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Economics, Politics and International Studies BSc


Are you seeking a challenging multi-disciplinary course in economic and political analysis?

This programme allows you either to specialise in Economics or Politics and International Studies, whilst continuing with the other subject as a Minor, or follow our bi-partite (dual) pathway. It has a focus on both national and international themes and issues.

Studying this degree will enable you to contextualise economic theory and practice within national and global political structures and behaviour, giving you a rounded perspective of how governments, companies and individuals function in the 21st century.

In your second and third years, having a choice of specialising in Economics or Politics and International Studies allows you to maintain the breadth of your studies whilst focusing on the areas of particular interest to yourself.

"The degree of flexibility and room for manouevre available for this course, along with a plethora of module choices, leads to endless possibilities of what one can achieve through academic endeavour."

Athena Sharma, BSc Economics, Politics and International Studies

Course overview

UCAS code Duration Qualification Typical offer Subject requirements
LLD2 Three years A level


IB (points)
A*AA


38 points
A* in GCSE Mathematics or part of the A level offering

A* in GCSE Mathematics (or equivalent) or 4 in Higher Level Mathematics or 5 in Standard Level Mathematics or Maths Studies

Core modules

Year one CATS
Economics 1 (EC107) 30
Quantitative Techniques (EC120) 30
Introduction to Politics (PO107) 30
World Politics (PO131) 30
Plus up to two optional modules At least 24 CATS

Modules in detail

Find out further details about all the available core, optional and language modules, including aims, outcomes and syllabus.

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Pathways in year two and three

For your second year you choose between either the Economics Major pathway or the Politics and International Studies (PAIS) major pathway. You can continue on either pathway in your third year and the Economics Major pathway leads to a BSc, while the PAIS major pathway leads to a BA.


Economics Major pathway (BSc)

Year two CATS
Economics 2 (EC204) 30
Applied Econometrics (EC203)
OR
Econometrics 1 (EC226)
30

30
Political Theory from Hobbes (PO201)
OR
Theories of International Relations (PO219)
30

30
Plus up to two optional modules 30

In your third year, you can continue on the Economics pathway or the PAIS pathway. However, you also have the option to move onto the Bipartite pathway, which leads to a BA. This is possible from either route in your second year.

Year three CATS
The Making of Economic Policy (EC304) 30
Plus up to six optional modules 90

PAIS Major pathway (BA)

Year two CATS
Economics 2 (EC204) 30
Political Theory from Hobbes (PO201)
Theories of International Relations (PO219)
30
30
Plus up one optional module 30
Year three CATS
The Making of Economic Policy (EC304) 30
Plus up to six optional modules 90

Optional modules

What if I have an interest in another subject?

This degree gives you the opportunity to choose from a wide range of optional modules that allow you to pursue your interests and career goals.

Language modules

Ever wanted to learn another language?

We have a number of languages available that you can study as a module each year. These include Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Italian, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

Detailed course structure

If you want to know more about the BSc Economics programme structure, including module choices, restrictions and assessment;

Year 1

In Year 1 of EPAIS you must take Core Modules worth 120 CATS (60 ECTS) AND 1 or 2 Option Modules which combined are worth at least 24 CATS (12 ECTS). Some Year 2 and Year 3 modules have pre-requisites so it is important to think about which modules you want to take in following years and check their requirements before choosing your Year 1 modules. Some Optional Modules need approval. You must pass all the Required Core Modules and achieve an average of 40% across all modules. Year 1 students are not permitted to take modules worth fewer than 12 CATS. You are free to take modules from other departments which are approved language modules or are listed on the List of Approved Modules for First Year Students. You can request to take other modules outside the Department using the Unusual Options Request Form. Your proposed modules will be judged on the extent to which they fit with your other studies.

Pathways in Year 2 and Year 3

For Year 2 and Year 3 you choose between either the Economics Major pathway leading to a BSc OR the Politics & International Studies Major pathway leading to a BA. For either pathway you need to take modules totalling 120 CATS in both Year 2 and Year 3. You may take a maximum of 30 CATS of Optional Modules from outside the Economics Department and the Politics Department in each of Year 2 and Year 3. Note that there are restrictions on taking EC226 and you should check that you comply with the requirements. In Year 3 normally you are permitted to take only 200-coded or 300-coded modules, with limited exceptions, such as in the case of language modules. Year 2 and Year 3 students not permitted to take modules worth fewer than 15 CATS.

EPAIS: Economics Major

In Year 2 you take Core Modules worth 90 CATS and Optional Modules worth 30 CATS. In Year 3 you take the Core Module of 30 CATS and Optional Modules totally 90 CATS. Within the 90 CATS of Optional Modules, at least 60 CATS must be contributed by 300-coded modules.

Employability

The abilities to sift and analyse information with a broad economic and political perspective and then articulate it clearly, combined with cultural intelligence, is welcomed by a range of employers.

Our graduates find employment in the UK, Europe and internationally within a range of sectors and roles.

Find out more about careers support and employability.

Roles include:

Policy or Market analysts and Managerial posts

Sectors include:

Private-sector settings, Civil service, Government bodies and Non-governmental organisations