What Will You Study
Studying Economics and International Relations at Lancaster gives you the opportunity to learn from some of the foremost academics in the field. Our Economics Department is part of the Lancaster University Management School (LUMS) - a quadruple-accredited, world-ranked management school, consistently among the UK's top ten.
You will learn from staff exploring issues such as war and governance and their impact on the global economy, the analysis of public policies, and the great macroeconomic debates. International Relations is taught within the Politics, Philosophy and Religion department, which places a strong emphasis on research and uses it in the teaching across the programme.
The department of Economics offers a wide range of courses, which allows students to choose whether to take a more formal route, with a heavier mathematical and statistical content, or instead choose modules taught with more intuitive approach, and less reliance on analytical methods.
You’ll begin your degree with core modules in the Principles of Economics and Politics and Governance in the Contemporary World. In your first year you may also choose to study Quantitative Methods for Economics, or a third subject of your interest.
In your second year, you’ll study subjects such as International Relations and Security or The Politics of Development, together with Micro- and Macroeconomics. This will then allow you to complete your degree with third-year options such as Monetary Development, Public Economics and Globalisation and Transnational Politics.
- Accounting and Economics : BSc Hons
- Accounting and Economics (Industry) : BSc Hons
- Business Economics (Industry) : BSc Hons
- Economics : BSc Hons
- Economics (Industry) : BSc Hons
- Economics (Study Abroad) : BSc Hons
- Economics and Geography : BA Hons
- Economics and Mathematics : BSc Hons
- Economics and Mathematics (Industry) : BSc Hons
- Economics and Politics : BA Hons
- English Literature and Philosophy : BA Hons
- English Literature and Religious Studies : BA Hons
- Environmental Sustainability in Contemporary China : BA Hons
- Ethics, Philosophy and Religion : BA Hons
- Film and Philosophy : BA Hons
- Finance and Economics : BSc Hons
- Finance and Economics (Industry) : BSc Hons
- Financial Mathematics : BSc Hons
- French Studies and Philosophy : BA Hons
- French Studies and Politics : BA Hons
- German Studies and Philosophy : BA Hons
- German Studies and Politics : BA Hons
- History and International Relations : BA Hons
- History and Philosophy : BA Hons
- History and Politics : BA Hons
- History and Religious Studies : BA Hons
- History, Philosophy and Politics : BA Hons
- International Management in Contemporary China : BA Hons
- International Relations : BA Hons
- International Relations and Religious Diversity : BA Hons
- International Relations in Contemporary China : BA Hons
- Law with Politics : LLB Hons
- Linguistics and Philosophy : BA Hons
- Management, Politics and International Relations (Industry) : BSc Hons
- Mathematics and Philosophy : BA Hons
- Mathematics, Operational Research, Statistics and Economics (MORSE) : BSc Hons
- Mathematics, Operational Research, Statistics and Economics (MORSE) (Industry) : BSc Hons
- Peace Studies and International Relations : BA Hons
- Philosophy : BA Hons
- Philosophy (Placement Year) : BA Hons
- Philosophy and Politics : BA Hons
- Philosophy and Religious Studies : BA Hons
- Philosophy with Chinese : BA Hons
- Philosophy, Politics and Economics : BA Hons
- Philosophy, Politics and Economics (Placement Year) : BA Hons
- Politics : BA Hons
- Politics (Placement Year) : BA Hons
- Politics (Study Abroad) : BA Hons
- Politics and International Relations : BA Hons
- Politics and International Relations (Placement Year) : BA Hons
- Politics and Religious Studies : BA Hons
- Politics and Sociology : BA Hons
- Politics with Chinese : BA Hons
- Politics, International Relations and Management : BSc Hons
- Religious Studies : BA Hons
- Religious Studies and Sociology : BA Hons
- Religious Studies with Chinese : BA Hons
- Social Work, Ethics and Religion : MSocial Work Hons
- Spanish Studies and Philosophy : BA Hons
- Spanish Studies and Politics : BA Hons
Many of Lancaster's degree programmes are flexible, offering students the opportunity to cover a wide selection of subject areas to complement their main specialism. You will be able to study a range of modules, some examples of which are listed below.
- Career and Employability I
- Politics and International Relations in the Contemporary World
- Principles of Economics B
- Applied Economics
- Business and International Macroeconomics
- Economic Policy
- Ethics: Theory and Practice
- Game Theory
- Indian Politics, Society and Religion
- Intermediate Macroeconomics I
- Intermediate Microeconomics I
- International Relations and Security
- Introduction to Econometrics
- Introduction to Statistical Methods for Economists
- Managerial Economics
- Mathematics for Economics
- Modern Political Thought
- Philosophical Questions in the Study of Politics and Economics
- The Politics of Development
- The United Kingdom: State, Politics and Policies
- Advanced Macroeconomics
- Advanced Microeconomics
- Africa and Global Politics
- Applied Macroeconomics
- Behavioural and Experimental Economics
- Britain in the World
- Contemporary Issues in Human Rights
- Contemporary Issues in the Middle East
- Corporations, Global Political Economy and the Law
- Development Economics
- Dissertation Module
- Elections, Voters and Political Parties
- Exploring the Persian Gulf
- Game Theory
- Health Economics
- Industrial Organisation
- International Business
- International Trade
- Islamic Politics
- Labour Economics
- Mathematical Economics
- Media, Religion and Politics
- Monetary Macroeconomics
- Politics Employability and Engagement through Outreach
- PPR in Education
- Public Economics
- Religion and politics
- Sports Economics
- Understanding External Intervention in Violent Conflicts
Lancaster University offers a range of programmes, some of which follow a structured study programme, and others which offer the chance for you to devise a more flexible programme. We divide academic study into two sections - Part 1 (Year 1) and Part 2 (Year 2, 3 and sometimes 4). For most programmes Part 1 requires you to study 120 credits spread over at least three modules which, depending upon your programme, will be drawn from one, two or three different academic subjects. A higher degree of specialisation then develops in subsequent years. For more information about our teaching methods at Lancaster visit our Teaching and Learning section.
Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, but changes may be necessary, for example as a result of student feedback, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes, and new research.
A Level AAB
GCSE Mathematics grade B or 6, English Language grade C or 4
IELTS 6.5 overall with at least 5.5 in each component. For other English language qualifications we accept, please see our English language requirements webpages.
International Baccalaureate 35 points overall with 16 points from the best 3 Higher Level subjects
BTEC Distinction, Distinction, Distinction
We welcome applications from students with a range of alternative UK and international qualifications, including combinations of qualification. Further guidance on admission to the University, including other qualifications that we accept, frequently asked questions and information on applying, can be found on our general admissions webpages.
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Graduates of this course develop a wide range of skills, which are highly valued by employers both in the UK and abroad. Together with a thorough understanding of global economics and politics, you’ll develop well-rounded communication, analytical and IT skills, all of which are increasingly sought after in the workplace.
Typical career paths for our graduates include the civil service and local government, with a large number opting for positions in the private sector, in industries such as finance, accountancy and law.
Lancaster University is dedicated to ensuring you not only gain a highly reputable degree, you also graduate with the relevant life and work based skills. We are unique in that every student is eligible to participate in The Lancaster Award which offers you the opportunity to complete key activities such as work experience, employability awareness, career development, campus community and social development. Visit our Employability section for full details.
Lancaster Management School has an award winning careers team to provide a dedicated careers and placement service offering a range of innovative services for management school students. Our high reputation means we attract a wide range of leading global employers to campus offering you the opportunity to interact with graduate recruiters from day 1 of your degree.
Teaching and Learning Methods
At Lancaster we offer a broad range of learning environments which include the traditional lecture-tutorial , interactive workshops, laboratory and practical activities, student-led seminars and web-based delivery.
The modules which make up a programme of study are assessed using a variety of different methods, enabling students to demonstrate their capabilities in a range of ways. Typical coursework assignments include laboratory reports, essays, literature reviews, short tests, poster sessions, group work assessment and oral presentations. Formal examinations include short answer questions, essays and data analysis. Students are supported in the production of final year project reports and dissertations. Details of the assessment methods for individual modules can be accessed via the university's online module catalogue.
In addition to these learning and teaching methods we encourage independent study, meaning you take responsibility for your own learning. For more information visit our Teaching Approach page.
We offer you a variety of stimulating and effective approaches to teaching, learning and assessment. This enables you and your tutors to explore the very latest thinking within your subject and develops your skills in problem solving, analysis and critical reflection, communication, application of knowledge and modern technologies.
As a University, we commit to providing all our undergraduates with a minimum number of contact hours per week, providing you with timely feedback on your work and a maximum number of 15 students per seminar group.
We set our fees on an annual basis and the 2018-19 entry fees have not yet been set.
As a guide, our fees in 2017-18 were:
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Channel Islands and the Isle of Man
Some science and medicine courses have higher fees for students from the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man. You can find more details here: Island Students.
For full details of the University's financial support packages including eligibility criteria, please visit our fees and funding page
Students may incur travel costs dependant on their placement location.
Students also need to consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, photocopying, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits. Following graduation it may be necessary to take out subscriptions to professional bodies and to buy business attire for job interviews.