Economics, Politics and International Relations

BA Hons

  • UCAS Code LL22
  • Entry Year 2023
  • A Level Requirements ABB
  • Duration Full time 3 Years

Overview

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Introduction

What makes some countries richer than others? How can we measure inequality, or the impact of climate change, and what should we do about it? What impact does war have on the global economy? Are education or healthcare investments like the others??How do you measure the success of a political voting system?

BA Economics, Politics and International Relations provides you with the analytic skills and intellectual toolbox to help answer these pressing economics questions and many more. You will learn how to interpret data, understand (and quantify) the decisions made by individuals, organisations, and governments and evaluate public policy both nationally and globally.

Programme overview

BA Economics, Politics and International Relations begins by introducing the foundational principles of Economic Theory, International Relations and Politics. This programme connects the analytical skills of Economics with insights and ways of thinking from Politics and International Relations. This is an incredibly flexible programme allowing you to weight your studies to any and all of the three main subject areas.

In year one will cover the fundamentals of Economic theory and practice, Politics in the modern world, and the fundamentals of International Relations.

Years two and three allow you to choose modules from across Economics, Politics and International Relations. As you’ll see from the course structure, your only compulsory modules are Career and Employability taught by the Management School Careers team. These are designed to prepare you for entry into the labour market. All your academic modules are chosen by you, so as your degree progresses and you discover more about both the subjects and about yourself, you have the opportunity to flex this programme in ways that speak to your changing interests and strengths. This might lead you to choose modules in:

  • Development Economics
  • Economic Inequality
  • Political Ideas
  • International Relations, Security and sustainability

Amongst many other specialisations

Key Facts

An incredibly flexible degree programme with opportunities to study across the full spectrum of our Economics, Politics and International Relations undergraduate modules.

You do not need an A level in Economics or Mathematics to enrol in this course.

Throughout your degree, we’ll supply training in CV writing, interview assessment centres and telephone interviews. We are proud of our aspiring economists and aim to nurture the potential in every one of them.

Programme outcomes

You will graduate with a thorough grounding in Economics, and an understanding of the way a complex world functions and the dynamics of international relations and policy. Graduates have gone on to work for a wide variety of international NGOs, think tanks, consultancies and multinational corporations.

Careers

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.

Entry Requirements

Grade Requirements

A Level ABB

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.

Other Qualifications

International Baccalaureate 32 points overall with 16 points from the best 3 Higher Level subjects

BTEC Distinction, Distinction, Merit

We welcome applications from students with a range of alternative UK and international qualifications, including combinations of qualifications. 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.

Contact Admissions Team + 44 (0) 1524 592028 or via ugadmissions@lancaster.ac.uk

Course Structure

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 to complement your main specialism. 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 please visit our Teaching and Learning section.

The following courses do not offer modules outside of the subject area due to the structured nature of the programmes: Architecture, Law, Physics, Engineering, Medicine, Sports and Exercise Science, Biochemistry, Biology, Biomedicine and Biomedical Science.

Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, and the University will make every reasonable effort to offer modules as advertised. In some cases changes may be necessary and may result in some combinations being unavailable, for example as a result of student feedback, timetabling, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes and new research.

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Fees and Funding

Our annual tuition fee is set for a 12-month session, starting in the October of your year of study.

Our Undergraduate Tuition Fees for 2023/24 are:

UK International
£9,250 £22,315

Scholarships and Bursaries

You will be automatically considered for our main scholarships and bursaries when you apply, so there's nothing extra that you need to do.

You may be eligible for the following funding opportunities, depending on your fee status:

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We also have other, more specialised scholarships and bursaries - such as those for students from specific countries.

Browse Lancaster University's scholarships and bursaries.

Download our brochure to find out more about studying International Relations at Lancaster.

International Relations course guide

Download the course booklet to find out more about Lancaster University, how we teach Philosophy, Politics and Economics and what you'll study as a Philosophy, Politics and Economics student.

Philosophy, Politics and Economics subject guide

Alumni Profiles

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Orla Duffey

BA Economics and Politics , 2019

There was so much choice and that was really beneficial, as it allowed me to tailor my degree to aspects of economics that I found interesting or wanted to learn about. I could also tailor my degree towards the areas of economics I had greater strength in.
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Muhammad Da'wud

BA Economics and Politics, 2022

Everyone in the LUMS community has an impressive background. They are all driven and hardworking, and truly make it a special atmosphere to learn and develop.

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The information on this site relates primarily to 2023/2024 entry to the University and every effort has been taken to ensure the information is correct at the time of publication.

The University will use all reasonable effort to deliver the courses as described, but the University reserves the right to make changes to advertised courses. In exceptional circumstances that are beyond the University’s reasonable control (Force Majeure Events), we may need to amend the programmes and provision advertised. In this event, the University will take reasonable steps to minimise the disruption to your studies. If a course is withdrawn or if there are any fundamental changes to your course, we will give you reasonable notice and you will be entitled to request that you are considered for an alternative course or withdraw your application. You are advised to revisit our website for up-to-date course information before you submit your application.

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