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BA (Hons) Politics and Economics

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Three years full-time.

Six years part-time.

Typical Offer: 

2020 entry: 112 UCAS tariff points (or above)
BBC (A-Level), DMM (BTEC).

Please see Entry Requirements below.

If you don’t meet the above entry requirements, we may still be able to consider you. If you’re interested in applying, call our Clearing Hotline to discuss your suitability for study.

Next available intake for this course is September 2021


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 introduces the important ideas in the history of political thought from Aristotle to Marx and J.S. Mill. It then explores political and social order, legitimacy, justice, power, authority, rights, liberty, sovereignty, and democracy as developed in the 19th and 20th century.

Business and Economics

This module is primarily concerned with understanding the impact that economic factors have on the decisions that businesses make. It provides students with an understanding of key economic concepts and how they affect operational and strategic decisions. Students will be encouraged to apply ideas from the module to a series of case studies and problems, building their confidence not as economists, but as future managers that require understanding of these important core concepts

Politics, Crime and Policy (Optional)

Politics, Crime and Policy gives students the skills and knowledge to identify the connection between political ideology and policy responses to crime and deviance, in addition to investigating how modern societies understand equality and social justice. This will enable students to form responses to criminal and perceived deviant behaviour.

Grassroots Politics and Activism (Optional)

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.

Introduction to Accounting (Optional)

The module aims to provide an introduction to financial and management accounting. It assumes no previous knowledge of accounting to provide a foundation in the theory and practise of accounting. Being able to read and understand accounts is an important skills in applying economics to business environments.

Management and Managing: An Introduction (Optional)

This module allows students to develop an understanding of the nature, processes and origins of ‘management’. Students will explore the management process, examine groups and teams at work, identify a range of organisational structures and examine key aspects of management and organisational cultures. 

Current Political Disputes (Requisite)

This module aims to explore a range of specific disputes or problems at the local, national, regional and global level. Through the exploration of historical context and relevant political ideas and concepts students can get to grips with the complexity of political concepts.

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 (Optional)

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 (Optional)

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.

Contemporary Political Theory (Requisite)

The module studies the rise and evolution of a number of systems of thought such as Marxism and post-Marxism, post-colonialism and the critique of eurocentrism in political thought, Liberalism and Neoliberalism, Conservatism and Neo-conservatism, as well as the dark side of the 20th century by looking at Nazism, Fascism, Neo-Nazism, and racism. You will have the opportunity to explore questions such as the restriction of the citizens’ rights in the name of security and safety, civil disobedience, global warning, the rise of populism, the effect of identity politics on the public sphere, the politics of austerity, animal welfare and others.

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 Theory Analysis (Optional)

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

Political Argumentation and Persuasion (Optional)

This module will develop a range of skills relating to organisation and communication with a particular focus on argument and negotiation. In this way, the module deals with a central question of the mechanisms by which politics takes place. The module will use case studies and group work to develop skills and provides a key element of the University of Suffolk approach to politics.

Social Justice and 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.

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).

Macroeconomic Theory (Requisite)

This module therefore develops the key concepts and theories of macroeconomic analysis and applies them to the analysis of real world issues in the economy, including macroeconomic stability, growth and government policy (relationship between governments and Central Banks most notably). The focus will be on variety of macroeconomic models enabling students to explore plurality of approaches in macroeconomics that are emblematic of the discipline. Macroeconomic models focus on causes and consequences of short-run fluctuations in national income and understanding the determinants of long-term growth. Both often appear to be of highly political nature. The module therefore encourages students to develop ability to advocate for change in people’s lives that macroeconomic decisions bring about.

Political Discourse (Optional)

The module introduces students to the important role of language in politics. It explores the role of speech, words, phrases, and images in politics.

Political Sociology (Optional)

This module critically explores the major currents of Political Sociology. We aim to identify key topics, concepts and theorists that are highly influential in contemporary scholarship in this field. The starting point is to analyse the relations between state, society, and political agents in the contemporary world.

Managing Innovation in Organisations (Optional)

This module aims to equip the student with skills and knowledge in creative thinking to encourage divergent, rather than convergent thinking in a number of business settings and also to equip the student with knowledge about how innovation, risk and an opportunity-seeking attitude come together in the notion of the business or social entrepreneur.

Extended Project (Mandatory)

The extended project provides students with the opportunity to work on a project of interest to them. It is an important part of Level 6 study which allows, and requires, the development and application of specialist skills (for example in data manipulation, project management and critical thinking). Students are expected to draw upon knowledge and skills from other modules as they work on their project.

Political Engagement and Professional Development (Optional)

This module aims to prepare students for life after graduation. It offer students the chance to undertake a work placement or work shadowing or other relevant activity. There will work on leadership as part of the way the module aims to allow students to build in confidence and develop plans and skills to take control of their future.

Comparative Politics (Optional)

Comparative politics is about exploring how different human communities make decisions. Most decisions still take place within nation states and the aim of comparative politics is to allow for an understanding of different ways that people organize their politics or have them organized by others for them. This module will allow students to develop a knowledge of the operation of other European and Asian political systems. It will allow an exploration of different forms of democratic and authoritarian government.

Global Economy (Optional)

The module therefore focuses on a detailed examination - and critique - of theories of global economy and assessment of contemporary globalising processes. It examines these influences through detailed analysis of contemporary manifestations relevant to the subject of global economy enabling students of not only being aware of the key global economic developments, but also to work effectively in any part of the world developing “global citizens” skills.

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.

Development Economics (Optional)

Development economics concerns the application of economic aspects of the development process in developing countries. Development economics is an immensely broad field. Hence, rather than attempt to give a complete overview of the field, this module aims to give students a flavour of how economics can address development issues not limited to methods of promoting economic development and growth and structural change but also poverty and disease, mass migration, insecurity and conflict. The module then is a detective work by using econometric analysis to find out whether the intervention implied by theory actually works.

A History of Genocide (L5 prerequisite)

Explore the causes and course of various episodes of genocide throughout world history, including particular case studies focusing on the Native Americans, Armenia, the Jewish Holocaust, Cambodia and Rwanda. This module explores many difficult areas of intentions of certain people and groups to seek the destruction of other groups often using the mechanisms of state power to attempt to achieve this.

A History of Genocide (L5 prerequisite)

Explore the causes and course of various episodes of genocide throughout world history, including particular case studies focusing on the Native Americans, Armenia, the Jewish Holocaust, Cambodia and Rwanda. This module explores many difficult areas of intentions of certain people and groups to seek the destruction of other groups often using the mechanisms of state power to attempt to achieve this.

Industrial Organisation (Optional)

This module gives an overview of industrial organisation to measure competition in a given industry, an exploration of how microeconomic models explain internal firm organisation and market strategy and government policies on economic regulation.

Exploring Strategic Management (Optional)

The module scrutinizes changing internal and external business environments, global dynamics and the stakeholders that influence the development of goals. The module uses a variety of models and theories to explore and evaluate how effective management strategies may be planned, developed and implemented.

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


  • Full-time tuition fee: £9,250 p.a.
  • Part-time tuition fee: £1,454 per 20 credits (Please contact the Infozone for further information)
  • International tuition fee: £11,790 p.a.

Further Information                                                       

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

Next available intake is September 2020.


Senior Lecturer in Politics

Associate Professor in Sociology

Senior Lecturer in Sociology