an equivalent standard to an A level applicant. Contact us for further information on equivalencies for these qualifications and others not listed here.

International applications

We welcome applications from international students. Helpful information on applying, meeting a University representative in your country or improving your English language levels can be found on the International Office website. If English is not your first language, you will be required to pass an approved English test. We normally ask for a score of IELTS 6.5.

International students who do not currently meet our entry requirements may be able to join this course on successful completion of our International Foundation Year. For more information visit the International Foundation Year course page.

Please note that we cannot accept applicants from Greece on the basis of the Apolyterion alone; it must be supplemented by A levels or an equivalent qualification.

Mature applicants

We welcome applications from mature students. If you will be over 21 at the start of your proposed degree programme, you are eligible for exemption from our normal entry requirements. However, you will be required to provide evidence of having completed recent serious and successful study (for example, Access, Return to Study, Open University foundation courses) and of your capacity to pursue the course.

Any specific subject requirements must be met. All students are required to have the appropriate qualification in mathematics (GCSE grade C for BSc Politics, BSc Politics and International Relations, BSc International Relations, and BSc Politics and Sociology; AS level grade C for BSc Politics and Economics) and English (GCSE grade C or equivalent for all programmes).

Where feasible, you will be called for an interview. You may find it helpful to discuss your plans with us before applying through UCAS. This will allow you to make sure your chosen course is right for you and give you time to pursue additional academic qualifications if required.

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