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Economics, Politics and International Studies (BSc/BA) (Full-Time, 2020 Entry)

Economics, Politics and International Studies (BSc/BA)

Economics, Politics and International Studies (BSc/BA)



  • UCAS Code
  • LLD2
  • Qualification
  • BSc/BA
  • Duration
  • 3 years full-time
  • Entry Requirements
  • A level: A*AA
  • IB: 38
  • (See full entry
  • requirements below)


Our Economics, Politics and International Studies (BSc/BA) 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 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, 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 Bipartite (dual) pathway in your final year.

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; or opt for a Bipartite (dual) pathway in your final year. 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%.

Combination of lectures and small group support and feedback classes.

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

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.

This varies across each year and between Economics and PAIS, as will the types of assessments. Typically in year one, you will have more formative assessments 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 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).

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). For more information about contextual data offers for Economics, please visit our department website.

  • 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 website.
  • 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.

Year One
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

This module combines three modules together; Mathematical Techniques, Statistical Techniques and Computer and Data Analysis. You will cover topics ranging from algebra and calculus to distributions and hypothesis testing. By the end, you will have acquired the skills to understand economic data and have the ability to use a statistical package to analyse data.

Introduction to Politics

Introduction to Politics gives you a broad overview of main issues and theoretical perspectives. You will learn first to understand and then apply the core concepts of comparative political science and theory to processes, institutions, ideologies and practical policy-making. You will conduct a comparative study of different political systems and political change, both in writing and in open debate.

World Politics

In this introduction to world politics and international relations, you will gain a solid understanding of the historical underpinnings of the structure and systems of states, and become familiar with major theories of international relations post-1945. You will analyse contemporary writings on world politics and engage critically, both orally and in writing, with key concepts and theoretical debates on the nature of international political systems.

Plus up to two optional modules

BSc Economics Pathway

Year Two
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.


A Politics module from Political Theory from Hobbes; Politics of International Development; Theories of International Relations; States and Markets: An Introduction to International Political Economy or International Security
Plus up to two optional modules
Year Three
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, including a required number in Economics

BA Politics and International Studies Pathway

Year Two
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

How should human beings be governed? The thinkers you will study – from Hobbes to Marx – had very different answers to this question. Building on your understanding of political philosophy, you will read significant primary and secondary texts to develop your understanding of how political convictions are shaped by the context and history of individual thought and social interaction. You will confront and assess complex ideas in political theory, and present and defend your point of view, both orally and in writing.

A Politics module from Politics of International Development; Theories of International Relations; States and Markets: An Introduction to International Political Economy or International Security
Plus up to two optional modules
Year Three
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, including a required number in PAIS

BA Bipartite Pathway

Year Three
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, including a required number in Economics and PAIS
Examples of optional modules/options for current students

Political Economy; Politics of International Development; International Security; International Relations; Behavioural Economics; Topics in Applied Economics.

Graduates from these courses have gone on to work for employers including: Accenture, Amazon, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Bloomberg, Centrica, Department for International Trade, HSBC, Investec, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Santander UK, Teach First, UBS and 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.

Helping you find the right career

Our department has a dedicated professionally qualified Senior Careers Consultant who works within Student Careers and Skills to help you as an individual. Additionally your Senior Careers Consultant offers impartial advice and guidance together with workshops and events, tailored to our department, 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 our Careers & Skills Services here.

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

Additional requirements: You will also need to meet our English Language requirements.

UCAS code
LLD2

Award
Bachelor of Science (BSc)

Department
Politics and International Studies 

Duration
3 years full-time

Start date
28 September 2020

Location of study
University of Warwick, Coventry

Tuition fees
Find out more about fees and funding

Additional course costs
There may be costs associated with other items or services such as academic texts, course notes, and trips associated with your course. Students who choose to complete a work placement will pay reduced tuition fees for their third year.

This information is applicable for 2020 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.

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