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Economics, Politics and International Relations

BA (Hons) - single

Oxford Brookes Business School

On this course you will develop the skills and knowledge to look behind the headlines and understand the forces shaping the contemporary world. You will graduate with knowledge of recent developments in the global economy and how these are linked with political changes at both national and international levels. The specialist expertise you attain in the fields of economics, politics and international relations will prepare you for challenging international roles.

On this course you will explore in detail the economic factors shaping the relationships between national governments, and you’ll be able 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 and discussing competing theoretical frameworks. At the Business School we help you to enjoy developing the skills you will need to succeed in the competitive business world.

You might also like to take a look at our Economics, Finance and International Business, Accounting and Economics and Business and Finance courses.

If you don't meet the entry requirements for our degrees, or if you would like more preparation before you start, you can take one of our pathway programmes.


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Typical offers

UCAS Tariff points: 112

Available start dates

January 2019 / September 2019 / January 2020 / September 2020

Teaching location

Headington Campus

Course length

  • Full time: 3 years, or 4 with a work placement
  • Part time: up to 8 years

UCAS code


For full application details, please see the 'How to apply / Entry requirements' section.

  • In recent years both financial turmoil and ecological change have shown how political and economic developments cannot be separated and how both of these are international in character. Longer-term economic matters such as poverty, migration, trade relations and the rise of powers such as China and India all affect, and are influenced by, national governments and their relations with each other.
  • Oxford Brookes Business School is known internationally for its learning and teaching.
  • You will receive an engaging and vibrant learning experience which will prepare you for your future career.
  • It is an exciting time to join our Business School as we have recently moved to new premises at our Headington Campus. The university has invested £30m to provide a new home for the Business School, including a lecture theatre, teaching rooms, social learning space and a café. This gives you first-class learning spaces close to university facilities, student halls and the city centre.

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 you will develop your understanding of the central elements of economics and of politics and international relations, covering important theoretical developments and recent practical problems. You will take a Research Methods module to prepare you for your final year dissertation and a module looking at the use of economic skills in the workplace

In Year 3 you have the opportunity to go on a work placement.

In your final year you 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 of examining areas such as environmental economics and politics, economic policy, political thought, international human rights and the global political economy, and of looking at different countries and regions.

Study modules

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.

Work placements

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.

Study abroad

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.

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.

Teaching and learning

On this course your learning experience will be exciting and challenging.  You will develop the necessary skills to confidently take on the demands of graduate jobs in leading international organisations. You will experience a range of teaching methods including lectures, seminars and workshops. In addition, you will take part in activities such as group projects, presentations, role plays, analysis of numerical data, discussions of topical material and computer-based simulations.

This course is taught by leading academics who are renowned experts, researchers and consultants in the field of economics, politics and international relations. You will have close contact with your academic adviser throughout.

Lectures, seminars and workshops will be supplemented by a range of activities undertaken outside class. This will include a substantial e-learning component to the degree, providing the opportunity to undertake self-study quizzes and diagnostic assessments, to participate in online discussion groups and to work in groups preparing wikis as part of the assessment process. These e-learning activities will be complementary to face-to-face learning, forming part of a blended approach.

You will have the opportunity to hear from speakers and go on field trips. Practitioners from outside academia run workshops at specific points in order to provide specialised input which can help you to develop particular skills. For example, you will be able to work with professional actors to develop presentation skills and with financial journalists to develop investigative and research skills.

Time spent in different learning activities

Year Lectures, seminars or similar Independent study Placement
1 16%84%0%
2 15%85%0%
3 (sandwich year)1%0%99%
4 13%88%0%

Approach to assessment

Assessment plays a key role in ensuring that you develop and demonstrate the required knowledge and skills to complete your programme. Some modules are assessed solely by coursework or by examination, but the majority of the modules use a combination of both forms of assessment.

You will benefit from ongoing in-depth, specific feedback on your work, rather than relying only on summative feedback at the end of modules. You will know specifically what areas to focus on with your personal tutor to develop your skills and knowledge for your future career.

The majority of teaching and assessment activities take place between Mondays and Fridays, 9am to 7pm. There may be occasions when such activities may fall outside of these hours.

Breakdown of assessment methods used on this course

Year Written exams Practical exams Coursework
1 46%0%54%
2 43%0%58%
3 (sandwich year)0%50%50%
4 31%0%69%

Tuition fees

Home/EU - full time fee: 2018/19: £9,250. 2019/20: £9,250.

Home/EU - part time fee: 2018/19: £750 per single module. 2019/20: £750 per single module.

Home/EU - sandwich placement fee: 2018/19: £1,380. 2019/20: £1,380.

International - full time: 2018/19: £13,360 2019/20: £13,630

International - sandwich placement fee: 2018/19: £3,920 2019/20: £4,000

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 in the 'This course in detail' window above.

Questions about fees?
Contact Student Finance on:
+44 (0)1865 483088

Funding and scholarships

For general sources of financial support, see:

Typical offers

UCAS Tariff points: 112

A-Level: BBC or equivalent

Wherever possible we make our conditional offers using the UCAS Tariff. This combination of A-level grades would be just one way of achieving the UCAS Tariff points for this course.

IB Diploma: 30 points


If you don’t achieve the required tariff points you can apply to join a foundation course or international foundation course to help to reach the required level for entry onto this degree.

Specific entry requirements

GCSE: Mathematics (grade B/5 or above) and English (grade C/4 or above)

Please also see the University's general entry requirements.

English language requirements

Please see the University's standard English language requirements

Pathways courses for international and EU students

If you do not meet the entry requirements for this degree, or if you would like more preparation before you start, you can take an  international foundation course. Once you enrol, you will have a guaranteed pathway to this degree if you pass your foundation course with the required grades.

If you only need to meet the language requirements, you can take our  pre-sessional English course. You will develop key language and study skills for academic success and you will not need to take an external language test to progress to your degree.

English requirements for visas

If you need a student visa to enter the UK you will need to meet the UK Visas and Immigration minimum language requirements as well as the University's requirements. Find out more about English language requirements.

How to apply

If you don’t meet the entry requirements for this degree, or if you would like more preparation before you start, you can take a foundation course or an international foundation course. You will have a guaranteed pathway to this degree if you pass your foundation course with the required grades. If you only need to meet the language requirements, you can take our pre-sessional English course. You will develop key language and study skills for academic success and you will not need to take an external language test to progress to your degree.

International applicants

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

When you accept our offer, you agree to the Terms and Conditions of Enrolment. You should therefore read those conditions before accepting the offer.

Credit transfer

Oxford Brookes operates the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). All undergraduate single modules are equivalent to 7.5 ECTS credits and double modules to 15 ECTS credits. More about ECTS credits.

Why Oxford is a great place to study this course

As one of the most famous cities in the world, Oxford is a great place to be a student. One in five people in the city is a student, so places, events, amenities and facilities are geared towards university life. Find out all about being a student in Oxford on our Student Life pages.

Oxford has a growing hi-tech community with many businesses located in the city and surrounding area. It is just over an hour from the hub of business life in London, The City, with easy access to international airports.

Specialist facilities

At Headington we have developed outstanding facilities. Our John Henry Brookes Building is the most significant project in the history of Oxford Brookes University. Set at the heart of our Headington campus, it has been designed for the future of higher education and has transformed the experiences of our students and the entire University community. Find out more about the John Henry Brookes Building.

The Clerici Building has undergone a huge redevelopment creating a new home for the Business School, including a lecture theatre, teaching rooms, social learning spaces and a café. It also provides a new Main Hall and a vibrant gateway into the Headington Campus. With these innovative spaces, students and staff can interact and collaborate in first-class facilities.

General support services

Supporting your learning

From academic advisers and support co-ordinators to specialist subject librarians and other learning support staff, we want to ensure that you get the best out of your studies.

Personal support services

We want your time at Brookes to be as enjoyable and successful as possible. That's why we provide all the facilities you need to be relaxed, happy and healthy throughout your studies.

Career prospects

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.

Course downloads

  • Undergraduate Business Degrees brochure
  • Course Structure Chart: Economics Politics International Relations
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