Undergraduate study


Politics with Economics

Politics, History and International Relations

Award Course length Course code Typical offer Start date End date
BA (Hons) DIntS / DPS 4 years full-time sandwich L2LA ABB 01 October 2018 22 June 2022
BA (Hons) 3 years full-time L2L1 ABB 01 October 2018 16 June 2021


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Top 10

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NSS 2016

Politics with Economics course overview

Politics with Economics is an excellent opportunity to pursue your interest in domestic and international politics, and to tackle some of the biggest questions in contemporary political life, while developing a deep and rich grasp of major debates that have shaped the discipline of economics.

The course progresses from a foundation in the key concepts of political practice and theory to an in-depth understanding of more specialised subjects such as immigration, the EU, political violence, gender, justice and British politics. At the same time, it will introduce you to the major debates and developments in the field of economics, including topics such as micro- and macro-economics, economic theory and finance.

The course is structured around a number of subject areas arranged into modules, each of which is worth a number of credits. It is intended that by your final year you will have successfully completed 360 credits to graduate.

During this course assessment may include essays, exams, quizzes, video presentations, group work, policy briefs, textual commentaries, source analysis, research papers and oral presentations.

International semester or year abroad

There are all kinds of opportunities for you to learn a new language or improve on a language that you already have some knowledge of, if you choose to. Possible options include French, German, Spanish and Mandarin Chinese.

In the second semester of the second year, you also have the opportunity to apply to spend a semester abroad at a partner institution in the Czech Republic, Taiwan, Sweden, Finland, Denmark or the Netherlands. Teaching and assessment at these institutions are in English, and so you do not have to have signed up for a language to take part in this scheme.

Alternatively, if you have studied a foreign language to a sufficient level as part of your course, you can opt to take a four-year degree course and spend the whole of their third year abroad.

In addition, there are lots of opportunities for English native speakers who have received their education in the UK to apply for international work placements such as assistantships, and English teaching placements.


Year 1

You will combine your study of politics with modules on key issues and major debates in the field of economics. The first year will introduce you to the key concepts, ideas and institutions which dominate contemporary politics at a domestic and international level. It also introduces you to the fundamentals of micro- and macro-economics.

Year 2

You will take compulsory and optional courses in a range of topics in politics, from political thought and political protest, to European politics, British politics and others while further developing your grasp of economic theory and practice.

Optional placement / study year

Professional placement and/or overseas study.

Final year

You will specialise in the areas of politics and economics that you enjoy the most. Choose from a list of optional courses offered by the Department of Politics, History and International Relations on topics such as nationalism, terrorism, political philosophy, civil rights and gender, and by the School of Business and Economics on a range of topics addressing key issues such as International Trade, Finance and Industrial Economics. You will also write a dissertation on an aspect of politics or economics that you would like to explore in more detail.

Please be aware that we cannot guarantee that every module will be available in a particular year, as they are dependent on staff’s availability and research interests.

Please note: optional modules are subject to availability and timetable permitting.


For indicative information on modular weight, content and assessment type please see module specifications.

For an indicative overview of the aims, learning outcomes and structure of this course please see the programme specification.

The information above reflects the currently intended course structure and module details. Updates may be made on an annual basis and revised details will be published through Programme Specifications ahead of each academic year. Please see Terms and Conditions of Study for more information

L2LA Politics with Economics - BA (Hons) DIntS / DPS

ABB (General Studies accepted)
34 (6,5,5 HL) with 5 at SL Mathematics
BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma: DDM
GCSE Mathematics grade B/6

L2L1 Politics with Economics - BA (Hons)

ABB (General Studies accepted)
34 (6,5,5 HL) with 5 at SL Mathematics
BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma: DDM
GCSE Mathematics grade B/6


Applicants are usually selected solely on the basis of their UCAS application.  If applicants are made an offer of a place, they will be invited to visit the department giving them the opportunity to meet staff and students, see facilities and get an insight into what it is like to be a student at Loughborough.

Course fees 2018/19

UK/EU fee: £9,250   |   International fee: £16,400

You should plan for inflationary increases to fees in future years of study.

Additional costs for course

There may be additional costs related to completion of your research project (dissertation). Depending on the topic you choose to research and the nature of the project there may be travel costs, field expenses and postage costs that you will need to meet. 

Graduate destinations

As this is a new course we do not yet have employment statistics. However, our students graduating from our existing politics courses have developed careers in a large number of fields including marketing, finance, politics, public relations, the media, teaching and the police.

Work placements

We encourage and support students who wish to undertake a year-long work placement during their time at Loughborough and there is a dedicated Placements Officer to help students with this. Placements are usually taken after the second year.

If a placement is eligible for a Diploma in Professional Studies, the degree will be converted to a four year 'sandwich' programme. In previous years, our students have undertaken placements for the CBI in Brussels, IBM and Google.

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Department / School Key Information Sets

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

UCAS code: L2LA

BA (Hons) 3 years full-time

UCAS code: L2L1