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IFP for Politics and International Relations

Your QM Education

  • you prepare for a degree in Politics or International Relations at a Russell Group university

  • you attend seminars and lectures given by our brilliant teaching team, all highly qualified and experienced members of QMUL staff

  • you receive personal attention and support to achieve your full potential; external examiners consistently highlight the excellent standards in teaching and support


"The School of Politics and International Relations at Queen Mary regularly recruits students from the IFP. We've found it provides a great preparation, both in terms of skills and knowledge, for anyone who wants to ensure they're primed and ready to start an undergraduate degree in the UK.""

Professor Ray Kiely, Director of Admissions, School of Politics and International Relations







Programme Structure


Compulsory : English Language and Study Skills, Introduction to Politics

Optional: choose TWO from: Introduction to Business and Management, Introduction to Film Studies, Introduction to Human Geography I, Liberal Arts I : the Making of the Modern World, Introduction to English Literature, Twentieth Century History I : 1900-1945, Microeconomics*, Pure Mathematics for Economics, French Language and Culture, Spanish Language and Culture, Japanese Language and Culture



Compulsory : Independent Study Project, Introduction to International Relations

Optional : choose ONE from: Management, European and American Art Cinema, The Human Geography of London, Liberal Arts II : the Making of Modern Britain, Introduction to American Literature, Twentieth Century History II : 1945 - 1990, Introduction to International Relations, Macroeconomics*, Statistics for Economics, French Language and Culture, Spanish Language and Culture, Japanese Language and Culture 



Revision week and exam period.

For further details on module content, click here.

Your QM Experience

  • as an IFP student at Queen Mary, you will be a full member of both QMUL and the University of London
  • you are guaranteed accommodation on our Mile End campus**; live within the heart of our friendly and vibrant campus
  • you will experience a truly diverse international programme on a truly diverse international campus, surrounded by all the wonderful opportunities that London has to offer



  • if you achieve an average grade of 60 in your second semester modules with 60 in Introduction to International Relations, you can progress to the prestigious School of Politics and International Relations at QMUL, which offers a range of degree specialisms and combinations - click here for more details
  • The School of Politics and International Relations (SPIR) at Queen Mary is highly ranked for research and for teaching quality.  On the IFP you will be taught by SPIR faculty who will also teach you on your degree programme, so the programme gives you a real head start for your future degree
  • universities throughout the UK welcome applications from students on the IFP for History, and excellent support is provided for any applications to other institutions; in recent years our students have gone on to study Politics or International Relations and related subjects at King’s College London, SOAS, Royal Holloway University of London. 


How to apply

To apply, you need to fill in the online application form and upload:

  • your High School Certificate 
  • your transcript (record of subjects and marks or grades)
  • contact details for a teacher who will write a reference for you
  • details of any further study
  • results of any English language exam you have taken (e.g. UKVI IELTS)

If you are still waiting for any of these documents, you are more than welcome to send your application now and email us missing documents later.  

Please note, the minimum age for enrolment on the IFP at QMUL is 17.  If you will be younger than 17 on the 1st of September, 2017, you will need to apply for our September 2018 programme instead.  

If you will be under 18 at the start of the IFP, your parents or agents should read the guidance available here:  Advice for Students Under 18 [PDF 52KB].

The IFP for Politics and International Relations is a pathway of the International Foundation Programme in Humanities in Social Sciences:

IFP for Politics and International Relations Dates and Fees 2018/19

September start

Course Start Date End Date
Induction Week 17 September 2018 21 September 2018
Semester 1 24 September 2018 14 December 2018
Semester 2 7 January 2019 29 March 2019
Revision & Exam Period 23 April 2019 7 June 2019


Tuition Fees for 2018/2019

International Foundation Programme in Humanities and Social Sciences - £16,950

Once you have accepted the offer and met any conditions you will be required to pay a deposit of £1000 towards your tuition fee in order to secure your place at Queen Mary, University of London.  The payment of this deposit will assist you in applying for immigration permission under Tier 4 of the UKBA (UK Border Agency) Points Based System.  If your fees will be paid by a government sponsor, we do not require you to submit a deposit. We do, however, require a formal letter from your sponsor confirming the arrangement.

For further details regarding deposits please go to the International Office website.

Full details of fees policies, including arrangements for refunds, are available here.


What's included in the fees?

Tuition, exams, and core teaching materials are all included in your fees.  Access to study resources on campus (including the QMUL library and campus wifi) and to university welfare services are also included.


Possible additional costs

Some lecturers may recommend that students buy set textbooks, but the Queen Mary library maintains multiple copies of all recommended texts

General printing/photocopying costs - printing facilities are widely available on-campus, and typically charged at 4p per A4 black-and-white page

Students need to pay their own transport costs when travelling to educational trips.  Compulsory educational trips are free, but may contain non-compulsory elements (such as a special exhibition) which students must pay for if they wish to participate.   



*Economics modules can only be taken alongside Maths modules 

**To qualify for guaranteed accommodation on campus, you must accept a conditional or unconditional offer and apply for campus accommodation by the 31st of May

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