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Undergraduate BA (Hons)

Politics and International Relations (Bi-diplôme)

Study politics and international relations within a broader social science context in the UK and France.
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Course overview

This challenging but rewarding bi-lingual and bi-national programme is offered in partnership with the Institut d'Etudes Politiques (IEP) de Lille, one of France’s most prestigious grandes écoles.

You spend your first and fourth years of study on the Science Po Lille campus, where teaching is in French, and your second and third years at Kent. After four years, successful students gain their BA degree from the University of Kent and go on to complete a fifth year of study, normally at Lille or one of their partner institutions, to graduate with a Sciences Po diplôme.

You learn to explore the challenges facing the world, utilising the different concepts and approaches of political theory. You benefit from the expertise of staff who have advised governments and conducted conflict mediation exercises, deepening your understanding, and developing solutions to a range of issues, from terrorism to the impact of the pandemic on politics, and political polarisation. Your time spent studying at Lille develops your proficiency in French and offers an exceptional insight into European political thought.  

Why study Politics and International Relations (Bi-diplôme) at Kent?

Science Po Lille

The Institut d'Etudes Politiques (IEP) de Lille, is a leading French university with a very strong and long-standing international reputation.


We support you.

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

Inspirational graduates.

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

Student-led societies.

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

Best of both worlds.

You’ll develop your spoken and written language skills in both French and English and obtain a degree recognised in both educational systems.

Everything you need to know about our Politics and International Relations (Bi-diplôme) 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

The BA in Politics and International Relations (Bi-diplome) is composed of compulsory and optional modules. You may also be able to take ‘elective’ modules from other programmes so you can customise your programme and explore other subjects that interest you. Modules offered at Sciences Po Lille will be taken in Stages 1 and 4. For details of the modules available at Stage 5 please see the Sciences Po Lille website.

How you'll study

You study the detail of the law, as well as its history. You analyse judgments and legal developments while considering the political, ethical and social dimensions of the law. This critical approach facilitates your ability to interrogate and investigate the law and your study across France and the UK allows you to gain knowledge in 2 different legal systems, to effectively work in either of both of them.

Your future

Our graduates look to make a difference in the organisations they join and have the skills and confidence to do so. 

Your time in Lille will help set you up for an exciting career in European Diplomacy, the EU or the UN.

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.
Impressive Prospects
Hear from Sciences Po Lille alumni about their time studying in Lille and how it boosted their career prospects.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2024 entry

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


  • 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.

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.

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.

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Next steps

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Full-time applicants

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 choose to apply through UCAS or directly on our website.

French Baccalauréat students

Applicants whose main school leaving qualification is – or will be by the start date of the programme – the standard French Baccalauréat obtained at an institution either in France or abroad must submit their application directly to Sciences Po Lille. Applicants who possess or are expected to possess the French Baccalauréat from the Lycée Français Charles de Gaulle in London or the British or American version of the Option International du Baccalauréat (OIB) may submit their application either to the IEP or to Kent, via UCAS.

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