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Economics, Politics and International Studies (BSc) (Full-Time, 2019 Entry)

 

ECONOMICS, POLITICS AND INTERNATIONAL STUDIES (BSc)

Full-time 2019 entry, A*AA, IB 38

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.


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The course 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 flexibility to select up to six optional modules alongside a core module in The Making of Economic Policy.

Our guest lectures enable you to learn from and interact with leading business and policymaking figures.

You can choose to specialise either in Economics, or Politics and International Studies in your second and third years, continuining with the other subject as aminor; or opt for a Bipartite (dual) pathway in your final year. Within your course regulations, we will permit you to choose any year-specific option offered by any department in the University, 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%.

Combination of lectures and small group support and feedback classes.

Class size

Lecture size will naturally vary, especially for the optional modules, but also for core lectures. Some of the larger modules may have 200-450 in them and you will then typically have weekly Support and Feedback classes where class size typically averages around 15-20.

Contact hours

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

This varies across each year and between Economics and PAIS, as will the types of assessments. Typically in year 1, you will have more formative assessments than in years 2 and 3, with a typical module being based 20% on coursework and 80% on the final examination. However, some PAIS modules have more coursework based assessments. The final degree classification is determined by your second and final year marks and each contributes 50%.

We currently offer an exciting range of opportunities for you to spend a year abroad studying 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).


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A level: A*AA to include A*/grade 8 in GCSE Mathematics

IB: 38 to include 4 in Higher Level Mathematics or 5 in Standard Level Mathematics or Maths Studies

  • Contextual data and differential 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 one or two grades below Warwick’s standard offer (to a minimum of BBB).

  • Access Courses: Access to HE Diploma (QAA-recognised) including appropriate subjects with distinction grades in level 3 units, and grade A in A level Mathematics or equivalent.
  • 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). For full details of standard offers and conditions visit the IFP page.
  • We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more information please visit the international entry requirements page.
  • Taking a gap year Applications for deferred entry welcomed.
  • Interviews 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.

    Open Days All students who have been offered a place are invited to visit. Find out more about our main University Open Days and other opportunities to visit us. We want to make our admissions process as straightforward as possible, so find out more about how to make an application, alongside the latest entry requirements.

Year 1
Economics 1

You will develop an understanding of fundamental and intermediate concepts in micro- and macroeconomic analysis, equipping you with a range of appropriate analytical skills, including descriptive, graphical and mathematical methods. This will develop your ability to analyse economic trends, institutions and politics and the capacity to apply analytical techniques to real-world problems.


Quantitative Techniques

Introduction to Politics

World Politics

Plus up to two optional modules

Year 2/3
BSc Economics Pathway – year 2:
Economics 2

You will develop deeper understanding of economic concepts and be introduced to new concepts in both micro- and macroeconomic analysis. These include material drawn from general equilibrium, welfare economics, game theory, rational expectations and time consistency. It will introduce you to the analysis of public policy issues such as market failure and counter-inflation policy, and give you a range of tools to analyse economic problems. Your analysis will be underpinned by a rigorous theoretical understanding acquired on the course.


Applied Econometrics

You will learn important skills of both academic and vocational value, an essential part of the intellectual training of an economist and social scientist and also useful for your future career. These skills include awareness of the empirical approach to economics and social science; reviewing and extending fundamental statistical concepts; methods of data collection and analysis; regression analysis, its extensions and applications; use of spreadsheets and statistical packages such as SPSS or STATA.


or:

Econometrics 1

You will be equipped with important skills of both academic and vocational value, being an essential part of the intellectual training of an economist and also useful for your future career. This includes an awareness of the empirical approach to economics; experience in analysis and use of empirical data; understanding the nature of uncertainty and methods of dealing with it; and using econometric software packages as tools of quantitative and statistical analysis. With the required necessary skills and knowledge to critically appraise work in applied economics, you will have a good grasp of the dangers, pitfalls and problems encountered in applied modelling.


Political Theory from Hobbes or Theories of International Relations

Plus up to two optional modules

BSc Economics Pathway – year 3:
Making of Economic Policy

You will explore the relationship between economics and politics, including through critiquing theory and examining real-life phenomena from the post-war period to the present. You will gain an informed understanding of the differences and complementarities in economic and political analysis and their impact on economic performance, including through close study of the effects of globalisation on the autonomy of national economic policy, and the impacts of inflation, unemployment, market failure, migration, the welfare state, income distribution, corruption and public finance. We aim for you to acquire the knowledge and analytical skills needed for a career in government, the media, financial services sector, business associations or industry.


Plus up to six optional modules

BA Politics And International Studies Pathway – year 2:
Economics 2

You will develop deeper understanding of economic concepts and be introduced to new concepts in both micro- and macroeconomic analysis. These include material drawn from general equilibrium, welfare economics, game theory, rational expectations and time consistency. It will introduce you to the analysis of public policy issues such as market failure and counter-inflation policy, and give you a range of tools to analyse economic problems. Your analysis will be underpinned by a rigorous theoretical understanding acquired on the course.


Political Theory from Hobbes

Theories of International Relations

Plus up to two optional modules

BA Politics And International Studies Pathway – year 3:
Making of Economic Policy

You will explore the relationship between economics and politics, including through critiquing theory and examining real-life phenomena from the post-war period to the present. You will gain an informed understanding of the differences and complementarities in economic and political analysis and their impact on economic performance, including through close study of the effects of globalisation on the autonomy of national economic policy, and the impacts of inflation, unemployment, market failure, migration, the welfare state, income distribution, corruption and public finance. We aim for you to acquire the knowledge and analytical skills needed for a career in government, the media, financial services sector, business associations or industry.


Plus up to six optional modules

Selection of optional modules that current students are studying
  • Economics of Public Policy
  • Behavioural Economics
  • War and Economy
  • Topics in Applied Economics, Justice, Democracy and Citizenship
Destinations
  • Bank of America Merill Lynch
  • Gambling Commission
  • Goldman Sachs
  • Loreal
  • JP Morgan
Job titles
  • Treasury associate
  • Investment Banker
  • Analyst
  • Audit Associate
  • Equity Trader

Entry Requirements

A level A*AA to include A/grade 8 in GCSE Mathematics

IB 38 to include 4 in Higher Level Mathematics or 5 in Standard Level Mathematics or Maths Studies

UCAS Code
LLD2

Award
Degree of Bachelor of Science (BSc)

Duration
3 years Full Time

Start date

24 September 2019

Location of study
University of Warwick, Coventry

Tuition fees
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Other course costs
You may need to purchase additional books for this course

This information is applicable for 2019 entry.

Given the interval between the publication of courses and enrolment, some of the information may change. It is important to check our website before you apply. Please read our terms and conditions to find out more.