BSc Politics and Economics

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The BSc (Hons) Politics and Economics degree programme combines a grounding in economic analysis with the study of theory and practice of politics and international relations.

Offered in conjunction with the School of Political, Social and International Studies, it is ideal for those who wish to gain a thorough and high level training in economics with the additional detailed insight into political science.

Whether you are interested in business, politics or simply how the world ticks, economics is a wonderful discipline for understanding how individuals make choices, how those choices create markets, and how markets interact to create national and global economies.


This degree programme allows you to study both economics and politics in a combined approach, giving you a thorough and high-level training in economics alongside providing you with a detailed insight into political science.

As with the BSc Economics degree, this course will give you a thorough and high level training in economics but with the additional emphasis on political science. Many real social problems require both economic and political analysis, and mastering both will enable you to present more comprehensive and satisfactory predictions and recommendations; skills that are in heavy demand by employers.

We have received excellent feedback from our students, having been ranked first for academic support and second for overall satisfaction in the 2016 National Student Survey. We also have a 100 per cent employability success rate (DLHE 2014/15).

The course is taught by academics from the School of Economics together with the School of Political, Social and International Studies, and our students benefit directly from their combined expertise.

Course Structure

In the first and second years, two thirds of your modules will be delivered by the School of Economics, providing you with conceptual and practical tools relevant to economics. The other third of your modules will focus on developing your knowledge of political science. The third year of study will focus on the political application of knowledge, with two thirds of your programme of study lead by the School of Political, Social and International Studies.

Year 1

You will study a number of core modules in economics and business, allowing you to establish your understanding of macro and microeconomics. You will also be taught economic modelling and statistical techniques in the ‘Introductory Mathematics’ and ‘Statistics for Economists’ modules.

You will also have the opportunity to select optional modules from a diverse range offered by School of Political, Social and International Studies.

Year 2

You will continue to develop your understanding of macro and microeconomics through the ‘Intermediate Economics’ module.  ‘Applied Economic Analysis’ is a second year module which will develop your statistical skills further, while simultaneously helping you to apply learned theory to case studies. Modules such as this are specifically designed to enhance the employability of our graduates.

Your study of economics will be complemented by a selection of modules from the School of Political, Social and International Studies.

Year 3

In your third year you will choose one module from a diverse range offered by the School of Economics. The remainder of your third year studies will be made up of modules from a broad curriculum of political disciplines, to which you will be able to apply learning from your studies of economics.


Assessment is carried out through examinations and a variety of forms of coursework, including essays, oral presentations, research exercises and group work.

  • Essays are used for testing general levels of understanding and ability to apply concepts
  • Course tests are used for checking on mastery of technical material
  • Econometric projects are used for testing ability to apply, interpret and assess statistical techniques
  • Critical review of an academic article is employed in order to test both understanding and the ability to critically assess
  • Examinations allow for open-ended treatment of material.

What Next?

You will be well placed to choose from a wide range of career opportunities, including business, consulting, banking, politics, insurance, working in the Civil Service, business economics, personnel, accountancy, actuarial work, marketing, investment and financial risk analysis, and international organisations.

Many of our graduates go on to build careers in leading organisations, both nationally and internationally, such as:

  • HSBC
  • Bank of America
  • Goldman Sachs
  • Government Economic Services
  • KPMG
  • JP Morgan
  • Grant Thornton
  • UN – United Nations
  • Santander
  • Citi Bank
  • Barclays
  • Lloyds
  • Bank of England
  • Aviva
  • PwC
  • Deloitte
  • BDO

Economics graduates are also amongst the best paid: the HESA survey shows that economics sits just behind medical and engineering degrees at the top of the graduate salaries table. 

Course Modules

Year 1

Compulsory Modules:

  • Introductory Macroeconomics
  • Introductory Microeconomics
  • Introductory Mathematics for Economists*
  • Introductory Statistics for Economists
  • Introduction to Contemporary Politics

Optional Modules:

  • Global Politics
  • Introduction to Political Communication

*This module is specifically for students without A level Mathematics (or equivalent). Students with A level Mathematics will take Mathematics for Economists, which covers the same topics as Introductory Mathematics but at a more advanced level.


Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff or sabbatical leave. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

Entry Requirements

  • A Level ABB excluding General Studies
  • International Baccalaureate 32 points
  • Scottish Advanced Highers ABB
  • Irish Leaving Certificate AABBBB OR 2 subjects at H1, 4 at H2
  • Access Course An ARTS/Humanities/Social Science pathway preferred. Pass with Distinction in 30 credits at Level 3 and Merit in 15 credits at Level 3
  • European Baccalaureate 75%

Entry Requirement

You are required to have English Language at a minimum of Grade C or Grade 4 or above and Mathematics at Grade B or Grade 5 or above at GCSE.

A GCE A-Level in General Studies and ifs Diploma are not accepted.

UEA recognises that some students take a mixture of International Baccalaureate IB or International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme IBCP study rather than the full diploma, taking Higher levels in addition to A levels and/or BTEC qualifications. At UEA we do consider a combination of qualifications for entry, provided a minimum of three qualifications are taken at a higher Level. In addition some degree programmes require specific subjects at a higher level.

Students for whom English is a Foreign language

We welcome applications from students from all academic backgrounds. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including writing, speaking, listening and reading):

  • IELTS: 6.0 overall (minimum 5.5 in any component)

We also accept a number of other English language tests. Please click here to see our full list.

INTO University of East Anglia

If you do not meet the academic and or English requirements for direct entry our partner, INTO University of East Anglia offers guaranteed progression on to this undergraduate degree upon successful completion of a preparation programme. Depending on your interests, and your qualifications you can take a variety of routes to this degree:

International Foundation in Business, Economics, Society and Culture

International Foundation in Mathematics and Actuarial Sciences

International Foundation in Computing with Management


The majority of candidates will not be called for an interview and a decision will be made via UCAS Track. However, for some students an interview will be requested. You may be called for an interview to help the School of Study, and you, understand if the course is the right choice for you.  The interview will cover topics such as your current studies, reasons for choosing the course and your personal interests and extra-curricular activities.  Where an interview is required the Admissions Service will contact you directly to arrange a convenient time.

Gap Year

We welcome applications from students who have already taken or intend to take a gap year.  We believe that a year between school and university can be of substantial benefit. You are advised to indicate your reason for wishing to defer entry and to contact directly to discuss this further.


The School's annual intake is in September of each year.

Fees and Funding

Undergraduate University Fees and Financial Support: Home and EU Students

Tuition Fees

Please see our webpage for further information on the current amount of tuition fees payable for Home and EU students and for details of the support available.

Scholarships and Bursaries

We are committed to ensuring that costs do not act as a barrier to those aspiring to come to a world leading university and have developed a funding package to reward those with excellent qualifications and assist those from lower income backgrounds. 

Home/EU - The University of East Anglia offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships.  To check if you are eligible please visit the website.


Undergraduate University Fees and Financial Support: International Students

Tuition Fees

Please see our webpage for further information on the current amount of tuition fees payable for International Students.


We offer a range of Scholarships for International Students – please see our website for further information.

How to Apply

Applications need to be made via the Universities Colleges and Admissions Services (UCAS), using the UCAS Apply option.

UCAS Apply is a secure online application system that allows you to apply for full-time Undergraduate courses at universities and colleges in the United Kingdom. It is made up of different sections that you need to complete. Your application does not have to be completed all at once. The system allows you to leave a section partially completed so you can return to it later and add to or edit any information you have entered. Once your application is complete, it must be sent to UCAS so that they can process it and send it to your chosen universities and colleges.

The UCAS code name and number for the University of East Anglia is EANGL E14.

Further Information

If you would like to discuss your individual circumstances with the Admissions Service prior to applying please do contact us:

Undergraduate Admissions Service
Tel: +44 (0)1603 591515

Please click here to register your details via our Online Enquiry Form.

International candidates are also actively encouraged to access the University's International section of our website.

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