Politics and Economics BA

Politics and economics will always go hand in hand. In this degree, you’ll explore how each discipline impacts the other, how to analyse political issues and ideologies, and what it takes to solve real-world economic problems.

Course details

Leicester has always been at the cutting edge of British political science, and has an international reputation for being at the forefront of innovation in economic science. You will benefit from the expertise of our Politics lecturers, whilst being among the first to study at our new £16 million Brookfield campus – the new home of our School of Business.
  • Mode of study: 3-4 days  a week
  • Intake: Intakes: September
  • Course length: 3-4 years
  • Course fee: 9250 per year
  • Location: Leicester campus

University of Leicester

Course overview

Politics and Economics are subjects that will always have an impact on the other. Economics studies the ways in which external factors influence the economy and politics is one of the many external factors that has an impact on the economy. The success or failure of the economy is also a key aspect of political debate


Entry requirements

A/AS Levels: ABB-BBB. All subjects accepted. Two AS-levels considered in place of one A-level.

EPQ with A-levels: BBB-BBC + EPQ at grade B.

GCSE: Grade B (5) required in Mathematics.

Access to HE Diploma: Pass Diploma with 45 credits at Level 3, including 25 credits at Distinction.

International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 28 points, including a minimum of 5 in SL Maths Analysis and Approach or 6 in SL Maths Application and Interpretation or 4 in HL Maths Analysis and Approach if not held at GCSE.

BTEC Nationals: Full Diploma with DDM.


Graduates from our Politics degrees have gone on to work for a wide range of employers including:

  • BNP Paribas
  • HSBC
  • Credit Agricole
  • Applus Aerospace
  • Spottydog Communications


Over the course of your degree you will learn how to analyse political ideas and ideologies and to consider the problems facing diverse political systems. You will also cover the core subjects of microeconomics and macroeconomics, along with basic mathematical and statistical techniques which will help with solving economic problems.

  • Microeconomics
  • Maths for Economics 1
  • Politics, Power and Ethics
  • Case Studies in Politics, Power and Ethics
  • Macroeconomics
  • Maths for Economics 2


  • Political Concepts
  • Comparative European Politics
  • Power in the World Economy
  • Intermediate Microeconomics
  • Intermediate Macroeconomics
  • Economic History 


  • Political Analysis 1: Understanding Political Science Research
  • Political Ideas
  • The Making of Contemporary US Foreign Policy
  • Political Parties in Contemporary Britain
  • Sex and Gender in Global Politics
  • Latin American Politics
  • Politics of the Global South


List A1: Politics modules

  • Feminism
  • The American Presidency
  • Brexit and British Politics
  • The Politics of War and Peace: Northern Ireland After 1972
  • Parliamentary Studies
  • The Politics of Contemporary British Foreign Policy
  • Climate Change: Ethics, Issues, Justice
  • Politics of the International Drug Trade
  • Corruption, Informality and Scandals
  • Comparative Public Opinion

List A2: Economics modules

  • Management Science
  • Investment Management
  • International Trade
  • Crisis Management
  • List B1: Politics modules
  • Politics and the Environment
  • The Conservatives: Crisis and Recovery
  • American Political Development
  • The Politics of Slavery
  • Political Legacies of Conflict in Northern Ireland
  • Political Participation in Britain
  • Democracy and EU Membership in Post-Communist Europe

List B2: Economics modules

  • International Finance
  • Public Economics
  • Behavioural Economics
  • Economics of Education
  • Organisations in Economic Context