Bournemouth University

Degree level: Undergraduate

Politics and Economics (with Foundation Year)

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Course summary

Through studying some of the biggest issues the world is facing today, on this course you’ll examine the significance of global politics and the factors that influence income, wealth and wellbeing. Why study BA (Hons) Politics and Economics at BU?

  • Approach contemporary issues by focusing on the role the media plays in news across the world, reinforcing and challenging who gets what, how, why and where
  • Expand your knowledge and attend conferences and speaker seminars, as well as field trips to places such as Westminster, local government and charities
  • Learn from leading researchers in the fields of politics and political communication
  • Get hands-on experience of elections as political pundits, expert guests or fact-checkers in staff-student run projects and talk shows
  • Study alongside students from around the world at the Salzburg Academy on Media and Global Change; attend expert-led lectures, cultural tours and workshops
  • Network with industry professionals and add valuable experience to your CV through a four-week or optional 30-week placement.
Our BA (Hons) Politics and Economics degree aims to develop critically informed, agile, resourceful and independent graduates who are equipped to enter a range of potential careers. You’ll be career-ready with 88% of graduates from our social sciences courses in employment after 15 months (source DiscoverUni 2021). These could include working in political and financial organisations and institutions (e.g. local government, the civil service, charities, NGOs, think tanks) and media jobs that rely on political and economic knowledge and understanding (e.g. political public relations, marketing, journalism, lobbying). This course includes a foundation year option for UK students who do not meet the entry requirements for the degree course. This additional year of study will give you a grounding in the media & communication skills required for this course, building your confidence, knowledge and skills for further study. After successful completion of the foundation year, you will progress to the full degree.

Course details

Modules

During the Foundation Year, you will study Academic & Professional Practice | Collaborative Communication Project | Understanding Contemporary Britain | Law & Government. As part of the Degree, you will study History of Political Thought | Critical Debates in Contemporary Politics | Political Sociology | Global Governance and International Relations | Researching Politics | Public Opinion & Persuasion | Digital Politics | Political Psychology | Political Journalism | Civil Society and Social Movements | Political Marketing and Campaigning


How to apply

Application codes

Please select a course option – you will then see the application code you need to use to apply for the course.

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements


Unistats information

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71%
Student satisfaction
69%
Employment after 15 months (Most common jobs)
88%
Go onto work and study

The number of student respondents and response rates can be important in interpreting the data. For further information, see the Discover Uni website.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1

Additional fee information

All fees are quoted in pounds sterling and are per year. Your tuition fees will be the same for each year of your course. Fees during your placement year (if applicable): £1850. Visit Bournemouth University's website for full details.
Politics and Economics (with Foundation Year) at Bournemouth University - UCAS