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This programme allows you to examine how political and economic factors enter into public and private decision-making.
In addition to the Politics modules outlined above, the course aims to impart a range of technical expertise, including quantitative and computing skills in economics, an understanding of micro- and macro-economic principles, and of advanced macroeconomics. In the latter half of the course you will choose from a range of specialist modules that draw on either or both.Careers
A major attraction of our courses is the wide variety of career opportunities to which they can lead. Not surprisingly, Brunel's politics graduates have gone on to important careers in public and private life.
Our students pursue a wide variety of jobs after graduating. Some, like Margaret McDonagh or John McDonnell MP, opt for careers in politics. Others have joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Home Office, GCHQ and military intelligence.
Many have gone on to work in public and private sector organisations, such as Chase Manhatten, Marks and Spencer, British Airways, Coca Cola Schweppes, HSBC, and NHS Confederation. Significant numbers have taken further training to pursue careers in broadcasting, journalism, law, and teaching at every level.
Detailed Course FactsApplication deadline January 15 Tuition fee
- GBP 9000 Year (EEA)
- GBP 13000 Year (Non-EEA)
Duration full-time 36 months Languages Take an IELTS test
In the Politics half of this course, you will take core modules in political science methods, British politics, political theory, comparative politics, democratisation and the politics of the EU, and you will have the option of taking more specialised options at Levels 2 and 3.
At Levels 1 and 2 you will have a mixture of core and optional modules. At Level 3 you can choose topics to suit your own personal interests and strengths.
Please note that module availability is subject to change.
Level 1 Core
Political Science Methods
Central Themes in Political Thought
Modern British Politics
Mathematics and Statistics for Economists
Level 2 Core
Macroeconomic Principles 11
Introduction to Economic Modelling
Microeconomic Principles 11
Level 2 Options
Asia-Pacific International Relations: Modern East-West Encounters
Democracy and Democratisation
Issues in American Politics
US Foreign Policy from World War II to the end of the Cold War
Level 3 Core
Advanced Topics in Economic Theory
European Union Politics: Problems and Prospects
Dissertation or Economics Project
Level 3 Options
Econometric Methods and Applications
Managerial and Industrial Economics
The Economics of Labour Markets
International Money and Finance
The Arab-Israeli Conflict
Globalisation and Governance
Empire, Imperialism, Hegemony
India and the World: The International Relations of a Rising Power
Media, Politics and Power in America
Marx and Marxism
Parties and Voters in the UK
Intelligence and National Security
Theory and Practice of Cultural Diversity
The Second World War
The History and Politics of Heritage
History, Travel and the Sea
Rethinking Modern Europe: Borders, Nations and Identities since 1850
Final year dissertation
You will produce a final year dissertation of approximately 15,000 words. This is an important element of the degree and provides you with an opportunity for independent study and original thought and, especially for those on sandwich courses, an opportunity to apply political, economic and financial theories, concepts and models to practical problems.
Your dissertation is a piece of personal research which is often seen by prospective employers and which may stem directly from a work placement. Otherwise the subject will be stimulated by topical issues such as directors pay, regulation of utilities or European monetary union.
The application of computers is an integral part of all economics degrees. You will make extensive use of computers attached to a powerful network and will be linked to other UK and international information sources. Students have access to a wide range of networked facilities within the University, and basic training is provided.
You will gain experience in a range of software widely used in business and economic analysis. You will be trained in the use of these programs. Most students receive some specialist training in the use of econometric software, and all students have access in their final year to the professional Datastream service which provides a wide range of economic and financial data.
English Language Requirements
IELTS band : 6.5 CAE score : 60(Grade C) TOEFL paper-based test score : 580 TOEFL iBT® test : 92
To study at this university, you have to speak English. We advice you totake an IELTS test. More About IELTS
GCE A-level AAB ABB. Typical offer AAB, with a Grade C in AS-level Maths or Statistics (if A-level Maths is taken, grade B will be required) (General Studies not accepted for this subject at all)
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma D*D*D in a related subject plus Grade C in AS-level Maths or Statistics.
BTEC Level 3 Diploma D*D in a related subject with an A-level at grade A plus Grade C in AS-level Maths or Statistics
BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma D in a related subject with A-levels grade AA plus Grade C in AS-level Maths or Statistics
International Baccalaureate Diploma 35 points 5 in Standard Maths or 4 in Higher Maths.
Access to Higher EducationDiploma Complete and pass a related subject Access course with 45 credits at Level 3, of which 30 credits must be at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit or higher including AS-level Maths/Statistics grade C.
For all of the above, 5 GCSEs or equivalent at Grade C or above are also required, to include English and Maths at grade B (please note that these must have been gained by the time you submit your UCAS application).
English Language Requirements
IELTS: 6.5 (min 5.5 in all areas)
Pearson: 58 (51 in all subscores)
BrunELT: 65% (min 55% in all areas)
No work experience is required.
- Academic Excellence Scholarship
"The Academic Excellence Scholarship can provide up to a 50 % reduction in tuition per semester. These scholarships will be renewed if the student maintains superior academic performance during each semester of their 3-year Bachelor programme. The scholarship will be directly applied to the student’s tuition fees."
- Access Bursary
Bursary for UK students all subjects where the variable tuition fee rate is payable.
- Alumni Bursary
Alumni Bursary for UK Undergraduate students
* The scholarships shown on this page are suggestions first and foremost. They could be offered by other organisations than Brunel University.