(BSc) Bachelor of Science
Economics and Politics (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: 32 points or three Higher Level certificates with 655. Either must include Standard Level Mathematics grade 4 or Higher Level Mathematics grade 3. We will accept grade 4 in either Standard Level Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches or Standard Level Mathematics: Applications and Interpretation.
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.
We are also happy to consider a combination of separate IB Diploma Programme Courses (formerly certificates) 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.
We can also consider combinations with BTECs or other qualifications in the Career-related programme – the acceptability of BTECs and other qualifications depends on the subject studied, advice on acceptability can be provided. Please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office for more information.
Access to HE Diploma:15 Level 3 credits at Distinction and 30 level 3 credits at Merit, depending on subject studied - advice on acceptability can be provided.
T-levels: Distinction, depending on subject studied - advice on acceptability can be provided.
What if I don’t achieve the grades I hoped?
If your final grades are not as high as you had hoped, the good news is you may still be able to secure a place with us on a course which includes a foundation year. Visit our undergraduate application information page for more details.
What if I have a non-traditional academic background?
Don’t worry. To gain a deeper knowledge of your course suitability, we will look at your educational and employment history, together with your personal statement and reference.
You may be considered for entry into Year 1 of your chosen course. Alternatively, some UK and EU applicants may be considered for Essex Pathways, an additional year of study (known as a foundation year/year 0) helping students gain the necessary skills and knowledge in order to succeed on their chosen course. You can find a list of Essex Pathways courses and entry requirements here
If you are a mature student, further information is here
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 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 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 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.
To develop students' knowledge and understanding of:
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:
- 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 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.
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This range of practical skills (C1-C5) is taught in seminars and developed through comments on politics essays, and in supervision of written work.
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.
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.
Essays and projects are assessed for qualities that implicitly incorporate all these skills.