University of Huddersfield

Economics and Politics University of Huddersfield Degree level: Undergraduate


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In today’s globalised world, economics and political systems have become increasingly interlinked. This course gives you the chance to study both disciplines together, understanding how the theory relates to what’s going on in the world today, and how it affects the social, political and economic problems that societies are facing.

On this course you’ll study modules from both Politics and Economics. The economics side of things will help you understand how resources are distributed and used from both a macroeconomic and microeconomic perspective. This will involve statistics and assessment tools used by today’s economists to analyse policy and international trends. The politics modules will include topics such as the study of political institutions, as well as the social and political issues that are affecting us nationally and globally.

At Huddersfield, politics isn’t simply a theoretical discipline; it’s a subject where you’re encouraged to get active, take part and make a difference. So we'll provide you with the opportunity to gain work experience by going on a placement in your second year, working in a political setting. You could be working for an elected representative, local government or a charitable organisation.

If you choose to study the four-year sandwich course, you could take a year-long placement as a full-time employee in a business.

During the course we’ll help you develop personal, professional and academic skills that could make all the difference when pursuing your chosen career. Whether you want to work in local or central government, management consultancy, education, industry or manufacturing, it’s all about building up the transferable skills that employers are looking for.

You’ll also benefit from guest lectures delivered by Members of Parliament and other political figures, engage with student-led debates and take part in the active student Politics Society.

Politics in action
Alumni Charlie Rainsford secured a Clearing place on the politics course at The University of Huddersfield and is now working as a parliamentary researcher for shadow pensions minister and Labour MP Jack Dromey. Read ‘How going through Clearing helped Charlie get his dream job in politics’ -

Course details


Year 1
Core modules:
Introduction to Macroeconomics
Introduction to Microeconomics
Introduction to Politics
Issues in Justice; Ethics and Citizenship

Year 2
Core modules:
Intermediate Macroeconomics
Intermediate Microeconomics
Democracy and Democratisation
Professional Work Placement Module
Option modules:

Choose one from a list which may include:
International Economics
Economic History

Year 3 (optional placement year)

Final year
Core modules:

Economic Theory and Applications
Final Year Project for the Social Sciences

Politics option modules
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Humanity 2.0: Living and Participating in the Digital Age
Film and Cinema
Terrorism and Conflict Resolution
The Government and Politics of Europe

Economics option modules
Choose one from a list which may include:
Airport Economics Operations and Development
Business and the Entrepreneur
Environmental Policy
International Business
Monetary and Financial Framework
Transport Economics and Policy
Industrial Economics

Assessment method

Assessment will include coursework, practice/ competency based learning and examination. 18% of the study time on this course is spent in lectures, seminars, tutorials etc. Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.

How to apply

Application deadlines

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15 January

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 120 points from a combination of Level 3 qualifications including a grade B in an A Level or a Distinction in BTEC Subsidiary Diploma or National Extended Certificate.
A level BBB
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DDM
Access to HE Diploma M: 45 credits

In addition you must have GCSE Maths at grade 4 or above, or grade C or above if awarded under the previous GCSE grading scheme.

If your first language is not English, you will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification. The minimum of IELTS 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5, or equivalent will be considered acceptable. If you have alternative qualifications or do not meet the IELTS requirement we also offer a range of Pre-Sessional English Programmes.

Other suitable experience or qualifications will be considered. For further information please see the University's minimum entry requirements.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,250 Year 1
EU £9,250 Year 1
International £14,000 * Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

The full-time undergraduate tuition fee for 19/20 entry will be £9,250. Tuition fees will cover the cost of your study at the University as well as charges for registration, tuition, supervision and examinations. For more information about funding, fees and finance for UK/EU students, including what your tuition fee covers, please see Fees and finance If you are an international student coming to study at the University of Huddersfield, please visit the International Fees and Finance pages for full details of tuition fees and support available Please email the Student Finance Office ( or call 01484 472210 for more information about fees and finance.

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