Politics and Economics at Keele University - UCAS

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Course summary

Have you considered why the weekly shop in so many countries is more expensive than a year ago? Why governments care so much about energy and petrol prices? And whether policy decisions on tax, benefits and pensions really affect us all? Our Politics and Economics BA explores contemporary developments in both the political sphere and the economy, asking fundamental questions about how politics shapes the economy and vice versa. Enhance your subject knowledge through the investigation of political systems and critically review how society allocates resources, policy and power both locally and internationally. Build a foundation of knowledge, developing skills in effective communication, problem-solving and critical thinking, applicable to various advanced careers. Why choose this course?

  • No. 1 in the UK. Britain's best university, as ranked by students (Student Crowd University Awards, 2022)
  • Study alongside innovative companies based in Keele Business School
  • Join a close-knit and supportive academic community that encourages you to discuss, argue and debate political issues with your lecturers and peers, and better appreciate the views of others
  • Enhance your employability prospects with study abroad, entrepreneurship and work placement opportunities
  • Access to industry-leading software such as Bloomberg and STATA
Politics and economics go hand in hand, providing insight into the world around us through the investigation of political economy and the relationships between public policy and finance. You will gain the necessary skills to research and analyse key concepts from both subject areas, obtaining an understanding of politics and economics independently as well as how these two areas inform each other. Politics is at the core of society and shapes the lives that we live. On this programme, you will explore the governmental and institutional decisions that impact society and how it operates. You will engage with questions and debates about justice, conflict and power which will build on your knowledge of people and places, whilst critically evaluating key contemporary issues. You will have the opportunity to investigate how these questions are addressed in different countries and regions across the world. The study of economics will allow you to explore core disciplines such as microeconomics (individual financial decision-making) and macroeconomics (economic performance at a state or global level). You will also have the option to develop your understanding of econometrics, the process of using theory, stats and maths as tools for economic policymaking. You will build an understanding of the different economic decisions made by families, companies and governments, and examine how economic markets function and the impact of fiscal and monetary policies. This includes how consumers and organisations make decisions, and how prices and quantities of goods are established, as well as inspecting living standards and growth, unemployment, inflation, public policies and public finance. About Keele Keele University was established in 1949 by the former Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University. Founded to meet the needs of a changing world, Keele has always had a pioneering vision to be a different kind of university. We excel in both teaching and research, with some of the most satisfied students in England, and research that is changing lives for the better at a regional, national and global level. Our beautiful 600-acre campus is one of the biggest in Britain – but all the most important services and facilities are on your doorstep, with accommodation, teaching spaces, facilities including a medical centre, sports centre and pharmacy, and a range of shops, eateries and entertainment venues – including the Students’ Union – clustered around the centre.


For a list of indicative modules please visit the course page on the Keele University website.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

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Fees and funding

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Additional fee information

Please note, our fees for 2025 entry will be available soon. Although we review our fees annually and these may change, our 2024 entry fees are detailed on our course pages, and a summary is available on our website: keele.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/tuitionfeesandfunding/undergraduatetuitionfees/
Politics and Economics at Keele University - UCAS