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

Study Politics across two universities in Cardiff and Bordeaux

This degree programme is a joint venture between the Department of Politics and International Relations at Cardiff University and the Institute of Political Studies in Bordeaux and places Cardiff at the cutting edge of international research and teaching collaboration.

The innovative scheme allows you to obtain the BScEcon 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.

Key facts

UCAS CodeL241
Entry pointSeptember 2016
Duration4 years
Typical places availableTBC
Typical applications receivedTBC
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
Other qualificationsApplications from those offering alternative qualifications are welcome. Specific admissions and selection criteria for this degree programme can be found online.

Detailed alternative entry requirements are available for this course.
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Admissions tutor(s)

Dr Nicholas Parsons, Admissions Tutor

Mrs Kelly Longhurst, Course Administrator

Mr Jonathan Kirkup, Admissions Tutor

Important Legal Information: The programme information currently being published in Course Finder is under review and may be subject to change. The final programme information is due to be published by May 2016 and will be the definitive programme outline which the University intends to offer. Applicants are advised to check the definitive programme information after the update, to ensure that the programme meets their needs.

The first year of the degree programme is spent in Cardiff and includes core courses that cover introductions to politics, government, political thought and European integration. You will also study contemporary France and gain intensive language training.

The second year will be spent in the French city of Bordeaux. At the Institute of Political Studies you will study a broad range of introductory social science courses as well as receiving training in French learning methods and the French language.

You will return to Cardiff for your third year of study where you will follow courses on the European Union, the British Government and international organisations, Politics and the French Language, as well as an optional course.

Your final year will be spent in Bordeaux, where you will undertake a series of common core courses as well as either the professional or research pathway (see below).

On successful completion of the programme, students will receive a Cardiff BSc (Econ) Degree in Politics and a Diplome from the Institute of Political Studies (IEP) in Bordeaux.

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

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

Year one

At the end of year one, students need to have accumulated 120 credits. Most modules taught in year one are equivalent to 20 credits; six of these need to be successfully undertaken to acquire the requisite credits to proceed in the scheme.

Year two: Sandwich year

Year three

Module titleModule codeCredits
Politics and Policies of the European UnionPL929020 credits
British Politics since 1945PL928720 credits

Year four: Sandwich year

Module titleModule codeCredits
International RelationsPL960520 credits
PoliticsPL960620 credits
OptionPL960420 credits
Contemporary SocietyPL960720 credits
EconomicsPL960920 credits
LanguagesPL960820 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.

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.

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In 2013/14, 96% of the School's graduates who were available for work reported they were in employment and/or further study within six months of graduation.

Politics at Cardiff is a respected recruitment pool for a variety of employers within this sector with the Public Service Ombudsman for Wales, the Department for Education, Oxford City Council, the UK Border Agency and a range of political parties all recruiting from the last graduating year.

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.


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September 2016

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Admissions tutors

Dr Nicholas Parsons, Admissions Tutor

Mrs Kelly Longhurst, Course Administrator

Mr Jonathan Kirkup, Admissions Tutor

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