BSc Politics and Economics with a Placement Year

Full Time
Degree of Bachelor of Science

UCAS Course Code
A-Level typical
AAB (2019/0 entry) See All Requirements
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Discover how money and power interact. Few economic questions are untouched by political themes. So this degree combines a thorough grounding in economic analysis with the study of theory and practice of politics.

Offered in conjunction with the School of Political, Social and International Studies, you will gain high-level training in economics alongside detailed insight into political science. By mastering both political and economic inquiry you will be able to draw more wide reaching predictions and recommendations in answer to questions such as how to manage the trade-off between social welfare and levels of taxation.

On this course you will spend 9-12 months of your third year in a full-time placement, gaining invaluable working experience and employability skills in a relevant area of your choice.


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. It also provides the essential understanding for how economic policies can be developed to improve social welfare.

BSc Politics and Economics 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.

Course Structure

Our three-year BSc Politics and Economics degree offers a collaborative approach between the School of Economics and theSchool of Political Social and International Studies. You’ll take a compulsory core of modules, and then have the freedom to direct your own learning across the two disciplines with a choice of complementary modules.

Year 1

In your first year you’ll discover macro and microeconomics through core economics modules. You will also gain an understanding of economic modelling and statistical techniques through the modules Introductory Mathematics for Economists and Introductory Statistics for Economists.

Your study of politics will be founded in the module Introduction to Contemporary Politics – plus you’ll get to pick a further module from the School of Political, Social and International Studies.

Year 2

You’ll continue to strengthen your understanding of the macro and micro economy, alongside learning about the collection and analysis of data. In Introductory Econometrics you’ll build your statistical skills – and get the chance to apply them in a practical project in the module Econometrics Research Project. This module is also designed to enhance your employability.

Alongside your economics learning you’ll choose a selection of modules from the School of Political, Social and International Studies, to complement the compulsory module States, Institutions and Citizens.

Year 3

In your third year you will spend 9-12 months in a full-time placement.

Year 4

In your final year, you’ll choose modules from the School of Economics that allow you to further your study of economic theory and public policy. You’ll complement this with modules from a broad range of political disciplines – and have the option of taking a dissertation too.

Teaching and Learning

You will be taught by a lively, friendly research-oriented team who are committed to teaching excellence.

We have an international reputation in many key areas, including economic theory and applied subjects. Our research interests include behavioural economics, competition economics, environmental policy, conflict, contests and corporate behaviour, finance and financial markets, labour market studies in education, family and welfare, and cultural and creative industries. 

Independent study

You can deepen your understanding and experience by taking part in various student-led initiatives. The Economics Society is the perfect place to network and socialise with fellow students with shared interests.

There’s also the Norwich Economic Papers – a scholarly journal run by a Student Editorial Board. This is your chance to publish academic work, write discussion pieces and enter essay competitions.

Academic support

To make sure you get the most from your studies and help you reach your full potential, our Learning Enhancement team, based in Student Support Services, are on hand to help in the following areas:

  • Study skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills)
  • Writing skills (including punctuation and grammatical accuracy)
  • Academic writing (including how to reference)
  • Research skills (including how to use the library)
  • Critical thinking and understanding arguments
  • Revision, assessment and examination skills (including time management)

If you have additional needs due to disabilities such as sensory impairment or learning difficulties such as dyslexia please talk to our Student Support Services about how we can help.


You will be assessed through exams and different types of coursework – such as essays, presentations, research exercises and group work.

Each type of assessment plays its part – for example: 

  • Essays will test your general levels of understanding and ability to apply concepts
  • Course tests will check you have mastered the technical material
  • Exams will provide the opportunity for open-ended treatment of material
  • Econometric projects will test your ability to apply, interpret and assess statistical techniques
  • Critical reviews of academic articles will check your understanding and ability to critically assess

In some modules we use audience response system technologies, which help to establish a dialogue with your teachers and give you feedback in real time.

Optional Study abroad or Placement Year

On this course you will spend 9-12 months of your third year in a full-time placement, gaining invaluable working experience and employability skills in a relevant area of your choice.

After the course

Economics careers are among the most wide-ranging. Highly numerate graduates with skills in problem solving, communication and decision-making are highly sought after in every sector and you could go on to work in business, consulting, banking, politics, insurance, the Civil Service, business economics, personnel, accountancy, actuarial work, marketing, investment and financial risk analysis, and international organisations.

Career destinations

Career destinations related to your degree include:

  • Actuarial analyst
  • Data analyst
  • Economist
  • Financial risk analyst
  • Investment analyst
  • Statistician

Course related costs

You are eligible for reduced fees during your placement year. Further details are available on our Tuition Fee website.

There may be extra costs related to items such as your travel and accommodation, which will vary depending on location.

Please see Additional Course Fees for details of other course-related costs.

Course Modules 2018/9


Year 1

Students with A-level Maths or equivalent will be enrolled on ECO-4003A Mathematics for Economists instead of ECO-4001A Introductory Mathematics for Economists.

Compulsory Modules:

Name Credits Module
Introduction to Contemporary Politics 20 PPLX4052A
Introductory Macroeconomics 20 ECO-4006Y
Introductory Mathematics For Economists 20 ECO-4001A
Introductory Microeconomics 20 ECO-4005B
Introductory Statistics For Economists 20 ECO-4001B


Optional Range A:

Students will select a minimum of 20 and a maximum of 20 credits from the following modules.

Name Credits Module
Global Politics 2 20 PPLI4055B
Introduction to Political Communication 20 PPLM4001B


Year 2

Compulsory Modules:

Students will select no more than 60 credits in any semester.

Name Credits Module
Introductory Econometrics 20 ECO-5006A
Intermediate Microeconomics 20 ECO-5007A
Intermediate Macroeconomics 20 ECO-5007B
Comparative politics 20 PPLX5162B


Optional Range A:

Students will select a minimum of 20 and a maximum of 20 credits from the following modules. Students will select 20 credits from the following politics modules.

Name Credits Module
Introduction to the European Union 20 PPLI5044a
International Security 20 PPLI5056b
International Organisation and Global Governance 20 PPLI5057a
International Relations Theory 20 PPLI5059a
Power, Wealth and Nations: Global Political Economy 20 PPLI5161b
Politics and Media 20 PPLM5001b
Gender and Power 20 PPLM5002a
Political Violence & Conflict: Theoretical Perspectives 20 PPLM5002b
Media, Globalisation and Culture 20 PPLM5003b
The Media and Identity 20 PPLM5042b
Digital Media and Society 20 PPLM5053a
Methods of Social Research 20 PPLX5047a
Western Political Thought 20 PPLX5064a
Power and Society 20 PPLX5159b
Politics in the USA 20 PPLX5164a


Optional Range B:

Students will select a minimum of 20 and a maximum of 20 credits from the following modules. Students will select 20 credits from the following economics modules.

Name Credits Module
Mathematical Economics 20 ECO-5005B
Strategic Thinking 20 ECO-5006B
International Trade and Integration 20 ECO-5010B
Behavioural Eonomics 20 ECO-5009B
The European Economy 20 ECO-5005B
Econometrics Research Project 20 ECO-5010B
History of Economic Thought 20 ECO-5009B
The Economics of Corporate Finance 20 ECO-5006B

Year 3

Compulsory Modules:

Name Credits Module
Placement Year 120 ECO-5006Y



Year 4

Optional Modules:

Students will select no more than 70 credits in any semester.


Optional Range A:

Students will select a minimum of 40 and a maximum of 40 credits from the following modules.

Name Credits Module
Further Econometrics and Data Analysis 20 ECO-6003A
Advanced Topics in Microeconomics 20 ECO-6005A
Advanced Topics in Macroeconomics 20 ECO-6005B
Government, Welfare and Policy 20 ECO-6008A
Political Economy 20 ECO-6008B


Optional Range B:

Students will select a minimum of 80 and a maximum of 80 credits from the following modules. Students will select 80 credits from the following politics modules.

Name Credits Module
Shifting Powers: Africa in the 21st Century 30 PPLI6039A
Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism 30 PPLI6040B
Power Over the Pacific: the American Relationship With Asia 30 PPLI6069A
Power Over the Pacific: the American Relationship With Asia 20 PPLI6070A
European Studies (With Brussels Internship) 30 PPLI6087B
European Studies (With Brussels Internship) 20 PPLI6088B
In and Out: the Politics of Migration 30 PPLI6089B
In and Out: the Politics of Migration 20 PPLI6092B
Britain and Europe 30 PPLI6090B
Britain and Europe 20 PPLI6091B
Politics and Popular Culture 30 PPLM6037A
Politics and Popular Culture 20 PPLM6038A
Topics in Public Opinion 30 PPLM66045B
Topics in Public Opinion 20 PPLM66046B
Consumer Culture and Society 30 PPLM6061B
Consumer Culture and Society 20 PPLM6062B
Analysing Media Discourses 30 PPLM6074B
Analysing Media Discourses 20 PPLM6074B
Activist Campaigning 30 PPLM6076B
Activist Campaigning 20 PPLM6079B
Digital Politics 30 PPLM6077A
Digital Politics 20 PPLM6078A
Better worlds? Utopias and dystopias 30 PPLX6041A
Better worlds? Utopias and dystopias 20 PPLX6066A
Dissertation Module 30 PPLX6042Y
Advanced Research Topics 30 PPLX6046A
Topics in British Politics 30 PPLX6043A
Topics in British Politics 20 PPLX6047A
Democracy: in Theory and Practice 30 PPLX6044B
Democracy: in Theory and Practice 20 PPLX6048B
Multiculturalism 30 PPLX6072B
Multiculturalism 20 PPLX6073B
Capitalism and its Critics 30 PPLX6081B
Capitalism and its Critics 20 PPLX6083B
Distributive Justice 30 PPLX6097B
Distributive Justice 20 PPLX6098B


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. In some cases optional modules can have limited places available and so you may be asked to make additional module choices in the event you do not gain a place on your first choice. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

Entry Requirements

  • A Level AAB excluding General Studies
  • International Baccalaureate 33 Points
  • Scottish Advanced Highers BBC
  • Irish Leaving Certificate 4 subjects at H2, 2 subjects at H3
  • Access Course Distinction in 36 credits at level 3 and Merit in 9 credits at Level 3
  • BTEC DDD (excluding Public Services and Business Administration)
  • European Baccalaureate 80%

Entry Requirement

GCSE Requirements:  GCSE English Language grade 4 and GCSE Mathematics grade 5 or GCSE English Language grade C and GCSE Mathematics grade B.

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 speaking, listening, reading and writing) at the following level:

IELTS: 6.0 overall (minimum 5.5 in any component)

We will also accept a number of other English language qualifications. Please click here for further information.

INTO University of East Anglia

If you do not meet the academic and/or English language requirements for this course, our partner INTO UEA offers guaranteed progression onto this undergraduate degree upon successful completion of a foundation 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 Science

INTO UEA also offer a variety of English language programmes which are designed to help you develop the English skills necessary for successful undergraduate study:

Pre-sessional English at INTO UEA

English for University Study at INTO UEA


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 also welcome applications for deferred entry, believing 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 may wish to contact the appropriate Admissions Office directly to discuss this further.


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

Alternative Qualifications

Candidates with equivalent qualifications are encouraged to apply, or contact the Admissions Office for further information.

International candidates are also actively encouraged to access the University's International Students webpage.

Fees and Funding

Undergraduate University Fees and Financial Support

Tuition Fees

Information on tuition fees can be found here:

UK students

EU Students

Overseas Students

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. 

The University of East Anglia offers a range of Scholarships; please click the link for eligibility, details of how to apply and closing dates.

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.


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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