Economics and Politics

Entry Year: 2019

6 Study Options

Economics and Politics BSc (Econ) (Hons)

Key information

Degree
BSc (Econ) (Hons)
Duration
3 years
Start
September 2019
UCAS code
LL12
Institution code
Q50
Typical A-Level offer
Grades AAA at A-Level. This must include A-Level Mathematics. Excludes General Studies, Critical Thinking and Use of Mathematics.
Full entry requirements
UK/EU fees
£9,250*
International fees
£16,900*

*These fees are for the 2018-19 academic year and are provided as a guideline. Fees for 2019-20 have not yet been set.

Economics and Politics with Integrated Foundation Year BSc (Econ) (Hons)

Key information

Degree
BSc (Econ) (Hons)
Duration
4 years
Start
September 2019
UCAS code
LL2F
Institution code
Q50
Entry Requirements
Full entry requirements
UK/EU fees
£9,250*
International fees
£16,950*

*These fees are for the 2018-19 academic year and are provided as a guideline. Fees for 2019-20 have not yet been set.

Economics and Politics with Integrated Foundation Year January Start BSc (Econ) (Hons)

Key information

Degree
BSc (Econ) (Hons)
Duration
4 years
Start
January 2020
UCAS code
LL2G
Institution code
Q50
Entry Requirements
Full entry requirements
UK/EU fees
£9,250*
International fees
£16,950*

*These fees are for the 2018-19 academic year and are provided as a guideline. Fees for 2019-20 have not yet been set.

Economics and Politics with Year Abroad BSc (Econ) (Hons)

Key information

Degree
BSc (Econ) (Hons)
Duration
4 years
Start
September 2019
UCAS code
LL2Y
Institution code
Q50
Typical A-Level offer
Grades AAA at A-Level. This must include A-Level Mathematics. Excludes General Studies, Critical Thinking and Use of Mathematics.
Full entry requirements
UK/EU fees
£9,250*
International fees
£16,900*

*These fees are for the 2018-19 academic year and are provided as a guideline. Fees for 2019-20 have not yet been set.

Economics and Politics with Year Abroad and Integrated Foundation Year BSc (Econ) (Hons)

Key information

Degree
BSc (Econ) (Hons)
Duration
5 years
Start
September 2019
UCAS code
LL2X
Institution code
Q50
Entry Requirements
Full entry requirements
UK/EU fees
£9,250*
International fees
£16,950*

*These fees are for the 2018-19 academic year and are provided as a guideline. Fees for 2019-20 have not yet been set.

Economics and Politics with Year Abroad and Integrated Foundation Year January Start BSc (Econ) (Hons)

Key information

Degree
BSc (Econ) (Hons)
Duration
5 years
Start
January 2020
UCAS code
LL2Z
Institution code
Q50
Entry Requirements
Full entry requirements
UK/EU fees
£9,250*
International fees
£16,950*

*These fees are for the 2018-19 academic year and are provided as a guideline. Fees for 2019-20 have not yet been set.

Economics and Politics

Overview

Examine the big issues facing the UK and the world from two different – and complementary – perspectives.

The study of economics leads naturally to questions about the policies of governments. Our Economics and Politics degree explores both topics in equal depth and is especially suited to anyone with an interest in public policy and government decision-making.

During the first two years you’ll cover macroeconomics and microeconomics, and learn to apply quantitative techniques. Final-year options apply this core knowledge to more specialised areas such as labour, industrial and health economics, technology and innovation, and business cycles.

With a wide choice of politics modules, you can study the specific contexts of the UK, the EU, Africa, Russia, the US or Southeast Asia – or take a broader view with themes such as globalisation, racism and political violence.

Structure

You can complete your Economics and Politics degree in three, four or five years. If you choose to spend a year studying abroad, this will take place in Year 3, and the Year 3 modules will instead be studied in Year 4. If you are taking an integrated foundation year, this will take place before Year 1.

Year 1

Compulsory

  • Career Success for Economics and Finance Students
  • Economics in Action
  • Macroeconomics 1
  • Mathematical Methods in Economics and Business 1
  • Microeconomics 1
  • Principles of Economics
  • Thinking Politically: Introduction to Concepts, Theories and Ideologies

Choose from

  • Background to British Politics
  • Global Histories

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year 2

Compulsory

  • Games and Strategies
  • Macroeconomics 2
  • Microeconomics 2
  • Modern Political Thought 1
  • Statistical Methods in Economics

Choose at least one from

  • Economics of Social Issues
  • Financial Markets and Institutions
  • Political Research
  • Researching Everyday Politics

Choose one or two from

You may need to choose at least one politics module, depending on your other module choices.

Politics

  • Accountability and Complexity in British Government
  • Colonialism, Capitalism and Development
  • Comparative European Politics I: Context and Institutional Development
  • Comparative European Politics II: Issues and Performance
  • European Integration
  • Modernity: Theories of the State, Economy and Society
  • Modern Political Thought 2
  • Politics of International Law
  • Power and Legitimacy in British Politics
  • Power in Global Governance
  • The International Politics of Security
  • The International Politics of the Developing World
  • US Politics
  • War in World Politics

Economics

  • Capital Market 1
  • Econometrics 1
  • Econometrics 2
  • International Finance
  • International Trade
  • Money and Banking
  • Selected Topics in Macroeconomics

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year 3

Choose six to eight from

Your choices must include at least one Economics and two Politics modules.

Economics

  • Advanced Microeconomics
  • Applied Econometrics
  • Behavioural Economics
  • Business Cycles
  • Corporate Strategy
  • Development Economics
  • Economics of Technology and Innovation
  • Economics Project
  • Environmental Economics
  • Health Economics
  • History of Economic Thought
  • Labour Economics
  • Macroeconomic Policy
  • Political Economy
  • Public Economics

Politics

  • Africa and International Politics
  • Analysing Public Policy
  • Contemporary Russian Politics
  • Global Ethics
  • Globalisation: Issues and Debates
  • Nationalism and Ethnicity in International Relations
  • Parliamentary Studies
  • Political Violence and Liberal Modernity
  • Race and Racism in World Politics
  • The European Union
  • The Political Economy of Southeast Asia
  • The Political Life of Security Methods
  • The Politics of the Post-Colonial Middle East
  • US Foreign Policy
  • Utopia and Dystopia: Political, Economic and Literary Dreamworlds

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

In 2017, we introduced the QMUL Model to all our degrees. For further information on this initiative please visit QMUL Model.

Integrated foundation year

International students can apply for this programme with an integrated foundation year. The foundation year can be combined with a year studying abroad and can be started in either September or January. 

Year abroad

Go global and spend an academic year abroad. Queen Mary has links with universities in Europe, North America, Asia and Australia (partnerships vary for each degree programme).

Find out more about study abroad opportunities at Queen Mary.

Testimonial

Doing Economics and Politics has allowed me to do two subjects I am really interested in. I like the diversity of topics within both subjects and the styles of learning are very different. I find it most interesting when the two topics overlap, for example using economic theory to describe political ideologies such as communism. It allows you to draw ideas from another area and adapt it.

Teaching and Facilities

Teaching and learning

You will receive approximately three hours of weekly contact time per module, comprising lectures led by academic staff and smaller classes.

For every hour spent in class, you’ll complete a further two to three hours of independent study.

Assessment

Assessment typically includes a combination of coursework (presentations, assignments, essay report writing, in-class tests, research and project work) and/or examinations in May or June. 

Resources and facilities

The Schools of Economics and Finance and Politics and International Relations both offer excellent on-campus resources to aid your studies, including:

  • a trading floor set up with Bloomberg terminals
  • subscriptions to the major statistical databases and software packages used by finance and government
  • online access to the Financial Times and The Economist
  • the Mile End Institute, a major policy centre at Queen Mary bringing together research, policy-making and public debate to deepen the understanding of British politics, governance and public policy
  • Graduate Student Advisors – friendly and experienced postgraduate students who can offer support and advice
  • exclusive use of market-leading psychometrics software, meaning you will be able to prepare for job selection processes.

Entry requirements

Economics and Politics - BSc (Econ) (Hons)

A-LevelGrades AAA at A-Level. This must include A-Level Mathematics. Excludes General Studies, Critical Thinking and Use of Mathematics.
IBInternational Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum of 36 points overall, including 6,6,6 from three Higher Level subjects. This must include a minimum of 6 in Standard Level Mathematics, if not being studied at Higher Level. Excludes Maths Studies.
BTECSee our detailed subject and grade requirements
Access HEWe consider applications from students with the Access to Higher Education Diploma. The minimum academic requirement is to achieve 60 credits overall, with 45 credits at Level 3, of which 30 credits must be at Distinction, and 15 credits at Merit or higher. Applications are considered on a case by case basis. Applicants will also be expected to achieve, or have already achieved, A-Level Mathematics at grade A.
GCSEMinimum five GCSE passes including English and Maths at grade B or 5.
EPQAlternative offers may be made to applicants taking the Extended Project Qualification.
Contextualised admissionsWe consider every application on its individual merits and will take into consideration your individual educational experiences and context. More information on how academic schools and programmes use this information as part of the admissions process, can be found on our contextualised admissions pages.

Economics and Politics with Integrated Foundation Year - BSc (Econ) (Hons)

A good high school leaving certificate including Mathematics at GCSE (or equivalent) Grade 6. For full country specific entry requirements and qualification equivalencies visit: econ.qmul.ac.uk/undergraduate/entry-requirements/

Economics and Politics with Integrated Foundation Year January Start - BSc (Econ) (Hons)

A good high school leaving certificate including Mathematics at GCSE (or equivalent) Grade 6. For full country specific entry requirements and qualification equivalencies visit: econ.qmul.ac.uk/undergraduate/entry-requirements/

Economics and Politics with Year Abroad - BSc (Econ) (Hons)

A-LevelGrades AAA at A-Level. This must include A-Level Mathematics. Excludes General Studies, Critical Thinking and Use of Mathematics.
IBInternational Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum of 36 points overall, including 6,6,6 from three Higher Level subjects. This must include a minimum of 6 in Standard Level Mathematics, if not being studied at Higher Level. Excludes Maths Studies.
BTECSee our detailed subject and grade requirements
Access HEWe consider applications from students with the Access to Higher Education Diploma. The minimum academic requirement is to achieve 60 credits overall, with 45 credits at Level 3, of which 30 credits must be at Distinction, and 15 credits at Merit or higher. Applications are considered on a case by case basis. Applicants will also be expected to achieve, or have already achieved, A-Level Mathematics at grade A.
GCSEMinimum five GCSE passes including English and Maths at grade B or 5.
EPQAlternative offers may be made to applicants taking the Extended Project Qualification.
Contextualised admissionsWe consider every application on its individual merits and will take into consideration your individual educational experiences and context. More information on how academic schools and programmes use this information as part of the admissions process, can be found on our contextualised admissions pages.

Economics and Politics with Year Abroad and Integrated Foundation Year - BSc (Econ) (Hons)

A good high school leaving certificate including Mathematics at GCSE (or equivalent) Grade 6. For full country specific entry requirements and qualification equivalencies visit: econ.qmul.ac.uk/undergraduate/entry-requirements/

Economics and Politics with Year Abroad and Integrated Foundation Year January Start - BSc (Econ) (Hons)

A good high school leaving certificate including Mathematics at GCSE (or equivalent) Grade 6. For full country specific entry requirements and qualification equivalencies visit: econ.qmul.ac.uk/undergraduate/entry-requirements/

Non-UK students

We accept a wide range of European and international qualifications in addition to A-levels, the International Baccalaureate and BTEC qualifications. See the School of Economics and Finance entry requirements for detailed information by country.

English language

Find out more about our English language entry requirements, including the types of test we accept and the scores needed for entry to the programme.

You may also be able to meet the English language requirement for your programme by joining a summer pre-sessional programme before starting your degree.

Further information

See our general undergraduate entry requirements.

Funding

Loans and grants

UK students accepted onto this course are eligible to apply for tuition fee and maintenance loans from Student Finance England or other government bodies.

Scholarships and bursaries

Queen Mary offers a generous package of scholarships and bursaries, which currently benefits around 50 per cent of our undergraduates.

Scholarships are available for home, EU and international students. Specific funding is also available for students from the local area. International students may be eligible for a fee reduction. We offer means-tested funding, as well as subject-specific funding for many degrees.

Find out what scholarships and bursaries are available to you.

Support from Queen Mary

We offer specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.

Take a look at our Student Advice Guides which cover ways to finance your degree, including:

  • additional sources of funding
  • planning your budget and cutting costs
  • part-time and vacation work
  • money for lone parents.

Career opportunities

This degree offers professional training in economics and invaluable political understanding, alongside transferable research, analytical and communication skills.

Graduates move into government, policy, research or campaigning roles or into the commercial world, including large financial companies and professional services firms.

Recent Economics and Politics graduates have been hired by:

  • HM Treasury
  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • PwC
  • Royal Bank of Canada
  • Thomson Reuters.

Career support

Both Schools run regular careers workshops and events. Our annual 'Focus on Economics' and 'Focus on Finance' programmes offer exclusive workshops covering careers in consulting, government, investment banking, insurance, trading and more.

We arrange a number of work experience opportunities and organise a competitive Careers Taster Scheme where students visit a range of employers – which in the past has included Barclays, Lloyds of London and KPMG.

The School of Politics and International Relations offers one-to-one academic guidance, tailored workshops and external speakers on topics such as careers in public affairs and working in Parliament.

The Queen Mary careers team can also offer:

  • specialist advice on choosing a career path
  • support with finding work experience, internships and graduate jobs
  • feedback on CVs, cover letters and application forms
  • interview coaching.

Learn more about career support and development at Queen Mary.

Unistats data for these courses

  • Economics and Politics - BSc (Econ) (Hons)

  • Economics and Politics with Integrated Foundation Year - BSc (Econ) (Hons)

  • Economics and Politics with Year Abroad - BSc (Econ) (Hons)

  • Economics and Politics with Year Abroad and Integrated Foundation Year - BSc (Econ) (Hons)

About the Schools

School of Economics and Finance

The School of Economics and Finance at Queen Mary is ranked second in London and 14th among all economics departments nationally by the Guardian University Guide 2018.

Our faculty members are recognised experts in their fields, and impact on policy making and public debate. The breadth and depth of our expertise allows us to offer courses in all major areas of economics and finance, and you'll be at the heart of the latest thinking and cutting-edge research.

School of Politics and International Relations

We’re a growing School invested in high-quality teaching, and we pride ourselves on our friendly and informal approach. Our London location is home to the nation’s Parliament, political think tanks and economic powerhouses, we host high-profile speakers, and we offer students regular contact with Westminster, Whitehall and the third sector.

Our staff are active researchers with diverse interests, from British politics to the Middle East, which is reflected in our teaching and the breadth of our programmes.

Contact us

School of Economics and Finance

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 7355
Email: econugadm@qmul.ac.uk

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