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Politics and Economics BSc

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Politics and Economics BSc

Placement Offered This course has a Professional Development option


Politics is ranked 6th in London (The Complete University Guide, 2018)

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Brunel University London’s impact on the future wages of its graduates is among the best in the country compared to other universities, according to a new analysis of government data by The Economist (2017).

About the course

The course establishes a close relationship between politics and economics and helps you gain practical and theoretical knowledge of these subjects.

You will examine how political and economic factors enter into public and private decision-making. You will also develop quantitative and computing skills in economics and an understanding of micro- and macro-economic principles and of advanced macroeconomics.


Programmes in Politics will help you to address critical questions, such as:

  • Who has political power?
  • Why do they have it?
  • To whom are they accountable?
  • In whose interest do they exercise it?
  • What is globalisation?
  • Is violent protest ever justified?

Economics courses at Brunel combine an understanding of theory with the practical skills necessary to apply your knowledge to a business, industrial, financial or government environment. It is this combination together with a strong background in finance that distinguishes the Brunel courses from other degrees in economics.


Contact our Enquiries team.
Course Enquiries: +44 (0)1895 265599 (before you submit an application)
Admissions Office: +44 (0)1895 265265 (after you submit an application)

Course Content

The BSc consists of both compulsory and optional modules, a typical selection can be found below. Modules can vary from year to year, but these offer a good idea of what we teach.

Level 1


  • Maths and Stats for Economists
  • Microeconomic Principles
  • Macroeconomic Principles
  • Research Design and Qualitative Methods in Politics
  • Modern Political Thought
  • Modern British Politics

Level 2


  • Microeconomic Principles II
  • Macroeconomic Principles II
  • Introduction to Econometrics
  • Comparative Political Institutions
  • Explaining Politics: Quantitative Political Science in Practice


Choose 1 from the following:

  • US Foreign Policy
  • Issues in American Politics
  • Political Geography
  • International Relations
  • The State and Revolution
  • Democracy and Democratisation
  • The Holocaust
  • National Security Intelligence
  • Ancient Greek Political Thought
  • Unity and Cultural Diversity

Level 3


  • EITHER: Politics Dissertation OR Economics Dissertation
  • European Union Politics: Problems and Prospects
  • Advanced Topics in Economic Theory


  • Psychogeography
  • History of Political Thought
  • Empire, Imperialism and Hegemony
  • Media, Politics and Power in America
  • Marx and Marxism
  • Parties and Voters in the UK
  • Public Policy Analysis
  • Parliamentary Studies
  • Fascism
  • Crisis and Critique
  • Managerial and Industrial Economics
  • Labour Economics
  • International Money and Finance
  • Further Econometrics

Read more about the structure of undergraduate degrees at Brunel and what you will learn on the course.


Studying politics will equip you with a range of transferable skills that will enable you to follow the career you want after graduation.

Economics plays a crucial role in the operation, management and regulation of financial institutions, industry and government agencies. A knowledge of economics significantly enhances strategic decision making and is crucial in a world of integrating global markets and the information superhighway.



A major attraction of our courses is the wide variety of career opportunities to which they can lead. 

Our students pursue a wide variety of jobs after graduating. Some go into Politics and the civil service and have worked for Members of the Parliament such as John McDonnell MP, or former Labour party general secretary Baroness McDonagh.   Others have joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Home Office, the Civil Service, GCHQ and military intelligence. Others work in the public and private sectors, law and NGOs whilst some graduates become researchers, teachers and librarians.


Our students have excellent career prospects. Graduates have gone on to work for prestigious companies including Merrill Lynch, NatWest, Morgan Stanley, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, JP Morgan, HSBC, Ernst & Young, the London Stock Exchange and UBS.

Work Placements

You will have the opportunity to take a one-year, professional work placement in the UK or overseas alongside trained experts in the public sector and commerce. By opting for a sandwich degree, you'll gain work experience to complement your academic studies in a way that is highly valued by employers.  Past students have worked for the Home Office, the Treasury, the Houses of Parliament and organisations such as Epolitix.com and Politics International.

The positive impact of a sandwich placement on graduate employment outcomes across Brunel is considerable. Those who have done placements are also much more likely to be in employment for whichtheir degree was a formal requirement or where they believe their degree gave them a competitive advantage in recruitment.

At Brunel we provide many opportunities and experiences within your degree programme and beyond – work-based learning, professional support services, volunteering, mentoring, sports, arts, clubs, societies, and much, much more – and we encourage you to make the most of them, so that you can make the most of yourself.

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Entry Criteria 2017/18

  • GCE A-level BBB, including B in Maths.
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma DDD in a related subject, plus Grade C in AS-level Maths.
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma DD in a related subject with an A-level at grade B in Maths.
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma D in a related subject, with A-levels grade BB including Maths.
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma 30 points 5 in Higher Maths.
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma Complete and pass a related subject Access course with 45 credits at Level 3 with Merit in all units, with A-level Maths at grade B.


GCSE English grade C or grade 4 and GCSE Mathematics grade C or grade 4 is also required.

Please check our Admissions pages for more information on other factors we use to assess applicants as well as our full GCSE requirements and accepted equivalencies in place of GCSEs.

Entry criteria are subject to review and change each academic year.

International and EU Entry Requirements

If your country or institution is not listed or if you are not sure whether your institution is eligible, please contact Admissions

This information is for guidance only by Brunel University London and by meeting the academic requirements does not guarantee entry for our courses as applications are assessed on case-by-case basis.

English Language Requirements

  • IELTS: 6.5 (min 5.5 in all areas)
  • Pearson: 58 (51 in all subscores)
  • BrunELT: 65% (min 55% in all areas)

Brunel University London strongly recommends that if you will require a Tier 4 visa, you sit your IELTS test at a test centre that has been approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) as being a provider of a Secure English Language Test (SELT). Not all test centres have this status. The University can accept IELTS (with the required scores) taken at any official test centre or other English Language qualifications we accept as meeting our main award entry requirements.

However, if you wish to undertake a Pre-sessional English course to further improve your English prior to the start of your degree course, you must sit the test at an approved SELT provider. This is because you will only be able to apply for a Tier 4 student visa to undertake a Pre-sessional English course if you hold a SELT from a UKVI approved test centre. Find out more information about it.

Brunel also offers our own BrunELT English Test and accepts a range of other language courses. We also have Pre-sessional English language courses for students who do not meet these requirements, or who wish to improve their English. Find out more information about English course and test options.

Teaching and Assessment


Staff experience

All of our courses are informed by the research of lecturers who publish books and well-regarded scholarly articles, present papers at other universities and appear in the media, at home and abroad. They are nationally and internationally recognised experts in the fields of politics, international relations, social policy and contemporary history.

Student support

We are committed to helping you progress confidently through the levels of your degree programme. To achieve this, we devote as much care to your initiation into higher education, both by entry-level courses and study skills teaching, as to the completion of your learning at Level 3.

By your final year, therefore, you will be in a position to benefit from specialist research-led courses and will be prepared for the research and writing involved in your dissertation.

How will I be taught?

Modules are generally taught by a mixture of lectures and seminars. Depending on its credit rating, you can expect to have one or two hours of lectures per week for each module, as well as a one-hour seminar each week or fortnight.

Lectures – These provide a broad overview of key themes and ideas relating to your course and establish a framework from which to carry out more in-depth study.

Seminars – These relatively small groups examine the lecture material in more detail, theoretical concepts are analysed and applied in specific contexts. Seminars provide students with an opportunity for discussion, debate and the development of presentational skills.

One-to-one – You will have one-to-one supervision on your final year dissertation and at all levels you will have a personal tutor who is available to discuss personal and academic problems.

Private study – The bulk of every student’s work will undoubtedly consist of private study. On average this should absorb approximately 25 to 30 hours of your life each week. During your initial months at Brunel, you are given help and advice designed to encourage you to become an ‘independent learner’, capable of managing your work effectively.

External visits – We aim to introduce students to the benefits of observing politics in action and to the personal experience of other political systems and ideas. You will visit important political sites in the UK (such as Parliament) and depending on the options you select, may undertake overseas visits.


Level 1 does not count towards your final degree mark. Level 2 is worth a third and Level 3 is worth two-thirds. The final year dissertation is worth a third of Level 3 marks.

All modules are assessed at the end of the term in which they are taken. Exact assessment patterns vary, but most are based on a combination of coursework and formal written exams. Typically, coursework marks constitute 25-50 per cent of overall module grades.

Special Features

  • Our courses are designed and taught by nationally and internationally recognised experts in the fields of politics, international relations, social policy and contemporary history.
  • Politics is ranked 6th in London (The Complete University Guide, 2018)
  • Politics is ranked 7th in London (The Guardian University Guide 2018)
  • You will have access to some of the best research facilities in the UK - Westminster and Whitehall are within easy reach.
  • We have good links with key political figures and institutions.
  • Studying economics allows selective exemption from some professional accountancy and law exams. Not only is this a fast-track way to professional qualifications after you graduate, but it is also a symbol of the quality of the courses.
  • Economics at Brunel is ranked 8th in London (The Guardian University Guide 2018)
  • Economics at Brunel is ranked 9th in London (The Complete University Guide 2018)

Our great business links mean that you will benefit from:

  • high-quality work placements
  • up-to-date course content
  • better opportunities to find a good job after you graduate.

Fees for 2018/19 entry

UK/EU students: £9,250 full-time; £1,000 placement year

International students: £14,800 full-time

Additional course related costs

See our fees and funding page for full details of scholarships available to Brunel applicants