BSc Economics and Politics
|Typical offer||A*AA-AAB; IB: 38-34|
- BSc Economics and Politics
- BSc Economics and Politics with European Study
- BSc Economics and Politics with International Study
- BSc Economics and Politics with Industrial Experience
This programme is taught jointly by members of staff from the University of Exeter Business School and the Department of Politics within the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. It aims to provide a thorough grounding in both disciplines, particularly in their more practical aspects, and bring out their connection and inter-relationship. At each level there is a special inter-disciplinary module. Each of these modules, in its different way, explores the interaction between economic ideas and economic behaviour on the one hand and the working of the political process and government policy on the other.
In the first year, you take introductory modules in economics and politics and in statistical analysis. During the second and final years a variety of modules are taken, some of which are especially concerned with policymaking processes in economic and social affairs. As one of your final examination papers, you select an option drawn from appropriate courses offered by the two Schools, and can thus specialise to some extent in either politics or economics; alternatively, you have the opportunity to present a dissertation on a suitable topic, provided that satisfactory arrangements can be made for its supervision.
The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.
You may take option modules as long as any necessary prerequisites have been satisfied, where the timetable allows and if you have not already taken the module in question or an equivalent module.
- Descriptions of the individual modules are given in full on the Business School undergraduate module list.
- Available optional modules for Business School programmes can be viewed in the Build a Degree application.
|BEE1035||Basic Quantitative Methods [Students without A-Level Maths or equivalent]||15|
|BEE1029||Economic Principles (Students with A-Level Economics can take BEE1030 or BEE1031)||30|
|BEE1025||Statistics for Business and Management||15|
|BEE1032||History of Economic Thought||15|
|POL1001B||State of Britain||15|
|POL1019||Power and Democracy||15|
- 30 credits of optional modules.
|BEE2024||Economic Principles and Policy (Students who have taken BEE1030 and BEE1031 can take BEE2025 and BEE2026)||30|
|POL2046||The Economics of Politics||15|
|POL2027||The Politics of the World Economy||15|
|BEE2005||Public Finance (OR BEE2021)||30|
|BEE2021||Policy Issues in the Global Economy (OR BEE2005)||15|
- 45 credits of optional modules, at least 15 credits of Economics modules.
|BEE2005||Public Finance (Recommended)||30|
|BEE2021||Policy Issues in the Global Economy (Recommended)||15|
If neither BEE2005 nor BEE2021 were taken in the second year then one must be taken during Stage 3.
|BEE3042||International Political Economy||15|
- 30 credits from Economics (to include BEE2005 or BEE2021 if not taken previously)
- 30 credits must be from stage 3 of the Politics programme.
- 45 credits of optional modules. Students are free to choose a maximum of 30 credits outside their main degree subjects.
Entry requirements 2016
A*AA-AAB; IB: 38-34
GCSE Maths grade A or GCE AL/AS Maths; GCSE English Language grade B.
Additional selection criteria
We are looking for well-qualified students with a genuine interest in and enthusiasm for the subject.
We receive a large number of applications from well-qualified applicants and may not be able to make offers to all those applicants who have achieved or are predicted to achieve grades in line with the typical offer shown above.
In addition to the specific requirements listed above, we look for excellent A level* results/predictions and we may also take into account results up to and including GCSEs* and AS Levels* as part of our holistic assessment of an application.
*Equivalent qualifications will be considered. For more information about our equivalencies for specific qualifications please contact our Admissions Office.
Please read the important information about our Typical offer.
For full and up-to-date information on applying to Exeter and entry requirements, including requirements for other types of qualification, please see the Applying section.
Learning and teaching
Our undergraduate programmes utilise a range of teaching methods including lectures, seminars and tutorials.
Lectures of either one or two hours in length are held once a week for the duration of each module. The aim of lectures is to give you information on ideas that are central to the module and to help you in developing your understanding of complex ideas. Many of the teaching materials for lectures are made available to you electronically to accompany the notes you take during the lecture. Lectures are given by a range of staff members, including leading professors, who integrate their latest research findings into the teaching that you receive. Guest lecturers, including members of industry, also contribute to some modules.
Seminars and tutorials
Seminars and tutorials are held either every week or every other week throughout the duration of each module. They involve an in-depth exploration of the issues covered in lectures as well as giving you the opportunity to discuss various concepts and theories and receive feedback on your written assignments. Some modules do not have tutorials and others in the final year are taught solely by tutorials.
Timetabled contact hours, made up of lectures, seminars and tutorials, vary over the duration of programmes and between programmes and can be up to 18 hours. In addition, you will be expected to complete an average of 20-25 hours of independent or group study per week.
Modules are assessed through a mixture of group work, coursework, project work and examinations; the weighting of each of these components will vary according to the academic requirements of the module. Coursework assignments are typically between 2,500 and 6,000 words in length and examinations are normally held at the end of the module, in January and May/June.
You must pass your first year assessments in order to proceed to the second year. There is provision for students to be referred in examinations in August/September if they fail any exam in any year. Degree classification is awarded on the basis of performance in assessments at the end of the second and final years.
A degree in Economics from Exeter will help you to develop a wide range of essential skills such as analytical problem solving, teamwork, research and organising and communicating information.
The majority of graduates from the Business School follow their degree with a career in finance, banking, accounting or management both in the commercial and public sectors. A large number of graduate recruiters in these sectors visit Exeter to recruit our students. Some of our graduates pursue their interest in their studies to a greater depth by following a higher degree, often here at Exeter.
Find out more about the destinations of Economics graduates on the University’s Employability website.
Developing your skills and career prospects
The University of Exeter Business School provides a range of support to help you develop skills attractive to employers. Visit our undergraduate Building brilliant careers web pages for more information.
Further information is available through the Careers and your future pages of the University’s Undergraduate Study website.