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Politics and Economics

University of Reading

Degree level: Undergraduate

Course summary

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Examine the key political and economic issues that dominate the headlines and develop a deep understanding of how they shape the world in which we live. In politics, you will acquire a solid foundation in the fundamental aspects of the subject, including political ideas and democratic processes. Choose from a broad range of specialist, core and optional modules, spanning topics from British government and politics, to European political integration and political thinking. The course is flexible, and encourages you to forge your own pathway by selecting modules that reflect your interests. Gain first-hand experience through work placements, and gain direct insight into political processes and apply your skills and knowledge to real-world scenarios through our Model United Nations, US Foreign Policy and Middle East simulations. You will also have the opportunity to hear from experts from the world of politics and international relations as part of our guest speaker programme, and learn directly from staff who are engaged in cutting-edge research. 80% of our research impact in politics was rated world leading or internationally excellent in the latest Research Excellence Framework (2014), which directly feeds into your learning and, in 2017, we achieved a student satisfaction score of 92% for our teaching in the National Student Survey. In economics, you will explore the relationship between economics and society, and acquire knowledge of both applied and practical issues. Less emphasis is placed on mathematical and statistical content, and instead you will focus on the relevance of these techniques to applied problems. You will still need to learn necessary maths skills in your core modules, but extensive support is available should you need it. You will be able to choose from a wide variety of modules which cover the theoretical aspects of economics, as well as its real-world applications. Depending on your interests, optional modules cover topics including business, policy, economic history and the economics of climate change. You will be taught by staff who are active researchers, with many involved in research that informs policy decisions by governments, major multinational organisations and international agencies like the UN. We are recognised for our high-quality research which feeds directly into your teaching, exposing you to the latest thinking and critical developments in the field. The University is ranked 10th in the UK for our research impact for Business and Management Studies (Times Higher Education Institutions Ranked by Subject, 2014, based on its analysis of REF 2014). This joint degree also gives you the option to select modules from other subject areas including history and international relations. The majority of your learning will occur through small seminar groups, giving you the opportunity to interact directly with staff and contribute your own thoughts and opinions. To embed your knowledge and skills in a real-world environment, you will have the option to complete a two-week work placement as part of the British government and politics module. This may involve working alongside an MP, or with a charity, pressure group, local councillor or media organisation. There is also the option to carry out a longer placement during summer vacations, or through a year in industry. Our specialist placement officer is on hand to provide you with one-to-one support in securing and preparing for a placement. Careers This joint degree will allow you to develop strong analytical and research skills, as well as becoming experienced in delivering presentations and working as part of a group. This makes you suitable for a wide range of careers both within the areas of politics and economics, and further afield. Past students have put their political analysis skills to direct use in the home and European civil services, political research units, think tanks, non-governmental organisations and journalism.

Course details


Sample modules may include: * Introduction to contemporary democracy * Introduction to political ideas * Introductory macroeconomics * Introductory microeconomics * Politics: international relations and strategic studies Check our website for more details of the course structure.

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How to apply

Application deadlines

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15 January

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Course codeLL12
Institution code R12
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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff Not accepted
A level BBB
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DDM
Access to HE Diploma D: 18 credits M: 27 credits
Scottish Higher ABBBB
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 30 points
Extended Project B In recognition of the excellent preparation that the Extended Project Qualification provides to students for University study, we now include achievement in the EPQ as part of a formal offer.  Eligible applicants would receive two offers,  our usual offer plus an alternative offer of a B in the EPQ and one grade lower in their A level subjects
Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal M2, M2, M2
GCSE/National 4/National 5 GCSE Maths B (or 6), English Language or English Literature C (or 4).

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6.5We require a minimum score of 6.5 overall with at least 5.5 in each element of the test (Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing).
TOEFL (iBT)88We require a minimum score of 88 overall with no less than 17 in Listening and Writing, 18 in Reading and 20 in Speaking.
Cambridge English AdvancedBWe require a grade B or 193 overall.
Cambridge English ProficiencyCWe require a grade C or 200 overall.
PTE Academic64We require a minimum score of 64 overall with at least 51 in each element of the test (Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing).
Institution's Own TestTest of English for Educational Purposes (TEEP). We require a minimum score of 6.5 overall with at least 5.5 in each element of the test (Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing).
Trinity ISEMeritWe require a Merit in each element from ISE II. If you take ISE III or ISE IV, we require a Pass in each element.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
International £16890 Year 1

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Politics and Economics at University of Reading - UCAS