(BA) Bachelor of Arts
Political Economics (Including Placement Year)
University of Essex
University of Essex
Politics and International Relations
GCSE: Mathematics C/4
BTEC: DDD, depending on subject studied - advice on acceptability can be provided.
IB: 30 points or three Higher Level certificates with 555, including Standard Level Mathematics grade 4 or Higher Level Mathematics grade 3.
We are also happy to consider a combination of separate IB Diploma Programmes at both Higher and Standard Level. Exact offer levels will vary depending on the range of subjects being taken at higher and standard level, and the course applied for. Please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office for more information. Please note that Maths in the IB is not required if you have already achieved GCSE Maths at grade C/4 or above or 4 in IB Middle Years Maths.
From 2021, we will accept grade 4 in either Standard Level Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches or Standard Level Mathematics: Applications and Interpretation.
Access to HE Diploma: 45 Level 3 credits at Merit or above
Eligible applicants that choose us as their firm choice by the relevant deadline will be able to take advantage of a flexible offer. This offer will specify alternative entry requirements than those published here so, if your final grades aren’t what you had hoped for, you could still secure a place with us. Visit our undergraduate application information page for more details.
IELTS (International English Language Testing System) code
English language requirements for applicants whose first language is not English: IELTS 6.0 overall. Different requirements apply for second year entry, and specified component grades are also required for applicants who require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK.
Other English language qualifications may be acceptable so please contact us for further details. If we accept the English component of an international qualification then it will be included in the information given about the academic levels listed above. Please note that date restrictions may apply to some English language qualifications
If you are an international student requiring a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK please see our immigration webpages for the latest Home Office guidance on English language qualifications.
If you do not meet our IELTS requirements then you may be able to complete a pre-sessional English pathway that enables you to start your course without retaking IELTS.
If you’re an international student, but do not meet the English language or academic requirements for direct admission to this degree, you could prepare and gain entry through a pathway course. Find out more about opportunities available to you at the University of Essex International College here.
Rules of assessment
Rules of assessment are the rules, principles and frameworks which the University uses to calculate your course progression and final results.
Dr Mohammed Rodwan Abouharb
University College London
External Examiners provide an independent overview of our courses, offering their expertise and help towards our continual improvement of course content, teaching, learning, and assessment.
External Examiners are normally academics from other higher education institutions, but may be from the industry, business or the profession as appropriate for the course.
They comment on how well courses align with national standards, and on how well the teaching, learning and assessment methods allow students to develop and demonstrate the relevant knowledge and skills needed to achieve their awards.
External Examiners who are responsible for awards are key members of Boards of Examiners. These boards make decisions about student progression within their course and about whether students can receive their final award.
- To prepare students to work in international and national governmental and non-governmental agencies.
- To obtain strategic roles in private companies and in politics.
- To develop policy and decision-making through research and analysis.
- To develop a comprehensive understanding of how governments seek to influence economic processes, and how markets influence politics, policies, and political outcomes using the foundations of political science and economics.
- To provide skills relevant to the labour market.
The aims of the Placement Year are:
- To provide the student with the opportunity to apply their academic learning outcomes in a work-related context.
- To enable students to develop essential work-based skills throughout the placement.
- To provide students with the opportunity to analyse their practical work in a theoretical context.
Learning outcomes and learning, teaching and assessment methods
On successful completion of the programme a graduate should demonstrate knowledge and skills as follows:
A: Knowledge and understanding
A1: Knowledge of the main theoretical and empirical concepts in politics and economics.
A2: Knowledge of the main findings in modern political economy and current trends in research, particularly as related to the study of political institutions and how they are related to economic variables.
A3: Knowledge of the essential terms and concepts necessary to understand economic and political phenomena.
A101: An experience-based understanding of work roles.
Lectures, seminars, and classes.
Coursework and exams.
B: Intellectual and cognitive skills
B1: To approach political economics from a scientific perspective.
B2: To develop analytical thinking and data analytic skills.
B3: To interpret and use basic statistical methods as applied to politics and economics.
B4: To understand and use basic game theory and other formal models.
B5: To develop a capacity for independent study and research in the area of political economics.
B101: A capacity to connect subject-specific theory to practice in a work environment.
Lectures, classes, seminars.
C: Practical skills
C1: To communicate ideas effectively.
C2: To use information technologies to access and collect information and data.
C3: To work independently as well as collaborating with others.
C4: To use and apply political economy terminology, concepts, tools, and research findings to applied settings.
C101: The ability to communicate with a range of colleagues and clients in a working environment.
Lectures, seminars, classes.
D: Key skills
D1: To argue coherently and concisely
D2: To use information technologies to access and collect information and data.
D3: Understanding of the main quantitative and formal methods used in political analysis.
D4: Students will be able to solve problems using a range of knowledge and skills.
D5: To collaborate with others.
D6: Critical awareness of own learning process.
D101: The capacity to work in a team within a work environment.
D102: Improved personal professional practice through a reflective approach within a work environment.
Lectures, seminars, classes.