BSc Economics and Politics with Industrial Experience

Duration4 Years
Typical offerA*AA-AAB; IB: 38-34
  • Economics
  • Politics and International Relations
LocationTaught in Exeter Streatham (Exeter)


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.

I was taken on to work specifically for Sony Pictures Entertainment in their finance optimisation team. As an internal management consulting team, our job was to look at how to improve processes and increase efficiencies within the business. This often involved looking at how to make financial savings using different financial arrangements such as offshoring.

I was based in London in Sony Pictures Entertainment’s European HQ, but I also got the chance to travel to Los Angeles where the main Hollywood Studios are based. I spent six weeks there, which was definitely one of the highlights, both on a personal and professional level.

Rob Miller, BSc Economics and Politics with Industrial Placement.

Programme structure

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.

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year spent in work placement

  • Students must achieve a first year average of at least 60% to proceed with year in work placement.

Year 4

Entry requirements 2017

Typical offer

A*AA-AAB; IB: 38-34

Required subjects

GCSE Maths grade A or GCE AL/AS Maths; GCSE English Language grade B.

Candidates may offer GCE AL Maths, Pure Maths or Further Maths.

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.

International students

International students should check details of our English language requirements and may be interested in our Foundation programmes.

Further information

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.

Study hours

Timetabled contact hours, made up of lectures, seminars and tutorials, vary over the duration of programmes and between programmes and are on average between 11 and 14 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

Further information is available through the Careers and your future pages of the University’s Undergraduate Study website.

Industrial experience

Gaining valuable experience of the world of work

We encourage all of our students to consider spending their third year of study “out in the field” – either abroad on one of our with European or with International programmes or in the UK on our with Industrial Experience programme.

Placements in industry

If you opt for our with Industrial Experience programme you’ll get the opportunity to put into practice some of the things you’ve learnt in your first two years. This means that you’ll come back to us for your fourth and final year well-equipped with practical experience in your chosen area of study. What’s more, your placement will give you a proven employment track record and extra confidence when you set out to find your first graduate job. See what our students have to say about their placements by looking at our industrial placement student profiles.

If you are not on our with Industrial Experience programme you’ll have the option of selecting a 15 credit short-term work placement module in your second year of study. This module will equip you with knowledge and experience that will help to enhance your applications for extra curricula summer placement schemes and graduate jobs.

To find out more about the with Industrial Experience programme or our short-term work placement module  get in touch with our Employability Team: You can find out more about work  placements by talking to Jenny Phillips, our dedicated Work Placement Coordinator. 

Gaining valuable experience of the world of work

We encourage all of our students to consider spending their third year of study “out in the field” – either abroad on one of our with European or with International programmes or in the UK on our with Industrial Experience programme.

Increase your knowledge through part-time work

There are many ways that you can gain valuable skills in the workplace and we actively encourage our students to find some paid part time employment. Such opportunities can be found on the Employability website’s part-time work page. You’ll also find vacancies listed on My Career Zone.

Work for us – Student Campus Partnerships

The University of Exeter is one of Europe’s fastest growing organisations and our Student Campus Partnerships offer you a wide range of employment opportunities with us – from short-term business and administrative support through to long-term project management. 

Placements with Student Business Partnerships

Our Student Business Partnerships offer another way that you can gain valuable paid work experience. We work with a broad spectrum of external employers – from large organisations such as Councils, NHS and Utility companies, to small and medium-sized companies.

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