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  • Tuition Fee:
  • Local: $ 9k / Year
  • Foreign: $ 12.5k / Year
  • Languages of instruction:
  • English






    This degree offers you the opportunity to study the closely related disciplines of Politics and Law in a three-year programme, with a pathway enabling you to obtain a Qualifying Law Degree. You gain a solid grounding in politics, both national and international, and are able to choose modules that reflect your interests from the extensive range on offer. Our modules reflect the research interests of our staff, and cover areas 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.

    You also develop an understanding of the law, taught from a critical perspective which will allow you to engage in informed debate about contemporary legal issues (with an understanding of its history and development).

    Kent Law School is recognised as one of the leading law schools in the UK. It has an international reputation both for its world-leading research and for the high quality, innovative, critical and socio-legal education that it provides.


    Combining Politics and Law opens up a wide range of careers opportunities, including legal practice for those who follow the qualifying pathway. The Kent Law School has a specialist Law Clinic and Mooting programme which allow students to experience both real and simulated legal practise. The School of Politics and International Relations and the Law School each have a dedicated Employability Officer to help and support students in finding a suitable careers and making the most of the skills they have developed through the programme.

    Recent graduates have gone into areas such as local and central government, the diplomatic service, EU administration, financial services, non-governmental organisations, journalism, international business or international organisations.

    Detailed Course Facts

    Application deadline You are advised to apply as early as possible Tuition fee

    • GBP 9000 Year (EEA)
    • GBP 12450 Year (Non-EEA)

    Part-time: EEA: £4,500; Non-EEA: £6,240

    Start date September 2015 28 September 2015 Credits (ECTS) 180 ECTS


    • Total Kent credits: 360
    • Total ECTS credits: 180

    Credits 360



    • Total Kent credits: 360
    • Total ECTS credits: 180

    Duration full-time 36 months Partnership Joint Languages Take an IELTS test


    • English

    Delivery mode On Campus Educational variant Part-time, Full-time Intensity Flexible

    Course Content

    Course structure

    The course structure below gives a flavour of the modules that will be available to you and provides details of the content of this programme. This listing is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year in response to new curriculum developments and innovation. Most programmes will require you to study a combination of compulsory and optional modules, you may also have the option to take ‘wild’ modules from other programmes offered by the University in order that you may customise your programme and explore other subject areas of interest to you or that may further enhance your employability.

    Stage 1

    Possible modules may include:

    • A Critical Introduction to Law
    • Introduction to Obligations
    • Foundations of Property
    • The English Legal System and Skills
    • Introduction to Political Science
    • Introduction to Comparative Politics
    • Public Law 1

    Stage 2

    Possible modules may include:

    • Political Research and Analysis
    • Comparative Politics: Dictatorship and Democracy
    • Public Law 2
    • European Union Law
    • The Law of Obligations
    • Equity and Trusts
    • Land Law

    Stage 3

    Possible modules may include:

    • Advanced Level Criminal Law
    • Law and Medical Ethics
    • Morality and Law
    • Reading Twentieth Century Murder Cases
    • Law in Action
    • Advanced Topics in Property Law: the politicsof ownership
    • Law Dissertation Autumn Option
    • Neuroscience in Law: Forensic, Medical and Ethical Aspects
    • Legal Ethics: Exploring the Ethics of Lawyersand Lawyering
    • Race, Religion and Law
    • Labour Law
    • Appropriate Dispute Resolution: Theory and Practice
    • Law, Science and Technology
    • Skills in Legal Interpretation
    • Access to Land
    • Gender, Sexuality and Law
    • The Skills of Argument - How to Argue and Win
    • Family Law
    • Race, Religion and Law
    • Law and Social Change
    • The Family and the Law
    • International Law
    • Critical Legal Theory
    • Human Rights and English Law
    • Labour Law
    • International Business Transactions
    • The Law of Evidence
    • Law and Medical Ethics
    • Company Law and Capitalism
    • Comparative Law
    • Mental Health Law
    • The Philosophy of Law
    • Legal History
    • Policing
    • Clinical Option:Legal Process and Public Legal Services
    • Punishment and the Penal System
    • Law and Literature
    • European Legal Systems
    • Banking Law
    • Intellectual Property Law
    • Law - Dissertation
    • Law Dissertation (1 unit option)
    • Law and Society: Regulating Communities
    • Immigration Asylum & Nationality Law
    • The Law & the Media: Freedom of Expression as it relates to the Media
    • Consumer Law
    • Law and Literature
    • Banking Law
    • Art Law
    • Forensic Science in Criminal Trials
    • Environmental Law
    • International Organisation: The UN System
    • Japan in the World
    • The Contemporary Politics of Japan
    • Ethics in International Relations
    • Foreign Policy Analysis and Management
    • Europe and the World
    • Post Communist Russia
    • Specialist Dissertation (2 units)
    • Rights, Freedoms and Individualism:Contemporary Liberalism in Question
    • Engendering Politics:Feminist Contributions to Political Theory
    • Governance & Politics of Contemporary China
    • European Security Co-operation since 1945
    • Comparative European Politics
    • Politics of the European Union
    • Policy-making in the EU
    • The Politics of Trust (in the USA)
    • Contemporary Politics and Government in the United States
    • East European Politics
    • Modern Political Thought
    • Terrorism and Political Violence
    • Politics of The Middle East
    • Understanding US Foreign Policy: War, Trans- formation and Terror
    • Conflict and Security in Africa
    • Political Behaviour in Britain
    • Humanitarian Communication
    • Market States and Post Democracy
    • Presidents, Parliaments and Democracy
    • Politics in the Classroom
    • Marxism
    • Politics of Deeply Divided Societies
    • Humans at War
    • The Rise of China
    • Resistance, Suffering and Leadership
    • International Conflict and Cooperation
    • The International Politics of Global Climate Change
    • Conflict Analysis and Northern Ireland: History, Politics & Culture
    • Advanced Topics in Politics and International Relation
    • Religion and International Politics
    • War and Peace in International Society
    • International Political Economy
    • Conservatism: Politics and International Relations of the Right
    • International Security
    • Advanced Analysis of British Politics

    UK requirements for international applications

    Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).

    Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.

    All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.



    Home/EU students

    The University will consider applications from students offering a wide range of qualifications, typical requirements are listed below, students offering alternative qualifications should contact the Admissions Office for further advice. It is not possible to offer places to all students who meet this typical offer/minimum requirement.

    Qualification / Typical offer/minimum requirement

    A level

    • ABB

    Access to HE Diploma

    • The University of Kent will not necessarily make conditional offers to all access candidates but will continue to assess them on an individual basis. If an offer is made candidates will be required to obtain/pass the overall Access to Higher Education Diploma and may also be required to obtain a proportion of the total level 3 credits and/or credits in particular subjects at merit grade or above.

    BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (formerly BTEC National Diploma)

    • The university will consider applicants holding BTEC National Diploma and Extended National Diploma Qualifications (QCF; NQF;OCR) on a case by case basis please contact us via the enquiries tab for further advice on your individual circumstances.

    International Baccalaureate

    • 34 points overall or 16 points at HL

    International students The University receives applications from over 140 different nationalities and consequently will consider applications from prospective students offering a wide range of international qualifications. Our International Development Office will be happy to advise prospective students on entry requirements

    Work Experience

    No work experience is required.


    Related Scholarships*

    • Academic Excellence Scholarship

      "The Academic Excellence Scholarship can provide up to a 50 % reduction in tuition per semester. These scholarships will be renewed if the student maintains superior academic performance during each semester of their 3-year Bachelor programme. The scholarship will be directly applied to the student’s tuition fees."

    • Access Bursary

      Bursary for UK students all subjects where the variable tuition fee rate is payable.

    • Alumni Bursary

      Alumni Bursary for UK Undergraduate students

    * The scholarships shown on this page are suggestions first and foremost. They could be offered by other organisations than University of Kent.




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