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Economics, Politics and International Relations
Financial turmoil and ecological change in recent years have shown how political and economic developments cannot be separated. Our Economics, Politics and International Relations degree will prepare you for challenging international roles. You'll gain the skills to look behind the headlines and understand the forces shaping the contemporary world.
You will explore the economic factors shaping the relationships between national governments. And you’ll learn to link theory and practice at each stage as you examine the issues which are central to the lives of the world's population.
You will take part in activities such as:
- problem-solving classes
- solving case-studies
- gathering data and analysing it statistically
- discussing competing theoretical frameworks.
The specialist expertise you gain will prepare you for challenging international roles. You'll graduate with knowledge of recent developments in the global economy. And how they link with political changes at both national and international levels
How to apply
Questions about fees?
Questions about fees?
Please note tuition fees for Home/EU students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Tuition fees for International students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students.
Oxford Brookes University intends to maintain its fees for new and returning home and EU students at the maximum permitted level.
Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course, if any, are detailed below.
Learning and assessment
In each year of this course your time is split between economics, politics and international relations modules.
In Year 1 you will explore the three disciplines of economics, politics and international relations.
In Year 2 you will develop your understanding further. You will take a Research Methods module to prepare you for your final year dissertation. As well as a module looking at the use of economic skills in the workplace.
You can choose to spend Year 3 on a work placement where you will gain commercial and practical experience. Many students are offered graduate positions by their placement employer.
Students have enjoyed placements at:
- Government Economic Service
- Oxford Economic Forecasting
- the Office for National Statistics
- JP Morgan.
In your Final Year (Year 3 without a work placement and Year 4 with one), you can pursue your own interests in depth. You can choose a range of specialist options and work on a dissertation.
- Lectures and seminars
- Other learning activities (including group work, research, conferences etc.)
Year 3 (optional placement year)
Year 4 (or year 3 if no placement)
Learning and teaching percentages are indicative. There may be slight year-on-year variations.
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. Although we will help as much as we can with your plans, ultimately you are responsible for organising and funding this study abroad.
After you graduate
This degree prepares you for a career as an economist in the public, private or not-for-profit sectors and a range of professions including the diplomatic service, management, teaching, publishing, journalism, local government, law, trade unions, NGOs and international organisations.
Our Careers Centre will provide you with support to find the right job for you.
Free language courses
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.
Programme Changes: On rare occasions we may need to make changes to our course programmes after they have been published on the website.
For more information, please visit our Changes to programmes page.