Studying economics, politics and international relations means studying the real world, and developing the skills to make sense of that world. In each year your time will be divided between modules from economics and modules in politics and international relations.
In Year 1, you will explore the three disciplines of economics, politics and international relations.
In Year 2 and your final year you will develop your understanding of the central elements both of economics and of politics and international relations covering both important theoretical developments and recent practical problems. You will take a range of specialist options and work on a dissertation, enabling you to pursue your own interests in depth. You will have the option to examine areas such as environmental economics and politics, economic policy, political thought, international human rights and the global political economy. You will also have the option to look at various countries and regions such as Europe, Latin America, Central Asia, South Africa and Russia.
On this course you will gain the confidence to create detailed and well-informed reports, present arguments persuasively, think critically and strategically, and work co-operatively in cross-cultural teams.
Please see the course structure chart.
As our courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the module lists you choose from may differ from the ones shown here.
You can spend your third year on a work placement, which is a great opportunity to enhance your CV, preparing you for future employment. You will gain commercial and practical experience, and many students are offered graduate positions by their placement employer.
Recently, students have enjoyed exciting and intellectually challenging positions at Microsoft, the Government Economic Service, IBM, Oxford Economic Forecasting, the Office for National Statistics, JP Morgan, PayPal, Hewlett-Packard, Trip Advisor and a host of other organisations, many of which operate internationally.
During your placement there is a fee which is paid to the university. It covers the cost of your placement tutor, and the support we provide whilst looking for a placement position and during your placement role.
Whilst on your placement you will still be classed as a student. You will be paid a financially sustainable salary which will vary depending on your role, company and location.
For more information about the fees please go to the Fees/Funding section.
You may be able to go on a European or international study exchange while you are at Brookes. Most exchanges take place in the second year.
Studying abroad provides an amazing opportunity to add value to your studies by:
- Improving your employment prospects within an international market
- Boosting your language skills
- Building your confidence in adapting to new situations
- Improving your knowledge of different cultures
While on exchange you will gain credits which count towards your degree.
We have more than 100 partner universities around the world. Funding is available through the Erasmus scheme, and also via some international programmes such as the Santander Student Awards.
There is also a European work placement programme which gives you the chance to work abroad as part of your studies.
For more information, visit our pages on studying abroad and exchanges.
Free language courses for students - the Open Module
Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.
Please note that the free language courses are not available if you are:
- studying at a Brookes partner college
- studying on any of our teacher education courses or postgraduate education courses.
Essential purchases It's your responsibility to purchase core texts and cover print/binding costs where coursework submission is required. Please note that a lot of the coursework is now submitted online.
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