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Economics and International Relations

Entry Year: 2021

9 study options

Economics and International Relations BSc (Econ) (Hons)

Key information

Degree
BSc (Econ) (Hons)
Duration
3 years
Start
September 2021
UCAS code
L2L1
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 fees
£9,250
International fees
£19,250
Funding information
Paying your fees

Economics and International Relations with Integrated Foundation Year BSc (Econ) (Hons)

Key information

Degree
BSc (Econ) (Hons)
Duration
4 years
Start
September 2021
UCAS code
L2LF
Institution code
Q50
Entry Requirements
Full entry requirements
UK fees
£9,250
International fees
£19,250
Funding information
Paying your fees

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

Key information

Degree
BSc (Econ) (Hons)
Duration
4 years
Start
January 2022
UCAS code
L2LJ
Institution code
Q50
Entry Requirements
Full entry requirements
UK fees
£9,250
International fees
£19,250
Funding information
Paying your fees

Economics and International Relations with a Year in Industry BSc (Econ) (Hons)

Key information

Degree
BSc (Econ) (Hons)
Duration
4 years
Start
September 2021
UCAS code
L1L9
Institution code
Q50
Entry Requirements
Full entry requirements
UK fees
£9,250

Economics and International Relations with a Year in Industry and Integrated Foundation Year BSc (Econ) (Hons)

Key information

Degree
BSc (Econ) (Hons)
Duration
5 years
Start
September 2021
UCAS code
L1L8
Institution code
Q50
Entry Requirements
Full entry requirements
UK fees
£9,250
International fees
£19,250
Funding information
Paying your fees

Economics and International Relations with a Year in Industry and Integrated Foundation Year January Start BSc (Econ) (Hons)

Key information

Degree
BSc (Econ) (Hons)
Duration
5 years
Start
January 2022
UCAS code
L1L7
Institution code
Q50
Entry Requirements
Full entry requirements
UK fees
£9,250
International fees
£19,250
Funding information
Paying your fees

Economics and International Relations with Year Abroad BSc (Econ) (Hons)

Key information

Degree
BSc (Econ) (Hons)
Duration
4 years
Start
September 2021
UCAS code
L2LY
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 fees
£9,250
International fees
£19,250
Funding information
Paying your fees

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

Key information

Degree
BSc (Econ) (Hons)
Duration
5 years
Start
September 2021
UCAS code
L2LX
Institution code
Q50
Entry Requirements
Full entry requirements
UK fees
£9,250
International fees
£19,250
Funding information
Paying your fees

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

Key information

Degree
BSc (Econ) (Hons)
Duration
5 years
Start
January 2022
UCAS code
L2LW
Institution code
Q50
Entry Requirements
Full entry requirements
UK fees
£9,250
International fees
£19,250
Funding information
Paying your fees

Overview

The recent pandemic has shown that the global economy is made up of interconnected countries and their structures and economic policies.

The programme is designed to provide students with a strong grounding in the disciplines of Economics and International Relations, including micro and macro economics, labour and development economics, international political economy, globalisation, international public policy, comparative politics and regional studies, international security and international relations theory. The programme is designed to provide students with a grounding in all of these central issues (especially in years 1 and 2), but at the same time provide sufficient flexibility to specialise in particular themes, topics and areas if they so wish (especially in the final year, but also to some degree in year 2).

This degree will help students develop a strong sense of intellectual integrity, acquire substantial knowledge in the broad fields of Economics and International Relations and apply these skills to wider situations.

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Structure

You can complete your degree in three, four or five years. If you choose to spend a year studying abroad or take a year in industry, 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:

  • World Economy
  • Macroeconomics 1
  • Microeconomics 1
  • Mathematical Methods in Economics and Finance
  • Personal and Career Development Plan 1
  • Introduction to International Relations

Optional (choose one of):

  • Political Analysis
  • Global Sociology

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year 2

Compulsory:

  • Theories of International Relations
  • Political Data Research
  • Personal and Career Development Plan 2
  • Macroeconomics 2
  • Microeconomics 2
  • Games and Strategies

Optional (choose one of):

  • International Finance
  • International Trade

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year 3

Compulsory

  • Personal and Career Development Plan 3

Choose at least two Economics modules from:

  • Business Cycles
  • Macroeconomic Policy
  • Labour Economics
  • Development Economics
  • History of Economic Thought

Choose at least two International Relations modules from:

Choose up to four from:

  • Advanced Microeconomics
  • Behavioural Economics
  • Corporate Strategy
  • Economics of Innovation and Technology
  • Economics Project
  • Environmental Economics
  • Health Economics
  • Political Economy
  • Public Economics

 

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 International Relations 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 in industry

Develop your business skills and spend a year on placement – apply for our Year in Industry option. You'll put your understanding of economics into practice in a real-world environment, gaining invaluable experience for your future career. Find out more

Year abroad

Go global and study abroad as part of your degree – apply for our Economics and Finance 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. 

You can do either a year in industry or a year abroad - you cannot combine these options. 

Teaching

Teaching and learning

You will receive approximately three hours of weekly contact time per module, in the form of 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.

Student Support at the School of Economics and Finance

Assessment

Assessment is by a variety of methods including formal examinations, in-class tests, coursework of various forms, presentations, independent dissertation. Most modules will have two methods of assessment.

Resources and facilities

You will study Economics and International Relations in one of Queen Mary’s newest buildings – the Graduate Centre which opened in 2017. The £39m building was built with energy efficiency in mind, and provides access to the latest banking and finance industry software used by economists in finance or government.

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

  • a trading floor set up with Bloomberg terminals
  • two computer labs exclusively for student use
  • subscriptions to the major statistical databases and software packages used by finance and government
  • online access to the Financial Times and The Economist
  • exclusive use of market-leading psychometrics software, meaning you will be able to prepare for job selection processes.

 

Our designated computer labs that have a wide range of industry packages including Eviews, Maple, Mathematica, Matlab and Stata. You can access economic and financial data through platforms including Macrobond, Wharton Research Data Services and The Economist, and get free access to popular industry publications.

The building itself has a Harvard-style lecture theatre and a number of spacious seminar rooms to facilitate your learning experience. The ground-floor Café Grad serves Starbucks Coffee, as well as a tasty selection of sandwiches, salads and cakes.

As an Economics and Finance student, you will also have full access to the university’s academic and pastoral support. You will be assigned an academic adviser who will guide and support you throughout your studies at Queen Mary.

Entry requirements

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. We will consider either Mathematics: Applications and interpretation or Mathematics: Analysis and approaches 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.
EPQ

Alternative offers may be made to applicants taking the Extended Project Qualification.

For further information please visit: qmul.ac.uk/undergraduate/entry/epq

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.

Academic requirements

This programme combines a three-year degree with a bespoke foundation year, providing you with a smooth pathway as an international or EU student whose prior education or English language proficiency does not enable you to apply directly for a three-year degree.

This programme is designed for students who have completed a good high school education that consists of at least 12 years study. For full country specific entry requirements and qualification equivalencies visit: qmul.ac.uk/international/countries

Applicants who have studied A levels in the UK will be considered on a case by case basis.

If you have taken both GCSE and A level exams (or equivalent qualifications) in the UK you will not be considered for admission to this programme. In such cases we recommend that you apply for the relevant three year programme with entry in year 1.

English language requirements

Minimum of IELTS 6.0, with a minimum of 5.5 in each component.

Academic requirements

This programme combines a three-year degree with a bespoke foundation year, providing you with a smooth pathway as an international or EU student whose prior education or English language proficiency does not enable you to apply directly for a three-year degree.

This programme is designed for students who have completed a good high school education that consists of at least 12 years study. For full country specific entry requirements and qualification equivalencies visit: qmul.ac.uk/international/countries

Applicants who have studied A levels in the UK will be considered on a case by case basis.

If you have taken both GCSE and A level exams (or equivalent qualifications) in the UK you will not be considered for admission to this programme. In such cases we recommend that you apply for the relevant three year programme with entry in year 1.

English language requirements

Minimum of IELTS 6.0, with a minimum of 5.5 in each component.

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. We will consider either Mathematics: Applications and interpretation or Mathematics: Analysis and approaches 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. For further information please visit: qmul.ac.uk/undergraduate/entry/epq
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.

Academic requirements

This programme combines a three-year degree with a bespoke foundation year, providing you with a smooth pathway as an international or EU student whose prior education or English language proficiency does not enable you to apply directly for a three-year degree.

This programme is designed for students who have completed a good high school education that consists of at least 12 years study. For full country specific entry requirements and qualification equivalencies visit: qmul.ac.uk/international/countries

Applicants who have studied A levels in the UK will be considered on a case by case basis.

If you have taken both GCSE and A level exams (or equivalent qualifications) in the UK you will not be considered for admission to this programme. In such cases we recommend that you apply for the relevant three year programme with entry in year 1.

English language requirements

Minimum of IELTS 6.0, with a minimum of 5.5 in each component.

Academic requirements

This programme combines a three-year degree with a bespoke foundation year, providing you with a smooth pathway as an international or EU student whose prior education or English language proficiency does not enable you to apply directly for a three-year degree.

This programme is designed for students who have completed a good high school education that consists of at least 12 years study. For full country specific entry requirements and qualification equivalencies visit: qmul.ac.uk/international/countries

Applicants who have studied A levels in the UK will be considered on a case by case basis.

If you have taken both GCSE and A level exams (or equivalent qualifications) in the UK you will not be considered for admission to this programme. In such cases we recommend that you apply for the relevant three year programme with entry in year 1.

English language requirements

Minimum of IELTS 6.0, with a minimum of 5.5 in each component.

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.

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.

Careers

This degree offers professional training in economics and International Relations, providing an excellent basis for employment in the private or state sector or for further academic study.

Our graduates go on to a wide range of careers within large financial companies, professional services firms and high-profile public sector organisations.

Recent Economics graduates have been hired by:

  • Deloitte
  • EY
  • Goldman Sachs
  • HMRC
  • KPMG
  • PwC

Career support

The School of Economics and Finance runs weekly careers workshops and events. Our annual 'Focus on Economics' and 'Focus on Finance' programmes offer exclusive workshops which will give you a thorough understanding of 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 giving students opportunities to visit a range of employers – which in the past has included Barclays, Lloyds of London and KPMG.

The Queen Mary careers team can 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.

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Unistats data for these courses

Economics and International Relations - BSc (Econ) (Hons)

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

Economics and International Relations with a Year in Industry - BSc (Econ) (Hons)

Economics and International Relations with a Year in Industry and Integrated Foundation Year - BSc (Econ) (Hons)

Economics and International Relations with Year Abroad - BSc (Econ) (Hons)

Economics and International Relations 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 fourth in London and 25th among all economics departments nationally by the Complete University Guide 2020.
 
As one of London’s top Schools of Economics and Finance, we provide a solid foundation in economic and financial theory and practice, driven by research-led teaching from experts in the field, ensuring that not only will you be studying at the cutting edge of these disciplines, but also across a wide range of extracurricular school activities to enhance your learning experience.

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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