- By studying both Economics and Politics as well as the interrelationship between the two you’ll develop an extensive knowledge of two of the driving forces of modern society.
- You will consider a breadth of theory from the ideological content of economics, to the economic motives governing politicians.
- No prior subject knowledge is required as you’ll take introductory modules in economics, politics and in statistical analysis.
- Tailor your degree to your interests by choosing from a range of modules across both disciplines.
- Specialise in your final year by selecting from a range of final examination options, or by choosing a suitable dissertation topic.
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Entry requirements (typical offer)
|Qualification||Typical offer||Required subjects|
|A-Level||A*AA - AAA||n/a|
|IB||38/766 - 36/666||n/a|
|BTEC||D*DD - DDD||n/a|
|GCSE||B or 5
A or 7
Grade B or 5 in GCSE English Language
Grade A or 7 in Mathematics (or GCE AL/AS Mathematics, Pure Mathematics or Further Mathematics or Core Mathematics)
|Access to HE||30 L3 credits at Distinction Grade and 15 L3 credits at Merit Grade.
30 L3 credits at Distinction Grade and 15 L3 credits at Merit Grade. (with Professional Placement/Study Abroad)
A-Level: AAB - ABB
Specific subject requirements must still be achieved where stated above. Find out more about contextual offers.
|Other UK, EU and International equivalences|
|English language requirements||
International students need to show they have the required level of English language to study this course. The required test scores for this course fall under Profile C (2). Please visit our English language requirements page to view the required test scores and equivalencies from your country.
NB General Studies is not included in any offer.
Grades advertised on each programme webpage are the typical level at which our offers are made and provide information on any specific subjects an applicant will need to have studied in order to be considered for a place on the programme. However, if we receive a large number of applications for the programme we may not be able to make an offer to all those who are predicted to achieve/have achieved grades which are in line with our typical offer. For more information on how applications are assessed and when decisions are released, please see: After you apply
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 Business School modules are given in full on the Business School undergraduate module list.
- Descriptions of Politics modules are given in full on the Politics undergraduate module list.
This degree offers you the opportunity to spend a year working in a related industry or studying abroad.
If you choose one of these options your placement year will take place in your third year, before returning to complete your degree at Exeter in your fourth and final year of study.
You can apply directly to one of these options, or you can apply to the standard 3 year course and transfer onto one of these options at the end of your first year.
The BSc Economics and Politics degree offers you the opportunity to spend a year working in a related industry or studying abroad.
You can apply directly to one of these options, or you can apply to the standard BSc Economics and Politics course and transfer onto one of these options at the end of your first year.
UCAS code: LL1G
Why choose a year in industry?
- Gain a proven work history that is excellent to discuss at job interviews and gives you a head start in the working world
- Get paid! Typical salaries range from £19,000 to £23,000 but can extend from £15,000 to £52,000
- Over 50% of students are offered graduate jobs from their placement employer
- 97% of With Industrial Experience graduates were in graduate employment or postgraduate study within 6 months of graduating, compared to 93.5% of non-WIE graduates (DLHE 2017)
- Increase your confidence and resilience, and make friends for life
What does a year in industry mean for me?
The ‘With Industrial Experience’ (WIE) pathway is a four-year version of your degree, in which your third year is spent in a professional placement before returning to university for your fourth and final year. The Business School Careers Team supports you every step of the way, helping you identify placement providers, create a strong application, practice interview techniques, and support you while you are in placement. The placement year assessment currently comprises of:
- Progress reports provided by employers
- A reflective essay
- A business report
How do I secure a placement and where can I go?
You are responsible for sourcing and securing a work placement, but you will be supported throughout by the Business School Careers Team and assigned an academic tutor for the duration of your placement. Placements are available internationally. Previous placement providers include Adidas, Apple, ASOS, Bank of England, Deloitte, Disney, EY, GlaxoSmithKline, Goldman Sachs, PwC
Does it count towards my degree?
The placement year is assessed and contributes 1/7th of your final degree classification when you graduate.
Does it affect my tuition fee?
During your placement year you will pay a reduced tuition fee of approximately 20% of the maximum fee for that year. Find out more on our tuition fee webpages.
How do I apply?
‘With Industrial Experience’ is available on all our undergraduate programmes. You can apply through UCAS or ask to transfer onto WIE in the first term of your first year. Find out more on our careers pages.
Other work experience options
If you choose not to undertake the four-year WIE pathway, there are other ways to gain work experience, from the Business Internships and Placements Module, to summer internships. Find out more on our careers pages.
UCAS code: LL13
Why choose a year abroad?
- In a complex and hyper-connected world, it is more important than ever to demonstrate a global outlook to employers
- A report by Universities UK International shows that graduates who are mobile during their degree are more likely to earn more than non-mobile peers
- Broaden your perspective in a way that benefits you for life: accelerating your resilience and flexibility, developing your ability to communicate across cultures, and demonstrating that you take the initiative
- We find students return from their year abroad with heightened self-confidence and an impressive work ethic.
What does a year abroad mean for me?
The ‘With Year Abroad’ (WYA) pathway is a four-year version of your degree, in which your third year is spent studying at one of our 60 partner universities (spanning 26 countries), before returning to university for your fourth and final year. There is also the opportunity to combine study and work abroad, doing a semester of study at one of our partner universities followed by a semester of work in a placement that you secure anywhere in the world. The Business School Study Abroad Team supports you every step of the way, helping you to decide where to go, create a strong application, and supporting you while you are abroad.
Where can I go?
We have partners in: Canada, USA, Mexico, Peru, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Germany, Denmark, Netherlands, Switzerland, France, Spain, Portugal, Poland, Slovenia, Italy, Turkey, China, Hong Kong, Thailand, Japan, Taiwan, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand
Does it count towards my degree
Does it affect my tuition fees?
If you spend a full academic year studying abroad you will pay a reduced fee of approximately 15% of the maximum fee for that year.
How do I apply?
Year abroad options are available on all our undergraduate programmes. You can apply for the four-year ‘With Year Abroad’ variant of your degree through UCAS or ask to transfer onto the WYA programme in your first year. Acceptance is dependent on satisfactory academic performance and the level of research you have undertaken into your chosen institution. Find out more on our study abroad webpages.
Other study abroad options
If you choose not to undertake the full year studying abroad, there are other ways to gain a taste of the study abroad experience. You can spend two to six weeks at one of our international partner universities. Find out more on our study abroad webpages.
Tuition fees for 2023 entry
UK students: £9,250 per year
International students: £21,500 per year
The University of Exeter has over £2.5 million in scholarships available for students applying to study with us in 2023 - including our Global Excellence Scholarships* for international fee paying students and financial support for students from disadvantaged backgrounds, lower income households and other under-represented groups to help them access, succeed and progress through higher education.
* Terms and conditions apply. See online for details.
Learning and teaching
How will I learn?
You will learn through a mix of:
- Lectures of one or two hours once a week for each module. These give you the information central to the module and help you understand complex ideas.
- Seminars and tutorials every week or every other week for each module. They cover in-depth discussions of topics introduced in lectures.
- Total timetabled study hours (lectures, seminars, tutorials) for your whole degree are on average between 11 and 14 hours per week. In addition you are expected to complete an average of 20-25 hours of independent or group study per week.
How will I be assessed?
Modules are assessed through a mixture of:
- Group work
- Project work
The weighting of these components varies according the module. Coursework is typically between 2,500 and 6,000 words in length, and exams are usually held at the end of the module in January and May/June.
Where will I study?
You will be based at the purpose built University of Exeter Business School located on the Streatham Campus in Exeter, Devon.
The University of Exeter Business School provides a range of careers and employability support for Undergraduate students. Visit the Business School Career Zone web page for more information.
The BSc Economics and Politics degree adopts an international outlook meaning you will develop an understanding of the global economic environment. Combined with the opportunity to study abroad or work a year in industry, you will be well placed to work for local or international companies.
Your degree demonstrates that you have the following professional skills
- Evaluate government policy and assess performance against home and global economies
- Apply mathematical and statistical analysis to qualitative and quantitative data
- Present findings and explain complex data to a wide range of audiences
- Perform confidently in group discussions and produce a high standard of written technical and non-technical materials
- Make logical recommendations whilst considering the wider social and political influences
- Use Information and Communications Technology (ICT) skills – including word processing, databases, internet communications, information retrieval and online searches
Examples of BSc Economics and Politics graduate roles
- Business Analyst
- Technology Risk Analyst
- Sponsorships Executive
- Commercial Project Manager
- Actuarial Analyst
- Assistant Economist
BSc Economics and Politics graduates have worked for
- Goldman Sachs
- HM Treasury
- Fortress Wealth Partnership
- Bloomberg LP
- Royal Bank of Canada