BSc

Economics with Politics

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Key Facts

Code L1L2
  • Typical A-level offer

    BBB

  • Course Length

    3 Years

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The Economics with Politics degree is a major/minor programme, meaning that you will spend two-thirds of your time studying Economics with the Aberystwyth Business School, and one-third studying Politics in the Department of International Politics.

In choosing to study Economics with Politics Degree at Aberystwyth University you will be part of departments that make world-leading contributions to research and practice, and which have excellent partnerships with companies in business, politics and commerce. Through your Economics with Politics Degree you will focus on the principles of economics and the study of choices and their implications made by individuals, companies and governments when faced with scarce resources. Whilst studying this dynamic subject you will learn about contemporary topics in the field complemented with knowledge and understanding of the wider political environment and context. In addition to the core subject knowledge and key skills specific to the discipline, a varied range of teaching styles and practical exercises will equip you with generic skills in research, analysis, reporting and practice - powerful tools with which to pursue your chosen career.

[NSS/DLHE Awards]

Aberystwyth Business School: 91% overall student satisfaction (NSS 2018)

97% of our graduates were in work or further study within 6 months, 3% more than Business and Administrative Studies graduates nationally (HESA 2018*)

Top 10  in the UK for teaching quality for the subject of Politics (The Good University Guide 2018, The Times & Sunday Times). 

Department of International Politics: 95% student satisfaction (NSS 2018)

94% of our graduates were in work or further study within 6 months after graduating. (HESA 2018*)

Overview

The Economics with Politics degree focuses on a wide range of issues impacting on every-day life including the creation of employment, inflationary pressures, international trade issues, the process of business competition, innovation and growth, the development of third world countries, the protection of natural resources and government policy-making. All complimented by an understanding of the political land scape, key players and drivers for core policy decisions. This programme has been developed to equip you with a multidisciplinary understanding of Economics and Politics, in an approach that is increasingly emphasized and valued by employers.

Why study Economics with Polititcs at Aberystwyth?

In choosing to study Economics with Politics you will engage with a dynamic subject, which is fundamental to understanding not just the operations of business and commerce, but the organisation and functioning of societies.

Both the Aberystwyth Business School and the Department of International Politics have excellent reputations for the quality of courses and for the success of its graduates across a wide variety of careers and contexts throughout the globe. The most recent figures for the National Student Survey show a very high satisfaction rate with the course, so you can be sure that you will receive a quality learning experience at Aberystwyth.

Our lecturers are actively engaged in academic and policy-oriented research and consulting. Many have a business, as well as an academic, background allowing us to inform you of the latest developments in your subject area and pass on a practical awareness of the contemporary business environment. Our programmes are supported by visiting speakers who also bring their professional experience to the classroom.

Teaching in the Aberystwyth Business School and the Department of International Politics is underpinned by research. Our academic staff publish their work in leading academic journals and regularly act as consultants to a range of organisations. In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (2014) assessment the university was placed in the top 50 institutions for research power and intensity. It submitted 77% of eligible staff and 95% of the university's research was of an internationally recognised standard.

As well as being active researchers, our lecturers have a professional economics background, so that by applying their real-world knowledge to theoretical concepts, your learning experience is firmly located in the context of proper professional practice. We also believe strongly in a teaching model which requires active student involvement rather than passive information-gathering, ensuring that you can meet the demands of potential employers on graduation.

We have arrangements with many partner universities overseas to deliver short academic programmes (2 weeks) to small groups of management and business students (on a self-funding basis), to enable you to experience the impact of the cultural environment when conducting business abroad. We currently have partner universities in India, China, Russia, Japan, the United Arab Emirates and Brazil and our portfolio of countries is rapidly expanding.

Our Staff

Students at the Aberystwyth Business School are taught by lecturers and other teaching staff who are active researchers and expert practitioners in their chosen subject area.

Over 75% of full time members of teaching staff are qualified to PhD level. Most are currently research active, meaning that students benefit from being taught ‘new’ knowledge in their chosen field of study as well as recognized literature. The School also employs part-time and full time staff devoted purely to teaching. Many part-time staff combine teaching duties with consultancy and business activities, ensuring that students have access not only to up to date research but the latest applied knowledge.

Lecturers in the Department of International Politics are all research active and qualified to PhD level, and most also have a PGCHE.

Modules

Please note: The modules listed below are those currently intended for delivery during the next academic year and may be subject to change. They are included here to give an indication of how the course is structured.

Core

Options

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh

Employability

Career prospects

A degree in Business and Management will prepare you for a career in business, which may stretch across any sector or industry. Career paths open to you include Chartered accountancy, investment banking, insurance, underwriting, and risk management, but your degree would also be useful in such professions as retail management, marketing management, distribution and logistics management, sales executive, and health service management. Many industries as diverse as chemicals, fashion, and construction all require functional managers with a clear understanding of systems, efficiency and operational issues, and opportunities for management and analysis roles will exist with employers in the private, public and voluntary sectors.

Transferable Skills

Studying for a degree in Business and Management will equip you with a range of transferable skills which are highly valued by employers. These include:

• the ability to express ideas and communicate information in a clear and structured manner, in both written and oral form
• effective problem-solving
• analytical and creative thinking skills
• decision-making
• the ability to work independently
• time-management and organisational skills, including the ability to meet deadlines
• self-motivation and self-reliance
• team-working, with the ability to discuss concepts in groups, accommodating different ideas and reaching agreement
• research skills

In addition you will gain:
• an understanding of organisational behaviour and structure
• improved numeracy skills and the ability to research, interpret and use business and financial data
• an appreciation of the causes and effects of economic and other external changes

Year in Employment scheme (YES)

The University operates a Year in Employment Scheme (YES), which offers you a fantastic opportunity to take a year out between your second and third year to work in an organisation in the UK or overseas. YES provides a very rewarding and worthwhile experience, both personally and professionally, and can help you to stand out from the crowd in a very competitive job market. The University’s Career Service will help you to explore your options and secure a suitable work placement.

Teaching & Learning

What will I learn?

In the first year you will develop an understanding of the economic principles which will underpin your study throughout the three years of your degree. Modules in economic mathematics and statistics, and economic principles and skills provide you with a range of fundamental aptitudes which will enable you to reach your full your potential throughout the three years of your degree and beyond. No prior knowledge is assumed or is necessary. Your Politics tuition will stimulate your academic interest in the politics and the political environment within which business operates. By joining these two disciplines, this course will help you deepen your linguistic fluency and equip you with skills vital for work in the field.

In the second year you will have the opportunity to apply the economics principles learned in your first year to the policy implications of economic theory. You will develop your understanding of economic interpretation, combining the study of applied and theoretical aspects of the subject in core modules on macroeconomics, microeconomics and econometrics. Elective modules will enable you to focus on the areas of most interest to you. You will be able to select from a range of optional modules in Politics enabling you to tailor your course to suit your preferences.

In the third year you will build on your core understanding of microeconomics and macroeconomics, while sharpening your skills through consideration of particular applications of economic theory. You will develop a deeper understanding of the latest research in economics through advanced economics topics, while the compulsory independent research project provides you with the opportunity for an in-depth investigation into an appropriate topic and allows you to specialize in a particular aspect of economics that interests you most. You will be able to specialise further in Politics through a selection of elective modules.

How will I be taught?

Core material is delivered through lectures, and reinforced by small-group seminars and tutorials. These will help you to deepen your understanding of the subject matter and develop a range of essential, transferable skills. Group-working and delivering presentations will help you to improve your communication and leadership skills. All modules are backed up by electronic resources to help you study beyond the classroom, and a wealth of printed texts is available in the University library, and the National Library of Wales, which is situated next to the main campus.

You will be assessed by a variety of methods, including examinations, assessed essays, reports, projects and presentations. Coursework will develop your capacity to research, analyse and present data clearly and coherently, while seminars will help you hone your presentation and communication skills.

You will be assigned a personal tutor throughout your degree course, who will help you with any problems or queries, whether these are academic-related or personal issues. You should feel free to contact them at any time for help and advice.

You will also have the opportunity to complete a Personal Development Plan (PDP) at Aberystwyth. This is a structured process of self-appraisal, reflection, and planning, which will enable you to chart your personal, academic and professional development throughout your time at university. By recording your academic performance, and highlighting the skills you already have and those you will need for future employability, the PDP portfolio will equip you with the necessary tools to plan effectively, develop successful approaches to study, and consider your future career options and aspirations.

Typical Entry Requirements

A Levels BBB

GCSE requirements (grade C min):
English or Welsh, Mathematics

BTEC National Diploma:
DMM

International Baccalaureate:
28 points overall

European Baccalaureate:
75% overall

The University operates an inclusive admissions policy and our offers can vary. Please refer to our country-specific pages for details of the international qualifications we accept. For further information, contact ug-admissions@aber.ac.uk

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