Politics (Cardiff) and Diploma d'Etudes Politiques (BSc Econ)

Entry year

2017 2018

Study Politics across two universities in Cardiff and Bordeaux

This is a highly prestigious degree course administered by the Department of Politics and International Relations at Cardiff University and the Institute of Political Studies in Bordeaux, placing Cardiff at the cutting edge of international research and teaching collaboration.

The innovative course allows you to obtain the BSc Econ in Politics from Cardiff University, as well as the Diploma from the Institute of Political Studies in Bordeaux. This is a four year long degree programme with your second and fourth year spent studying in Bordeaux and is a real opportunity for you to combine language skills with a background in the social sciences or history.

Distinctive features

This course has many individual features:

  • You will be taught by academics, many of whom are world experts in their field.
  • The Institute of Political Studies, Bordeaux is one of the most prestigious universities in France and this dual award scheme gives students a unique opportunity to gain a highly sort after qualification recognised by world leading employers and immerse themselves in the culture and learning environment of two countries.
  • The politics department at Cardiff University has unrivalled academic links with the National Assembly for Wales via the Welsh Governance Centre and long established relationships with national and international organisations such as the Westminster parliament, European Union and NATO. This unique status gives students the opportunity to supplement their learning by engaging with political decision makers in the real world.

The lecturers are incredibly passionate about their subject which inspires me.

George Kyrke-Smith, Politics and Diploma d'Etudes Politiques Student

Key facts

UCAS CodeL241
Next intakeSeptember 2017
Duration4 years
ModeFull time
Typical places availableThe school typically has 330 places available
Typical applications receivedThe school typically receives 1800 applicants
Admissions tutor(s)

Entry requirements

Typical A level offerAAB including a grade A in French.
Typical Welsh Baccalaureate offerAAB from a combination of A-levels and the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma Core, to include grade A in French.
Typical International Baccalaureate offerConsidered on individual merit.
Alternative qualificationsAlternative qualifications may be accepted. For further information on entry requirements, see the Cardiff School of Law and Politics admissions criteria pages.
English Language requirementsIf you are an overseas applicant and your first language is not English, please visit our English Language requirements page for more information on our accepted qualifications.
Other requirementsApplications from those offering alternative qualifications are welcome. Specific admissions and selection criteria for this degree programme can be found online.

We are currently working with our students to update and improve the content of this course. The information shown below reflects the current curriculum and is likely to change. The review of the course is expected to be completed by August 2017 and this page will be updated by end of October 2017 to reflect the changes.

This is a four year, full time course, consisting of 120 credits a year.  Results from Years 3 (in Cardiff) and 4 (in Bordeaux) will determine your degree classification.

The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2017/18 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2017.

Year one

You will study 120 credits in your first year in Cardiff.  This year does not count towards your degree classification but you need to pass all modules in order to progress to the next year of study.

Year two: Sandwich year

You will spend Year 2 in Bordeaux and you will take modules equivalent to 120 credits in a broad range of social science, politics, international relations, philosophy and economics modules.

Year three

You will spend your third year in Cardiff and will take 120 credits in core and optional Politics and International Relations modules.

Module titleModule codeCredits
EU PoliticsPL922520 credits
British Politics since 1945PL928720 credits
Module titleModule codeCredits
May 68. Marking Changes in European Politics and CultureML139920 credits
Gender, Sex and DeathPL922020 credits
International Relations of the Cold WarPL922120 credits
Colonialism, GPE and DevelopmentPL922220 credits
Digital Technologies and Global PoliticsPL922320 credits
Global GovernancePL922420 credits
Comparative Politics: Protest, Power and PopulismPL922620 credits
Global Political EconomyPL922720 credits
Technologies of WarfarePL922820 credits
From Espionage to Counter-terrorism: Intelligence in Contemporary PoliticsPL922920 credits
The Power and Politics of Research MethodsPL923020 credits
Critical War and Military Studies: An IntroductionPL923120 credits
O'r Groegiaid i GymruPL928520 credits
Credoau'r CymryPL928620 credits
International Security - Concepts and IssuesPL928820 credits
Justice and Politics: Contemporary Political TheoryPL929120 credits
Global JusticePL929220 credits
Political Thought from Marx to NietzschePL929320 credits
Political Thought from Machiavelli to RousseauPL929420 credits
International Law in a Changing WorldPL929920 credits
Devolution in Practice: Welsh Law and Politics Work PlacementPL931020 credits
Free Speech in a Multicultural SocietyPL931420 credits
International Politics in the Nuclear AgePL932020 credits
Africa in International Thought and Practice: Colonialism, Anticolonialism, PostcolonialismPL932120 credits
Global Environmental PoliticsPL932220 credits
Intelligence in Contemporary Politics: Bond, Bourne and the Business of SpyingPL932320 credits
Bombs, Bullets and Ballot-boxes: The Northern Ireland Conflict, 1969 to 1998PL932420 credits
Political Economy: Rationality in an Irrational World?PL932520 credits
International Conflict and PeacePL932720 credits
Popular Culture and World PoliticsPL932820 credits
Building an Appetite for Justice: Food, Ethics and Politics in a Changing WorldPL932920 credits
China in the WorldPL933020 credits
War and SocietyPL933120 credits
Cybersecurity: Diplomacy and Digital Rights in Global PoliticsPL933220 credits
The Politics of Violence and KillingPL933520 credits
US Government and PoliticsPL937420 credits
Cyfiawnder Byd-eangPL937720 credits
Cenedlaetholdeb, Crefydd a Chyfiawnder: Hanes Athroniaeth yr 20fed Ganrif yng NghymruPL937820 credits
Parliamentary Studies ModulePL938020 credits
Politics DissertationPL938620 credits
Modern Welsh PoliticsPL938820 credits
European Mind in the 20th CenturyPL939020 credits
Global International Organisation in World PoliticsPL939120 credits

Year four: Sandwich year

You will spend your final year in Bordeaux and you will take modules equivalent to 120 credits in a broad range of social science, politics, international relations, philosophy and economics modules.

This is a first year of a Master’s degree and students are then given the option to progress to one further year of study and obtain a Master’s degree from Science Po, Bordeaux.

Module titleModule codeCredits
OptionPL960420 credits
International RelationsPL960520 credits
PoliticsPL960620 credits
Contemporary SocietyPL960720 credits
LanguagesPL960820 credits
EconomicsPL960920 credits
The University is committed to providing a wide range of module options where possible, but please be aware that whilst every effort is made to offer choice this may be limited in certain circumstances. This is due to the fact that some modules have limited numbers of places available, which are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, while others have minimum student numbers required before they will run, to ensure that an appropriate quality of education can be delivered; some modules require students to have already taken particular subjects, and others are core or required on the programme you are taking. Modules may also be limited due to timetable clashes, and although the University works to minimise disruption to choice, we advise you to seek advice from the relevant School on the module choices available.

How will I be taught?


Lectures provide a broad structure for each subject, introduce key concepts, and convey relevant up-to-date information. These are outlined in course syllabi.

Seminars provide an opportunity to ask questions and discuss key ideas in a small group environment. Their purpose is to assist you to integrate the information and ideas you receive from lectures and readings and to explore issues critically and in depth. Set questions and readings form the basis for discussion by directing your attention to relevant aspects of the subject matter and to various types of sources of information. Giving presentations develops your capacity to gather, organise and synthesise relevant information and ideas and to communicate these in a logical and concise manner. Tutor-led and student-led discussion hones logical skills and gives you practice in applying different concepts, theories and methods to the subject-matter at hand. It also exposes you to different interpretations of political ideas and events. Group problem-solving helps to develop collaborative skills.

Essays and examinations are used not only for assessment purposes but also as a means of developing your capacities to gather, organise, evaluate and deploy relevant information and ideas from a variety of sources in reasoned arguments. Prior advice and written feedback (for essays) are used to help you understand what is required.


French language learning in year one is taught in small groups and aims at improving grammatical accuracy as well as written and oral expression. This is assessed by a combination of continuous assessment and examination. Seminars on French history and politics are conducted in French to reinforce more specialised language acquisition. Colleagues from Bordeaux come to Cardiff for a week to conduct lessons in French which introduce students to the didactic methods employed in Bordeaux.

How will I be supported?

  • Each module uses the Central Learning website, a Virtual Learning Environment at Cardiff University. Through the Central Learning site you will have access to relevant materials for the module, such as multimedia materials, presentations, lecture handouts, bibliographies, further links, electronic exercises, discussion groups, etc.
  • Academic Tutors have office hours for students to meet and discuss any learning queries as well as the opportunity in seminars.
  • The School has a wide programme of visiting speakers and guest lectures and students are encouraged to attend.
  • There will be an opportunity for you to reflect on your progress and on the skills that you will develop through a section on the Central Learning site called Planning Personal Development.
  • Furthermore, centrally the university has a range of services to support you, including the Careers Service, the Counselling Service, the Disability and Dyslexia Service, the Student Support Service, and excellent libraries and resource centres.

How will I be assessed?

A range of assessment methods are used, including essays, examinations, presentations, portfolios and creative assignments.

Essays and examinations are used not only for assessment purposes but also as a means of developing your capacities to gather, organise, evaluate and deploy relevant information and ideas from a variety of sources in reasoned arguments.

The optional final-year dissertation provides you with the opportunity to investigate a specific topic of interest to you in depth and to acquire detailed knowledge about a particular field of study, to use your initiative in the collection and presentation of material and present a clear, cogent argument and draw appropriate conclusions.


We’ll provide you with frequent feedback on your work. This comes in a variety of formats including oral feedback during tutorials, personalised feedback on written work, feedback lectures, generic written feedback and feedback on tutorial performance

What skills will I practise and develop?

This degree programme will allow you to develop a number of valuable skills. Students who are awarded a Single or Joint Honours Politics degree will be able to:

  • Gather, organize and deploy evidence, data and information from a variety of sources;
  • Develop a reasoned argument, synthesize relevant information and exercise critical judgement;
  • Reflect on their own learning and make use of constructive feedback;
  • Manage their own learning self-critically.
  • Communicate ideas effectively and fluently, both orally and in writing;
  • Use communications and information technologies for the retrieval and presentation of information;
  • Work independently, demonstrating initiative, self-organisation and time-management;
  • Collaborate with others and contribute to the achievement of common goals.

On average over 95% of the School's graduates who were available for work reported they were in employment and/or further study within six months of graduation. Students undertaking this programme have gone on to work in some of the most high profile national and international organisations such as the UK parliament, the French Assembly and the European Union institutions.

Outside of the political sector, the degree is of interest to employers in both the public and private sectors, with graduates taking up management training opportunities within EY, Enterprise Rent A Car, Zurich Insurance and King Worldwide.

Tuition fees

UK and EU students (2017/18)

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Visit our tuition fee pages for the latest information.

Financial support may be available to individuals who meet certain criteria. For more information visit our funding section. Please note that these sources of financial support are limited and therefore not everyone who meets the criteria are guaranteed to receive the support.

Students from outside the EU (2017/18)

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Tuition fees for international students are fixed for the majority of three year undergraduate courses. This means the price you pay in year one will be the same in years two and three. Some courses are exempt, including four and five year programmes. Visit our tuition fee pages for the latest information.

Will I need any specific equipment to study this course/programme?

Any equipment required will be supplied by the School.

Students entering via the UCAS process will be interviewed to ensure their spoken French and general understanding of politics is of a standard commensurate with the requirements of the programme of study. Students entering via the Bordeaux entry process (see entry requirements) will be interviewed in Bordeaux to ensure their spoken English and general understanding of politics is commensurate with the requirements of the programme of study.

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