BSc Economics and Politics (LL12)

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UCAS code LL12
Application method UCAS/Common Application
Course duration 3 year(s) full-time
Tuition fees Further information on tuition fees, living costs and financial support.
Location of course Clifton campus
Part-time study Part-time study is not available for this course
Number of applicants accepted for 2015/16 49 overall for LL12 and VL51

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 which cover economics 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

You will study the politics of individual countries and governments, and the relationships between countries, communities, and individuals. Bristol has an impressive reputation for teaching and research in Politics and International Relations. Politics is organised around three themes:

  • political theory
  • comparative and national politics
  • international relations

During your first and second years you will study four compulsory units in Politics to ensure you have a solid grounding in the discipline, as well as taking some options. Your final year will include a range of units which are closely linked to staff research interests and thus unique to Bristol. Units include subjects such as political theory, international relations, UK politics, US politics, gender, security and conflict. There is a strong emphasis on research skills, with a compulsory unit in the first year and a the possibility to complete a dissertation in the final year.

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

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
  • Political Concepts
  • Approaches to the Study of Political Science
  • And a choice of one unit from:
    • Comparative Government and Politics: A Introduction
    • International Political Economy

Second year

In your second year, you will study Economics and Theories of International Relations in more depth. We will teach you how to analyse data from quantitative models, and you will also choose three units from a range of options in economics and in politics.

Third year

In your final year, you will study three economics units and three politics units from a range of options, including the possibility of undertaking a dissertation in politics and/or an applied economics project.

Find out more about the course structure and units available for Economics and Politics

Typical offer for BSc Economics and Politics - applicants must meet one of the following

Standard offer
AAA including Mathematics
Contextual offer
What is a contextual offer?
AAB including A in Mathematics
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Standard offer
36 overall to include 18 points at Higher Level with 6 in Higher Level Mathematics or 7 in Standard Level Mathematics (but not Mathematical Studies)
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Contextual offer
What is a contextual offer?
34 overall to include 17 points at Higher Level with 6 in Higher Level Mathematics or 7 in Standard Level Mathematics (but not Mathematical Studies)
Cambridge Pre-U offerRequirements are as for A-levels, where Grade A* is D2, A is D3, B is M2, and C is M3
Access to HE Diploma offerPass Access to HE Diploma with at least 30 credits at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit. A minimum of 15 credits in Maths are required with 12 of these, including Further Calculus, at Distinction.
BTEC offer 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
Scottish Qualifications Authority offerSH: AAAAB and AH: AA including Mathematics
Welsh Baccalaureate offerRequirements are as for A-levels where you can substitute the same non-subject specific grade for the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Level Core grade
European Baccalaureate offer85% overall with 8.5 in Mathematics
International qualificationsAccepted international qualifications

Applicants must also meet these requirements

GCSE profile requirementsProfile:
no specific subjects required.
Further information about GCSE requirements and profile levels for 2018 entry.
English language requirements If English is not your first language, you need to meet this profile level:
Profile B
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Deferred entry

For this course deferred entry is: Welcomed

Selection process

UCAS or Common Application.

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