Politics with Economics BSc (Hons)

4 years including placement year, starting in September 2018

Develop your knowledge of politics and economics. You’ll explore contemporary topics at national and global levels.

This degree combines the study of political science with engagement in global politics and governance. It will appeal if you’re interested in issues of global power, decision-making, democracy and inequality.

You’ll cover topics such as global development, political ideologies and economic thought. This will be explored through the study of a range of contemporary economic and political challenges facing international society.

The course will provide you with a solid understanding of politics. The present day focus means you’ll look at both national and international issues, such as terrorism and climate change.

Year 1 focuses on concepts and theories relating to both politics and international relations. You’ll explore studies of recent history and contemporary political and economic systems.

In your second and final years, you will deepen your knowledge in core subjects and you may select from optional topics. You will also undertake a year-long, supervised dissertation in politics.

You’ll learn from academics with expertise in politics. Their international collaborations and research activities feed into undergraduate teaching and contribute to your learning experience.

Our politics graduates are found in a wide range of public, private and voluntary sector jobs. Popular destinations are jobs in the banking and finance industries, the media, public administration, and national, European and international political institutions and organisations.

Recruiters include :

  • Foreign & Commonwealth Office
  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
  • National Bank of Abu Dhabi
  • Lloyds Banking Group
  • Nine Feet Tall

Many graduates have chosen to pursue an academic career with further study.

Find out what our graduates go on to do.

Course structure

This course lasts 4 years. It starts in September 2018 and ends in 2022. Induction week starts on 24 September 2018.

Occasionally we make changes to our programmes in response to, for example, feedback from students, developments in research and the field of studies, and the requirements of accrediting bodies. You will be advised of any significant changes to the advertised programme, in accordance with our Terms and Conditions.

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Placement
  • Year 4


As part of your course you will take compulsory units covering key concepts. You may also be able to take optional units which assist you in developing your own interests.

You need to take 60 credits in each year of your course (usually split equally into 30 credits for each semester), so the number of optional units you can take depends on the number of compulsory units in each year of the course.

Six credits are the equivalent of at least 120 hours of study, including contact time with staff and independent study.

Compulsory course units

These compulsory units are currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new units.


The placement year is an opportunity for you to use the theory you have learnt in a practical context. You will learn about an organisation and its area of work. This is an excellent opportunity to test potential career paths. Sometimes permanent jobs are offered to our students.

You’ll develop skills such as teamwork, planning, problem solving, decision making and project management. Employers value a year of professional work and you’ll gain an advantage in the job market.

Over the years we have built contacts with a large number of organisations that can provide the high standard of training we expect. Recent student placements include: Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, American Express, Lloyds Banking Group, Disney Corporation, Nike Inc. and Airbus.

Placement opportunities may not be guaranteed. Find out more about placements or view an overview video.

Learning and assessment


  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Workshops


  • Attendance
  • Coursework
  • Dissertation
  • Seminar
  • Written examination

Typical assessment breakdown

This average assessment breakdown is based on a typical choice of optional units. Your specific unit choices will determine the actual breakdown of assessment methods that you will experience.

% written exam % practical exam % coursework
Year Written Exam Practical Exam Coursework
Year 1 45% 0% 55%
Year 2 20% 0% 80%
Year 3 0% 0% 100%
Year 4 24% 0% 76%

Typical contact time breakdown

This average contact time breakdown is based on a typical choice of optional units. Scheduled learning and teaching may include: lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshops. Your optional unit choices will determine your actual personal contact hours.

% time in scheduled learning and teaching % time in independent study % time in placement/year abroad
Year Scheduled Independent Placement
Year 1 19% 81% 0%
Year 2 19% 81% 0%
Year 3 0% 0% 100%
Year 4 16% 84% 0%
“I’ve always wanted to work within parliament and now that it’s just crystalised it’s the place I want to work.”
James Katz

BSc Politics with Economics with Placement (2017)

Entry requirements

Your application, especially your personal statement, should demonstrate your enthusiasm for politics and economics. This might include relevant reading, involvement in political or debating societies, voluntary work for charities, or activism for a political party or an NGO.

You do not need to have studied Politics before to be suitable for this course, and your relevant experiences and interests are more important than which subjects you have previously studied.

If you are taking A levels, we may be unable to consider an A level in your own language (unless it is English or Welsh). We do not accept A levels in General Studies. If you are taking a GCE A level in a science subject, you will need to pass any separate science practical endorsement.


Select the country where your qualification comes from.

United Kingdom qualifications

Typical offer A level


AAA in 3 A level subjects.

Preference for applicants who provide evidence of a strong interest in politics.

A level subjects that will not be considered in your application

A level General Studies will not be considered. We may be unable to consider an A level in your own language (unless it is English or Welsh).

Alternative offer A level


AAB plus one of the following:

  • grade A in an EPQ
  • grade B in the Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate
  • grade M1 Cambridge Pre-U Global Perspective

Students presenting with one of the above project qualifications should receive both the typical offer and the alternative.

Typical offers for other qualifications

International Baccalaureate

36 points overall and 6, 6, 6 in three Higher Level subjects.

Access to HE Diploma

Typical offer:
Pass the Access to HE Diploma, with at least 36 credits achieved from units achieved at Distinction and 3 credits achieved at Merit or above.


Typical offer:
D*DD in a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF)/ BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (RQF) in a relevant subject area. If we make you an offer, we may specify particular units in which you will need to achieve Distinctions. You should be studying units that provide preparation for numerical study.

See the ‘Combinations of qualifications’ section for information about combinations of A level and BTEC qualifications that we can consider.

Cambridge Pre-U

Typical offer:
D3, D3, D3

Alternative offer:
D3, D3, M1 plus one of the following:

  • grade A in an EPQ
  • grade B in the Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate
  • grade M1 in Cambridge Pre-U Global Perspectives

Students presenting with one of the above project qualifications should receive both the typical offer and the alternative.

Open University Credits

Typically, we would be looking for you to have studied units worth at least 120 credits, including at least 30 credits at Level 2. We would generally be looking for you to have taken relevant units in essay-based subjects.

This information is a guide and all students applying with Open University Credits will be considered on a case-by-case basis. We will consider your application carefully and take note of any previous qualifications or relevant work experience. Please contact us to discuss your profile prior to making an application.

Typical offer:
Pass units worth 120 credits, including a minimum of a Pass 2 with 75% in a relevant Level 2 unit.

Please note that taking OU credits may be counted as degree-level study by the Student Loans Company and therefore may be counted as previous study and have an impact on your ability to access student loans/grants for the entirety of your chosen degree. We recommend that you discuss this in detail with the SLC before following this progression route to the University of Bath.

Scottish Highers

Typical offer:
AA in Advanced Highers plus AAAAB in Scottish Highers.

Combinations of qualifications

Your application will be considered individually based on the particular combination of qualifications and subjects that you are taking.

We can consider combinations of accepted qualifications, such as A levels and a BTEC:

  • AA at A level plus D in the BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (QCF)/National Extended Certificate (RQF) OR the Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma (QCF)/Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate (RQF)
  • A at A level plus D*D in the BTEC Diploma (QCF)/National Diploma (RQF)
  • AA at A level plus D3 in a Pre-U Principal Subject
  • AA at A level plus 6 in an IB Higher Level (HL) Certificate. While we do not consider the IB Careers Programme for entry, we are able to consider the combinations of components that are typically offered by this route, such as BTEC and IB HL Certificate combinations
  • AA at A level, excluding Accounting, plus A in the IFS Diploma in Financial Studies

We can also consider combinations that are not listed and that do not include A levels. You should read the information about essential and preferred subjects and subject combinations. We cannot consider different qualifications in the same subject area.

United States of America qualifications

Advanced Placement Tests

5, 5, 5 in 3 APs.

We accept no more than one Calculus AP as one of these 3 subjects.

You will also need to pass your High School Diploma and achieve an ACT score of 30 or SATR scores of 720 in both Mathematics and Evidence based Reading and Writing.

SAT Subject Tests

We do not accept SAT Subject Tests for direct entry to our degrees.

India qualifications

Higher Secondary School Certificate (12th Standard)

Average of 80% across 4 subjects with 85% in one subject.

You will also need grade 8 in Mathematics in the 10th Standard if you are not studying it in the 12th Standard.

We do not accept Physical Education as one of these 4 subjects.

These requirements are for the CBSE, HSSC and ISC boards. Please contact us if you are taking this qualification with a different board.

European Baccalaureate qualifications

European Baccalaureate

82% overall with 8.5 in one subject and 7.0 in Mathematics.

France qualifications

French Baccalaureate

15 overall with 15 in either Economics and Social Sciences or History and Geography and 12 in Mathematics.

Option Internationale Baccalaureate (OIB)

14 overall with 15 in either Economics and Social Sciences or History and Geography and 12 in Mathematics.

Hong Kong qualifications

Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education

555 in 3 elective subjects plus 5 in Core Mathematics OR 5*5 in 2 elective subjects plus 5 in Core Mathematics and 5 in any Mathematics extended paper.

Ireland qualifications

Irish Leaving Certificate

H1, H1, H2, H2, H3, H3 in 6 Irish Leaving Certificates.

You will also need grade O2 in Mathematics if you are not studying it at Higher Level.

Singapore qualifications

Singapore A levels

AAA in 3 H2 level subjects.

Polytechnic Diploma (3 years)

3.4 overall.

Turkey qualifications

Lise Bitirme Diplomasi

CGPA of 80% with 85% in an essay based subject from the final year and 75% in Maths from any year.

Greece qualifications


19 in the Apolytirion plus AA in two A levels.

We cannot accept the Apolytirion unless it is studied alongside A levels. We do not accept Pan Hellenic examinations in place of an A level.

Cyprus qualifications


19 in the Apolytirion plus AA in two A levels.

We cannot accept the Apolytirion unless it is studied alongside A levels.

Spain qualifications

Titulo de Bachiller

A score of 9 overall with 7 in Mathematics.

Germany qualifications


1.4 overall with 12 in Mathematics in your final examinations.

If you do not take Mathematics in your final examinations, you will need an average grade across 4 semesters in it.

Fees and funding

Payment options

You can pay your tuition fees by Direct Debit, debit card, credit card, cheque, bank transfer or cash. You may also be eligible for a student loan to help you pay your fees.

Read more about your payment options


Your tuition fees and how you pay them will depend on whether you are a Home, EU, Island or Overseas student.

Learn how we decide fee status

Tuition fees

See the most recent fees for undergraduate courses.

Placement fees

Placement fees vary

You will normally pay a reduced tuition fee while on a placement period or studying abroad. Find out more about placement fees and study abroad fees.


You will need to budget at least £100 for the cost of photocopying, printing and binding. You will also need to budget for the cost of text books.

Some courses involve visits away from campus and you may be required to pay some or all of the costs of travel, accommodation and food and drink.

If you’re on a placement, you’re responsible for your own travel, accommodation and living costs. You should also consider the financial implications if you go on an unpaid or overseas placement.

Application information

  • Course title
    Politics with Economics
  • Final award
    BSc (Hons)
  • Mode of study
  • Course code
  • Institution code
  • UK/EU application deadline
    30 June 2018
  • Overseas deadline
    30 June 2018
  • Application eligibility
    UK and Overseas students are eligible to apply
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