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Undergraduate course

Politics and Economics BA (Hons)

Combine study of two of the most influential fields in business to learn what impacts businesses, policies and the labour market.

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By studying Politics and Economics, you will develop a deep understanding of global markets and political systems. This course has been designed to deliver practical skills that enhance your employability. Career prospects include roles such as an economist, advisor or consultant.

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  • UCAS Code – L1N7 | With placement year L3N7
  • Duration – 3 years full-time
  • Start date – September 2020, September 2021
  • School – York Business School

Minimum Entry Requirements

    96 UCAS Tariff points

    3 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent) including English Language

Tuition Fees

    UK and EU 2020-21 £9,250 per year

    International 2020-21 £12,750 per year

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Course overview

In addition to delivering the comprehensive practical aspects of politics and economics, this programme will provide you with a firm understanding of the key issues facing both the political and economic arenas. You will develop a solid knowledge of underpinning foundations for critical areas in the world we live.

Why choose this course:

  • Gain an in-depth knowledge of political systems and economic markets. Develop the practical skills needed for a career in politics or economics, such as a consultant or policy advisor.
  • To enhance your CV, we fund your membership of the Royal Economic Society during your study. Membership increases your professional profile as a future economist and enables you to access competitions, grants, conferences, job market and symposiums.
  • We invite a range of high profile guest speakers. Our cooperation with businesses provides a great opportunity for networking, internships and work related experiences.
  • Field trips and real-life economic projects and live experiments embedded in the programme.
  • Opportunity to qualify as a Microsoft Office Specialist.
  • Opportunity to take a placement year, giving you chance to gain experience while studying.

Year in industry

All of our business students have the option of adding in a year in industry and / or a semester of studying abroad with one of our partners to their course. A year in industry gives students fantastic experience and is attractive to potential employers. This normally takes place after the second year of the course and extends the course duration by one year (15% of the standard tuition fee is chargeable). Study Abroad normally takes place for a semester of the second year of the course and doesn’t extend the course duration as credits achieved abroad count towards your degree.

You don’t need to decide whether you would like to take either of these options until after you have started the course with us.

Course structure

Level 1


  • Principles of Applied Economics

The module aims to provide knowledge and comprehension of the basic economic principles and techniques related to microeconomics and macroeconomics.

  • Economic Policy and Practice

This module provides understanding of quantitative techniques and their usefulness in theoretical and applied economics with focus on developing a deeper understanding of modern macroeconomics.

  • Introducing Politics: Key Concepts and Skills

This module introduces students to basic terms, concepts, methodologies and issues in the study of politics. A key focus will be exploring the diverse definitions and the scope of politics.

  • International or Global? Globalization in Debate

The module introduces students to the debate surrounding the nature and extent of globalization and its impact on the role and power of contemporary states.

  • Developing Analysis Techniques

This module introduces essential quantitative methods for modelling and analysing financial data. In addition, statistics and probability concepts will be discussed then used to analyse practical situations. 

  • The Politics of Business

This module provides students with a broad understanding of the key concepts and principles of politics and how these will affect both individuals and organisations.

  • Comparative Politics

The module exposes students to the comparative method in studying modern politics. There will be a focus on theoretical and methodological approaches, ensuring students develop a solid grounding in these key tools of political analysis. These will then be applied to authoritarian and democratic regimes.

  • Practising Responsible Business Behaviours

This module examines the nature of business enterprise and its relationship with wider society, seeking answers to the question: what does it mean for businesses to behave responsibly? In this debate we encounter ideas regarding stakeholder theory, the triple bottom line, corporate social responsibility, business ethics, the role of the state or of supra-national organisations and so on.

Level 2


  • Labour Market Economics

This module explores factors that affect distribution of income, work, opportunities and inequality. We examine current changes in the labour market and the effectiveness of government policy focusing on data rather than theoretical models.

  • International Relations: Theory and Practice

The module introduces students to theories of international relations, such as realism, liberalism, neoliberalism, Marxism, critical theory, constructivism, feminism, postcolonialism. You will critically examine how they can be applied to developments in state relations.

  • Controversies in International Trade

This module seeks to understand the patterns of international trade, past, present and future by understanding the underlying forces that drive international trade.

  • Political Parties and Politicians in the UK

The module examines the rise and evolution of political parties in the UK. There will be an initial focus on Labour and Conservative. Examining arguments surrounding class and partisan dealignment along with rising voter apathy, there will also be a consideration of nationalist parties at the devolved and national levels, as well as the rise and influence of smaller, issue-based political parties.

  • Democracies

Explore various models of democracy, from executives, legislatures, judiciaries to electoral and party systems. This module will examine established democracies and also democracies in transition, allowing you to complete a comparative analysis of democratic states throughout the world.

  • Industrial Economics

This module is designed for students who are interested in understanding the issues that are present in everyday news: anti-competitive practices, the effect of market power on consumer welfare, incentives for product innovation, and the private and public effects of mergers.

  • Research Methods

This module considers the use of quantitative and qualitative research methods in subject contexts, and allows students to develop skills in the collection, analysis and reporting of relevant data.

  • Political Analysis: Theory and Method

The module provides a comprehensive overview of different theoretical and methodological approaches to studying the political world. These may include: behavioural analysis, rational choice, institutionalism, Marxism, constructivism, feminist approaches and political psychology.

  • Professional Placement

In this module, students begin their transition from university into the workplace. It is designed to develop skills, knowledge and understanding in a range of career-related personal, professional and key skill areas.

  • Business, Creativity and Opportunism Skills for the Workplace of Today

This module explores the fundamentals of entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship and the behaviour and skills required to 'think out of the box' to identify and pursue opportunities. You will establish what the behaviours and skills are of an entrepreneur, define creativity and innovation, as well as ask why they are so important to entrepreneurs. We will explore idea generation and evaluation techniques and learn how to recognise enterprise opportunities.

Level 3


  • Contemporary Business Economics

Prospective managers working in an international context require a clear understanding of key aspects of the international economy. The module has a firmly contemporary focus, with the international business economics topics delivered being selected to address current issues of importance.

  • Global Governance

The module explores in detail the institutions, structures and processes of global governance. In particular it focuses on the institutions of the United Nations, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, regional organisations such as the European Union, and other intergovernmental and non-governmental organisations.

  • Politics of the Environment

The module examines the nature and causes of environmental problems, and the political response to these. In the continuing context of global climate change, the focus is placed on the international system as a means to address environmental problems, and the level of success in doing so.

  • Beyond Economics: Understanding the Changing Global Economy

This module provides students with the opportunity to analyse and evaluate the bridge between politics and economics on an international level.

  • Research Investigation

This module provides students with the opportunity to analyse and evaluate the bridge between politics and economics on an international level.

Teaching & assessment

All modules are delivered utilising a range of teaching and learning strategies including lectures, seminars, guest speakers, tutorials, workshops and a range of events and learning activities.

Throughout the programme you will be introduced to a range of different teaching and learning strategies. This includes case-based learning, live projects and practice and enquiry based learning. This gives you the opportunity to develop creative and innovative solutions to problems.

As a university student, there is an expectation that you will develop from being a dependent learner to being an independent one. This means you are expected to undertake self-study and group learning. In year one you will be provided with guidance to progress your learning and self-development. By the time you get to year 3 it is hoped you will have developed greater autonomy and independence.

You will undertake a variety of assessments that include the use of written assignments (often in the form of reports), predominantly practical activities with some individual and group presentations, exams or tests. An essential part of the assessment is to encourage both learning and the development of skills as well as preparing you for the requirements of the workplace.

You will have the opportunity for study support including academic writing and research skills to enhance employability and career development in the field of politics and/or economics.

Entry Requirements


The minimum entry requirements for this course are:

96 UCAS Tariff points

3 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above (or equiavalent) including English Language

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Advanced Entry

Considering transferring to join us in year 2 or 3 of our Business Courses?

Please see our Advanced Entry page for information on the courses available and how to apply.

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Essential criteria

As well as a strong standard of written English, we also look for an interest and enthusiasm for the subject. This can be done in a variety of ways, either from an academic viewpoint, for example studying an economics related A Level, or through relevant work experience or placements.

Valued criteria

Candidates can demonstrate a real enthusiasm for the subject that goes beyond achieving good grades in exams. Examples of this include:

  • Career plans
  • Attending workshops or seminars related to the chosen subject area
  • Showing leadership and teamwork skills through project work or awards such as the Duke of Edinburgh or sports teams, theatre groups etc.
  • Experience of work

Canditates may also look to undertake professional qualifications such as accounting qualifications or CIPD.

Terms and conditions

Our terms and conditions, policies and procedures contain important information about studying at York St John University. These can be accessed through our Admissions webpages.

Fees and funding

To study for an undergraduate degree with us, you will need to pay tuition fees for your course. How much you pay will depend on whether you're a UK & EU student or an international (non-EU) student. Tuition fees are charged for each year of your course.

Find out more about funding for Foundation Year and/or Placement Year by visiting the Funding Advice pages of our website. York St John offer special reductions to students graduating from York St John University Undergraduate degrees in 2019 and continuing directly onto Postgraduate study. Find out more about discounts and scholarships. There may also be some additional costs to take into account throughout your studies, including the cost of accommodation

Tuition fees

Home / EU students

The York St John University tuition fee for the 2019 entry to Foundation Degree, BA and BSc, PGCE Primary and Secondary and UG Health Programme degrees is £9,250 per year for UK/EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students.

Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.

Overseas students

The York St John University tuition fee for the 2019 entry to Foundation Degree, BA and BSc, PGCE degrees is £12,750 per year for international students.

Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.

Funding your course

Additional costs and financial support


Whilst studying for your degree, there may be additional costs related to your course. This may include purchasing personal equipment and stationery, books and optional field trips.


For more information on tuition fee reductions and additional costs for studying abroad, please visit our study abroad webpages.


View our accommodation webpages for detailed information on accommodation and living costs.


Help and advice on funding your studies at York St John is available through our Money Advice service.

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