Politics with Business Management

Entry Year: 2019

Key information

Degree
BA (Hons)
Duration
3 years
Start
September 2019
UCAS code
L2NF
Institution code
Q50
Typical A-Level offer
Grades ABB at A-Level. Excludes General Studies and Critical Thinking.
Full entry requirements
UK/EU fees
9,250
International fees
16,200
Funding information
Politics with Business Management

Overview

Are you interested in the powerful relationship between business and politics, and how each influences the other?

Taught by experts from the Schools of Politics and International Relations and Business and Management, this joint honours degree will give you an excellent grounding in politics and develop your understanding of management techniques and the forces at work in business.

The programme is tailored around these two closely connected disciplines, teaching you to critically examine the politics of business and public organisations. Core modules cover political theory, ideas and ideologies, and government and institutions; and key business practices like accounting, marketing, human resources and organisational innovation.

As you progress in your studies you can select modules according to your areas of interest and prepare for your chosen career path. You will graduate with significant political knowledge and analytical skills, and a working knowledge of the real-world strategies and processes used by contemporary businesses.

Structure

Year 1

Compulsory

  • Economics for Business
  • Fundamentals of Management
  • Introduction into Politics
  • Thinking Politically: Introduction to concepts, theories and ideologies

Choose from

  • Introduction to International Relations
  • Political Analysis

Choose from

  • Background to British Politics
  • Global Histories

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year 2

Compulsory

  • Marketing
  • Modern Political Thought 1
  • Principles of Financial Accounting
  • Researching Everyday Politics

Choose from

  • 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 State, Economy and Society
  • Modern Political Thought 2
  • Political Research
  • 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

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year 3

Compulsory

  • Dissertation in Politics/International Relations
  • Managing Human Resources
  • Strategy

Choose from

  • Africa and International Politics
  • Analysing Public Policy
  • Gender and Politics
  • Global Ethics
  • Globalisation: Issues and Debates
  • Justice in a Global City
  • Latin American Politics
  • Nationalism & Ethnicity in International Relations
  • Parliamentary Studies
  • Parliamentary Studies (Internship)
  • Political Violence and Liberal Modernity
  • Race and Racism in World Politics
  • Radical Politics
  • Subject, Citizen, Mass: Thinking Selfhood in the Modern Age
  • The European Union
  • The Political Economy of South East 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.

Testimonial

I chose Politics with Business Management as I wanted to do a mix of topics that would provide me with a range of skills. I chose politics as it is something I take interest in in my spare time and felt it would be enjoyable but also would allow me to develop my researching skills. I decided to combine this with business as I felt it would provide me with some experience that would be attractive to potential employers.

Teaching and Facilities

Teaching and learning

You’ll receive approximately eight to 12 hours of weekly contact time, in the form of formal lectures and small group seminars. The seminars are designed to generate informed discussion around set topics, and may involve student presentations, group exercises and role-play as well as open discussion.

You’ll complete a further 20 hours of independent study a week.

Assessment

Students are assessed by a combination of coursework and exams. A few modules are assessed by coursework only.

 

Resources and facilities

The School offers excellent on-campus resources to aid your studies, including:

  • events throughout the year such as public debates, film nights and book launches which attract diverse audiences and offer networking opportunities
  • the Mile End Institute, a major policy centre that specialises in contemporary British politics, featuring regular high-profile speakers
  • the Centre for European Research, which welcomes students and academics interested in learning and researching on all matters relating to Europe
  • a purpose-built media suite to support student entrepreneurship.

Entry requirements

A-LevelGrades ABB at A-Level. Excludes General Studies and Critical Thinking.
IBInternational Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum of 32 points overall, including 6,5,5 from three Higher Level subjects.
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 15 credits must be at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit or higher. Applications are considered on a case by case basis. Due to the high volume of applications, we do not make offers of study purely on the basis of meeting grade requirements.
GCSEMinimum five GCSE passes including English and Maths at grade C or 4.
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.

Non-UK students

We accept a wide range of European and international qualifications in addition to A-levels, the International Baccalaureate and BTEC qualifications. Please visit International Admissions for full details.

If your qualifications are not accepted for direct entry onto this degree, consider applying for a foundation programme.

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

Our Politics with Business Management graduates are highly employable, with invaluable political knowledge, business acumen, and analytical and communication skills that open doors to a huge variety of roles. They move into domestic and international careers in government, business, policy research, education and media.

Recent graduates from the School of Politics and International Relations have been hired by:

  • AMAR
  • House of Commons
  • Labour Party
  • PwC
  • Scodie Deyong
  • UK Home Office.

Career support

You'll have access to bespoke careers support every step of your degree, including one-to-one academic guidance, tailored workshops, and external speakers on topics such as careers in public affairs and working in parliament.

The School of Business and Management can help you find part-time projects in local charities and short internships in local businesses.

Our 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.

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About the Schools

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.

School of Business and Management

We teach you to think beyond textbooks, management fads and memorised formulas for success.

Our faculty come from all over the world and bring a sound practical knowledge to their teaching: they have worked for the BBC, UK government ministries and the European Union.

Our Mile End location keeps us close to all the action in the City and Canary Wharf. We’re also home to a number of research centres focused on public engagement and having a real-world impact.

Why Queen Mary?

Fifth in the UK for percentage of research ranked 4* and 3* (REF 2014)

5th in the UK

Fifth in the UK for percentage of research ranked 4* and 3* (REF 2014)

Russell Group

Member of the Russell Group of leading UK universities

Global top 50

Global top 50

English, drama, and law ranked in the global top 50 (QS Subject rankings 2018)