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Undergraduate BA (Hons)

Politics and International Relations
with Quantitative Research

Make a difference; reshape the world and your future in it.
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Course overview

Politics is everywhere. It’s exciting, but also frustrating, messy and complex. This is your time to make a difference. Bring your determination to us and we will give you the skills and confidence to make a change.

Make sense of the complex world of politics and international relations. Whether it’s climate change, the rise of tyrannical leaders, gender politics, or the misuse of artificial intelligence and big data, you will understand today’s political problems and gain the skills to pursue a career that can solve them. You'll also develop an advanced skillset in quantitative methods that will enhance your employability.

You benefit from the expertise of staff who have advised governments and conducted conflict mediation exercises. You'll deepen your understanding and develop solutions to a range of issues, such as the impact of the pandemic on politics and political polarisation.

Shape your degree outside of the classroom through our Politics and IR Society and Kent Model UN. These student-led societies host regular events, talks and debates with high-profile speakers, such as with Jess Phillips MP on tackling domestic violence.

New course for 2023 entry

At Kent, we review our courses regularly to ensure they offer our students the best opportunity for graduate work. That's why we’ve revised our Politics and International Relations degree for 2023.

In a changing world that’s becoming more digitalised, we have updated our modules and the entire curriculum to meet the professional skills expectations in the industry today.

Read about the changes to our course

Why study Politics and International Relations at Kent?

Inspirational graduates.

Our graduates have worked in the Office for National Statistics, the British Council, and the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office.

We support you.

Join a close-knit learning community with fantastic student support to help you achieve your full potential.

Grow yourself.

As your interests grow, add a year abroad, a year in industry, or a year in journalism, data analytics, computing or a language.

Student-led societies.

Shape your degree outside of the classroom through our Politics and IR Society and Kent Model UN.

Make your own change.

Everything you need to know about our Politics and International Relations course

Entry requirements

Typical A level offer
The University will consider applications from students offering a wide range of qualifications. Click below to find out more.

Course structure

In a changing world that’s becoming more digitalised, we have adapted our modules to meet the professional skills expectations in the industry today. You will learn about the challenges to democracy across the world, and think about how technologies like artificial intelligence can reshape the future.

How you'll study

We use a variety of learning and teaching methods, including lectures, seminars, working groups, PC laboratory sessions and individual discussions with your personal tutor or module teachers.

The skills have prepared me to support countries undergoing International Conflict.

Kent alumna Abena Oppong-Asare MP was in The Women in Westminster: The 100 list for 2022.

Your future

Our graduates look to make a difference in the organisations they join. From our vibrant and growing alumni network, recent graduates have gone on to develop careers in areas including:

  • teaching
  • publishing
  • practical politics
  • local and central government
  • the diplomatic service
  • journalism.
Success stories.
"Kent offered all the things that mattered to me in one place and opened up the world."

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2024 entry

The 2024/25 annual tuition fees for this course are:

  • UK
  • EU
  • International
  • UK
  • EU
  • International

For details of when and how to pay fees and charges, please see our Student Finance Guide.

For students continuing on this programme, fees will increase year on year by no more than RPI + 3% in each academic year of study except where regulated.* 

Your fee status

The University will assess your fee status as part of the application process. If you are uncertain about your fee status you may wish to seek advice from UKCISA before applying.

There are no compulsory additional costs associated with this course. All textbooks are available from the library, although some students prefer to purchase their own.

Find out more about accommodation and living costs, plus general additional costs that you may pay when studying at Kent.

Kent offers generous financial support schemes to assist eligible undergraduate students during their studies. See our funding page for more details. 

The Kent Scholarship for Academic Excellence

At Kent we recognise, encourage and reward excellence. We have created the Kent Scholarship for Academic Excellence. 

The scholarship will be awarded to any applicant who achieves a minimum of A*AA over three A levels, or the equivalent qualifications (including BTEC and IB) as specified on our scholarships pages.


We have a range of subject-specific awards and scholarships for academic, sporting and musical achievement.

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Ready to apply?

If you are from the UK or Ireland, you must apply for this course through UCAS. If you are not from the UK or Ireland, you can apply through UCAS or directly on our website if you have never used UCAS and you do not intend to use UCAS in the future.

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