BA (Hons) Politics and Economics

BA (Hons) Politics and Economics

On this course you will explore complex issues which are urgent and relevant in the modern world, from international security to climate change. You will also develop practical, employable skills that are valued by employers across many different professions relating to politics and economics. In your Economics modules you will investigate:

  • Econometrics modelling
  • Economic policy
  • Factors affecting income, wealth and wellbeing in an economy
  • Environmental economics
  • How economic metrics can be used to measure and enhance happiness in society.

While in Politics you will study:

  • How new technologies are changing the way we interact with politics
  • What makes a good society in an era of globalisation
  • The role of the state
  • How states respond to inequality, threats to national security and climate change.

We make sure your learning is always practical and relevant through field trips, live projects and experiments. You will also have opportunities to enter economics competitions. We have close links with businesses across the region, and you will regularly hear from high profile guest speakers. These connections also provide opportunities for networking, internships and work experience placements.

While you study with us, we will fund your membership of the Royal Economic Society. This will enhance your professional profile in the industry. It also opens up extra opportunities for training and development, such as competitions, grants and conferences.

If you do not yet meet the minimum requirements for entry straight onto this degree course, or feel you are not quite ready for the transition to Higher Education, this is a great option for you. Passing a foundation year guarantees you a place on this degree course the following academic year.

Entry Requirements


  • 104 UCAS Tariff points
  • 3 GCSEs at grade C/4 (or equivalent) including English Language.

International Students

If you are an international student you will need to show that your qualifications match our entry requirements.

Information about international qualifications and entry requirements can be found on our International pages.

If English is not your first language you will need to show that you have English Language competence at IELTS level 6.0 (with no skill below 5.5) or equivalent.

Mature Learners Entry Scheme

If you have been out of education for 3 years or more and have a grade C GCSE in English Language or equivalent, you are eligible for our entry scheme for mature learners. It's a scheme that recognises non-traditional entry qualifications and experience for entry onto this course. Information on how to apply can be found on our dedicated page.

Career Prospects

This course will give you the skills to succeed in many different careers relating to economics and politics. These include skills in problem solving, developing arguments, analysing and evaluating information, collaboration, independent working and communication.

This degree could be the first step toward your career in:

  • Policy development
  • Local government
  • The Civil Service
  • Accountancy
  • External audit
  • Analytics

Course Details

Optional Placement Year

As with all of our Business courses, you have the option to go on a placement year between years 2 and 3 of your degree. If you choose not to do a full year, you can do a shorter placement module in Year 2. You can also choose to study abroad for a semester at one of our partner universities.

Year 1

Principles of Applied Economics
Introducing Politics: Key Concepts and Skills
Practising Responsible Business Behaviours
Comparative Politics
Economic Policy and Practice
International or Global? Globalisation in Debate
Politics of Business

Year 2

Industrial Economics
International Relations: Theory and Practice
Labour Economics
Research Methods
Professional Placement
Business, Creativity and Opportunism Skills for the Workplace of Today
Controversies in International Trade
Political Parties and Politicians in the UK

Year 3

Research Investigation
Critical Economic Policy
Global Governance
Beyond Economics: Understanding the Changing Global Economy
The Political Economy of Crises

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