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Degree Information

Here you will find information relevant to your degree course and the core modules you are required to take. Please read this information carefully as it is important when you come to choose your OPTIONAL CORE modules (if applicable) and/or your OPTIONAL modules at the start of the next academic year.

For degrees administered outside PAIS, please follow these links for your degree structure:

Select your degree from the list:

POLITICS M100

POLITICS AND INTERNATIONAL STUDIES M16A

POLITICS AND SOCIOLOGY ML13

POLITICS, INTERNATIONAL STUDIES & QUANTITATIVE METHODS M162

POLITICS, INTERNATIONAL STUDIES AND FRENCH M163

POLITICS, INTERNATIONAL STUDIES AND GERMAN M164

POLITICS, INTERNATIONAL STUDIES AND ITALIAN M165

POLITICS, INTERNATIONAL STUDIES AND HISPANIC STUDIES M166



POLITICS M100 (2nd Year)

Candidates for Honours are required to take:

PO201 Political Theory from Hobbes

30 CATS of the following (optional cores)

  • PO233 Core Issues in Comparative Politics
  • PO2 Introduction to Comparative Public Policy (15 CATS) and PO2 21st Century Challenges and Public Policy Solutions (15 CATS)
  • 30 CATS of modules with country or regional specialisms. The choice in a particular year will depend on staff availabilty, but will include a selection from the following:

PO206 Politics of the UK

PO207 Politics of the USA

PO222 Politics of China

PO225 Europe. Politics and Ideas

PO238 Themes in European Integration

PO239 African Politics in Comparative Perspective

TWO optional modules worth a total of 60 CATS (up to 30 CATS of which can be an approved outside option)

POLITICS M100 (Final Year)

Candidates for Honours are required to take:

PO301 Issues in Political Theory

THREE optional modules worth a total of 90 CATS (up to 30 CATS of which can be an approved outside option)


POLITICS AND INTERNATIONAL STUDIES M16A (2nd Year)

Candidates for Honours are required to take:

PO201 Political Theory from Hobbes

30 CATS of the following (optional cores)

  • PO203 Politics of International Development
  • PO219 Theories of International Relations
  • PO230 States and Markety: An Introduction to International Political Economy
  • PO231 International Security

TWO optional modules worth a total of 60 CATS (up to 30 CATS of which can be an approved outside option)

POLITICS AND INTERNATIONAL STUDIES M16A (Final Year)

Candidates for Honours are required to take:

PO301 Issues in Political Theory

THREE optional modules worth a total of 90 CATS (up to 30 CATS of which can be an approved outside option)

POLITICS AND SOCIOLOGY ML13 (2nd Year)

The course structure for Politics and Sociology will depend upon year of entry. See full details here.

You cannot take outside modules in your second year.


POLITICS AND SOCIOLOGY ML13 (Final Year)

The course structure of Politics and Sociology will depend upon year of entry. See full details here.

You can take up to 30 CATS of outside modules in your final year.

POLITICS, INTERNATIONAL STUDIES AND FRENCH M163 (2nd Year)

Candidates for Honours are required to take:

PO201 Political Theory from Hobbes

FR201 Modern French Language II

Any second-year PAIS module totalling 30 CATS AND any second-year module(s) offered by the French Department, totalling 30 CATS.

POLITICS, INTERNATIONAL STUDIES AND FRENCH M163 (4th Year)

Candidates for Honours are required to take:

PO301 Issues in Political Theory

FR301 Modern French Language III

Any third-year PAIS module OR any third-year module(s) offered by the French Department, totalling 60 CATS credits

POLITICS, INTERNATIONAL STUDIES AND GERMAN M164 (2nd Year)

Candidates for Honours are required to take:

PO201 Political Theory from Hobbes

GE201 Modern German Language II

Any second-year PAIS module totalling 30 CATS AND any second-year module(s) offered by the German Department, totalling 30 CATS

POLITICS, INTERNATIONAL STUDIES AND GERMAN M164 (4th Year)

Candidates for Honours are required to take:

PO301 Issues in Political Theory

GE401 Modern German Language III

Any third-year PAIS module OR any third-year module(s) offered by the German Department, totalling 60 CATS credits

POLITICS, INTERNATIONAL STUDIES AND ITALIAN M165 (3rd Year)

Candidates for Honours are required to take:

PO201 Political Theory from Hobbes

IT301 Modern Italian Language II

Any second-year PAIS module totalling 30 CATS AND any second-year module(s) offered by the Italian Studies Department, totalling 30 CATS.

POLITICS, INTERNATIONAL STUDIES AND ITALIAN M165 (4th Year)

PO301 Issues in Political Theory

IT401 Modern Italian Language III

Any third-year PAIS module OR any third-year module(s) offered by the Italian Studies Department, totalling 60 CATS credits

POLITICS, INTERNATIONAL STUDIES AND HISPANIC M166 (3rd Year)

Candidates for Honours are required to take:

PO201 Political Theory from Hobbes

HP201 Modern Spanish Language II

Any second-year PAIS module totalling 30 CATS AND any second-year module(s) offered by the Hispanic Studies Department, totalling 30 CATS.

POLITICS, INTERNATIONAL STUDIES AND HISPANIC M166 (4th Year)

Candidates for Honours are required to take:

PO301 Issues in Political Theory

HP301 Modern Spanish Language III

Any third-year PAIS module OR any third-year module(s) offered by the Hispanic Studies Department, totalling 60 CATS credits

POLITICS, INTERNATIONAL STUDIES & QUANTITATIVE METHODS M162 (2nd Year)

Candidates for Honours are required to take:

PO201: Political Theory from Hobbes

PO233: Core Issues in Comparative Politics

QS204: Intermediate Social Analytics: Survey Design and Data Collection (15 CATS)

QS203:Intermediate Social Analytics: Survey Analysis and Reporting (15 CATS)

Optional modules totalling 30 CATS

POLITICS, INTERNATIONAL STUDIES & QUANTITATIVE METHODS M162 (Final Year)

Candidates for Honours are required to take:

QS305: Numbers in the Workplace (Placement, 15 CATS)

QS301: Advanced Quantitative Methods for the Social Sciences

QS304: Dissertation

Optional modules totalling 45 CATS