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Course summary

A Combined Honours degree at Chester gives you the opportunity to study two subjects. You will spend a fairly even amount of time studying each subject area, with possible opportunities to declare a major – minor towards the end of your studies. Economics This course reinforces the vision of economics as a major social science that influences others, and considers the different contexts and fields that it is related to. Economics is about resource allocation within and between societies, but it is also a study of how our decisions, and the institutional contexts in which we make those decisions, impact our success in achieving our wants and addressing our needs. We ask important questions, such as how can we develop policies that protect the environment and ensure economic development? On this course, you will learn to understand, interpret and develop policies for individuals, firms, governments, and global economies. You will learn to participate in current economic and policy debates. If your mind is curious and you enjoy gaining rich and varied perspectives, then a degree with us is perfect for you as we have our home in a versatile and multidisciplinary department. Obtain new perspectives from experts in economics and our neighbouring courses such as politics, international relations, sociology and criminology. Develop increased confidence in your quantitative skills, even if mathematics makes you nervous. Gain a firm grounding in core economic theories and concepts, and develop the ability to see how theory is relevant to the real world. You will also develop the ability to make sense of data using various data analysis tools and programmes, and gain confidence in your employability profile through our placement and study abroad opportunities. International Relations International Relations is approached through diverse world lenses which explore and critique significant and urgent global issues and their responses today. The breadth and depth of this course, coupled with the international research and teaching expertise of staff, provides students with a strong foundation in international relations from multiple world perspectives. Students will be introduced to real world examples, and theoretical and practical approaches to the key issues in international relations today. A unique blend of theoretical and practical skills are gained through the course to enable graduates to contribute to an understanding of the changing nature of the world around us. We offer students the opportunity to realise their full intellectual potential in a safe environment that is conducive to learning and debate. This is an internationally research-informed course that offers students multiple world perspectives on the key global issues affecting the world today. The programme team comprises active researchers and specialists who are committed to providing a transformative and world-informed education that contributes to greater global citizenship. Our passionate International Relations team share a number of research awards and local and international teaching awards.


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Assessment method

For Economics, we use a variety of formative and summative assessments, including in-class tests, individual and group presentations, written reports and essays, online quizzes, computer-based exams or research projects, together with traditional written exams. For International Relations, students are assessed in a variety of different ways. These may include essays, examinations, critical thinking tasks, projects and portfolios.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Applicants must also have GCSE Maths at grade B or grade 5 or above. GCSE grade C in Maths will be acceptable if applicants are studying Core Maths, Economics, or Business at A Level Please note that the Welsh Baccalaureate and A Level General Studies will be recognised in our offer. We will also consider a combination of A Levels and BTECs/OCRs.

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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

Additional fee information

The University may increase these fees at the start of each subsequent year of your course in line with inflation at that time, as measured by the Retail Price Index. These fee levels and increases are subject to any necessary government, and other regulatory, approvals.
Economics and International Relations at University of Chester - UCAS