BA (Hons) Economics / Politics

Brexit, devolution, financial markets. It’s hard to separate economics from politics. Studying both will prepare you for work in organisations or governments around the world.

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Overview

These two subjects are natural partners. Not only do they sit side-by-side in the world of government,

but they also play a significant role in the wider public, private and third sectors.

Issues like Brexit, devolution and global financial uncertainty are shaping the world. Understanding economic theory and principles in the context of modern politics and international relations has never been more important.

 

Economics: shaping the world 

Economics plays a role in every aspect of our lives. This course will help you identify trends, understand the issues and explore the decisions made within business and politics.

You’ll also learn about non-conventional approaches to economics.

 

Politics in the modern world

There’s politics in almost everything we do. It’s the study of relations among individuals, social groups and nations. You’ll cover political and current affairs on this part of the course, getting to the heart of the issues not just what’s in the headlines.

You’ll have the opportunity to specialise in the study of political themes that interest you.

Across both disciplines you’ll develop essential analytical skills, critical evaluation and problem-solving abilities.

You can still join this course if you haven’t studied economics or politics at A-level.

Features and Benefits

  • Develop specialist knowledge – study 21stcentury politics in detail and learn about cryptocurrencies, the impact of Brexit and non-conventional approaches to economics.
  • Tailor your studies – select economics and politics units that interest you in Years 2 and 3. Adapt your studies to fit in with your chosen career path.
  • Learning environment – study in the heart of Manchester. The city has a thriving economy and is home to an important regional government.
  • Real-world experience – choose the four-year degree and go on a paid work placement or study overseas. It’s an excellent chance to hone your skills and develop your knowledge.
  • Free access to Bloomberg and Stata – use the same software as global banks for data analysis, statistics, modelling and news.
  • Economics experts – you’ll be taught by leading economists. Through our ties to industry, you can attend guest lectures with some of the foremost thinkers in the field.
  • A natural combination – economics and politics go hand-in-hand. Developing an understanding of both areas will lead to a range of career options.
“The Business School has many opportunities to network with large companies, such as KPMG, Bupa and Aldi. It was quite eye opening to see what they were looking for in their management trainees.” Mardiyyah Islam, BA (Hons) Economics.

Accreditations, Awards and Endorsements

"We’re at the heart of shaping post-Brexit debates, economic development, sports governance, core cities, and devolution in Manchester and the North West.”

Professor Donna Lee, Head of Department.

Career Prospects

Studying economics and politics will give you the skills and knowledge to shape the future. Apply what you learn on a local or global scale.

Brexit is one of the big political and economic challenges of our time. Elections, global trade agreements and devolution are just some of the other areas where you could make a difference.

Your critical thinking, ability to analyse economic and political events, and communication skills will set you up for a wide range of careers.

As well as being suited to a role in government, you can apply your skills to areas such as management, finance and accounting, the media, retail or real estate.

Our economics graduates are working at leading organisations such as Experian, HM Treasury, Office for National Statistics and PwC.

Consider a career in local government, where you can shape the policies that impact communities in your area.

Learn more about graduate careers

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of graduates go straight into employment or further study within six months of graduating.

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Entry requirements

These typical entry requirements apply to the 2018 academic year of entry and may be subject to change for the 2019 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

MEET THE EXPERTS

“We teach a mainstream core curriculum in economics, international business; the impact of sports governance and the development of sport as a business.  But as a modern university, we go much beyond that…”
 
Listen to what Donna Lee, Head of Department, has to say about studying at Manchester Metropolitan University…

Course details

With the impact of Brexit on the UK and global economy, there has never been a better time to study both economics and politics.

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 (eg human rights, environmentalism, terrorism and conflict) and comparative politics.

Studying Economics at Manchester Met offers the opportunity to align your personal interests of the subject with your career goals. Economics can offer a wide variety of possible career paths, so we have designed the degree so that you can explore the vast areas that economics influences. You will have access to industry standard software such as Bloomberg and Stata during your studies and have the opportunity to attend guest lectures from leading economic professionals and attend networking events with industry experts. 

Combined Honours programmes offers the ability to undertake two separate areas of study as either equal, major/minor or named route combinations.

In the first year, you will study each subject combination equally. 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)

Read more about this year of study

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, 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.

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

This unit covers introductory theories of microeconomics and macroeconomics. The former covers theories of supply and demand, elasticity estimations and utility theories. The latter covers models such as the circular flow of income, the four sector Keynesian model and the Phillips Curve.

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 (two units from each subject) or choose a major/minor route (three units from one subject, one 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. 

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.

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:

BA Politics

BA Economics

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. 

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 of 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
Assessment

Placements 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.

Department of Economics, Policy and International Business

Our Economics, Policy and International Business Department advances knowledge on the issues that matter on a contemporary global stage.

The department is committed to teaching excellence and is led by world-class professionals and academic economists. Reacting to the global needs of the digital age, its aim is to enable students to explore the vast areas influenced by economics and policy.

More about the department

Taught by experts

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.

Meet our expert staff

Fees

UK, EU and Channel Island students

UK, EU and Channel Island students: Full-time fee: £9,250 per year. This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation and may increase each academic year in line with inflation or UK government policy for both new and continuing students.

Non-EU international students

Non-EU international students: Full-time fee: £16,000 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional Information

A degree typically comprises 360 credits, a DipHE 240 credits, a CertHE 120 credits, and an integrated Masters 480 credits. The tuition fee for the placement year for those courses that offer this option is £1,850, subject to inflationary increases based on government policy and providing you progress through the course in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study). The tuition fee for the study year abroad for those courses that offer this option is £1,385, subject to inflationary increases based on government policy and providing you progress through the course in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Part-time students may take a maximum of 90 credits each academic year.

Additional costs

Specialist Costs

All of the books required for the course are available from the library. The University also has PC labs and a laptop loan service. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. Students may also need to print their assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop up to £100 each year for books and printing.

Funding

For further information on financing your studies or information about whether you may qualify for one of our bursaries and scholarships, follow the links below:

Bursaries and scholarships

Money Matters

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How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS.

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UCAS code(s)

3 years full-time: LL1G · 4 years with placement: LL21 · 4 years with overseas study: LL12

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

You can review our current Terms and Conditions before you make your application. If you are successful with your application, we will send you up to date information alongside your offer letter.

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