International Politics with Economics

Key Facts

  • UCAS Tariff

    104 - 128

  • Course Length

    3 Year

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In choosing to study a degree in International Politics with Economics, at Aberystwyth University, you will be a part of an energetic and lively community in one of the best departments of its kind in the UK, graded "excellent" for its quality of teaching (REF, 2014).

Simply put, the degree in International Politics with Economics (L2L1) explores who gets what on a global scale, how they get it and why. You will discuss power and justice as well as conflict and co-operation. International Politics is fundamentally an interdisciplinary subject that draws on several subjects, including Economics, Politics, History, Philosophy, Law, Geography and Sociology, making our graduates highly employable.

Student Satisfaction and Employability Results

94% overall student satisfaction for the Department of International Politics (NSS 2020).

Top 10 in the UK for Teaching Quality and Student Experience for the subject of Politics (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019)

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

91% overall satisfaction for the Aberystwyth Business School (NSS 2020). 

Top 10 in the UK for Teaching Quality for the subject of Business & Management Studies (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019)

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


This BA in International Politics with Economics degree will equip you with a critical understanding of global politics, with the additional advantage of superb economics training. This course has a major/minor structure, meaning you will spend two-thirds of your time exploring the key debates and theories of politics in the global age, and one-third of your time studying Economics.

Why study International Politics with Economcics at Aberystwyth?

Founded in 1919 after the end of World War I, the Department of International Politics at Aberystwyth is the world’s first university department of International Politics, and it remains one of the largest departments of politics and international relations in Europe with over 40 academic staff. Its vibrant and cosmopolitan learning environment welcomes students from all over the world, and provides a lively venue for contemporary and international political debate.

The Department is renowned for its pioneering research and is recognised as number one in the UK for the study of international politics. In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (2014), the Department of International Politics was placed best in Wales with 69% of publications submitted rated as world leading.

Our lecturers are committed to excellence in both teaching and research, providing you with an outstanding and dynamic learning environment. Research excellence feeds directly into undergraduate teaching, so that you are exposed to the very latest and most innovative ideas in the field even before they have become generally available through publication. We firmly believe that the synergy between research and teaching makes for a thought-provoking education.

The Department operates a prestigious Parliamentary Placement scheme, enabling you to gain valuable experience working alongside an MP (House of Commons, Westminster) or an AM (Welsh Assembly, Cardiff) for a period of 4-6 weeks during the summer. During this time you will write reports and speeches, undertake research projects, and respond to constituency issues. There may be further opportunities for you to get involved in elections and various international issues.

The Department is also home to Interstate, the oldest student-run international politics journal in the United Kingdom, providing a unique opportunity for you to publish your work (particularly advantageous if you wish to progress to postgraduate study) or gain valuable experience working as part of the editorial team.

The Department also has links with carefully selected universities in Europe, Australia or Canada, offering you an excellent opportunity to expand your academic and social horizons by spending a part of your university experience abroad. 

Stimulating student societies foster a strong sense of community within the department, offering a programme of political debates, visiting speakers, conferences and workshops - even the opportunity to take part in UN peacekeeping courses - alongside numerous social activities such as an annual ball.The Department also offers a number of degree schemes and modules taught entirely or partially through the medium of Welsh. Further details may be obtained from the Department.

Our Staff

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

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.


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.


Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Behind The Headlines * IP12620 20
Economic Theory And Policy AB13220 20
Exploring The International 1: Central Concepts And Core Skills * IP12420 20
Understanding The Economy AB13120 20


Module Name Module Code Credit Value
The Making Of The Modern World: War Peace And Revolution Since 1789 * IP12820 20
Globalization And Global Development * IP12520 20
Politics In The 21st Century * IP12920 20
War, Strategy And Intelligence * IP10320 20

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh


Module Name Module Code Credit Value
International Relations: Perspectives And Debates * IP20120 20
Macroeconomics: Theory And Policy Applications AB23220 20
Microeconomics Theory And Policy Applications AB23120 20


Module Name Module Code Credit Value
A War On The Mind: Propaganda And Secret Intelligence From The Great War To The 21st Century * IP28320 20
America At War: A Military History Of The United States * IP26920 20
Britain And The Islamic World: From 1857 To The Iraq War * IQ24020 20
International Politics And Global Development * IP29220 20
Knowing About Violent Conflict In International Politics * IQ24420 20
Multiculturalism In Policy And Practice * IQ23720 20
People And Power: Understanding Comparative Politics Today * IQ23920 20
Strategy, Intelligence And Security In International Politics * IQ25120 20
The Dream Of Internationalism: The League Of Nations And Its Legacies * IQ22420 20
The Making Of National Security Policy * IP23720 20
The Past And Present Us Intelligence * IP26020 20
Trade Wars And The Liberal Order * IQ21620 20
Warfare After Waterloo: Military History 1815-1918 * IP25320 20
Contemporary Latin America * IP28720 20
Global Economic Governance * IQ20820 20
Justice, Order, Human Rights * IQ21720 20
Questions Of International Politics And Global Development * IP26820 20
Russian Intelligence From Lenin To Putin * IQ24920 20
Terrorism & Counter Terrorism In The Modern World: Policing, Intelligence & War * IP24520 20
The British Army’s Image In Battle, From The Crimea To The Present * IQ20920 20
The Eu: Politics, Policies, Problems * IP23820 20
The Long Shadow Of The Second World War * IP22720 20
The Middle East In The 20th Century * IP24920 20
The Second World War In Europe * IP26420 20

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh


Career Prospects

Your major/minor honours degree will make you a strong candidate for opportunities in international politics, economics and wherever these two disciplines meet. Your training will make you suitable for work as a public affairs consultant (lobbyist), politician's assistant, government social research officer, social researcher or civil service fast streamer. Your skills would also be useful in the Diplomatic Service, local government, the charitable sector or in journalism as a political or economics specialist. Your degree is also highly relevant to careers such as chartered accountancy, public finance accounting, financial risk and investment analysis, and working as a statistician.

Transferable Skills

Studying for a degree in International Politics with Economics will equip you with a range of transferable skills which are highly valued by employers. These include:

  • enhanced numerical and computational skills
  • the ability to research, interpret and analyse business and financial data
  • 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.

Year in Employment scheme (YES)

The University operates a 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.

GO Wales

GO Wales is administered by the University’s Career Service, working with local businesses to create paid work placements of a few weeks’ duration for students. It gives you the opportunity to gain valuable work experience which will enhance your CV and make you more attractive to potential employers.

Learning & Teaching

This course will be delivered through lectures, seminars and lively tutorials. You will also be encouraged to attend as many conferences that the Department of International Politics (and its affiliates) puts on.

As you gain political knowledge, you will develop a valuable collection of study skills. In tackling each module, you will need to learn to assimilate demanding topics quickly and accurately, and you will learn how to analyse and respond to political strategy and debate persuasively in written and oral forms.

You will be assessed through exams, written and oral presentations, group work and an extended dissertation of approximately 12,000 words. You will also be required to complete additional assignments throughout each term and to strict deadlines. In all these areas you will need self-discipline, academic rigour and an open mind to succeed. 

The lectures, seminars and the Departments' supportive staff will only take you so far in your political and economics training. You must assume responsibility for your learning and engage fully with your major/minor degree. You must also take advantage of the many opportunities within the departments to develop your academic rigour and professionalism so that, upon graduation, you are perfectly positioned for the next stage of your career.

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.

Student Views

I love the International Politics course, because it's a subject that attracts a wide range of people both from around the UK and internationally, meaning you meet a wide range of people and opinions. The seminars allow for great discussion and learning, and the lectures themselves are interesting with just as interesting lecturers! Roxy Taylor

The Department of International Politics has provided me with a new-found understanding of the world through modules on issues surrounding concepts of globalisation to the lives of women in the the Third World. With experts in so many fields it is great having such an approachable set of tutors. My three years here at Aberystwyth have been educational as well as enjoyable and I would recommend studying here to anyone. Hannah Mitchell

Great lecturers, great building, great people on the course! Matthew David Bold

Typical Entry Requirements

UCAS Tariff 104 - 128

A Levels ABB-BCC

GCSE requirements (minimum grade C/4):
English or Welsh

BTEC National Diploma:

International Baccalaureate:

European Baccalaureate:
75%-65% overall

The University welcomes applications from students studying the Access to Higher Education Diploma. Our inclusive admissions policy values breadth as well as depth of study. Applicants are selected on their own individual merits, and offers can vary. If you are studying a qualification not listed on this page, please get in touch with the Undergraduate Admissions Office for further advice. Details about the country-specific qualifications the University accepts can be found on our country-specific pages. For further information, contact

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