BSc Economics and Political Science

Start date
September
Duration
3 years
UCAS code
LL12
Course Type
Undergraduate, Joint Honours combined
Fees

For 2020/21:
£9,250 (Home/EU students)
£18,780 (Overseas)

More fees and funding details.

Our BSc Economics and Political Science degree brings together two subjects that are intrinsically linked within our society. This joint honours course will prepare you to tackle a wide range of pressing issues, such as the impact of climate change on the economy, the financial crises, trade agreements and income tax.


Every economic choice is a political choice and they affect large groups of people; such as taxation, interest rates and government spending. Studying economics and political science will teach you how to understand the behaviour of populations and how people respond to economic decisions. You will learn how this knowledge and research can be applied for maximum benefit in areas such as environment, energy, charity, philanthropy, public policy, society and finance.

Working alongside experts in the fields of economics and political science, you will develop the skills required to make informed, responsible decisions and to positively impact society in a diverse range of careers.

The Economics and Political Science BSc programme

In your 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.

In the second 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.

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.

Modules

First year


Core modules

You must also take one of the following: (dependent on whether you have A level Mathematics)

Second year


Core modules

Optional modules

One module from the following list:

Plus two optional modules from POLSIS. 

Final year


Core modules

You must take one of the following:

You will also take at least one of either Advanced Macroeconomics and/or Advanced Microeconomics 

Optional modules

Optional modules from Economics include:

You will also take a number of optional modules from POLSIS. 

Please note: The modules listed on the website for this programme are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up-to-date and informed by the latest research and teaching methods. Unless indicated otherwise, the modules listed for this programme are for students starting in 2020. On rare occasions, we may need to make unexpected changes to compulsory modules; in this event we will contact offer holders as soon as possible to inform or consult them as appropriate.

Fees

Home/EU students

Undergraduate Home/EU student fees 2020-21
Fee Band Full-time
Undergraduate £9,250

Overseas students entering in 2020-21

Overseas students entering in 2020-21
Fee Band (Undergraduate) Full-time
Band 2 £18,780

Visit our tuition fees page for more information.

Scholarships

At Birmingham we ensure that fears about finance do not constrain prospective students from considering university and that excellence is rewarded.

The University offers a range of additional financial support for students studying at Birmingham in the form of bursaries, grants and scholarships.

Learn more about our scholarships and awards. 


For EU students applying for the 2020/21 academic year

The UK Government has confirmed that EU students will continue to be eligible for 'home fee status' for entry in September 2020, and will continue to have access to financial support available via student loans for the duration of their course. For more information take a look at the gov.uk website.

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.

Standard offer

International Requirements



Number of A levels required:
3
Typical offer:
AAB
Required subjects and grades:
GCSE Mathematics grade 7/A
General Studies:
not accepted

BTEC requirements

BTEC Extended Diploma, Diploma and Subsidiary Diploma are all accepted but subjects are considered on a case by case basis - contact us for further guidance.

Other qualifications are considered – learn more about entry requirements

International Students

International Baccalaureate Diploma: 6,6,5 at Higher Level with a minimum of 32 points overall.

International baccalaureate update: Please note that we have reviewed our policy on the IB Diploma for 2016 entry and our offers will now focus on performance in Higher Level subjects. For more information and details please read our 2016 IB Diploma requirements.

Standard English language requirements apply

Learn more about international entry requirements

Depending on your chosen course of study, you may also be interested in one of our foundation pathways, which offer specially structured programmes for international students whose qualifications are not accepted for direct entry to UK universities. Further details can be found on Birmingham International Academy web pages.

Responsible for your learning

Economics is important, it means passing on our state-of-the-art knowledge to the next generation as part of our responsibility to the profession and to you.  Our responsibility is to help teach you to communicate what you have learnt and how it can be applied … to prospective employers, to your parents, to all the people who benefit from the making of informed decisions.

How you will be assessed

Your modules will be assessed using a combination of coursework, exams and tests, the mix of which will be dependent upon the modules you choose.

Your personal tutor

From the moment you begin your economics degree you will have a personal tutor who will help to guide your academic progress and support your general wellbeing. They will meet you on a regular basis either individually or in a small group throughout the year.

Contact hours

You can expect around 15 contact hours per week, depending on your year of study and the optional modules you've chosen. The remainder of the week consists of self-guided study.

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 it is important that you have a smooth transition into University. You will be able to talk to your tutors about this and discuss 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.

Responsible for your career prospects

As a graduate of Birmingham Business School and a Russell Group University, you are an attractive prospect to employers, of which there is an impressive pool within Birmingham itself: for example, ONS, Price Waterhouse Coopers, Bank of England, KPMG, Ernst and Young, etc.

Economics also gives you a wealth of transferrable skills that will be desirable if you decide to go on to work in a different field: from strategic, logical thinking to clear communication. 

Careers Network

Our award-winning Careers Network is a dedicated service for you. Our expert professionals can provide you with guidance and support to help you succeed after university. We hold workshops, fairs and 1:1 consultations to help you develop your skills. All the support you need is here for you, it’s up to you to make the most of it.

Visit the Careers Network website for more details