What Will You Study
Economics and Politics are long-established and closely related disciplines, but Lancaster’s combined degree scheme will do more than teach you about traditional perspectives. You will also train in the analysis of current policy issues and problems using the latest techniques and technology.
Your first-year Economics courses are designed for undergraduates with or without a background in A-level Economics and lead on to the more advanced study of the second and third years. A key feature of our Politics and IR courses is the diverse range of modules you can choose from.
You’ll begin your degree with courses including Principles of Economics, and Politics and Governance in the Contemporary World. In your second year, you’ll study subjects such as International Relations and Security or The Politics of Development, together with Micro- and Macroeconomics and Econometrics. This will then allow you to complete your degree with third-year options such as Game Theory and Public Economics.
- Accounting and Economics : BSc Hons
- Accounting and Economics (Industry) : BSc Hons
- Accounting and Finance (Industry) : BSc Hons
- Accounting and Management Studies (Industry) : BSc Hons
- Accounting, Finance and Computer Science (Industry) : BSc Hons
- Accounting, Finance and Mathematics (Industry) : BSc Hons
- Business Economics (Industry) : BSc Hons
- Economics : BSc Hons
- Economics : MEcon Hons
- Economics (Study Abroad) : BSc Hons
- Economics and Geography : BA Hons
- Economics and International Relations : BA Hons
- Economics and Mathematics : BSc Hons
- English Literature and Philosophy : BA Hons
- English Literature and Religious Studies : BA Hons
- Ethics, Philosophy and Religion : BA Hons
- Film and Philosophy : BA Hons
- Finance (Industry) : BSc Hons
- Finance and Economics : BSc Hons
- Finance and Economics (Industry) : BSc Hons
- Finance and Management Studies (Industry) : BSc Hons
- Financial Mathematics : MSci Hons
- Financial Mathematics (Industry) : 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 Relations : BA Hons
- International Relations and Religious Diversity : BA Hons
- Law and Politics : LLB Hons
- Linguistics and Philosophy : BA Hons
- Management, Politics and International Relations : BSc Hons
- Mathematics and Philosophy : BA Hons
- Peace Studies and International Relations : BA Hons
- Philosophy : BA Hons
- Philosophy and Politics : BA Hons
- Philosophy and Religious Studies : BA Hons
- Philosophy with Chinese : BA Hons
- Philosophy, Politics and Economics : BA Hons
- Politics : BA Hons
- Politics (Study Abroad) : BA Hons
- Politics and International Relations : BA Hons
- Politics and Religious Studies : BA Hons
- Politics and Sociology : BA Hons
- Politics with Chinese : BA 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
Lancaster degree programmes are flexible, offering students the opportunity to cover a wide selection of subject areas to complement their degree. The following is an example list of modules which our previous students have studied.
- Career and Employability I
- Politics and Governance in the Contemporary World
- Principles of Economics B
- Business and International Macroeconomics
- Comparative Politics of the Asia Pacific and the Middle East
- Economic Policy
- Foreign policy of contending powers
- Game Theory
- Indian Politics, Society and Religion
- International Relations and Security
- Introduction to Peace Studies
- Managerial Economics
- Modern Political Thought
- The Politics of Development
- The Politics of the European Union
- The United Kingdom: State, Politics and Policies
- Africa and Global Politics
- Britain in the World
- Contemporary Issues in the Middle East
- Corporations, Global Political Economy and the Law
- Development Economics
- Elections, Voters and Political Parties
- Exploring the Persian Gulf
- Human Resource Economics
- International Economics
- Islamic Politics
- Politics of Cultural Diversity
- Politics of Global Danger
- PPR in Education
- Public Economics
- Understanding External Intervention in Violent Conflicts
Lancaster University offers the chance to follow a structured study programme or the option to devise a more flexible programme. We divide academic study into 2 sections - Part 1 (Year 1) and Part 2 (Year 2, 3 and sometimes 4). In Part 1 you will take three units of assessment 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.
General Studies: Accepted as one of the 3 best grades, if 4 A-levels presented
Key skills: Not included in offer
Scottish Highers: ABBBB
Irish Leaving Cert: Offers will be made on the basis of 5 or 6 Higher level subjects. Please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office (01524 592028) for further information
International Bacc: 35 points overall with 16 from 3 HL subjects
Graduates with the whole or part of their degree dedicated to the study of Economics are highly sought after so your degree in Economics, along with the analytical and practical expertise you’ll develop during your degree, will place you in a highly competitive position.
Major employment paths for our graduates include banking, finance, accounting and advertising industries.
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.
Lancaster University has committed £3.7m in scholarships and bursaries to help with your fees and living costs. Our financial support depends on your circumstances and how well you do in your A-levels (or equivalent academic qualifications) before starting study with us.
Lancaster University's priority is to support every student to make the most of their life and education. For students starting their study with us in 2015, over 600 each year will be entitled to bursaries and/or scholarships to help them with the cost of fees and/or living expenses. For UK students entering in 2015 we will have the following financial support available:
- An Academic Scholarship of £2,000 for the first year of study to any student from the UK entering with A*, A*, A or equivalent academic qualifications
- An Access Scholarship of £1,000 per year for all UK students from households with an income of less than £42,600 who achieve grades of A*, A, A or the equivalent academic qualifications
- A Lancaster Bursary of £1,000 per annum for all students from England with a household income of more than £25,000 but less than £42,600
*All of the financial awards above are subject to approval by the Office for Fair Access July 2014.
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.