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BA (Hons) Politics and Economics *

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Three years full-time.

Six years part-time.

Typical Offer: 

2018 entry: 112 UCAS tariff points (or above)

BBC (A-Level), DMM (BTEC).

Please see Entry Requirements below.

* Subject to validation


During a period of profound political and economic upheaval, a degree in politics and economics will equip you with the skills necessary to lead and succeed in a changing world.

Politics is about power. One of the main sources of power is wealth derived from the economy. Combining your politics degree with the study of economics is a very smart choice, and will give you a deeper understanding of both subjects.

As well as exploring British and international political structures, our course offers a distinct focus on ‘political action’ across party politics, campaigns and community politics, all within the context of economics and economic theory.

Throughout the course, we maintain a critical focus on how political ideas and policies have translated into ‘real, felt’ political action and outcomes ‘on the ground’, whilst developing a broader and more rounded appreciation of the theories, practices and preferences which shape policy on such things as government spending, taxation and welfare policy.

Politics and economics graduates have an important range of analytical and organisational skills applicable to many graduate opportunities. Jobs directly related to this degree include Government and Civil Service roles, covering public affairs, consultancy and research. Jobs in the field of marketing, media, public relations, and local government are also popular.

The political and economic landscape is changing. New relationships are being forged between the left and right, and between localism, nationalism and globalism. There has never been a more exciting time to study this degree.

Course modules

Full downloadable information regarding all University of Suffolk courses, including Key Facts, Course Aims, Course Structure and Assessment, is available in the Definitive Course Record.

Social Science Research Skills (Mandatory)

This module aims to give students an introduction to a broad range of social science research methods, in addition to developing a range of university skills.

Key concepts in Political Science (Mandatory)

This module develops the key building blocks for the study of politics. The module explores concepts such as freedom, democracy, legitimacy, authority, the state, and of course the many faces of power.

Introduction to Economics (Mandatory)

This module provides an introduction to the core concepts that structure our appreciation of price and markets.

Quantitative Methods for Decision-making (Mandatory)

This module offers an introduction to the quantitative tools that may be used to frame and to guide business decision-making.

Dynamics of British Politics (Requisite)

This module looks at the key forms within British politics such as political parties, government, parliament, the media, pressure groups, voting systems and public opinion. It will focus on the important changes to allow a good insight into British politics in the 21st Century.

Political Practice (group project) (Requisite)

This module outlines the key elements of political organisation and offers the chance to engage in small group projects exploring the important practical nature of doing politics understood in its widest way.

Secondary Quantitative Data Analysis (Mandatory)

Understanding and ability to conduct a secondary quantitative data analysis is very useful to students of social sciences. This module continues on from the level 4 Social Science Research Skills Module, looking to provide students with the skills to carry out research of sufficient quality and rigour to complete their own independent studies.

Questionnaire Design and Analysis (Mandatory)

Questionnaire Design and Analysis provides students with the skills to carry out research of sufficient quality and rigour to complete their independent studies. The module aims to promote a critical and questioning approach, provide students with an advanced awareness of SPSS in addition to ethical concerns, reliability and validity in research.

Qualitative Research Design and Analysis (Mandatory)

Qualitative Research Design and Analysis serves as a basis for the Dissertation research at Level 6, providing students with the opportunity to develop and apply skills in managing, collecting, analysing and reporting qualitative data.

Political Philosophy (Requisite)

The key concepts of equality, liberty, community, justice and Social Justice and democracy will be explored. Through this a range of political ideologies such as liberalism, socialism, social democracy, conservatism among others can be explored in their own political context.

Macroeconomic Analysis (Mandatory)

This module builds upon the introductory analysis of economics developed in level 4 as it considers the broader frameworks and debates that shape governmental policies.

Microeconomic Analysis (Mandatory)

This module considers in-depth the concepts and debates which structure our appreciation of price, supply and demand.

Economic History (Requisite)

Economic history will look at previous economic cycles and the importance of the past to the shape of present economies. The key drivers of economic change and the impacts of decisions will be examined. Case studies may involve the great crash of the 1930s, the dot com bubble of the late 1990s and the 2008 financial crisis among others.

Political Engagement (Optional)

This module will develop the range of political, organisational and analytical skills of students. Practical approaches to chairing meetings, writing constitutions and funding will provide important organisational skills.

Social Justice and Social Policy (Optional)

This module examines the nature of social justice and the range of social policies that have sought to make societies more just. Key themes are the welfare state in its broadest conception from housing to education to health to income transfers to pensions to legal aid.

Globalisation (Optional)

This module intends to examine definitions of globalisation, the dimensions of globalisation and the evidence to evaluate the extent to which globalisation is now a key element in important aspects of social life. This module will allow students of sociology should be able to engage with these debates by evaluating a range of data and arguments about globalisation.

Political Geography: Territory and Power (Optional)

Much conventional politics takes place in the standard power containers of the modern world, that of nation states. This module aims to explore the changing shape of political geography and the power shifts that lead to the emergence and dissolution of political units.

The Cold War (Optional)

This module explores the international origins, course and consequences of the Cold War, from the end of the Second World War to 1991 (and beyond).

Dissertation (Mandatory)

The Research Dissertation gives students the opportunity to expand learning and develop interests in a particular topic. Students will critique research by others and will reflect on their own work, moving students from a theoretical knowledge of research toward a more informed level of skill and application.

Political Engagement and Professional Development (Mandatory)

This module further develops a range of employment skills and career considerations by applying many of the techniques used for both the analysis of politics and in the organisation of political and social and interest group movements. It allows you to focus on your skills with a view to developing important tools for managing your career and your future.

Economic Development (Optional)

This module considers the nature and processes of economic development.

International Politics and Comparative Perspectives (Optional)

Making comparisons is a key technique in political science. It is also the key to exploring the contours of international politics, both with nation states as actors and with international organisations such as the EU or UN or NATO.

International Economics (Optional)

This module places economics and trade in a broad international context and considers the various historical and contemporary frameworks that have been developed to explore these matters.

Financial Strategy (Optional)

This module offers and analysis of accounting and financial management that is geared to a consideration of business strategy.

International Politics and Comparative Perspectives (Optional)

Making comparisons is a key technique in political science. It is also the key to exploring the contours of international politics, both with nation states as actors and with international organisations such as the EU or UN or NATO.

Globalisation and International Development (Optional)

The increase in levels of human development along a range of measures is one of the largest consequences of changes over the last 50 years. This module will examine the very real tensions between globalisation that increases inequality and globalisation that increases human development.

Career opportunities

Politics and Economics graduates develop a variety of transferable skills over the degree programme, including analytical and organisational skills.

Graduates may pursue a career as a civil service fast streamer, government social research officer, politician's assistant, public affairs consultant, actuarial analyst, chartered accountant, chartered certified accountant, chartered public finance accountant, data analyst, public relations account executive or a social researcher.

Other possible career paths may include roles within human resources, local government, market research, marketing, newspaper journalism or public relations.

Fees and finance


Subject to approval of maximum fee by parliament                    

  • Full-time Tuition fee: £9,250 p.a.
  • Part-time Tuition fee: £1,454 per 20 credit module (Please contact the Infozone for further information).
  • International Tuition fee: £11,500 p.a.

Further Information                                                       

  • Detailed information about Tuition Fees
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  • Also see Loans and Grants.
  • At University of Suffolk, your tuition fees provide access to all the usual teaching and learning facilities that you would expect. However, there may be additional costs associated with your course that you will need to budget for.

Entry requirements

Academic Requirements

2018 entry: 112 UCAS tariff points (or above), BBC (A-Level), DMM (BTEC).

Plus GCSE grade A-C including English and Mathematics (or equivalent) or new GCSEs grade 4-9.

Also see How to Apply.

International Requirements

IELTS 6.0 overall (minimum 5.5 in all components) where English is not the students' first language.

Also see International and EU.  


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