Economics and Political Science BSc

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A Joint Honours degree programme involves the study of two subjects to Honours degree level. If you study a subject in a Joint Honours programme, you work at exactly the same level and to the same academic standard as students taking that subject in a Single Honours programme. Joint Honours students are simply required to choose fewer topics from the range of options available in each half of the programme. 

If you want to take advantage of a unique opportunity to be supported with a work placement opportunity as part of your final year, this course includes the opportunity to undertake a 'Professional Development' module as part of your optional module choices.

Course fact file

UCAS code: LL12

Duration: 3 years

Places Available: 233 Part of Economics target

Applications in 2011: 77

Typical Offer: AAB, GCSE Maths grade A if not offered at AS or A2 level (More detailed entry requirements and the international qualifications accepted can be found in the course details)

Start date: September 2014

Contact

For information about admissions procedure, entry requirements etc, please e-mail the Economics Admissions Officer, Ben Weston, b.a.weston@bham.ac.uk.

For information about content and structure of the degree programme, please e-mail the Admissions Tutor, Dr Marco Barassi: jheconomics-admissions@contacts.bham.ac.uk, Telephone enquiries: +44 (0)121 414 6648

Details

The economist exercises the analytical skills needed to tackle many of the complexities of the modern world.

Whether the subject is financial crises, the impact of climate change on the economy, trade agreements or income tax, we understand them all better with the insights of economics. The Economics degree programmes at Birmingham give you a sound training – in theory and in practice – for tackling a wide range of relevant problems.

First year

You are introduced to the main facets of the discipline: statistics, microeconomics and macroeconomics. You learn about computer-based methods for analysing economic data, and explore topics in applied economics. There are modules on Economic History, along with a Quantitative Methods course for students looking for a higher level of technical skill.

Second year

In this year you consolidate the main areas of the subject and begin to explore the many optional modules on offer. You might opt for theoretical or mathematical economics or study more applied topics.

Third year

The emphasis in your final year shifts towards the application of economic theory and how this impacts on policy-making.

If you want to take advantage of a unique opportunity to be supported with a work placement opportunity as part of your final year, this course includes the opportunity to undertake a 'Professional Development' module as part of your optional module choices.

Why study this course

You know that a course at the University of Birmingham is an investment in your future. 

From day 1 at Birmingham you can access lots of support and guidance to help you gain the vital careers and employability skills that can really help you stand out from the crowd. 

There are lots of opportunities available for you to develop skills employers value both within your degree programme and outside. For example:

  • You can apply for an internship, with university funded bursaries to help with costs
  • Join our Personal Skills Award (PSA) scheme, which credits the work you do on a voluntary activities outside your degree, or through extra modules you can take over 2 years 
  • Become ‘enterprising’ and take advantage of mentoring and help from loads of ‘Entrepreneurship and Innovation’ activities on campus
  • Or you could get involved in our Alumni Mentoring scheme and learn from the best of the best 

There is also a dedicated team of people who can help and support you including careers and employability advisers, internship officers and an application support adviser who specialise in working with students just like you. You can ask for individual advice, attend workshops and careers events tailored to your degree programme. You can browse web resources, which includes careers information, job adverts for work experience and internships, details of careers fairs and events such as presentations from past graduates. 

Birmingham is just the start of the journey. We’ll make sure you have all the support you need to help you develop, gain knowledge and the confidence you will need to make decisions about your future. 

Modules

Modules in the first year

Compulsory modules

Choose List B if you have A Level Maths at Grade C or above, and List A if you do not:

Last A

List B

Modules in the second year

Compulsory modules

Optional modules

Choose 40 credits from the following modules: Where modules are linked, both elements must be chosen.

Choose courses to the value of 20 credits from the following, where modules are linked, both elements must be chosen:

Modules in the third year

Compulsory modules

Optional modules

This course includes the unique opportunity to be supported with a work placement opportunity as part of your final year, undertaking a 'Professional Development' module as part of your optional module choices.

Choose 80 credits from the following

Fees and funding

Standard fees apply 
Learn more about fees and funding

Scholarships
Learn more about our scholarships and awards

Entry requirements

Number of A levels required: 3

Typical offer: AAB, GCSE Maths grade A if not offered at AS or A2 level

Required subjects and grades: GCSE Mathematics grade A if not offered at AS or A2 level

General Studies: not accepted

Additional information:

Other qualifications are considered – learn more about entry requirements

International students:

International Baccalaureate Diploma: 36–38 points

Standard English language requirements apply
Learn more about international entry requirements

Depending on your chosen course of study, you may also be interested in the Birmingham Foundation Academy, a specially structured programme for international students whose qualifications are not accepted for direct entry to UK universities. Further details can be found on the foundation academy web pages.

How to apply

Apply through the UCAS website using code LL12.

The below video is a step-by-step guide on applying through the UCAS process.

UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) is a UK organisation responsible for managing applications to university and college.

View further advice on 'How to apply for undergraduate courses', including advice for UK, EU and overseas applicants.

Key Information Set (KIS)

Key Information Sets (KIS) are comparable sets of information about full- or part-time undergraduate courses and are designed to meet the information needs of prospective students.

All KIS information has been published on the Unistats website and can also be accessed via the small advert, or ‘widget’, below. On the Unistats website you are able to compare all the KIS data for each course with data for other courses.

The development of Key Information Sets (KIS) formed part of HEFCE’s work to enhance the information that is available about higher education. They give you access to reliable and comparable information in order to help you make informed decisions about what and where to study.

The KIS contains information which prospective students have identified as useful, such as student satisfaction, graduate outcomes, learning and teaching activities, assessment methods, tuition fees and student finance, accommodation and professional accreditation.

Contact

For information about admissions procedure, entry requirements etc, please e-mail the Economics Admissions Officer, Ben Weston, b.a.weston@bham.ac.uk.

For information about content and structure of the degree programme, please e-mail the Admissions Tutor, Dr Marco Barassi: jheconomics-admissions@contacts.bham.ac.uk, Telephone enquiries: +44 (0)121 414 6648

Learning and teaching

You know that a course at the University of Birmingham is an investment in your future. 

This degree has been developed in response to the changing economic, commercial and financial environment as well as developing research in leadership and change management to ensure that is it directly relevant to the needs of industry as well as students.

Your learning will take place in a range of different settings, from scheduled teaching in lectures and small group tutorials, to self-study and peer group learning (for example preparing and delivering presentations with your classmates).

Your learning will take place in a range of different settings, from scheduled teaching in lectures and small group tutorials, to self-study and peer group learning (for example preparing and delivering presentations with your classmates).

To begin with you may find this way of working challenging, but rest assured that we’ll enable you to make this transition and you’ll soon be benefiting from some of the most highly regarded teaching in this subject in the country, as our independent accrediatations show.

You will have access to a comprehensive support system that will assist and encourage you, including personal tutors and welfare tutors who can help with both academic and welfare issues, and a formal transition review during your first year to check on your progress and offer you help for any particular areas where you need support.

Find out more about our academics' approaches to teaching and learning.

Personal Tutor

From the outset, you will be assigned your own Personal Tutor who will get to know you as you progress through your studies, providing academic and welfare advice, encouraging you and offering assistance in any areas you may feel you need extra support to make the most of your potential and your time here at Birmingham.

Contact hours

As well as time with your lecturers and personal tutor, academic and professional services staff (like our dedicated Careers Network team) will be aviailable to offer individual and group support throughout your time here at Birmingham.

Learning settings

You’ll find academic and professional staff involved in the delivery of your degree here at Birmingham located in University House. Set in landscaped gardens this multi-million pound home to Birmingham Business School is equipped with the latest facilities and technology to ensure your studies are inspired by their surroundings.Lectures and teaching will take place in a variety of versatile lecture theatres and breakout rooms which, as well as the traditional whiteboard and pen, are equipped with wireless connection and constantly updated technology including all the audio-visual equipment that you would expect from one of the UK’s premier insitutions.

Click and drag in the image above to take a virtual tour of our lecture theatre

Small-group tutorials/personal tutorials run alongside our lectures, addressing any individual problems you may have and allowing you to consolidate lecture material, as well as test your understanding through problem-solving exercises.

Self study is an essential part of the programme and requires self motivation and enthusiasm for your subject. It also allows you to pursue your own lines of enquiry and become an independent thinker.

Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) is an excellent tool for supporting our academic courses, allowing you to share throughts on assignments with other students via the discussion group facilities, and even submit your work electronically.

Enquiry Based Learning (EBL) is a group activity which requires you to work in a team, with a variety of assessment methods; in either a group or individually, by written reports and sometimes as a presentation. Based on techniques used in research-led organisations like the University of Birmingham, EBL gives you a research-orientated approach to a problem and helps you to gain essential skills that are highly valued by employers.

Assessment methods

Studying at degree-level is likely to be very different from your previous experience of learning and teaching.  You will be expected to think, discuss and engage critically with the subject and find things out for yourself.  We will enable you to make this transition to a new style of learning, and the way that you are assessed during your studies will help you develop the essential skills you need to make a success of your time at Birmingham. 

You’ll be assessed in a variety of ways, and these may be different with each module that you take.  You will be assessed through coursework which may take the form of essays, group and individual presentations,  laboratory-based work (depending on your chosen degree) and formal exams.

During your first year you will undergo a formal ‘transition’ review to see how you are getting on and if there are particular areas where you need support.  This is in addition to the personal tutor who is based in your school or department and can help with any academic issues you encounter.

At the beginning of each module, you’ll be given information on how and when you’ll be assessed for that particular programme of study.  You’ll receive feedback on each assessment within four weeks, so that you can learn from and build on what you have done.  You’ll be given feedback on any exams that you take; if you should fail an exam we will ensure that particularly detailed feedback is made available to enable you to learn for the future.

Contact

For information about admissions procedure, entry requirements etc, please e-mail the Economics Admissions Officer, Ben Weston, b.a.weston@bham.ac.uk.

For information about content and structure of the degree programme, please e-mail the Admissions Tutor, Dr Marco Barassi: jheconomics-admissions@contacts.bham.ac.uk, Telephone enquiries: +44 (0)121 414 6648

Employability

Preparation for your career should be one of the first things you think about as you start university. Whether you have a clear idea of where your future aspirations lie or want to consider the broad range of opportunities available once you have a Birmingham degree, our Careers Network can help you achieve your goal.

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Our unique careers guidance service is tailored to your academic subject area, offering a specialised team (in each of the five academic colleges) who can give you expert advice. Our team source exclusive work experience opportunities to help you stand out amongst the competition, with mentoring, global internships and placements available to you. Once you have a career in your sights, one-to-one support with CV’s and job applications will help give you the edge. In addition, our employer-endorsed award-winning Personal Skills Award (PSA) recognises your extra-curricular activities, and provides an accredited employability programme designed to improve your career prospects. 

If you want to take advantage of a unique opportunity to be supported with a work placement opportunity as part of your final year, this course includes the opportunity to undertake a 'Professional Development' module as part of your optional module choices.

Your Birmingham degree is evidence of your ability to succeed in a demanding academic environment. Employers target Birmingham students for their drive, diversity, communication and problem-solving skills, their team-working abilities and cultural awareness, and our graduate employment statistics have continued to climb at a rate well above national trends. If you make the most of the wide range of services you will be able to develop your career from the moment you arrive.

Contact

For information about admissions procedure, entry requirements etc, please e-mail the Economics Admissions Officer, Ben Weston, b.a.weston@bham.ac.uk.

For information about content and structure of the degree programme, please e-mail the Admissions Tutor, Dr Marco Barassi: jheconomics-admissions@contacts.bham.ac.uk, Telephone enquiries: +44 (0)121 414 6648