BA Economics and Politics

In Colchester

£ 9,250 + VAT
  • Typology

    Bachelor's degree

  • Location


  • Duration

    3 Years


About the course
How and why do governments try to regulate markets? Why are Central Banks independent? What explains the fluctuations of stock markets and exchange rates? How important is the economy for the outcome of elections? What is globalisation and how does it impact our daily lives?
Economic and political events dominate domestic and international news, and impact on our day-to-day lives, as well as shaping the future

This course should interest you if you want to gain an understanding of politics and economics, but also want to understand the interaction between the two disciplines

You study economic methods while exploring the very nature of democracy and the ways in which governments use the economy for their advantage

One this course you study a range of topics such as:
Macro- and microeconomics
Political systems and political ideas
Research design and statistical methods
Globalisation and international development
European Union economics and politics
Our Department of Government is one of the most prestigious in Europe, with an outstanding record of teaching, research and publication

We are rated top in the UK for research (REF 2014), and have consistently been the highest-rated politics department in the country since national assessments began

Meanwhile, our Department of Economics is rated consistently highly for student satisfaction and is top 5 in the UK for research, with over 90% of their research rated as “world-leading” or “internationally excellent” (REF 2014)




Colchester (Essex)
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Wivenhoe Park, CO4 3SQ


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What you'll learn on the course

  • Economics
  • Politics
  • International
  • Teaching
  • Microeconomics
  • Democracy

Course programme

Example structure
Studying at Essex is about discovering yourself, so your course combines compulsory and optional modules to make sure you gain key knowledge in the discipline, while having as much freedom as possible to explore your own interests. Our research-led teaching is continually evolving to address the latest challenges and breakthroughs in the field, therefore to ensure your course is as relevant and up-to-date as possible your core module structure may be subject to change.
For many of our courses you’ll have a wide range of optional modules to choose from – those listed in this example structure are just a selection of those available. The opportunity to take optional modules will depend on the number of core modules within any year of the course. In many instances, the flexibility to take optional modules increases as you progress through the course.
Our Programme Specification gives more detail about the structure available to our current first-year students, including details of all optional modules.
Year 1
Introduction to Politics
Introduction to Economics
Democracy: Forms and Futures
Career Portfolio
Introduction to Quantitative Economics (optional)
Applied Economics and Policy (optional)
Year 2
Microeconomics (Intermediate)
Political Analysis: Introduction to OLS
Introduction to Econometric Methods
Macroeconomics (Intermediate) (optional)
Career Portfolio
International Relations: Theories and Approaches (optional)
International Politics of the Middle East (optional)
Final year
Political Economy
Project: Economics (optional)
Macroeconomics (Advanced) (optional)
Microeconomics (Advanced) (optional)
Environmental Politics (optional)
Political Economy of International Development
Career Portfolio
On a placement year you gain relevant work experience within an external business or organisation, giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market and providing you with key contacts within the industry. The rest of your course remains identical to the three-year degree.
Year abroad
On your year abroad, you have the opportunity to experience other cultures and languages, to broaden your degree socially and academically, and to demonstrate to employers that you are mature, adaptable, and organised. The rest of your course remains identical to the three-year degree.
Teaching is arranged to allow a lot of freedom in how you organise your learning experience
Lab sessions allow you to improve your technical research skills
Opportunities to gain work experience on placements and internships
Optional support classes in Economics
Assessed through a combination of written coursework, presentations, class participation, and end-of-year examinations
If you undertake a placement, you will prepare an assessed report on this experience
Complete your final year project in consultation with a personal supervisor

Additional information

Study abroad Your education extends beyond the classroom You may also study a four-year variant of this course, the third year of which is spent studying abroad at a partner institution, or on a placement year This additional year abroad is at no extra cost The module structure for your first two years and your final year are the same as our three-year versions We offer many opportunities for you to spend a term or a full year studying in another country and have exchange partners in the United States, Europe, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Latin America, the Middle East, Hong Kong and Japan Training social scientists of the future We offer you the opportunity to follow a specialised pathway that embeds quantitative methods in your degree Successful completion of specified modules entitles you to receive the qualifier ‘(Applied Quantitative Methods)’ at the end of your degree title, for example BA (Applied Quantitative Methods) and this will appear on your transcript You can also apply for student bursaries to go on work placements, helping you stand out when applying for jobs Placement year Your education extends beyond the university campus We support you by providing the option of an additional year at no extra cost The four-year version of our degree allows you to spend your third year employed on a placement with an external organisation, while otherwise remaining identical to the three-year course This provides you with the opportunity to learn about a particular sector, company or job role, apply your academic knowledge in a practical working environment, and receive inspiration for future career pathways Our expert staff Some of the biggest names in the field work at Essex, giving you unparalleled access to some of the best minds in politics Our staff are advising the CIA on counter-terrorism, training politicians and civil servants in democratising countries, and commentating on political events in national and...
£ 9,250 + VAT