BSc Politics and Economics

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If you are interested in both economics and politics, the BSc Politics and Economics will be relevant and attractive to you. As with the BSc Economics degree, this programme gives you a thorough and high-level training in economics, but it also emphasises political science. Many real social problems require both economic and political analysis, and mastering both enables you to present more comprehensive and satisfactory predictions and recommendations. Such skills are in heavy demand by employers.

92% of economics students are satisfied with the BSc Politics and Economics, overall (KIS 2012).

Our BSc Politics and Economics programme has a solid economics and politics core. Two thirds of t…

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If you are interested in both economics and politics, the BSc Politics and Economics will be relevant and attractive to you. As with the BSc Economics degree, this programme gives you a thorough and high-level training in economics, but it also emphasises political science. Many real social problems require both economic and political analysis, and mastering both enables you to present more comprehensive and satisfactory predictions and recommendations. Such skills are in heavy demand by employers.

92% of economics students are satisfied with the BSc Politics and Economics, overall (KIS 2012).

Our BSc Politics and Economics programme has a solid economics and politics core. Two thirds of the workload for years 1 and 2 will be taken from the School of Economics so as to provide economic conceptual and practical tools, while in year 3 the emphasis will be on political applications, with two thirds of the workload to be drawn from the School of Political, Social and International Studies.

Year 1

The economic foundation is laid through the year-long module Introductory Economics. This module covers key concepts in both macroeconomics (understanding consumption, savings, inflation, interest rates, monetary and fiscal policy, and the global economy) and microeconomics (individuals’ and households’ consumption and saving decisions, firms’ output decisions, analysis of markets, externalities, asymmetric information, and strategic interaction). You will be taught economic modelling techniques and statistical techniques in the module Introductory Mathematics and Statistics for Economists. The remainder of your first year will be made up from modules that you can choose from the School of Political, Social and International Studies: Social and Political Theory; Introduction to Contemporary Politics.

Year 2

You will strengthen your understanding of the macro and micro economy, by deepening your learning of some issues encountered in the first year in greater depth and by studying new areas in the module Intermediate Economics. In the compulsory module Applied Economic Analysis you will continue to build your statistical skills, while simultaneously applying the techniques you will acquire in a module specifically designed to enhance the employability of our economics graduates. Your study of economics will be complemented by a choice of modules from the School of Political, Social and International Studies.

Year 3

You will choose one year 3 module in the School of Economics. The remainder of your third year allows you to choose from a broad curriculum of political disciplines, to which you will be able to apply insights from your solid economic foundations. Optional modules in the School of Economics are: Advanced Economics; Government Welfare and Policy. Optional third-year politics modules in the School of Political, Social and International Studies.

Graduates from the School of Economics have excellent career prospects.

Find out more about how Economics at UEA inspires ideas, creates careers and invests in you.

The information provided here is accurate for applicants for entry to Year 1 in 2013/14 or later. If you are a current student or will be a direct Year 2 entrant in 2013/14, please ensure to check the “What will I study?” tab for details on your course profile.


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Entry Requirements Qualification: BSc (Hons) A Level: ABB excluding General Studies International Baccalaureate: 32 Scottish Advanced Highers: ABB (acceptable on its own or in combination with other qualifications) Irish Leaving Certificate: AABBBB Access Course: Pass the Access to HE Diploma with 36 credits at Distinction and 9 credits at Merit from Level 3. HND: Please contact the University for further information European Baccalaureate: 75% Entry Requirement

Candidates will be expected to have 3 A levels (see below for typical offer). Please note: We do not accept A level General Studies as one of these.

For students without A level Mathematics, we offer a modified version of the "Introductory Mathematics for Economists" module in the first semester of Year 1. There is a special non A level teaching track enabling students to start from a very basic level and learn the complete range of mathematical skills that are required later in the degree.

Candidates with equivalent qualifications to the A level requirement are encouraged to apply (eg International Baccalaureate; Access to Higher Education certificate). International candidates are also actively encouraged to access the University's International section of our website.

Students should also have 5 GCSEs grade C or above including English and Mathematics (grade B).

Students for whom English is a Foreign language

We welcome applications from students from all academic backgrounds. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including writing, speaking, listening and reading). Recognised English Language qualifications include:

  • IELTS: 6. overall (minimum 5.5 in any component)
  • TOEFL: Internet-based score of 78 overall (minimum 20 in Speaking component, 17 in Writing and Listening components and 18 in Reading components.
  • PTE: 55 overall (minimum 51 in any component).

If you do not meet the University's entry requirements, our INTO Language Learning Centre offers a range of university preparation courses to help you develop the high level of academic and English skills necessary for successful undergraduate study.

Interviews

Sometimes applicants are requested to attend an interview prior to being offered a place on the course. These are normally quite informal and provide the interviewer with the opportunity to find out more about your current studies, your reasons for choosing the course and your personal interests and the extra-curricular activities that you are involved in.

Special Entry Requirements

A level General Studies is not accepted.

Intakes

The course begins in September each year.

Approximate annual intake of students: 10.

GCSE Offer

Students should also have 5 GCSEs grade C or above including English and Mathematics (grade B).

Assessment

Key factors used to assess an application include:

  • Past and future achievement in examinations
  • Academic interest in the subject
  • Personal interests and extra-curricular activities
  • The reference

All applications are considered on their own individual merits.

Thank you for your interest in Economics at UEA. We are a research-inspired School known for its friendly and stimulating environment. We are committed to providing a first-rate academic experience where excellence in teaching goes hand in hand with internationally renowned research.

Economics at UEA has been ranked joint 4th for teaching and 3rd for support in the 2012 National Student Survey (NSS) with the BSc Economics achieving the highest overall satisfaction rating of any straight economics course in the UK. Our undergraduate courses use a variety of teaching formats including lectures, small group seminars, workshops and support sessions for core modules.

Success Indicators International Reputation
  • Our students have consistently ranked their student experience among the highest of Economics departments in the UK, and we are always in the top 10. Shanghai Jiao Tong University has again in 2012 ranked us in 8th position among UK universities for economics/business.
  • In the rankings of economics departments published at econphd.econwiki.com, UEA is ranked fifth in the world and first in the UK for ‘decision theory/experiments’.
Student Satisfaction
  • In our BSc Economics scheme 100% of students were satisfied with the quality of the course, 97% say staff have made the subject interesting, 100% say staff are good at explaining things, 97% students say the course is well organized and is running smoothly and, 97% say that resources are good enough for their needs (KIS, 2012)
  • "So far my university experience has been phenomenal...", 1st Place in What Uni? Student Choice Awards.
Research
  • The Centre for Competition Policy is at the forefront of policy debates in competition economics at the international level, with advisory links with the European Commission, the UK Office of Fair Trading and the UK Competition Commission
  • The most recent Research Assessment Exercise in 2008 found 65% of our research output was world leading or internationally excellent, with 95% in total being deemed of international standing.
How do we do it?
  • Excellence in Teaching: We supplement traditional teaching methods with practical sessions such as interactive workshops and classroom experiments. We have found that our excellent student satisfaction results are a result of the integrated teaching methods and variety of innovative assessment approaches.
  • Research-Inspired: We have internationally renowned researchers who have the experience to provide a practical angle to the academic rigour of Economics.
  • Collegiate Environment: Economics at UEA provides for a lively close knit community with friendly, approachable academic staff.
  • Tailored Support: The School prioritises pastoral care with all students allocated a Personal Adviser. Learning enhancement support is embedded within the delivery of our courses, ensuring that students receive as much support as they need.
  • Quality Control: Course quality is continuously monitored by obtaining written feedback from our students on each module they take. Each summer there is a thorough review of our teaching.
  • Module Choice: Economics at UEA provides a wide range of integrated contemporary modules, enabling students to explore the diverse analysis offered by economics.
  • Quality Resources: The University Library offers an excellent range of legal materials and electronic resources with a dedicated Social Sciences Faculty Librarian available to help you find the information you need.
  • Career Prospects: As well as the University careers service, Economics at UEA has a dedicated careers adviser. Engineered for employability, our programmes offer excellent opportunities.
  • Norwich- A Fine City: Voted one of the best small cities in the world (The Times Good University Guide). UEA was voted joint 3rd for 'Good Security' out of 113 Universities in the 'Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey' in 2011 and the University of East Anglia has been voted the safest University in England three years in a row.

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Come and Visit Us

Our Open Days will give you the opportunity to experience the University of East Anglia's unique campus atmosphere. The next Undergraduate Open Days will be held on Saturday 6th October 2012.

You will have the chance to attend subject-specific talks and presentations about student life and finance. You will also be able to talk directly to academics, admissions staff and current students giving you a first-hand impression of life at the University of East Anglia - check out the accommodation, learning resources, student support, and our sport and entertainment facilities.

In addition to the above we offer a Personal Visit option, available on specific Friday afternoons throughout the year. These include organised tours of the campus. We have also created a Virtual Open Day experience for you which we hope will help to provide you with an insight into life and study at the School of Economics.

Students who have been offered a place on one of our undergraduate programmes will be invited to attend one of our Visit Days.

Further Information

If you would like to discuss your individual circumstances with the Admissions Office prior to applying please do contact us:

Admissions Office (Economics)
Tel: +44 (0)1603 593711 or 591902
Email: eco.ug.admiss@uea.ac.uk

Please click here to register your details via our Online Enquiry Form.

International candidates are also actively encouraged to access the University's International section of our website.

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Further information on fees and funding for 2012 can be found here

University Fees and Financial Support: International Students

The University of East Anglia will be charging International students £12,200 for all full-time School of Economics undergraduate programmes which start in 2012.

The University offers around £1 million of Scholarships each year to support International students in their studies. Scholarships are normally awarded to students on the basis of academic merit and are usually for the duration of the period of study.


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