The University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NZ, T +44 (0)1227 764000
Politics and Law BA (Hons)
This is a part-time, full-time joint honours programme within the Politics and International Relations subject area.
- Subject area: Politics and International Relations
- Award: BA (Hons)
- Code: LM21
- Location: Canterbury
- Honours: Joint
- Mode of study: Part-time, Full-time
- Duration: 3 years
- Start: 2013
- Year in industry: No
- Year abroad: No
- Institution(s): University of Kent
Politics and international relations is an exciting, fast-changing, broad-based discipline.
Our programmes are extremely flexible and offer extensive module choice, reflecting the research interests of our staff, including conflict resolution, federalism, comparative politics, European integration, ethnic conflict, terrorism, the theory of international relations, political theory, and the politics of countries such as China, Japan, Russia and the USA.
At Kent, we pride ourselves on our global outlook, offering an extensive range of fouryear programmes, which include the opportunity to study for a year in places such as Argentina, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Italy and Spain, where you study in the local language, as well as the Czech Republic, Finland, Hong Kong, Japan, Norway, Poland and Turkey, where the teaching is in English. We also offer the rare opportunity to gain dual British and French qualifications with our Politics and International Relations (Bi-diplôme) programme, offered in partnership with Sciences Po Lille.
We have an excellent and cosmopolitan community, with close to half our students coming from outside the UK.
As this is a joint honours programme, you may find it useful to read both of the following subject leaflets for more information:
As this is a joint honours subject, please see both subject leaflets below for more details about the modules you may take:
Please contact us if you have any queries (Contacts are listed under the 'Further information' tab).
Teaching and assessment
Kent Law School emphasises research-led teaching which means that the modules taught are at the leading edge of new legal and policy developments. You are taught by as many of our leading researchers as possible. We also have one of the best student:staff ratios in the country, which allows small, weekly seminar-group teaching in all of our core modules, where you are actively encouraged to take part.
Most modules are assessed by end-of-year examinations and continuous assessment, the ratio varying from module to module. Some modules include an optional research based dissertation that counts for 45% or, in some cases, 100% of the final mark. In Clinical Legal Studies, the final mark is based on your client file and a dissertation.
Kent is the only law school in the UK to have had staff shortlisted for the National Law Teacher of the Year Award for three consecutive years (2010-2012).
Our main teaching methods are lectures, seminars, working groups, PC laboratory sessions and individual discussions with your personal tutor or module teachers. Assessment is through continuous feedback, written examinations, assessed essays and oral presentations.
Kent has an excellent employment record, with Law School graduates demanding some of the highest starting salaries in the UK. Law graduates can go into a variety of careers, including working as: solicitors or barristers in private practice; lawyers in companies, local authorities, central government and its agencies, or in the institutions of the European Union; non-legal careers, such as banking, finance and management.
Through your study, you acquire many of the key qualities that graduate employers expect, including: the ability to plan and organise projects; to analyse and summarise complex material, and to express your opinions coherently and with sensitivity. Those students who choose to take advantage of our study abroad options find it gives them a definite advantage in the employment market.
Recent graduates have gone into areas such as teaching, publishing, practical politics, local and central government, the diplomatic service, EU administration, financial services, nongovernmental organisations, journalism, international business or international organisations. Many have also gone on to postgraduate study.
For more information on the services Kent provides to improve your employment prospects, visit www.kent.ac.uk/employability
All programmes can lead to a qualifying law degree, which exempts you from the first stage of professional examinations required for qualification as a solicitor or as a barrister
by the English Law Society and Bar Council.
A/AS levels: AAB (over 3 A levels or equivalent), IB Diploma 33 points or IB Diploma with 17 points at Higher.
Any applicant to Law (this includes all Law programmes, including all joint programmes) who is currently studying or has previously studied law at university level, even if the qualification was only partly completed or is incomplete, must state this clearly in the qualifications section of the UCAS form, and provide transcripts detailing this study direct to the university where available.
International Foundation Programme students:
Passing the Kent IFP with an overall average of 60%, including passing all components and achieving 60% in the politics module, if taken, guarantees you entry onto the first year of this degree programme.
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Key Information Sets
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