BSc Economics and Politics with International Study
|Typical offer||A*AA-AAB; IB 38-34; BTEC National D*DD-DDD|
- 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
Our graduates have said that with the BSc Economics and Politics you get two degrees – and two sets of career options – for the price of one. And it’s true that much of the time we keep economics and politics as separate subjects with separate methods, but it’s important to bring them together as well. Our BSc Economics and Politics has an interdisciplinary spine running down each length, with a special interdisciplinary module in each year looking at the relations between economics and government policy, whether it be the ideological content of economics or the economic motives governing politicians. Keynes claimed the world was ruled by little else but the ideas of economists and political philosophers. He exaggerated, but not by all that much, and among other things, your degree will illuminate where he was right and where he was wrong.
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 policy making processes in economic and social affairs. As one of your final examination papers, you select an option from modules offered by the two disciplines, and can therefore specialise to some extent in either politics or economics; alternatively, you have the opportunity to present a dissertation on a suitable topic.
I decided to spend the year in Munich, studying at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität. This gave me the chance to learn a second language, immerse myself in a new culture and travel. My study abroad year has quite easily had the biggest impact on my life to date. It’s allowed me to travel around Europe, learn a new language, and make friends all over the world. I became more confident, independent and adaptable.
I also took the opportunity during my year abroad to create KOMPAS, a mobile application that uses artificial intelligence in the form of machine learning to generate travel recommendations and plans, according to each individual’s interests. I saw the lack of personalisation when exploring a new city, and used this to cofound the company with a fellow student
Tom Charman, BSc Economics and Politics with European Study.
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.
- The year 2 module, BSD2003 Preparation for International Study is a non-credit bearing compulsory module that aims to help students on “With International Study” programmes prepare for the Study Abroad period that will take place in the third year of their degree.
Year abroad (International Study) - 120 credits from partner institution
- Students must achieve a first year average of at least 60% to proceed with year abroad.
Entry requirements 2019
A*AA-AAB; IB 38-34; BTEC National D*DD-DDD
GCSE Maths grade A (level 7 new grading) or GCE AL/AS Maths, Pure Maths or Further Maths, IB SL4 Maths/Maths Studies or Core Maths; GCSE English Language grade B (level 5 new grading).
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 should check details of our English language requirements and may be interested in one of the following programmes:
- International Foundation in Accounting and Finance, and Management
- International Foundation in Economics, Finance and Management
- International Foundation in Mathematics with Economics, Finance and Management
International students considering direct entry to year two may be interested in our International Year One in Accounting and Finance programme. This course is for international students who have completed A-levels or equivalent, or who are already in the first year of a relevant undergraduate degree in their home country, but do not meet the academic or English language requirements for direct entry at University of Exeter.
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 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.
Enhance your degree with international experience
Your experience at the University of Exeter Business School can reach far beyond South West England: studying abroad comes in different packages and is open to all.
We are very proud of our reputation as a truly international business school. With students from over 80 countries and staff from over 30, you’ll find yourself in an exciting, diverse and global environment that will give you the chance to get a unique insight into how business works around the world.
You are able to significantly enhance your global outlook by taking part in either a year abroad or short-term study abroad options.
Why Study Abroad?
Studying abroad allows you to experience of international cultures, values, and languages which can crucially enhance your professional skill set. Living and studying in a new country will enhance your adaptability, cross-cultural communication, self-confidence and resilience as well as stimulate creative thinking. Having real world examples of these skills can significantly strengthen your CV and employability. Studying abroad in a different country with students from all around the world is also a great way to build and expand your global network.
A report by Universities UK International (UUKI) shows that graduates who were mobile during their degree were less likely to be unemployed after graduation, and those in work were more likely to be in a graduate level job (76.4% compared to 69.9%) and more likely to earn 5% more than their non-mobile peers.*
* Universities UK International (2017) Gone International: Mobility Works. London: Universities UK International
All of our undergraduate degrees offer you the opportunity to spend an extra year of study or work abroad. This is offered during your third year of study with us and can be spent at one of our wide range of European or international partner universities. If you’re opting for Europe then you could combine a semester of study abroad with a semester long work placement.
You can choose between placements where you will be taught either in English or in the native language. Our Foreign Language Centre offers optional language modules to all students, whatever your level. If you are a linguist, then why not combine advanced study in your language, or a new language such as Japanese or Chinese, with an outstanding student experience on one of our leading business programmes?
We currently offer placements in over 60 universities and Business Schools in the following countries: Australia, Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Norway, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey and the USA.
Each year we promote approximately 50 short-term study opportunities allowing students from all degree programmes to spend 2-6 weeks abroad at one of our partner universities. These short-term study abroad options can include a variety of business-related courses, local company visits, and cultural and language elements. This opportunity allows students to experience the benefits of studying abroad in a shorter time period and could be the perfect insight into the full year abroad option.
There is a diverse range of options, so you could choose to study an intensive set of modules on marketing in Northern Europe, or submerse yourself in the culture and language of South East Asia. For a select number of programmes there is also the possibility to transfer the credits earned to count towards your University of Exeter degree.
Meet our study abroad students who have recently completed their study abroad year.
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.