How do you encourage an economy to grow? Should governments intervene in the market? What impact does war have on the global economy? An understanding of economics, politics and international relations gets to the heart of how the world works. It’s also highly prized by employers in the private and public sectors.
With a focus on China, Russia and India, you will learn from some of the fields top academics. Economics modules are taught in the Department of Economics while all Politics and International Relations modules are taught within the Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion. Both of these departments strongly believe in using research throughout their teaching.
All first years study Principles of Economics, Politics in the Modern World and International Relations: Theory and Practice.
In both years 2 and 3 one-half of your modules will be Economics courses and one-half will be from the Politics and International Relations suite of modules. In terms of the Politics and International Relations courses, the degree offers you the flexibility to focus on one of these areas, or to take forward your studies combining both.
In your second year, you’ll be able to choose whether you take modules with a more intuitive approach, or those that are focused more on analysis, mathematics and statistics. Subjects could include Microeconomic Analysis, Macroeconomics Analysis, Game Theory, Modern Political Thought, Applied Economics, Economic Policy and Chinas International Relations.
In the second and third year you will also able to choose from a broad range of politics options, such as Politics and History of the Middle East; International Relations, Security and Sustainability; Politics of Development and Global Changes; Understanding Key Economic Concepts; Issues in Contemporary Politics and Philosophy. For more details and options, please see the PPR department website.
Your final year could include options such as Sports Economics, Islamic Politics, Health Economics, Economic Development, International Economics, and Human Rights. High-performing students also have the opportunity to write a dissertation.
By looking at theories and real-world issues, you will gain analytical skills and an international perspective to make you stand out in the job market. Former graduates now work in the civil service and local government. A large number opt for private sector roles in industries such as finance, accountancy and law.