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Economics, Politics and International Relations

BA (Hons)

Key facts


UCAS code

LL21

Start dates

September 2019 / January 2020 / September 2020

Location

Headington

Course length

Full time: 3 years, or 4 if a work placement is chosen

Part time: up to 8 years

Department

Oxford Brookes Business School

UCAS Tariff Points

104

Overview


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

Students in a lecture theatre

How to apply


Typical offers

UCAS Tariff Points: 104

A Level: BCC

IB Points: 29

BTEC: DMM

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.

Applications are also welcomed for consideration from applicants with European qualifications, international qualifications or recognised foundation courses. For advice on eligibility please contact Admissions: admissions@brookes.ac.uk

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.

Entry requirements

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.

International qualifications and equivalences

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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.

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.

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

Many of our courses consider applications for entry with credit for prior learning. Each application is individually assessed by our credit entry tutors. 

If you would like more information about whether or not you may be eligible for the award of credit, for example from an HND, partly-completed degree or foundation degree, please contact our Admissions team.

We operate 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.

Application process

Full time Home / EU applicants

Apply through UCAS

Part time Home / EU applicants

Apply direct to the University

International applicants

Apply direct to the University

Full time applicants can also apply through UCAS

Tuition fees


Please see the fees note
Home/EU full time
£9,250

Home/EU part time
£750 per single module

Home/EU sandwich (placement)
£1,380

International full time
£13,630

International sandwich (placement)
£4,000

Home/EU full time
£9,250 (subject to agreement by Office for Students)

Home/EU part time
£1,155 per single module

Home/EU sandwich (placement)
£1,380 (subject to agreement by Office for Students)

International full time
£14,100

International sandwich (placement)
£4,000

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

Tuition fees


2019/20
Home/EU full time
£9,250

Home/EU part time
£750 per single module

Home/EU sandwich (placement)
£1,380

International full time
£13,630

International sandwich (placement)
£4,000

2020/21
Home/EU full time
£9,250 (subject to agreement by Office for Students)

Home/EU part time
£1,155 per single module

Home/EU sandwich (placement)
£1,380 (subject to agreement by Office for Students)

International full time
£14,100

International sandwich (placement)
£4,000

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:
+44 (0)1865 483088

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.

Financial support and scholarships

For general sources of financial support, see our Fees and funding pages.

Additional costs

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.

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:

  • Microsoft
  • Government Economic Service
  • IBM
  • 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.

Group study

Study modules

Year 1

Compulsory modules

Microeconomics I

Macroeconomics I

Mathematics for Economics and Finance

Economics and Society in Context

Introduction to Politics

Politics in Comparative Perspective

Introduction to International Relations I: Perspectives

Introduction to International Relations II: Themes and Issues

Year 2

Compulsory modules

Microeconomics II

Macroeconomics II

Choose 1 compulsory modules from this list

Researching Politics and International Relations II: Methods; Research Methods in Economics

Skills and Knowledge for Graduate Economics

Economics module from List B

Choose 2 compulsory Politics and International Relations modules from this list

American Politics and Society; Contemporary Security Studies; Democracy, Autocracy and Regime Change; Development and Social Change in Latin America; Global Governance and Civil Society; International Trade and Migration; Modern British Politics; Nationalism, Identity and Ethnicity; Political Thought 1 Political Thought 2; Researching Politics and IR: Analytical Mode; Russia and Eastern Europe after Lenin; Sex, Gender and Politics; State and Society in Europe; The Global Political Economy; Understanding Europe: History, Culture and Political Economy

Optional modules

Choose 1 optional module from this list

American Politics and Society; Contemporary Security Studies; Democracy, Autocracy and Regime Change; Development and Social Change in Latin America; Global Governance and Civil Society; International Trade and Migration; Modern British Politics; Nationalism, Identity and Ethnicity; Political Thought 1 Political Thought 2; Researching Politics and IR: Analytical Mode; Russia and Eastern Europe after Lenin; Sex, Gender and Politics; State and Society in Europe; The Global Political Economy; Understanding Europe: History, Culture and Political Economy; Independent Study in Business; International Labour Markets; International Trade; Introduction to Econometrics

Year 3 (optional placement year)

Optional modules

Optional Work Placement Year (includes a Placement Search and Preparation module in your second year)

Year 4 (or year 3 if no placement)

Optional modules

Economics, Politics and International Relations Dissertation (2 module credits) (Honours)

Choose 2 modules from this list (Honours)

Behavioural Economics; Econometrics; Economic Growth; Economic Policy; Environmental Economics; Independent Study in Economics

Choose 2 modules from this list (Honours)

Central Asia in Global Politics: Beyond Oil and Islam; Conflict and Peacebuilding; Counter Terrorism in Comparative Perspective; Freedom, Justice and Political Theory; Global Environmental Politics; Independent Study in International Relations; Independent Study in Politics; International Development; International Human Rights Law; International Law and Institutions; Law, Empires and Revolutions; Militarism and Society; Political Sociology of Crime and Disorder; Postcolonial Perspectives on Western Culture and Politics; Poverty, Inequality and the Politics of Welfare; South African Politics: From Apartheid to Democracy; State and Society in Contemporary Russia; Theory and Practice of Human Rights; Violence, Resistance and Identity Politics

Choose 2 modules from this list (Honours)

Central Asia in Global Politics: Beyond Oil and Islam; Conflict and Peacebuilding; Counter Terrorism in Comparative Perspective; Freedom, Justice and Political Theory; Global Environmental Politics; Independent Study in International Relations; Independent Study in Politics; International Development; International Human Rights Law; International Law and Institutions; Law, Empires and Revolutions; Militarism and Society; Political Sociology of Crime and Disorder; Postcolonial Perspectives on Western Culture and Politics; Poverty, Inequality and the Politics of Welfare; South African Politics: From Apartheid to Democracy; State and Society in Contemporary Russia; Theory and Practice of Human Rights, Violence, Resistance and Identity Politics; Behavioural Economics; Econometrics; Economic Growth; Economic Policy; Environmental Economics; Independent Study in Economics

Please note: As our courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the modules you can choose from may vary from that shown here. The structure of the course may also mean some modules are not available to you.

Learning and teaching

On this course your learning experience will be exciting and challenging. You will develop confidence and the necessary skills to take on the demands of graduate jobs in leading international organisations.

Our teaching methods include:

  • lectures 
  • seminars
  • workshops
  • group projects
  • presentations
  • role plays 
  • analysis of numerical data
  • discussions of topical material 
  • guest speakers 
  • field trips.

You’ll also learn through e-learning activities such as: 

  • self-study quizzes
  • diagnostic assessments
  • computer-based simulations 
  • online discussion groups.
  • Lectures and seminars
  • Placement
  • Other learning activities (including group work, research, conferences etc.)

Year 1

  • Lectures and seminars - 16%
  • Placement - 0%
  • Other learning activities (including group work, research, conferences etc.) - 84%

Year 2

  • Lectures and seminars - 15%
  • Placement - 0%
  • Other learning activities (including group work, research, conferences etc.) - 85%

Year 3 (optional placement year)

  • Lectures and seminars - 1%
  • Placement - 99%
  • Other learning activities (including group work, research, conferences etc.) - 0%

Year 4 (or year 3 if no placement)

  • Lectures and seminars - 12%
  • Placement - 0%
  • Other learning activities (including group work, research, conferences etc.) - 88%

Learning and teaching percentages are indicative. There may be slight year-on-year variations.

Assessment

Assessment methods used on this course

The majority of modules use a combination of both examinations and coursework for assessment.  However some modules are assessed solely by coursework or by examination.

You will benefit from ongoing in-depth, specific feedback on your work.

  • Written exams
  • Coursework
  • Practical exams

Year 1

  • Written exams - 46%
  • Coursework - 54%
  • Practical exams - 0%

Year 2

  • Written exams - 42%
  • Coursework - 58%
  • Practical exams - 0%

Year 3 (optional placement year)

  • Written exams - 0%
  • Coursework - 50%
  • Practical exams - 50%

Year 4 (or year 3 if no placement)

  • Written exams - 31%
  • Coursework - 69%
  • Practical exams - 0%

Assessment method percentages are indicative. There may be slight year-on-year variations.

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. 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


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.

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.

Information from Discover Uni


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.