Undergraduate BA (Hons)

Politics and International Relations
with a Year in the Asia-Pacific

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 also 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.

Experience a different culture, gain a new academic perspective, establish international contacts and enhance your employability with a year abroad at one of our partner institutions in China, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore or Taiwan.

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
BBB
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.

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 2025 entry

The 2025-26 annual tuition fees for UK undergraduate courses have not yet been set by the Department for Education.

Full-time

  • UK
    TBC
  • EU
    £19,300
  • International
    £19,300

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.

Fees for year in industry

Fees for undergraduate students are £1,850.

Fees for year abroad

Fees for undergraduate students are £1,385.

Students studying abroad for less than one academic year will pay full fees according to their fee status.

You will require regular access to a desktop computer/laptop with an internet connection to use the University of Kent’s online resources and systems. Please see information about the minimum computer requirements for study.

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. 

Scholarships

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

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Next steps

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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