BSc Economics and Politics (LL12)

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UCAS code LL12
Application method UCAS/Common Application
Course duration 3 year(s) full-time
Part-time study Part-time study is not available on this course
Number of applications for 2014/15 291
Number of places for 2016/17 50

About BSc Economics and Politics

Our Economics and Politics degree combines the study of these two social sciences, providing you with a deep understanding of global markets and political systems.

Economics is based on a series of core units in micro- and macroeconomics and econometrics, which you will study in all three years, plus the opportunity to study a variety of optional units in areas such as:

  • environmental economics
  • political economy
  • globalisation and development
  • the history of economic thought
  • industrial economics
  • international economics
  • labour economics
  • macroeconomic theory and policy.

Politics is based around three themes:

  • political theory
  • comparative and national politics
  • international relations.

You will take core units in all of these areas and study approaches to political science. Optional units may include:

  • contemporary feminist thought
  • democracy, dictatorship and post-communism
  • the founding of modern South Asia
  • international political theory
  • popular culture and international relations
  • post-modern political theories
  • states and markets.

Both Schools encourage strong synergy between research and teaching, resulting in a vibrant learning environment as staff respond in their teaching to new research.

You will also have the opportunity to spend half a year studying abroad at a partner university.

More about Economics

Find out more about studying Economics at Bristol including career prospects and how the course is taught and assessed.

Course structure

First year

  • Economic Principles 1
  • Economic Principles 2
  • Mathematical and Statistical Methods 1
  • Two mandatory Politics units:
    • Political Concepts
    • Comparative Government and Politics
  • And a choice of one unit from:
    • Introduction to International Relations
    • Approaches to the Study of Political Science

Second year

  • Intermediate Economics 1
  • Applied Quantitative Research Methods
  • Introduction to International Relations
  • One remaining core unit in Politics
  • Free choice of two 2nd year Politics units from a range of options

Third year

  • 60 credit points of Economics options
  • Free choice of three 3rd year Politics units from a range of options, including the possibility of undertaking a dissertation
Further details about the course structure for Economics and Politics

Typical offer for BSc Economics and Politics

(including international A-levels)
AAA including Mathematics
(including international A-levels)
(contextual offer)
AAB including A in Mathematics
IB Diploma 36 overall to include 18 points at Higher Level with 6 in Higher Level Mathematics or 7 in Standard Level Mathematics
IB Diploma
(contextual offer)
34 overall to include 17 points at Higher Level with 6 in Higher Level Mathematics or 7 in Standard Level Mathematics
Cambridge Pre-URequirements are as for A-levels, where Grade A* is D2, A is D3, B is M2, and C is M3
AccessPass Access to HE Diploma with at least 30 credits at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit, with Distinctions in Maths units including Further Calculus. (We will accept the Further Calculus unit offered by Apt Awards in the south-west region; please contact Admissions to check the content of your Further Calculus unit if studying elsewhere in the UK.)
BTEC DDD including Distinction in Maths for Engineering Technicians and Distinction in Further Maths for Engineering Technicians; or DDD plus grade A in A-level Mathematics*
SQASH: AAAAB and AH: AA including Mathematics
Welsh BaccRequirements are as for A-levels where you can substitute the same non-subject specific grade for the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Level Core grade
EB85% overall with 8.5 in Mathematics
International qualificationsQualifications, scholarships and local information sources for your country
English language requirements Profile B
Further information about English language requirements
Subjects required at GCSE or equivalent:no specific subjects required.

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Fees and funding

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International students

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Key information about this course

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  • 12 Bristol graduates and members of staff have been awarded Nobel prizes.


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