The BA (Hons) International Politics combines political theory with international relations and is taught by academics with a wide range of outstanding practical experience and research credentials. This programme allows students to gain insight into current affairs, political systems, institutions, and political decisionmaking within an international context. The programme offers the opportunity for students to complete a work placement, so you can bridge real-life practice with theory and gain invaluable work experience. During the programme you will learn alongside a global cohort of students and our academic team offers a supportive learning environment, helping you to achieve excellent academic results. Students will be primarily assessed through coursework and exams. Additionally, students will enhance their research skills, and will have the opportunity to develop specialist in-depth understanding of a research topic based on their own interests in a final year dissertation.
The International Politics programme features a range of modules covering International Relations, Comparative politics, Area Studies and Political Theory. Students on this programme will be challenged to explore research and analyse global issues relating to international politics. The overall objective is to prepare "students of the world," people who think critically about global issues and problems. The first year modules introduce students to the issues and concepts that will be raised and studied in more detail in later modules and to provide the students with an interdisciplinary foundation in the areas of politics, international development and general social science. First year modules also seek to provide the skills needed for future study and each provides a specialised skill focus to ensure that all students have acquired key study skills by the end of year one. In the second year students will develop their research skills and awareness of comparative politics and international political theory. The final year students will explore issues in geopolitics in more depth and apply their research skills through their dissertation.
There are four compulsory modules during the first year. In the second and third years there are compulsory modules with an opportunity to select from optional modules based on their own interests
(1 in Second Year, and 2 in Third Year)
Taught sessions are held at our Dubai Knowledge Park campus (Block 16, 17, 04 and 19) during the week (Sunday to Thursday) between 8:30am and 6:30pm. Additional sessions might be scheduled over weekends or holiday periods and you can expect to receive plenty of notice for these. Attending scheduled weekly classes is an important requirement for completion of this programme.
You will be actively involved in a range of learning, teaching and assessment approaches as part of your programme. Such active approaches aim to put you at the centre of your learning so you are involved and engaged in all aspects of your assessment and learning. Your programme will require your active participation in learning activities and engagement with your fellow students both individually and collaboratively, working and learning with other students as part of a small group. Learning activities may also occur both within and outside the classroom.
Your learning will also be supported by technology. Increasingly your tutors will be using existing and emerging learning technologies to engage you in e-learning activities. Your programme may be facilitated using a variety of media and online tools (My Learning on UniHub, podcasts, wikis, etc.) which could allow you flexible access to a diverse range of online resources, quizzes and learning materials as well as collaborative tools with which you can engage and learn with your peers.
Not confined by the time and space associated with traditional teaching methods you may take part in online discussions and learning activities from wherever you are studying. By engaging with e- learning you will also be developing skills which are essential for your learning and are also highly valued by employers. These include but are not limited to: working flexibly, communication, understanding of IT, team working and creating shared understandings based on quality resources and access to global expertise.
All programmes at Middlesex University Dubai are taught in English and applicants with previous education outside of English-speaking countries (such as the UK, the United States, Canada, England, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand), must demonstrate English language proficiency as follows:
English Language Test
6.0 (minimum 5.5 in each band)
72 (17 in listening & writing, 20 in speaking and 18 in reading)
Additionally, students with the following qualifications may be considered as having met the English language requirements:
(as a first or second language)
Grade C or Higher
CBSE/ISC boards/NIOS/All state boards
Minimum grade of 70% in English
Minimum grade 4 in English A1 (Standard or Higher Level) in IB OR a minimum of grade 5 in English B (Higher Level)
West African/Nigerian Curriculum
Minimum grade “C6“
Students will be prepared to develop careers with international organisations, global businesses, government and other public sectors, non-profit organisations with a global reach, the diplomatic service, charities and humanitarian agencies, environmental agencies, policy and research think tanks, civil service, universities and colleges, manufacturing and commercial companies, law firms, legal advisors, publishing companies and media employers. Additional work opportunities include: Foreign Affairs Analyst, Political Analyst, Import/Export Coordinator, International Relations Officer, Intelligence Research Specialist, International Relations Administrator, Legislative Correspondent. The programme offers an excellent opportunity to have an experiential learning experience in a work place environment through our ongoing relationships with organisations and businesses (recent student placements have included Embassies, MSF, Institute for Near East Gulf Military Analysis, UNHCR, International Finance organisations, business consultancy firms, event management companies, UAE Red Crescent). This program also provides students with the preparatory knowledge and skills to successfully pursue post-graduate educational programs in Social Science, Politics, International Relations, Law, Public Affairs and Government.
Dr Tunc Aybak
Dr Tunc Aybak is currently the programme leader for BA International Politics within the School of Law at Middlesex University. He graduated from the School of Political Science, Ankara University in International Relations and Diplomacy. He completed his PhD at the University of Hull in International Law and Politics.
As well as BA International Politics, Tunc teached on the MA International Relations programme, specialising in critical studies in geopolitics and diplomacy, foreign policy analysis, international political economy and politics of Europe. His main research areas and field work include Turkish and Russian foreign policy, citizenship and identity issues in Europe, the enlargement of the EU, energy geopolitics and pipelines with particular reference to human security issues in the Black Sea and the Middle East area. He is currently working on research projects to be published on Europe's Final Frontier and Critical Geopolitics of Pipelines.
He has been widely interviewed by international media, such as BBC, TRT British, Australian and Turkish and Eastern European. His publications include books The Politics of the Black Sea and Migrant's Voice in Europe and academic articles on Turkish Foreign Policy, Russian-Turkish Relations, citizenship and migration issues in Europe and the politics of the Black Sea. He also acts as an editorial adviser to Global Faultlines Journal.