Politics and Economics University of Southampton

Undergraduate

Our BSc Politics and Economics provides a thorough grounding in both politics and economics, with a range of option modules allowing you to select specialist areas to suit your interests.

Politics and economics are intimately interlinked, and it has never been more important to understand these two crucial disciplines together. The BSc Politics and Economics at the University of Southampton will help you gain a deep understanding of the foundations of both subjects, through study of political systems, international relations, democratic politics, political ideas, macro- and microeconomics, statistics and mathematics for economics, and enables you to develop your own interests through optional modules, such as those in international trade and policy, development economics, the politics of the EU, and Chinese politics.

Our BSc degree is designed to develop skills in analytical and critical thinking, as well as highly valued independent research skills. Graduates from this BSc are well placed to pursue careers in national and international political and economic institutions, the civil service, finance and business, and think tanks and advocacy organisations.

  • Qualification

    Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

  • Study mode

    Full-time

  • Location

    Main Site - Highfield Campus

  • Start date

    September 2019

  • Duration

    3 years


Course details

Modules

We teach a range of core modules in politics and economics in Year 1, as well as further compulsory modules in Year 2 and 3 which build on this knowledge foundation. Four modules are studied per semester. There are optional module choices in all three years. The dissertation is compulsory in Year 3, and you decide whether to pursue it in politics or economics, depending on your own interests.
Research methods and statistics modules are taught in Year 1 and Year 2, to deliver the key skills required on this type of programme, to support your research and study in your other modules, and to prepare you for the dissertation in Year 3.
Students pick optional modules from a range which may include those listed below (although specific options may change from year to year). In addition to this, our Curriculum Innovation Programme offers our students the chance to take optional modules outside their core disciplines. This allows you to personalise your education, to develop new skills and knowledge for your future.


How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January *

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code LL12
Institution code S27
Campus name Main Site - Highfield Campus
Campus code -

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff Not accepted
A level ABB Standard offer: ABB from 3 A levels including either A level Physics Grade B or AS level Mathematics Grade B

Alternative offer: BBB from 3 A levels including A Level Politics and including either A level Physics Grade B or AS level Mathematics Grade B

EPQ offer: BBB from 3 A levels including Grade A in the EPQ and including either A level Physics Grade B or AS level Mathematics Grade B

If studying A Level Biology, Chemistry or Physics a Pass in the practical science assessment is additionally required.

Please note, General Studies, Critical Thinking and Use of Mathematics are not accepted for this course.

The University of Southampton values the Extended Project Qualification. Applicants taking the EPQ in addition to three A Levels may also be made an alternative offer one grade below the standard offer, conditional on an A grade in the EPQ.
Access to HE Diploma D: 30 credits
M: 15 credits
Standard offer: 60 credits with a minimum of 45 credits at Level 3 of which 30 credits must be at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit including AS Level Mathematics Grade B or A Level Physics Grade B
Scottish Higher We normally consider applicants who offer at least 1 Advanced Higher. Applicants presenting with only Highers will be considered on a case by case basis. Where Highers are taken over two years it might be expected that higher grades are achieved, particularly in any specific subjects required. (For example - S5 – S6 (2 years) - AABBB (A in specific subject) or S6 (1 year) - ABBBB (A in specific subject)

Please see the University of Southampton’s Curriculum for Excellence Scotland Statement for further information. Applicants are advised to contact the Faculty of Social, Human and Mathematical Sciences Admissions Office at ugapply.fshms@southampton.ac.uk for more information.
Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal D3, M2, M2 Standard offer: D3, M2, M2 including Mathematics

Cambridge Pre-U's can be used in combination with other qualifications such as A Levels to achieve the equivalent of the typical offer, where D3 can be used in lieu of A Level grade A or grade M2 can be used in lieu of A Level grade B.
Extended Project A The University of Southampton values the Extended Project Qualification. Applicants taking the EPQ in addition to three A levels, may also be made an alternative offer one grade below the standard offer, conditional on an A grade in the EPQ. For more information on the University of Southampton’s EPQ Admissions Policy, please see our EPQ Admissions Policy webpage.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 32 points Standard offer: Pass, with overall score of 32 points, with 16 points required at higher level including 5 points from Standard Level Mathematics or 4 points from Higher Level Mathematics.

Please note Maths Studies is not accepted for this course.
Scottish Advanced Higher Offers will be based on exams being taken at the end of S6. Subjects taken and qualifications achieved in S5 will be reviewed. Careful consideration will be given to an individual’s academic achievement, taking in to account the context and circumstances of their pre-university education.

Please see the University of Southampton’s Curriculum for Excellence Scotland Statement for further information. Applicants are advised to contact the Faculty of Social, Human and Mathematical Sciences Admissions Office at ugapply.fshms@southampton.ac.uk for more information.

Unless a more advanced level (Higher or Advanced Higher) is specified in the stated entry requirements, all applicants will be required to have achieved a pass in Mathematics and English at Standard Grade, Grade 3 or National 5, Grade C, the equivalent of GCSE Grade C/ Grade 4
Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015) Standard offer: AB from 2 A levels and B from the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate including either A level Physics Grade B or AS level Mathematics Grade B

Alternative offer: BB from 2 A levels (including Politics) and B from the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate including either A level Physics Grade B or AS level Mathematics Grade B

If studying A Level Biology, Chemistry or Physics a Pass in the practical science assessment is additionally required.

Please note, General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted for this course.

GCSEs: The University of Southampton requires all applicants to achieve at least a Grade 4 in English and Mathematics GCSEs (taken in England) or a Grade C in both subjects (where taken in Northern Ireland or Wales).

English Language proficiency for international students: All programmes at the University of Southampton are taught and assessed in the medium of English (other than those in modern foreign languages). Therefore, all applicants must demonstrate they possess at least a minimum standard of English language proficiency. For more information on the University of Southampton’s English Language entry requirements, please see the English Language Proficiency webpage.

Contextual admissions: The University of Southampton is committed to widening participation and ensuring that all students with the potential to succeed, regardless of their background, are encouraged to apply to study with us. For more information on the University of Southampton’s Contextual Admissions Policy, please see our contextual admissions webpage.


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,250 Year 1
EU £9,250 Year 1
International £16,536 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

Additional fee information

Please note that the Fees shown are those charged for entry in September 2019. Fees for entry in September 2020 will be available at the end of August 2019. Please see our website for further details and updates : https://www.southampton.ac.uk/uni-life/fees-funding/ug-fees-funding/ug-fees/ug-fees-table.page