Undergraduate study2017

BSc (Hons)

Economics with Politics

School of Business and Economics

Year of entry: 2017

This course enables you to understand how today’s globalised economy is shaped by important factors such as international relations, the role of governments, politics and the legal system, whilst gaining a thorough grounding in the core aspects of modern theoretical and applied economics.

  • Additional Award
  • Study Abroad
  • Placement Year

BSc (Hons)

Economics with Politics

School of Business and Economics

Year of entry: 2017

This course enables you to understand how today’s globalised economy is shaped by important factors such as international relations, the role of governments, politics and the legal system, whilst gaining a thorough grounding in the core aspects of modern theoretical and applied economics.

Course details

Why Choose Us?

  • Among just 1% of Business Schools in the world to hold AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA accreditation
  • 93% of graduates in works or further study 2014 graduates) 
  • Top 10 in all our subject areas (The Times Good University Guide 2016)

Governments have a key role in affecting how economies behave and perform, and are often driven by political motives and ideology. This degree will equip you to understand and analyse these influences at work on an international scale.

Questions like how economies are affected by international relations between countries, and what the role of the government should be in affecting how markets operate are increasingly important questions for policy makers to consider. By looking at these issues from the perspective of two different academic disciplines, you will gain a richer understanding of how these influences interact.

Many of our teaching staff are invited by governments and companies across the world to advise on issues of policy and practice.

Internationally recognised for research, and often coming from industry, they will provide you with an in-depth knowledge of the challenges confronting business, industry, financial institutions, governments and individuals.

Combined honours courses such as this allow you to pursue an interest in Economics and Politics, with a high degree of flexibility in terms of optional modules in the final year to enable you to tailor your degree towards your interests and career aspirations.

Study options
QualificationLengthUCAS code
BSc (Hons) DPS/DIntS 4 years full-time sandwich L1LF
BSc (Hons) 3 years full-time L1L2
Teaching and learning methods

We are committed to helping you stand out in the increasingly competitive graduate job market and many of our graduates go on to enjoy rewarding careers with major international companies.

Our high quality courses develop skills valued by employers including independent learning and research, analytical skills, group work, presentation skills, project work, computer skills and numeracy. Our wide variety of optional modules enables students to focus on areas that they find most interesting.

Lectures are supported by online resources, tutorials, workshops, seminars and discussion groups. Some tutorials are streamed according to prior qualifications in mathematics and economics.

Two thirds of the course will be on Economics, with a third on Politics.

Assessment

Depending on the nature of the material, some modules are assessed by a mixture of coursework and examination (for example 20% coursework and 80% examination), whilst other modules are assessed by 100% coursework or 100% by examination.

Coursework is based on a variety of tasks including individual essays, projects, contribution in tutorials, group work, class tests, problem-sheets and computer-based exercises.

Enterprise ethos

We encourage a spirit of enterprise here at Loughborough. It’s a key part of the Loughborough experience and it can really boost your job prospects. Student Enterprise thrives on campus with a range of extra-curricular activities including business planning competitions, events, and support services for students with real business ideas.

Selection

Selection interviews are not normally held, and offers of places are made on the basis of your UCAS form, particularly your referee’s report and previous examination performances. Candidates who are offered a place are invited to visit the School and meet staff and current students on one of several Visit Days.

Graduate destinations

Graduates enter a wide range of careers, often within areas such as banking, accountancy and finance, while others are employed in more general management positions.

Employers regularly place Loughborough in the top rank of universities for graduate recruitment. Example graduate destinations include: Experian - Financial Analyst, Goldman Sachs - Foreign Exchange Operations Analyst, Mazars - Trainee Chartered Accountant, and Royal Bank of Scotland - Fixed Income Bond Settlements.

Course structure

Year 1
  • Principles of Macroeconomics
  • Principles of Microeconomics
  • Data Analysis I
  • Political Ideologies
  • Introduction to Democratic Government
  • Skills for Study and Employment

You can choose from a number of optional modules from a list including:

  • Data Analysis II
  • Introduction to Sociology: Identities and Inequality
  • Introduction to Sociology: Global, Cultural and Social Change
  • Introduction to Criminology and Social Policy
  • Applied Languages
Year 2
  • Intermediate Macroeconomics
  • Intermediate Microeconomics
  • British Politics
  • The Comparitive European Politics

You can choose a number of optional modules from a list including:

  • Introduction to Financial Economics
  • Economics of the Financial System
  • History of Economic Thought
  • Transport Economics
  • Energy and the Environment
  • The Economics of Social Issues
Optional placement / study year

Optional salaried professional placement and/or overseas study.

Final year
  • Research Communication Skills for Economics

You can choose three modules in economics plus optional modules in politics.

  • Financial Economics and Asset Pricing
  • Monetary Theory and Policy
  • Developments in Macroeconomics
  • Developments in Microeconomics
  • Industrial Economics
  • Environmental Economics
  • International Trade
  • Development Economics
  • Corporate Finance and Derivatives
  • Introduction to Econometrics
  • International Money and Finance
  • Central Banking and Financial Crises
  • State, Violence and Terrorism
  • The EU and the Global Political Economy
  • Germany in Europe
  • Nationalism, Politics and Religion
  • The Asia Pacific in Global Politics
  • Contemporary Political Philosophy
  • Britain and the European Union
  • Art, Politics and Society
  • Post-War British Politics
  • Power, Violence and Human Suffering
  • 1968 - World Revolution?

Entry requirements

Choose a study option below for details of the entry requirements.

UCAS code: L1LF BSc (Hons) DPS/DIntS 4 years full-time sandwich

A-Level
AAB (General Studies, Critical Thinking and Communication and Culture are not normally accepted). In some circumstances we may ask applicants to achieve specific grades in certain subjects
SQA AH
AB Advanced Highers plus AAB Highers
IB
35 points minimum with Grades 6 6 5 at HL
Other
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma: DDD profile in relevant subjects
Additional
Strong GCSE profile including minimum grade B in Maths and English Language (or equivalent)

UCAS code: L1L2 BSc (Hons) 3 years full-time

A-Level
AAB (General Studies, Critical Thinking and Communication and Culture are not normally accepted). In some circumstances we may ask applicants to achieve specific grades in certain subjects
SQA AH
AB Advanced Highers plus AAB Highers
IB
35 points minimum with Grades 6 6 5 at HL
Other
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma: DDD profile in relevant subjects
Additional
Strong GCSE profile including minimum grade B in Maths and English Language (or equivalent)

The entry requirements for each course should be read alongside the University’s general entrance requirements, which give further details on acceptable subjects, alternative qualifications and minimum English language requirements.

SQA AHScottish Qualifications Authority Advanced Highers IBInternational Baccalaureate Diploma DPSDiploma in Professional Studies DISDiploma in Industrial Studies DIntSDiploma in International Studies

Fees and Finance

Course fees 2016-17

Student category

Yearly full-time fee

UK/EU Students £9,000
International Students (Band A course) £14,950

Course fees for 2017-18 will be published here as soon as they are available.

Placement year fees for 2019/20 are still to be confirmed. As an indication, for 2018/19 the current placement fees are set at 20% of the yearly full-time fee for UK/EU students and £3,000 for international students.

 

Loughborough University financial support 2016-17

Financial support for 2017-18 will be published here as soon as it is available. The current support we offer is listed below to give an indication of what may be available. 

SupportWhat is it?How much?More information
Loughborough Scholarship Programme* Cash bursaries. Additional support is available for those taking a foundation year or extended undergraduate Masters degree, as well as for mature students. Up to £6,000 over three years See below for more information or visit our website
Development Trust Scholarships Cash bursaries funded through donations from alumni and friends of the University for students from areas of low HE participation within the UK. £9,000 over three years Website
Sports Scholarships To help talented student athletes succeed in both sporting and academic development. The level of support varies by sport and performance level. Applicants need to be competing to at least junior international level. Between £500 and £3,500 per year Website 
Email
01509 226108
 Music Tuition and Scholarship Subsidised music lessons for students who show musical ability. Scholarship offered to exceptional musicians. £55 for 20 lessons £500 scholarship Website
Care Leaver’s Bursary Additional cash bursary (£1,500) and tuition fee waiver (£3,000) for those students who are care leavers. £4,500 support per year Website

* Not available to students from Wales, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man

Placements

Placement year 

You can choose to extend your degree by by taking a year-long salaried professional placement, or by opting to study abroad for a year between the second and final year of your degree course, r.

Satisfactory completion of either of these options results in a Diploma in Professional Studies (DPS) for those doing a placement, or a Diploma in International Studies (DIntS) for those studying aboard, in addition to your degree on graduation.

Our dedicated placements office has contacts with over 400 companies worldwide who regularly target our students to recruit for salaried placement positions, many of whom are offered a job after their degree.

Study abroad

Studying abroad offers a wonderful opportunity to enhance language skills and experience living abroad.

Exchange opportunities currently exist in Germany, Belgium, France, Portugal, Spain, Greece and Italy in Europe, as well as in Hong Kong (China), Toronto (Canada), Purdue (USA) and Perth and Sydney (Australia).

Department / School Key Information Sets

BSc (Hons) DPS/DIntS 4 years full-time sandwich

UCAS code: L1LF

BSc (Hons) 3 years full-time

UCAS code: L1L2

Our students

Channing L

“There is so much to get involved in at Loughborough through my course and though extra-curricular activities. I feel I’m constantly developing as an individual.”

Helen O

“The quality of teaching, from the number of industry experts and researchers, is really high at Loughborough and our lecturers’ passion in their subjects is reflected in our lectures.”

Matt E

“I completed a six week summer internship with Ernst and Young (EY) before my final year, where they offered me a Graduate Scheme job after I graduate.”

Christina C

“I've had a great experience here at Loughborough. Students do not discriminate or isolate you as a mature student and I've made some great friends here of all ages.”

Simon L

“I've been given lots of time, advice and additional projects to get involved with by my personal tutor, which was fundamental to obtaining the placement year I wanted as an Accenture analyst.”

Channing L

“There is so much to get involved in at Loughborough through my course and though extra-curricular activities. I feel I’m constantly developing as an individual.”

Helen O

“The quality of teaching, from the number of industry experts and researchers, is really high at Loughborough and our lecturers’ passion in their subjects is reflected in our lectures.”

Matt E

“I completed a six week summer internship with Ernst and Young (EY) before my final year, where they offered me a Graduate Scheme job after I graduate.”

Christina C

“I've had a great experience here at Loughborough. Students do not discriminate or isolate you as a mature student and I've made some great friends here of all ages.”

Simon L

“I've been given lots of time, advice and additional projects to get involved with by my personal tutor, which was fundamental to obtaining the placement year I wanted as an Accenture analyst.”