Politics and Economics

Why choose this course? 

  • Politics & International Relations as Aston is ranked 13th in the UK by the Sunday Times League Table, 2016
  • Politics & International Relations is ranked Top 20 in the UK for Student Satisfaction (Complete University Guide, 2017)
  • Politics at Aston is ranked 11th for Teaching Quality in the Sunday Times League Table 2016.
  • Aston's Politics course is ranked 12th in the UK for Research Quality in the 2017 Complete University Guide
  • 78% of Aston’s Politics graduates enter graduate level destinations, according to the Guardian University Guide 2017
  • A robust, relevant business curriculum which is rooted in the real world.
  • Economics at Aston is currently ranked top 20 in the UK in the 2015 Guardian University Guide.
  • Opportunity to specialise in the areas of particular interest and relevance to your career.

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4 years full-time with integrated placement year

UCAS Code: LL12

Typical offers
A Levels: ABB-BBB from three subjects.

If your predicted grades are close to those stated in Aston's typical offers and if you are interested in Aston University and the courses we offer we encourage you to apply to us as one of your 5 UCAS choices. In addition to your predicted grades, when making offers we also consider your previous academic performance (eg AS grades, GCSEs), your school/college reference and the commitment and motivation you demonstrate for your chosen course via the personal statement. Applicants and their teachers/advisers are welcome to contact us with individual queries about entry qualifications via lss_ugadmissions@aston.ac.uk.

View our Admissions Policy. 

IB: 33 points
BTEC, Access & other: Students applying with BTEC or Access qualifications are considered on individual basis.

Specific subject requirements: GCSE: Maths at grade B or above & English at grade C or above.

Tuition fees 2017/18: £9,250 (£1,250 during placement year) for UK/EU students. £14,630 (£2,500 during placement year) for overseas students. More on fees. 

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of an English language qualification. Find out more about our English language requirements. 

The programme is designed to provide you with an intellectually rigorous and up-to-date education in the disciplines of Politics and Economics which will help you to identify and achieve your personal, academic and professional goals. The course takes a multidisciplinary approach for those wishing to draw the connections between political and economic phenomena. On the Politics side, you will acquire the ability to analyse and understand political problems, socio-cultural change and political institutions and structures. On the Economics side, you will develop a range of tools needed to solve a variety of complex economic problems. To facilitate this, you will familiarise yourself with appropriate research and analytical skills, developing an ability to investigate a range of political and economic issues, and gaining a sound understanding of how economic and political issues are often closely inter-related in today’s globalised mass society.

Sample module options: The modules below are indicative only. When an offer is made, students will receive a detailed programme specification which forms part of our terms and conditions.

Year 1

Core modules:
Introduction to Studying and Researching Politics
British Politics since 1945
Introduction to the European Union
Introduction to Micro Economics
Introduction to Macro Economics
Introduction to Business Analytics
Political Economy and Industrial Policy
Principles of Financial Accounting

Year 2

Core modules:
Comparative Government and Politics
Introduction to Political Economy
Principles of Macroeconomics
Principles of Microeconomics
Regional and Urban Economics
Introduction to Econometrics 1
Emerging and Transitional Economies

Optional modules:
History of Political Thought
Security Studies in a Changing World
Regional Politics and Society
Business, Government & Society
International Business Economics
Introduction to Econometrics 2

Year 3

Placement year

Final Year

Core modules:
Politics & Economics
Research Dissertation
Research and Dissertation Skills
Macroeconomic Policy
Competition Policy – Theory
Competition Policy – Practice

Optional modules:
EuroSim: Learning Negotiation through Simulation Games
The International Relations of East Asia
Religion and Politics in Contemporary Europe
Political Communication
The American Presidency
Nationalism & Political Power
Political Parties and Party Systems
Conflict and Politics in Contemporary Balkans
Contemporary Conflict
Diplomacy and Soft Power
The Far Right in Europe
The Politics of Climate Change
Understanding Foreign Policy
Northeast Asia: From Conflict to Cooperation
Gender and Politics
Interest groups and lobbying
Regions and Regionalism in Europe
Contemporary Political Theory
Political Leaders: Case Studies and Comparative Perspectives
Intellectuals and Politics
Power and Parliamentary Decision-Making
Ethics and International Politics
Economics of Multinational Enterprise
Applied Econometrics and Forecasting
Economics of Business Organisations
Economics of Innovation
Economics of Entrepreneurship
Financial Economics
International Trade

You will participate in lectures, tutorials, seminars, group and individual project work.  Traditional teaching is supported by a virtual learning environment that is used to host a range of electronic supporting materials.

The course deals with many topical issues, and as a result we try to incorporate current media coverage and public debates into class discussions and to link these to academic research and commentary wherever possible.

There is a much stronger emphasis on reading and on your own private, independent study than at pre-degree level. To help you manage your learning, we set out your work for the year in an online student guide. This includes full details of all modules including week-by-week lecture breakdowns, reading lists and all coursework assignments for the year with the relevant deadlines. The University offers training courses in study skills, and the Library’s Learning Development Centre provides one-to-one instruction, workshops and study guides for academic research and writing.

We use a range of assessment methods and most modules are assessed with a combination of coursework and an end of year examination. Coursework includes essays, research reports, individual and group projects, statistics assignments, class tests and both individual and group presentations.

The placement year is an opportunity for you to set your studies in context and gain valuable professional experience. It is highly attractive to potential employers and many of our students are offered graduate jobs by their placement employer.

You can choose whether your placement has a politics or economics focus and your may be in the UK or abroad. Placements taken by Aston students are generally paid, with the average salary being around £16,000.

You'll receive plenty of help and advice in finding your placement and specialist support and supervision from the University during your placement.

Find out more about placement years at Aston.

Our Politics & Economics course is focused on increasing your employability by providing you with the knowledge and skills for working in the private, public and voluntary sectors.

Our graduates are in demand from a wide range of employers where a sound understanding of organisations, management and the issues driving government policy are essential.

Typical destinations include careers in the private sector, central and local government, European Union, organisations providing health and social care, education, housing, leisure, environmental protection, as well as charities and social enterprises.

Our graduates have excellent communication and teamwork skills, are critical and analytic and can design, conduct and analyse and evaluate research. As a manager you will be a problem solver, planner and leader, and this course aims to prepare you for these challenges. 

In the Business School, teaching rooms and facilities have also been recently refurbished. All lecture theatres and seminar rooms are fully equipped with the latest teaching aids and extensive use is made of our Virtual Learning Environment to help support your studies.

The School of Languages and Social Sciences has a dedicated student room, the ‘Cadbury
Room’, with social seating, study stations and meeting tables, WiFi, networked printing and
photocopying facilities.

As a Politics student you'll have access to a wide range of resources for study and research, including access to thousands of online journals, books and databases; computer labs equipped with SPSS and NVivo data analysis software; and a dedicated learning technologies team that supports student research and creative production.

You are encouraged to borrow from our stock of research equipment, including video and digital voice recorders. You can sign up for workshops which focus on techniques of interviewing, conducting recorded focus groups, analysing audio and visual data, and
producing and editing video and audio media.

Contact Details

Tel: 0121 204 3777
Email: lss_ugadmissions@aston.ac.uk

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