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The BSc Economics and International Relations degree at Aberystwyth University offers an enriching experience with exciting intellectual challenges from two departments that have a strong reputation for teaching and research. The combination of Economics and International Relations will allow you to develop a solid understanding of global markets and political systems. You will explore many issues that are pertinent to the world that we're living in today and the challenges that need to be confronted.

Course Overview

Why study Economics and International Relations at Aberystwyth University?

  • You will be taught by world-leading researchers from the Department of International Politics and Aberystwyth Business School.
  • Aberystwyth University was the first university in the world to establish a Politics department. It was founded in 1919 after the end of World War I to help the world understand the world.
  • International Relations is about how we tackle global challenges. International Relations stands at a fascinating but difficult historical juncture - one that, as political beings, we all need to understand, explain and, in part shape. With the relative decline of the ‘West’, the emergence of new powers and actors, and the increasingly complex and intertwined nature of local, national, regional, international and global problems, politics has entered a new era.
  • The International Relations element of this degree offers you the opportunity to study the concepts, practices, policies, histories and regions that make up politics as a discipline and to explore the ways in which, all these factors are undergoing radical transformation in the twenty-first century.
  • For the Economics part of the degree, you will study how individuals, firms, markets, governments and other institutions combine to produce and distribute goods and services in order to achieve desired outcomes for society, and how effective they are in doing so. The application of economic theory has also evolved to explore contemporary issues such as the causes and impact of the financial crisis and the proposed solutions, the effects of trade, globalisation, corruption and climate change on economic development.
  • You will develop valuable analytical, numerical, data analysis and problem-solving skills, which will allow you to understand how people, businesses, institutions and governments make decisions, and the implications of such decisions on individuals and society.
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 September start - 2023

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
Macroeconomics: Theory and Policy Applications AB23220 20
Microeconomics Theory and Policy Applications AB23120 20
International Relations: Perspectives and Debates * IP20120 20


Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Econometrics AB23420 20
Managerial Economics AB23320 20
Britain and Ireland in War and Peace since 1800 IP28820 20
Britain and World Politics from Global Empire to Brexit: The Diplomacy of Decline IQ22620 20
China From the Opium War to the Present IP29820 20
Climate Change and International Politics in the Anthropocene IP20720 20
Economic Diplomacy and Leadership IQ24320 20
European Security in 21st Century IP23620 20
Gender, Conflict and Security IP26720 20
Global Politics and the Refugee Regime IQ25520 20
International Politics and Global Development IP29220 20
International Politics and the Nuclear Age IP20420 20
Knowing about Violent Conflict in International Politics IQ24420 20
Middle Powers in the Global Political Economy IQ27120 20
Nationalism in Theory and Practice IP29920 20
People and Power: Understanding Comparative Politics Today IQ23920 20
Race in Global Politics IQ20020 20
Refugee Simulation IQ25620 20
Russian Security in the 21st Century IP21820 20
Strategy, Intelligence and Security in International Politics IQ25120 20
The Arab-Israeli Wars IP21320 20
The British Army's Image in Battle, from the Crimean to the Present IQ20920 20
The Governance of Climate Change: Simulation Module IP22320 20
The Long Shadow of the Second World War IP22720 20
The Past and Present US Intelligence IP26020 20
The Politics and Paradoxes of International Organisations IQ26020 20
UK Politics Today: A Union Under Strain? IQ23820 20
Warfare after Waterloo: Military History 1815-1918 IP25320 20
Women and Global Development IP29620 20

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh


Both Aberystwyth Business School and the Department of International Politics offer students many opportunities to engage with employers and to undertake relevant paid or unpaid work experience during the duration of the course.

The Department of International Politics also runs the following initiatives for all students:

  1. Parliamentary Placement Scheme - enables 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.
  2. 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. Stimulating student societies foster a strong sense of community within the department, offering a programme of political debates, visiting speakers, conferences and workshops, alongside numerous social activities such as an annual ball.

Upon completion of the Economics and International Relations degree, you will be equipped with the following skills:

  • an understanding of organisational behaviour and structure
  • improved numeracy skills and the ability to research, interpret and use business and financial data
  • a deep understanding of the causes and effects of economic and other external changes
  • the ability to communicate clearly in a written and spoken form
  • effective problem solving
  • analytical and creative thinking skills
  • decision-making
  • the ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • time-Management and organisational skills
  • self-motivation and self-reliance.

Teaching & Learning

In the first year you may discover:

  • economic principles
  • economic mathematics and statistics
  • political theory & key political ideas
  • the different methodologies to analyse topical issues in international and domestic politics
  • a range of perspectives and approaches to the study of international politics
  • contemporary political problems and how they are portrayed
  • key issues facing the Social World
  • the development and progress of international relations during the twentieth century.

You will also choose from a selection of elective modules (including statistics for economists, managing finance and an introduction to management).

In the second and third years you may explore:

  • policy implications of economic theory
  • economic interpretation
  • an introduction to econometrics
  • macroeconomic behaviour and systems
  • development economics
  • political theories
  • a range of national and regional politics, such as British Politics, Politics in Russia, the EU
  • issues such as nationalism, devolution, global inequality, and multiculturalism
  • a dissertation to demonstrate your substantive knowledge in your chosen subject area (compulsory in certain modules)
  • the core understanding of microeconomics and macroeconomics
  • investment and Financial Instruments
  • taxation
  • the development of Economics
  • Economics of labour and industrial relations
  • international trade and trade policy.

How will I be taught?

  • You will be taught through lectures, seminars and tutorials of which are in small groups. You will be required on some modules to deliver presentations, work effectively as part of a group and undertake any essays that are required from you.
  • Aberystwyth University, all our modules are placed online for you to study further in the comfort of your room. We also have a wealth of printed texts which are available in our library and the National Library of Wales.

The course is assessed by:

  • examinations
  • essays
  • projects
  • presentations
  • dissertation (certain modules).

You will be allocated a personal tutor for the duration of your degree at Aberystwyth University.

Typical Entry Requirements

UCAS Tariff 120 - 96

A Levels BBB-CCC

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

BTEC National Diploma:

International Baccalaureate:

European Baccalaureate:
75%-65% overall

English Language Requirements:
See our Undergraduate English Language Requirements for this course. Pre-sessional English Programmes are also available for students who do not meet our English Language Requirements.

Country Specific Entry Requirements:
International students whose qualification is not listed on this page, can check our Country Specific Entry Requirements for further information.

The University welcomes undergraduate applications from students studying the Access to Higher Education Diploma or T-level qualifications, provided that relevant subject content and learning outcomes are met. We are not able to accept Access to Higher Education Diplomas or T-levels as a general qualification for every undergraduate degree course.
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 would like to check the eligibility of your qualifications before submitting an application, please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office for advice and guidance.

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