Economics and Politics (Including Year Abroad)

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Academic Year of Entry: 2024/25
Course overview
(BSc) Bachelor of Science
Economics and Politics (Including Year Abroad)
University of Essex
University of Essex
Colchester Campus
Honours Degree
Politics and International Relations


Professional accreditation


Admission criteria

  • GCSE: Mathematics C/4.
  • A-levels: BBB - BBC or 120 - 112 UCAS tariff points from a minimum of 2 full A-levels.
  • BTEC: DDM - DMM or 120 - 112 UCAS tariff points from a minimum of the equivalent of 2 full A-levels. The acceptability of BTECs is dependent on subject studied and optional units taken - email for advice.
  • Combined qualifications on the UCAS tariff: 120 - 112 UCAS tariff points from a minimum of 2 full A levels or equivalent. Tariff point offers may be made if you are taking a qualification, or mixture of qualifications, from the list on our undergraduate application information page.
  • IB: 30 - 29 points or three Higher Level certificates with 555-554. Our Maths requirement can be met with either: 4 in Standard level Maths; 3 in Higher level Maths; or 4 in IB Middle Years Maths.
  • IB Career-related Programme: We consider combinations of IB Diploma Programme courses with BTECs or other qualifications. Advice on acceptability can be provided, email Undergraduate Admissions.
  • QAA-approved Access to HE Diploma: 6 level 3 credits at Distinction and 39 level 3 credits at Merit, depending on subject studied - advice on acceptability can be provided, email Undergraduate Admissions.
  • T-levels: We consider T-levels on a case-by-case basis, depending on subject studied. The offer for most courses is Distinction overall. Depending on the course applied for there may be additional requirements, which may include a specific grade in the Core.

Contextual Offers:

We are committed to ensuring that all students with the merit and potential to benefit from an Essex education are supported to do so. For October 2024 entry, if you are a home fee paying student residing in the UK you may be eligible for a Contextual Offer of up to two A-level grades, or equivalent, below our standard conditional offer.
Factors we consider:

  • Applicants from underrepresented groups
  • Applicants progressing from University of Essex Schools Membership schools/colleges
  • Applicants who attend a compulsory admissions interview
  • Applicants who attend an Offer Holder Day at our Colchester or Southend campus

Our contextual offers policy outlines additional circumstances and eligibility criteria.

For further information about what a contextual offer may look like for your specific qualification profile, email

If you haven't got the grades you hoped for, have a non-traditional academic background, are a mature student, or have any questions about eligibility for your course, more information can be found on our undergraduate application information page or get in touch with our Undergraduate Admissions Team.

IELTS (International English Language Testing System) code

English language requirements for applicants whose first language is not English: IELTS 6.0 overall, or specified score in another equivalent test that we accept.

Details of English language requirements, including component scores, and the tests we accept for applicants who require a Student visa (excluding Nationals of Majority English Speaking Countries) can be found here

If we accept the English component of an international qualification it will be included in the academic levels listed above for the relevant countries.

English language shelf-life

Most English language qualifications have a validity period of 5 years. The validity period of Pearson Test of English, TOEFL and CBSE or CISCE English is 2 years.

If you require a Student visa to study in the UK please see our immigration webpages for the latest Home Office guidance on English language qualifications.

Pre-sessional English courses

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.

Pending English language qualifications

You don’t need to achieve the required level before making your application, but it will be one of the conditions of your offer.

If you cannot find the qualification that you have achieved or are pending, then please email .

Requirements for second and final year entry

Different requirements apply for second and final year entry, and specified component grades are also required for applicants who require a visa to study in the UK. Details of English language requirements, including UK Visas and Immigration minimum component scores, and the tests we accept for applicants who require a Student visa (excluding Nationals of Majority English Speaking Countries) can be found here

Additional Notes

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

Course qualifiers

A course qualifier is a bracketed addition to your course title to denote a specialisation or pathway that you have achieved via the completion of specific modules during your course. The specific module requirements for each qualifier title are noted below. Eligibility for any selected qualifier will be determined by the department and confirmed by the final year Board of Examiners. If the required modules are not successfully completed, your course title will remain as described above without any bracketed addition. Selection of a course qualifier is optional and student can register preferences or opt-out via Online Module Enrolment (eNROL).

  • Applied Data Science: In order to be eligible for the qualifier, you must successfully complete the following modules: Year Two: GV207 (15 credits) – ‘Quantitative Political Analysis’ And at least one of the following: GV217 (15 credits) – ‘Conflict Analysis’ SC202 (15 credits) – ‘Researching the Real World: Quantitative Approaches to Studying Crime and Society (15 credits) ’, SC208 (15 credits) Crime and Inequality Across the Life Course, Final year: GV300 (30 credits) – ‘Advanced Quantitative Political Analysis’ GV840 (30 credits) – 'Project: Politics' (must include sufficient quantitative methods as agreed by your Academic Supervisor, and multivariant regression analysis must be undertaken) [Note: GV840 can be substituted with either of the other final year project modules: GV831, GV836, EC831, GV834, or GV830]

Rules of assessment

Rules of assessment are the rules, principles and frameworks which the University uses to calculate your course progression and final results.

Additional notes


External examiners

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Dr Stefano Pagliari

Senior Lecturer in International Politics

City, University of 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.

eNROL, the module enrolment system, is now open until Monday 21 October 2024 8:59AM, for students wishing to make changes to their module options.


Core You must take this module.
You must pass this module. No failure can be permitted.
Core with Options You can choose which module to study.
You must pass this module. No failure can be permitted.
Compulsory You must take this module.
There may be limited opportunities to continue on the course/be eligible for the degree if you fail.
Compulsory with Options You can choose which module to study.
There may be limited opportunities to continue on the course/be eligible for the degree if you fail.
Optional You can choose which module to study.
There may be limited opportunities to continue on the course/be eligible for the degree if you fail.

Year 1 - 2024/25

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Min Credits Max Credits
01  EC111-4-FY-CO  Introduction to Economics  Core  30  30 
02  GV100-4-FY-CO  Introduction to Politics  Core  30  30 
03  EC114-4-FY-CO  Introduction to Quantitative Economics  Compulsory  30  30 
04    Option(s) from list or Outside Option(s)  Optional  30  30 
05  GV711-4-FY-CO  Career Portfolio  Compulsory 
06  GV164-4-SU-CO  Doing Political Research  Compulsory 

Year 2 - 2025/26

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Min Credits Max Credits
01  EC202-5-FY-CO  Microeconomics (Intermediate)  Compulsory  30  30 
02  GV207-5-AU-CO  Quantitative Political Analysis  Compulsory  15  15 
03    EC201-5-FY or 2nd year Economics option or 2nd year Politics option(s)  Optional  30  30 
04    2nd year Politics option(s)  Optional  30  30 
05  EC252-5-AU-CO  Introduction to Econometric Methods  Compulsory  15  15 
06  GV711-5-FY-CO  Career Portfolio  Compulsory 
07  GV275-5-SU-CO  Issues in Politics: Final Year Project preparation  Compulsory 

Year Abroad/Placement - 2026/27

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Min Credits Max Credits
01  AW121-6-FY-CO  Abroad Module 120 Credits  Compulsory  120  120 

Year 3 - 2027/28

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Min Credits Max Credits
01  GV300-6-FY-CO  Advanced Quantitative Political Analysis  Compulsory  30  30 
02  GV307-6-AU-CO  Political Economy I  Compulsory  15  15 
03  GV347-6-SP-CO  Political Economy II  Compulsory  15  15 
04    Capstone Project  Compulsory with Options  30  30 
05    EC201-6-FY or EC202-6-FY or two Economics option(s)  Optional  30  30 
06  GV711-6-FY-CO  Career Portfolio  Compulsory 

Exit awards

A module is given one of the following statuses: 'core' – meaning it must be taken and passed; 'compulsory' – meaning it must be taken; or 'optional' – meaning that students can choose the module from a designated list. The rules of assessment may allow for limited condonement of fails in 'compulsory' or 'optional' modules, but 'core' modules cannot be failed. The status of the module may be different in any exit awards which are available for the course. Exam Boards will consider students' eligibility for an exit award if they fail the main award or do not complete their studies.

Programme aims

  • To develop students' knowledge and understanding of:
    • the significant theoretical and empirical literatures in the two subject areas;
    • the interdisciplinary study of political economy,
    • the interplay between methods, theories and evidence,
    • quantitative methods for studying economics and politics; and
    • sources of different kinds of data.
  • To offer students, through a range of option choices, a varied menu of sub-disciplinary and area-oriented specialisms in both subjects in order to:
    • ensure that they have knowledge of at least one sub-field of economics, and at least one sub-field of political science;
    • provide them with opportunities to develop an empirical base for the study of the subjects in different contexts; and
    • to broaden their theoretical perspectives.
  • To provide the opportunity for students to learn about quantitative methods, microeconomics, macroeconomics, democratic theory, political systems, and public choice theory.
  • To maintain an intellectual environment that is exciting and challenging, fostering students' capacities for creative study and dialogue and maintaining high standards of teaching and learning.
  • To develop and promote students' skills and capacities to analyse economics and politics, undertake subsequent academic study and for employment, personal development and social participation.

  • 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 different conceptual, theoretical and normative perspectives within economics and political science about e.g. democracy, microeconomics macroeconomics and public choice theory.

    A2: Knowledge of the main findings of existing research about democracy, microeconomics, macroeconomics and public choice theory.

    A3: Knowledge of developments, issues and debates in the specialist subjects they choose to study.

    A4: Knowledge of statistical methods appropriate for studying economics or politics.

    A5: Knowledge of sources of information for studying economics and politics.

    Learning methods

    A1-A5 are addressed in lectures, participation in seminars and classes and written comments on politics essays.

    A3 is additionally addressed in optional choices in years 2 and 3 and/or in projects.

    Assessment methods

    In Politics the assessment of most full-year modules is normally based equally on course work and on a written examination, each counting for 50 per cent of the final mark.

    An average course work load consists of three essays per course or equivalent.

    Class tests are used to assess A4.

    In Economics, skills A1-A5 are assessed in final examinations and coursework.

    Coursework takes the form of assignments and tests (especially A1, A4, A5) in introductory and intermediate level courses.

    Coursework takes the form of term papers (especially A2, A3, A5) for advanced undergraduate courses.

    Coursework counts for up to 50 per cent of the aggregate mark in each economics course and cannot lower the aggregate mark for any economics module.

    The Project counts as a separate module and is assessed on its own merits.

    B: Intellectual and cognitive skills

    B1: To question received thinking.

    B2: To develop their own thinking

    B3: Advanced knowledge of different modes of explanation and theoretical perspectives in political science and political theory at an appropriate level.

    B4: To analyse and evaluate data.

    B5: To reason critically.

    B6: To argue coherently and persuasively.

    B7: To present ideas in a structured form in writing.

    Learning methods

    These skills are developed in:- (a) Seminars and classes (b) class presentations (c) written comments on politics essays.

    Individual guidance is available for the writing of essays and the construction of presentations.

    Opportunities exist to consult a Study Skills Officer in the Government Department.

    Assessment methods

    Essays and written examinations.

    C: Practical skills

    C1: Organise and structure an extended argument, advancing clear critical positions.

    C2: Use theoretical terms correctly.

    C3: Compile systematic bibliographies.

    C4: Provide references according to accepted conventions.

    C5: Use quantitative methods, abstract and synthesise relevant information.

    Learning methods

    This range of practical skills (C1-C5) is taught in seminars and developed through comments on politics essays, and in supervision of written work.

    Assessment methods

    Essays and projects are assessed for these skills while written examinations are assessed for skills C1, C 2 and C5.

    D: Key skills

    D1: Clear, focused, relevant and effective expression and communication.

    D2: To use electronic information sources.

    D3: To use basic statistical methods.

    D4: To manage projects and timetables. To find, understand and organise information. To work with ideas.

    D6: To be receptive to feedback; to learn new material and to improve ways of learning.

    Learning methods

    The five relevant key skills are implicit throughout the degree.

    1, 2 and 4 are employed in essays.

    1 and 6 are employed in seminars, classes and one-on-one discussions with class teachers.

    3 and 5 are employed in GV200.

    Assessment methods

    Essays and projects are assessed for qualities that implicitly incorporate all these skills.


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