Manchester Metropolitan University

BA (Hons)

Economics / Politics

2018 entry

Features and benefits of the course

  • Some of your classes will take place in the Business School’s state of the art building on All Saints Campus in central Manchester. Watch the video to find out more.
  • Optional four-year degree routes are available where you can spend your third year either taking a paid placement with an employer, or spending a year studying abroad at one of our partner institutions. 
  • Allows you to combine the study of two subjects.
  • Flexible study - choose the balance of your subjects in Years 2 and 3 of the degree. Named route study is available in Year 3 leading to a BA (Hons) Economics or BA (Hons) Politics degree.
  • Suitable for students who haven’t studied economics or mathematics at Advanced level.
  • Offers an in-depth account of the nature of politics in the 21st century.
  • The Faculty of Business and Law hosts two Professional Development Weeks annually. Free and open to all students, this includes a festival of skills-development activities, practical support in developing your CV and employability skills, and the opportunity to network with actively recruiting graduate employers. 

Accreditations, Awards and Endorsements

Placement options

We offer four-year placement and overseas study routes, where you have the opportunity to spend your third year on industrial placement or studying overseas, after which you will return to study for your final year. You can make a decision on whether to follow this route at the end of your first year of study.

About the course

In the study of politics, historical background, socio-economic indicators and ideological imperatives are analysed and cultural, gender and ethnic identities examined. We offer a variety of options to enable you to pursue your own interests, with increasing flexibility throughout the course. Topics include UK politics, political thought and theory, European politics, international politics and international relations, ‘issue’ politics (e.g. human rights, environmentalism, terrorism and conflict) and comparative politics.

Typical units of study may include

Year 1

Combined Honours programmes offer students the ability to undertake two separate areas of study as either equal, major/minor or named route combinations. In the first year students will study each subject combination equally and the core units for year one are shown below.

Economics units:

  • Micro/Macro Principles 1
  • Foundations of Quantitative Analysis in Economics and Finance

Politics units:

  • Comparative Government and Politics
  • Developments in Politics (Britain)

Core Units
Comparative Government and Politics

This unit introduces you to the key concepts, theories and ideas associated with the study of Politics. It aims to give you a broad grounding in the framework of modern government and to establish the importance of the comparative dimension in the study of Politics. In addition it promotes a range of study, academic, and general transferable skills, including independent and group learning, marshalling and evaluating relevant material, giving oral presentations, and engaging in academic analysis and debate.

Developments in Politics (Britain)

This unit evaluates political change in Britain since 1900 and focuses on the way in which the main political parties have been affected by the changing nature of British society and how they have responded to the problems confronting society both internally and externally. You will be introduced to debates surrounding the nature and role of ideology in the shaping of policy within the parties; the role of social and economic forces in influencing political change and the significance of key reforms (legislative programmes) of major governments. Topics examined include the creation and rise of the Labour Party; New Liberalism and the origins of the welfare state; industrial unrest and the politics of discontent; aspects of British foreign policy; the politics of Consensus after 1945; the transformation of Britain during the Thatcher decade; ‘New Labour’; political participation (pressure groups) and controversies surrounding recent military engagements.

Foundations of Quantitative Analysis in Economics and Finance

Quantitative methods allow analysts to express theories and concepts accurately and succinctly. Thus, in this unit, theories and scenarios will be described and their effects measured. It will include a review of mathematical principles, introduction to financial analysis, differentiation, economic and business applications, introduction to statistics, graphical analysis tools, introduction to probabilistic analysis, random variables and estimation, and bivariate analysis.

Micro/Macro Principles 1

Introductory theories of microeconomics and macroeconomics. The former covers theories of supply and demand, elasticity estimations and utility theories. The latter would cover models such as the circular flow of income, the four sector keynesian model and the Phillips Curve.

 

Year 2

Units of study available in year two on a Combined Honours programme will depend entirely on the route taken through the programme and whether there are any additional requirements for study made by a particular professional or regulatory body.  

You can continue with equal study (2 units from each subject) or choose a major/minor route (3 units from one subject, 1 unit from the other subject). You must study the core unit from each subject. 

For an indication of units currently available please see the single honours courses:

Politics: mmu.ac.uk/15327
Economics: mmu.ac.uk/15331

Please be advised that the unit combinations and availability will differ depending on whether you choose to undertake a major/minor, equal or named route through your programme. 

Year 3

For those on the four-year degree route, Year 3 will be spent on either placement or studying abroad at one of our partner institutions. Those on the three-year full-time route will progress directly to their final year of study.

Year 4

Units of study available in your final year on a Combined Honours programme will depend entirely on the route taken through the programme and whether there are any additional requirements for study made by a particular professional or regulatory body. 

You can continue with equal study (2 units from each subject) or choose a major/minor route (3 units from one subject, 1 unit from the other subject). You must study the core unit from each subject. 

For an indication of units currently available please see the single honours courses:

Politics: mmu.ac.uk/15327
Economics: mmu.ac.uk/15331

Please be advised that the unit combinations and availability will differ depending on whether you choose to undertake a major/minor, equal or named route through your programme. 

Programme Review

Each programme of study that we offer undergoes an annual review to ensure an up-to-date curriculum supported by the latest online learning technology. In addition, we undertake a major review of the programme, normally at 6-yearly intervals, but this can take place at a more frequent interval where required. Applicants should note that the programme currently provided may be subject to change as a result of the review process. We only make changes where we consider it necessary to do so or where we feel that certain changes are in the best interests of students and to enhance the quality of provision. Occasionally, we have to make changes for reasons outside our control. Where there are changes which may materially affect the current programme content and/or structure, offer holders will be informed.

Methods of Assessment

You will be assessed through a combination of coursework and formal examinations.

Assessment Weightings and Contact Hours

10 credits equates to 100 hours of study, which is a combination of lectures, seminars and practical sessions, and independent study. A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises 360 credits (120 credits per year). The exact composition of your study time and assessments for the course will vary according to your option choices and style of learning, but it could be:

Study
  • Year 1 25% lectures, seminars or similar; 75% independent study
  • Year 2 25% lectures, seminars or similar; 75% independent study
  • Year 3 15% lectures, seminars or similar; 85% independent study
Assessment
  • Year 1 70% coursework; 30% examination
  • Year 2 35% coursework; 65% examination
  • Year 3 60% coursework; 40% examination

Teaching Staff

Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are Manchester Met alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject. Details of departmental staff can be found at: http://www2.mmu.ac.uk/business-school/about-us/our-staff/dept-of-management/

Typical entry requirements

These typical entry requirements apply to the 2017 academic year of entry and may be subject to change for the 2018 academic year. Please check back for further details.

UCAS Tariff points/Grades required

104-112

104-112 UCAS Tariff Points at A2 (Grades BCC-BBC) or acceptable alternatives e.g. BTEC Subsidiary Diploma, Diploma, Extended Diploma at Level 3 (Grades DMM).

Specific GCSE requirements

GCSE grade C or grade 4 in English Language and Mathematics. Level 2 Functional Skills English and Mathematics also accepted.

Non Tariffed Qualifications

106-112 UCAS Tariff Points from a relevant Access to HE Diploma with at least 45 credits at Level 3.

International Baccalaureate points

26 IB Diploma Points

IELTS score required for international students

6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each element

There’s further information for international students on our international website if you’re applying with non-UK qualifications.

Further information

Applications are considered individually and you are advised to contact our Course Enquires team via the web form www.mmu.ac.uk/course-enquiry

Your career prospects after the course

Studying a combined honours degree gives you the opportunity to improve your employability by developing skills and knowledge in two subjects.

This course will help you to develop the ability to think critically, analyse ideas and articulate the conclusions reached.

These skills are transferable to a wide range of careers including roles in business and management, finance and accounting, central and local government, international institutions, voluntary organisations, political parties, the media, publishing, research and teaching.

94%

In 2014, over 94% of our graduates went directly into work or further study within 6 months of graduation

DHLE survey 2014, for all respondents available for employment or further study and whose destinations are known

How do I apply for this course?

Applications through UCAS

Remember to use the correct institution code for Manchester Metropolitan University on your application: our institution code is M40

Unistats Information

Find out more about Unistats and the Key Information Set.

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Confirmation of Regulator

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.

Important Notice

This online prospectus provides an overview of our programmes of study and the University. We regularly update our online prospectus so that our published course information is accurate and up to date. Please note that our programmes are subject to review and development on an ongoing basis. Changes may sometimes be necessary. For example, to comply with the requirements of professional or accrediting bodies or as a result of student feedback or external examiners’ reports. We also need to ensure that our courses are dynamic and current and that the content and structure maintain academic standards and enhance the quality of the student experience.

Please check back to the online prospectus before making an application to us.

The provision of education by the University is subject to terms and conditions of enrollment and contract. The current Terms and Conditions Applicable to the provision of the University’s Educational Services are available online. When a student enrolls with us, their study and registration at the University will be governed by various regulations, policies and procedures. It is important that applicants/students familiarize themselves with our Terms and Conditions and the Key Contract Documents referred to within. Applicants will be provided with access to an up to date version at offer stage. This can be found within the Information for Offer Holders document.

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