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  • Tuition Fee:
  • Local: $ 12k / Year
  • Foreign: $ 19.7k / Year
  • Languages of instruction:
  • English

    There is no set deadline, however it is recommended to apply at least 3 months prior to the start of the term.

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    The Department of International Studies recognises the connection between the academic discipline of Politics and the cognate discipline of Economics. This new programme allows students to understand contemporary political systems in Europe, the Americas and East Asia, whilst also appreciating the economic implications of these systems.

    Politics, involving the study of Political Science and Political Theory, has been at the heart of Buckingham since the University was founded in 1973. The interdisciplinary subject allows students to evaluate political concepts and theories, as well as understanding otherness of people and societies around the world.

    The Economics modules examine decision-making in the context of a market economy, and the institutional supports for such an economy to operate effectively. They deal with cutting-edge issues, such as the problems of achieving macroeconomic and exchange-rate stability, and also issues from the wider economic field: the allocation of resources to health, and raising environmental quality, for example.

    Students will gain a comprehensive knowledge that can be adapted to a wide range of careers. This programme gives students an ideal preparation for careers in diplomacy, international business, journalism, politics and education, as well as the academic grounding to pursue further studies in Global Affairs, History, Politics or International Relations.

    Detailed Course Facts

    Application deadline There is no set deadline, however it is recommended to apply at least 3 months prior to the start of the term. Tuition fee
    • EUR 11970 Year (EEA)
    • EUR 19733 Year (Non-EEA)

    July: UK/EU: Year one: £9,610; Year two: £9,800; International: Year one £15,680; Year two £16,000 September: UK/EU Y1, Y2 £11,250; International Y1 £15,840; Y2 £16,000 January: UK/EU £11,250; International £16,000

    Start date January,July,September 2015 Duration full-time 24 months Languages Take an IELTS test
    • English
    Delivery mode On Campus Educational variant Full-time

    Course Content

    The Department employs a variety of teaching methods in different modules. Lectures and small group tutorials form the backbone of the teaching. Personal contact with members of the academic staff is considered to be essential if each students personal enthusiasm for their studies is to be stimulated. A range of activities is pursued within the tutorial groups depending upon the module. Some modules emphasise problem solving as a means of reinforcing and cementing the important ideas for example the module in Microeconomic Theory. Occasionally we use game playing to encourage discussion and understanding for example when competing groups of students try to control a computer model of the economy in Principles of Macroeconomics. Other modules place greater emphasis on writing short and accurate technical pieces (Welfare Economics) or longer more discursive papers.

    Modules available on this course

    • Government and Politics of China
    • Government and Politics of the UK and the US
    • Health Economics and Policy
    • History of Economic Thought
    • Industrial Organisation and Strategy
    • International Economics
    • International Organisations
    • International Relations: Theories and Concepts
    • Introduction to Political Thought
    • Legal Economics
    • Macroeconomic Policy
    • Macroeconomic Theory
    • Microeconomic Policy
    • Microeconomic Theory
    • Money, Banking and Financial Markets
    • Policy Issues in Less Developed Economies
    • Political Theory of Economic Liberalism
    • Politics of Culture and Identity
    • Principles of Macroeconomics
    • Principles of Microeconomics
    • Public Sector Economics
    • Quantitative Methods 1&2
    • Regulation and Privatisation
    • Social Theory and Social Welfare
    • The Bipolar World
    • The Economics of Europe
    • The European Union in the International System
    • The New International Society 1975-2005

    UK requirements for international applications

    Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).

    Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.

    All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.

    University requirements

    Program requirements

    English Language Requirements

    IELTS band : 6 CAE score : 60(Grade C) TOEFL paper-based test score : 550 TOEFL iBT® test : 79

    To study at this university, you have to speak English. We advice you to

    take an IELTS test. More About IELTS


    All applicants must meet the following entry requirements:

    • 240 UCAS Points or Equivalent, and
    • Level of English required

    English language requirements

    • IELTS: Average of 6.0 (with 5.5 or above in each component)
    • TOEFL: (Internet-based) 79-80
    • TOEFL: (Paper-based) 550
    • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): C or higher
    • International GCSE English as a Second Language: C or higher on extended curriculum
    • London University GCE O level Syllabus B in English Language: C or higher
    • Oxford-ARELS Examination Higher Level: Credit or Distinction
    • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic): 50-57

    Work Experience

    No work experience is required.

    Related Scholarships*

    • 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 University of Buckingham.


    Bursaries and scholarships can be a great way of financing your studies, and enabling you to achieve your potential. If you win a scholarship, you receive a discount on your fees and, most important, a scholarship on your CV will make you stand out to future employers.

    How many bursaries and scholarships are available?

    A number of scholarships and bursaries are awarded annually by the University which vary from partial fee to full-fee awards. These are thanks to the donations received from supporters of the University, including the Audrey Osborn Trust, The Headley Trust, Garfield Weston Foundation, Brunner Family Trust, RM & D Gregory, Eranda Foundation and John Desborough Memorial Bequest.

    Applications are now closed for July and September 2012 applicants. We will be considering January and April 2013 applicants from Monday 17 September, the deadline for submission will be Friday 2 November.

    The following Scholarships have specific entry criteria and / or deadlines:

    • Sir Ray Tindle Scholarships
    • The Paul E H Davis Awards Deadline for applications: 31 October 2012 for Exhibitions & flexible for Research Scholarship.

    Entry requirements & procedure

    It is the Universitys policy to ensure that bursaries and scholarships are awarded to those who might not otherwise have the opportunity to benefit from a University education. In the case of some scholarships, at the request of the donor, academic merit will also be taken into consideration.

    All awards are subject to your meeting the Universitys academic entry requirements and abiding by the rules and regulations. To be eligible to apply for a scholarship you will need to have been offered a place to study at Buckingham. In the case of UCAS applications, if you are made an award you will need to select Buckingham as your firm acceptance choice.

    Please note: these awards are made to new students only, current students are not eligible to apply.

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