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Economics and Politics

Entry Year: 2020

6 study options

Economics and Politics BSc (Econ) (Hons)

Key information

Degree
BSc (Econ) (Hons)
Duration
3 years
Start
September 2020
UCAS code
LL12
Institution code
Q50
Clearing entry requirements *
A-levels: ABB with at least a A in Mathematics
IB: HL 32 with at least a HL 4 in Mathematics
* Clearing entry requirements are indicative only and subject to change. Please check this page regularly for updates.
UK/EU fees
£9,250
International fees
£19,500
Funding information
Paying your fees

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

Key information

Degree
BSc (Econ) (Hons)
Duration
4 years
Start
September 2020
UCAS code
LL2F
Institution code
Q50
Clearing entry requirements *
Contact us for further information
* Clearing entry requirements are indicative only and subject to change. Please check this page regularly for updates.
UK/EU fees
£9,250
International fees
£18,750
Funding information
Paying your fees

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

Key information

Degree
BSc (Econ) (Hons)
Duration
4 years
Start
January 2021
UCAS code
LL2G
Institution code
Q50
Clearing entry requirements *
Contact us for further information
* Clearing entry requirements are indicative only and subject to change. Please check this page regularly for updates.
UK/EU fees
£9,250
International fees
£18,750
Funding information
Paying your fees

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

Key information

Degree
BSc (Econ) (Hons)
Duration
4 years
Start
September 2020
UCAS code
LL2Y
Institution code
Q50
Clearing entry requirements *
A-levels: ABB with at least a A in Mathematics
IB: HL 32 with at least a HL 4 in Mathematics
* Clearing entry requirements are indicative only and subject to change. Please check this page regularly for updates.
UK/EU fees
£9,250
International fees
£19,500
Funding information
Paying your fees

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

Key information

Degree
BSc (Econ) (Hons)
Duration
5 years
Start
September 2020
UCAS code
LL2X
Institution code
Q50
Clearing entry requirements *
Contact us for further information
* Clearing entry requirements are indicative only and subject to change. Please check this page regularly for updates.
UK/EU fees
£9,250
International fees
£18,750
Funding information
Paying your fees

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 2021
UCAS code
LL2Z
Institution code
Q50
Clearing entry requirements *
Contact us for further information
* Clearing entry requirements are indicative only and subject to change. Please check this page regularly for updates.
UK/EU fees
£9,250
International fees
£18,750
Funding information
Paying your fees
Economics and Politics
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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.

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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
  • Macroeconomics 1
  • Mathematical Methods in Economics and Finance
  • Microeconomics 1
  • Principles of Economics
  • Thinking Politically: Introduction to Concepts, Theories and Ideologies

Choose from

  • Background to British Politics
  • Introduction to Politics
  • Political Analysis

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year 2

Compulsory

  • Games and Strategies
  • Macroeconomics 2
  • Microeconomics 2
  • Modern Political Thought 1
  • Political Research

Choose at least one from

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

Choose three (including at least one politics module and one economics module) from

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
  • Foreign Policy Analysis
  • International Relations Theory
  • 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
  • Researching Everyday Politics
  • The International Politics of Security
  • The International Politics of the Developing World
  • The UK and the EU
  • War in World Politics

Economics

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

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year 3

Choose at least two Economics modules from

  • Environmental Economics
  • Labour Economics
  • Macroeconomic Policy
  • Political Economy
  • Public Economics

Choose at least two Politics modules from

  • British Economic and Social Policy since 1945: Ideas, Interests and Institutions
  • Gender and Politics
  • Justice in the Global City
  • Parliamentary Studies
  • Political Violence and Liberal Modernity
  • Populism: A Global Perspective
  • Populism in 21st Century Europe
  • Radical Politics Today
  • Socialist Political Thought
  • Utopia and Dystopia: Political, Economic and Literary Dreamworlds 

Choose up to four from

Economics

  • Advanced Microeconomics
  • Applied Econometrics
  • Behavioural Economics
  • Business Cycles
  • Computational Methods in Macroeconomic
  • Corporate Finance
  • Corporate Strategy
  • Development Economics
  • Economics of Technology and Innovation
  • Economics Project
  • Finance of Emerging Markets
  • Futures and Options
  • Health Economics
  • History of Economic Thought
  • International Financial Strategy
  • Topics in Econometrics

Politics

  • Africa and International Politics
  • Analysing Public Policy
  • Contemporary Russian Politics
  • Global Ethics
  • Globalisation: Issues and Debates
  • Nationalism and Ethnicity in International Relations
  • 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

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Study options

Apply for this degree with any of the following options. Take care to use the correct UCAS code - it may not be possible to change your selection later.

Integrated foundation year

International students can apply for our Economics and Politics BSc with an Integrated Foundation Year. The foundation year, taught on campus by Queen Mary lecturers, prepares you for the rest of the programme and can be started in either September or January.

Year abroad

Go global and study abroad as part of your degree – apply for our Economics and Politics BSc with a 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 and what the progression requirements are. 

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

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.

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.

Integrated Foundation Year - January start

Please note that UK students accepted onto Integrated Foundation courses starting in January are not eligible for student loans from Student Finance England.

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.

Careers

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
  • International SOS
  • 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.

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