Politics and Economics BA, 3-4 years

Start date:

2018
2019

Politics and economics will always go hand in hand. In this degree, you’ll explore how each discipline impacts the other, how to analyse political issues and ideologies, and what it takes to solve real-world economic problems.

Typical offer
BBB
UCAS code
LL12
Department
Politics and International Relations, School of Business

Admissions enquiries
+44 (0)116 252 5281
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Course enquiries
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Course description

Course description

Politics and Economics are subjects that go hand in hand because one will always have an impact on the other. Economics studies the ways in which external factors influence the economy and politics is one of the many external factors that has an impact on the economy. The success or failure of the economy is also a key aspect of political debate.

Over the course of your degree you will learn how to analyse political ideas and ideologies and to consider the problems facing diverse political systems. You will also cover the core subjects of microeconomics and macroeconomics, along with basic mathematical and statistical techniques which will help with solving economic problems.

In your third year you will be able to choose all your modules from a wide list of politics and economics modules that you can pursue your own interests and delve deeper into the topics that interest you the most.

As well as examining the workings of political systems in Britain and other states, you will explore some of the most important and interesting issues in politics: Who holds power and why? Is there a crisis of political participation? What are the appropriate limits to individual liberty? Is globalisation a positive process?

Politics and International Relations at Leicester is a dynamic and friendly community. Politics has been taught at Leicester since the 1940s and we have always been at the cutting edge of British political science – we aim to fire your intellectual curiosity about the politics of the world.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

  • A/AS Levels: BBB. All subjects accepted. Two AS-levels considered in place of one A-level. 
  • EPQ with A-levels: BBC + EPQ at grade B.
  • GCSE: Grade B (5) required in Mathematics.
  • Access to HE Diploma: Pass Diploma with 45 credits at Level 3, including 25 credits at Distinction.
  • International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 28 points, including a minimum of 15 points at Higher Level.  Minimum of 5 in SL Mathematics or 6 in SL Maths Studies or 4 in HL Mathematics if not held at GCSE.
  • BTEC Nationals: Full Diploma with DDM.

Other national and international qualifications considered. If you do not meet the entry requirements for this course, you can apply for the International Foundation Year run by our dedicated International Study Centre. The ISC provides academic and English language support to help you progress to your chosen undergraduate degree at the University of Leicester.

Second year entry may be possible with suitable qualifications.

Selection Process

When considering your application, we will look for evidence that you will be able to fulfil the objectives of the course and achieve the standards required. We will take into account a range of factors including previous exam results.

Applicants are not normally interviewed. If you receive an offer you will be invited to visit the University.

English Language Requirements

IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard.

International Qualifications

Find your country in this list to check equivalent qualifications, scholarships and additional requirements.

Countries list

Fees and funding

Fees and funding

UK and EU Students

Starting in 2019

  • £9,250 in your first year. Tuition fees are subject to government regulations and may change in future years
  • Year Abroad: your fee will be £1,250 for that year

Find out more about scholarships and funding.

International Students

Starting in 2019

Tuition fees for 2019/20 are yet to be confirmed.

As an indication of what you might pay, the fees for students who started in 2018/19 were:

  • £15,980 per year
  • Year Abroad: £3,995, which is 25% of the full-time tuition fee

Find out more about scholarships and funding.

Careers and employability

Careers and employability

We are aware of the expectation for a degree to enhance your career prospects. With this in mind, we have worked with the University of Leicester Career Development Service to design modules that will ensure you are well equipped to secure graduate roles or places on postgraduate courses.

Our careers tutor and Student Support Manager will also provide information, advice and guidance on the graduate job application process.

Read about some of our recent graduates.

Our Career Development Service is here to support you, with advice on interviews, CVs, work experience, volunteering and more. From Freshers’ Week to Graduation and beyond, they are here to help you reach your professional goals.

Related courses

Related courses

Course structure

Year 1

Year 1

Core modules

Option modules

Choose two option modules from:

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Year 2

Year 2

Core modules

Option modules

Choose two option modules from:

Then choose two option modules from:

If you plan to take the Politics dissertation in your Final Year, you must take the two Political Analysis modules.

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Year Abroad (optional)

Year Abroad (optional)

If you want to, you can spend your third year studying abroad at one of our partner institutions (eligibility is dependent on your academic performance in Years 1 and 2). Alternatively, you can opt to continue studying at the University and complete your degree in three years.

Studying abroad is not just for people who are interested in travelling and meeting new people. It is about acquiring life skills that are becoming increasingly significant for a wide range of jobs in our modern globalised society. Whether you go on to work in the private sector, the state sector, a non-governmental organisation, or become self-employed you will find the experience invaluable. Find out more from our International Office.

Please note that a year spent abroad still incurs a tuition fee, but this is much lower than for a normal year at Leicester. See our Fees and Funding section for details.

Politics and International Relations at Leicester has links with several European universities, administered through the European Erasmus scheme. If you are eligible for a loan from Student Finance you can apply for a travel grant from them. During your second year at Leicester you will receive appropriate language training.

  • For the latest information on the future of the Erasmus scheme at UK universities please see our Brexit microsite 

We have links with the following universities:

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Final Year (Politics dissertation)

Final Year (Politics dissertation)

Core module

Option modules

If you take the Politics dissertation in your Final Year, you will choose one Politics module and four Economics modules.

You can choose:

  • One module from List A1 plus two modules from List A2 plus two modules from List B2, or
  • One module from List B1 plus three modules from List A2 plus one module from List B2.

List A1: Politics modules

List A2: Economics modules

List B1: Politics modules

List B2: Economics modules

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Final Year (Economics dissertation)

Final Year (Economics dissertation)

Core module

Option modules

If you take the Economics dissertation in your Final Year, you will choose three Economics modules and four Politics modules.

You can choose:

  • One module from List A1 plus three modules from List A2 plus three modules from List B1, or
  • Two modules from List A1 plus two modules from list A2 plus two modules from List B1 plus one module from List B2, or
  • Three modules from List A1 plus one module from list A2 plus one module from List B1 plus two module from List B2, or
  • Four modules from List A1 plus three modules from List B2.

List A1: Politics modules

List A2: Economics modules

List B1: Politics modules

List B2: Economics modules

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Why Leicester?

Our 12 Bloomberg terminals let you see how traders work and also access financial news and information, including real-time stock quotes 24/7. By using this industry standard platform, you will develop skills that top employers ask for.

Our research strengths in Politics include: political participation; political parties in Europe; ethics and war; environmental politics; Euroscepticism, and US social policy.

Politics Review, the leading magazine for students of Politics, has been associated with Politics at Leicester for over 25 years.

We run a popular seminar programme delivered by our staff and guest speakers from prestigious institutions around the world. Gain valuable insights and debate current economics topics with these leading scholars.

Politics and International Relations at Leicester

A diverse university in an international city, Marija found Leicester the ideal place to study.

Teaching and learning

Teaching

You will be taught by a combination of lectures and small group seminars. Seminars are designed to delve deeper into topics covered in your lectures in order to encourage discussion, exploration and application of issues.

Assessment

You will be assessed through a variety of methods including written examination, assessed essay, reports, briefing papers and presentations.

You will have regular meetings with your personal tutor to discuss progress in your studies. Your personal tutor will also provide a sympathetic ear for all matters of personal concern, whether they be academic, financial, housing, career or social issues.

Independent learning

When not attending lectures, seminars or other timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for exams. To help with your independent learning, you can access the Library and our social study spaces in halls of residence.

Your contact hours will depend on the option modules you select. You can see details of the contact hours on individual module pages.

Academic support

Our Student Learning Development Team provides help in the following areas:

  • study and exam skills
  • academic writing
  • presentations
  • dissertations
  • numerical data skills
  • referencing sources

Our AccessAbility Centre offers support and practical help for students with dyslexia or other specific learning difficulties, including physical, mental health or mobility difficulties, deafness, or visual impairment.

Teaching staff

You will be taught by an experienced teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. PhD research students who have undertaken teacher training may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader. Our teaching is informed by the research we do. You can learn more about our staff by visiting our staff profiles.

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Major/Minor degrees enable you to create your own degree. You can study a core area in depth (your major subject), while also exploring an additional area (your minor subject). Why not complement your Major with a subject that you enjoyed before, or which has vocational elements that can boost your career prospects? Alternatively, you may want to try something completely new that you’ve always been interested in, like a language.

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