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Economics, Politics and International Studies (BSc/BA)

Economics, Politics and International Studies (BSc/BA)


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 subjects as a Minor, or follow our bi-partite (dual) pathway, with a focus on international themes and issues.

Key Information
  • UCAS Code: LLD2/LM1D
  • Qualification: Bachelor of Science (BSc) or Bachelor of Arts (BA)
  • Duration: 3 years full time or 4 years full time (with Study Abroad year)
  • Start Date: 27 September 2021
Course Overview

This challenging degree crosses subject boundaries, combining economics and political analysis. It enables you to contextualise economic theory and practice within national and global political structures and behaviour. It also gives a rounded perspective of how governments, companies and individuals function in the 21st century, with up-to-date analysis and debate of key events.

You can maintain a breadth of study while focusing on areas that interest you, particularly during your final year when you’ll have the flexibility to select up to six optional modules alongside a core module in Making of Economic Policy.

Our guest lectures enable you to learn from and interact with leading business and policymaking figures, and our research-led teaching exposes you to new thinking from the very start.

You can choose to specialise either in Economics, or Politics and International Studies in your second and third years, continuing with the other subject as a minor. Alternatively, you may opt for a Bi-partite (dual) pathway in your final year.

The Student Perspective

Hear Olympia's story of studying Economics, Politics and International Studies at the University of Warwick:

Course Structure

You can choose to specialise in either Economics or Politics and International Studies in your second and third years, continuing with the other subject as a minor; or opt for a Bi-partite (dual) pathway in your final year. If you follow the Economics pathway, you will graduate with a BSc. If you follow the PAIS or Bipartite pathway, you will graduate with a BA.

Within your course regulations, we will permit you to choose modules from any department, subject to our approval and provided that you satisfy the pre-requisites or other requirements for that module and that the offering department permits you to take the module.

The final degree classification is determined by your second and final year marks and each contributes 50%.

Core Modules

Year 1

Year 2

BSc Economics Major
BA Politics Major Pathway
  • Economics 2 
  • Political Theory from Hobbes
  • Theories of International Relations
  • Plus up to one optional module

Year 3

BSc Economics Major Pathway
BA Politics Major Pathway
Optional Modules

If you 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.

Examples of optional modules that have been taken by current students include:

  • Political Economy
  • Politics of International Development
  • International Security
  • International Relations
  • Behavioural Economics
  • The Industrial Economy
  • Environmental Economics
  • Topics in Applied Economics
  • Languages
Research in Applied Economics (RAE)

Listen to our students discuss how they chose their dissertation subject, what they found interesting and what they ended up researching in their dissertations.

How will I learn?

You will have a combination of lectures, small group support and feedback classes.

Contact Hours

You will receive approximately 3 hours of contact time per day, making 15 hours on average per week.

Class Size

Your lecture size will naturally vary, especially for the optional modules, but also for core lectures. Some of the larger modules may have 200-450 students in them. You will then typically have weekly support and feedback classes with around 15-20 students.


You will usually have more formative assessments in year one than in years two and three.

The typical module in years one and two is based 20% on coursework and 80% on the final examination, but assessment weights and methods do still vary. This is even more the case for final year modules, where the assessment methods vary widely depending on the modules chosen.

We currently offer an exciting range of opportunities for you to spend a year abroad. You can study in a higher education institution either in Europe, at the University of Monash in Australia, or with our partners in China and Canada. Studying overseas can add immeasurably to your personal development, future study and career opportunities. It will also offer you an opportunity to experience an alternative university system.

If you’re successful in gaining a Study Abroad placement, your degree programme will become a four year programme and, assuming you pass sufficient modules whilst abroad, the title of your course changes to add the suffix 'with Study Abroad' to the existing title (e.g. 'BSc Economics with Study Abroad').

Typical Offers for 2022 Entry
Course A Level IB Contextual Offer
BSc/BA Economics, Politics and International Studies A*A*A
to include A*/Grade 8 in GCSE Mathematics

to include 6, 6, 6 in three Higher Level subjects. You will also need A* or Grade 8 in GCSE Maths, or 5 in Standard Level Mathematics (either ‘Analysis and Approaches’ or ‘Applications and Interpretation’). If you do not meet these Maths requirements you must be taking Maths at Higher Level in the IB.

to include A*/Grade 8 in GCSE Mathematics

Please note: Our selectors value a breadth of subjects. You should therefore avoid subjects with significantly overlapping curricula where possible - for example, Economics and Business Studies. We also do not except Critical Thinking and General Studies.


We welcome applications from students taking BTECs alongside two A levels, including A level Mathematics. You will also need A*/Grade 8 in GCSE Mathematics.

Contextual Offers

Warwick may make differential offers to students in a number of circumstances. These include students participating in the Realising Opportunities programme, or who meet two of the contextual data criteria. Differential offers will be made for our programmes to AAA.

Find out more about contextual data offers for Economics.

International Students

We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications.

Find out more about international entry requirements.

Warwick International Foundation Programme (IFP)

All students who successfully complete the Warwick IFP and apply to Warwick through UCAS will receive a guaranteed conditional offer for a related undergraduate programme (selected courses only).

Find out more about standard offers and conditions for the IFP.

English Language Requirements

All students will also need to meet our English Language requirements.

Taking a gap year

Applications for deferred entry welcomed.


We do not typically interview applicants. Offers are made based on your UCAS form which includes predicted and actual grades, your personal statement and school reference.

Tuition Fees

Find out more about fees and funding.

Your Career

Graduates from these degrees have gone on to work for employers including:

  • Accenture
  • Amazon
  • Bank of America Merrill Lynch
  • Bloomberg
  • Centrica
  • Department for International Trade
  • HSBC
  • Investec
  • PwC
  • Santander UK
  • Teach First
  • UBS
  • Unilever

They have pursued careers such as: analysts; associate consultants; advertising accounts managers and creative directors; business and financial project management professionals; chartered and certified accountants; economists; finance and investment analysts and advisers; management consultants and business analysts; quality assurance technicians and taxation experts.

Find out more about career support within our Department.

Helping you find the right career

Our Department has a dedicated professionally qualified Senior Careers Consultant who can support you. They offer impartial advice and guidance together with tailored workshops and events throughout the year. Previous examples of workshops and events include:

  • Careers in Economics Event
  • Investment Banking Uncovered
  • Warwick careers fairs throughout the year
  • Mock Assessment Centre workshops
  • Manage your digital identity and use LinkedIn effectively

Find out more about careers support at Warwick.