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Economics and Politics University of Manchester Degree level: Undergraduate

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  • Are you interested in the relationship between economics and the wider political world?

  • Would you like a course with flexibility and choice?

  • Do you want a degree that gives you transferable skills that will prepare you for employment or further study?

  • Would you like a chance to study abroad for a semester?

The Economics and Politics pathway of the BA (Hons) Economic and Social Studies programme - or BA (Econ) for short - is a long-established and popular degree.

As part of the BA (Econ) you will be able to combine economics with a range of other social science courses such as politics or sociology.

Taught by experts from the largest Economics department in the UK, you'll benefit from their research-led teaching and have a wide range of course units to choose from depending on your interests, from econometrics and operational research to development and microeconomics.

Above all you will learn about what drives economic systems and acquire the skills to model and quantify these systems - skills that are particularly relevant for professional economist, but are also keenly sought by a wide range of employers.

The politics units that you choose will be structured around three core themes, Comparative Politics, International Politics and Political Theory. The Politics department is one of the largest groupings in the UK. It's this scale that allows us to provide such a wide range of courses for this BASS pathway.

Economics (L100), Economics & Politics (LL12), Economics & Sociology (LL13), Economics & Philosophy (LV15) and Development Studies (L900) all share a common first year. After your first year you can apply to switch to a different pathway.

Please only apply for one of these courses to start with.

Special Features

The BA (Econ) has an award-winning (2015) Peer Mentoring Scheme that helps you to find your feet both academically and socially.

A Chair in Political Economy was founded at the University in 1854, making it one of the oldest centres for the study of economics in the UK. Since then many famous names in economics have worked here, including three Nobel prize-winners.

The BA (Hons) Economic and Social Studies features a foundation first year so you don't need to have studied social science subjects before.

The Politics department is one of the largest groupings in the UK. It's this scale that allows us to provide such a wide range of course options.

In REF 2014 (Economics & Econometrics) Manchester Economics was ranked 7th out of 28 Economics departments in terms of research power (Grade Point Average multiplied by FTE). Overall, 75% of our activity was rated as world-leading or internationally excellent (achieving a 4* or 3). This includes:

  • 64.9% of outputs rated 4/3*

  • 90% of impact rated 4*/3*

  • 100% of environment rated 4*/3*

Our Students

  • Economics BA (Econ) students in figures (2018):

  • Students on the course came from 57 countries

  • Their ages ranged from 17 - 36

  • The male / female ratio was 62 : 38

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 M20
Campus name Main Site
Campus code -

This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available

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 AAB We do not accept two A/S Levels grades in place of one A-level.

Applicants must be studying at least one of the following A-level subjects: Accounting, Anthropology, Business Studies, Classics, Economics, English Language/Literature, Further Mathematics, Geography, History, Law, Mathematics, Modern Languages, Philosophy, Politics, Psychology, Religious Studies, Sociology, Use of Mathematics and World Development.

General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted for entry.

Typical Contextual Offer: ABB
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) MMM The School accepts Pearson BTEC Level 3 qualifications for entry as long as it is in a relevant subject and taken alongside A-levels. The A-level you are taking must be included in the list of subjects found in the A-level entry requirements above.

Accepted with Grades MMM in combination with an A-level at Grade A in a different subject area to the diploma.
Access to HE Diploma D: 39 credits
M: 6 credits
We require a QAA-recognised Access to HE Diploma (a minimum of 60 credits overall with at least 45 at Level 3), with merit or distinction in a subject area relevant to the chosen course.

Typical applicant - A mature student returning to education after a number of years.

Typical offer - Pass Access to HE Diploma with 45 level 3 credits (39 Distinctions/6 Merits).

Minimum Grade C or 4 in GCSE/iGCSE English Language and Grade B or 6 in GCSE/iGCSE Mathematics.

Contact: Tom McCunnie, tom.mccunnie@manchester.ac.uk.
Scottish Higher We typically ask for Grades AABBB in Scottish Highers. In addition, we accept Scottish Advanced Highers and Highers in one of the following combinations:

Three Advanced Highers at Grades ABB.

or

Two Advanced Highers at Grades AB, plus two additional Highers at Grades BB.

Applicants taking a different combination of Highers and Advanced Highers should contact socialsciences@manchester.ac.uk for further advice. Applicants not taking English language or Mathematics at Higher level must achieve Grade C in English language and Grade B in Mathematics at SCQF Level 5.
AS AS level results are not considered as part of the standard admissions process at The University of Manchester.
Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal D3, D3, M1 Applicants are expected to achieve D3,D3,M1 in the Cambridge Pre-U. Applicants can either take three Pre-U qualifications or study them in conjunction with A Level subjects.
Extended Project The University recognises the benefits of the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) and the opportunities it provides for applicants to develop independent study and research skills. Although the Extended Project will not be included in the conditions of your offer, we strongly encourage you to provide information about the EPQ in your personal statement and at interview. A number of our academic Schools may also choose to take your performance in the EPQ into account should places be available in August for applicants who narrowly miss the entry grades for their chosen course.
GCSE/National 4/National 5 Applicants must demonstrate a broad general education including acceptable levels of Literacy and Numeracy, equivalent to at least Grade C/4 in GCSE/iGCSE English Language and Grade B/6 in GCSE/iGCSE Mathematics. GCSE/iGCSE English Literature will not be accepted in lieu of GCSE/iGCSE English Language.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 35 points 6,6,5 at Higher level, 35 points overall. Applicants offering Mathematics or Maths Studies at Standard or Higher level must achieve a minimum of Grade 5. Applicants taking English Language A must achieve Grade 4 at Higher or Standard level. Applicants offering English Language B must achieve Grade 5 at Higher level and Grade 6 at Standard level.
OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma DD The School accepts OCR Cambridge Technical (CTEC) Level 3 qualifications for entry as long as it is in a relevant subject and taken alongside A-levels. The A-level you are taking must be included in the list of subjects found in the A-level entry requirements above.

Accepted with Grades DD in combination with an A-level at grade A in a different subject area to the diploma.
OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate D The School accepts OCR Cambridge Technical (CTEC) Level 3 qualifications for entry as long as it is in a relevant subject and taken alongside A-levels. The A-level you are taking must be included in the list of subjects found in the A-level entry requirements above.

Accepted with Grade D in combination with twos A-levels at Grade AA in different subject areas to the diploma.
OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma DMM The School accepts OCR Cambridge Technical (CTEC) Level 3 qualifications for entry as long as it is in a relevant subject and taken alongside A-levels. The A-level you are taking must be included in the list of subjects found in the A-level entry requirements above.

Accepted with Grades DMM in combination with an A-level at Grade A in a different subject area to the diploma.
OCR Cambridge Technical Foundation Diploma The School accepts OCR Cambridge Technical (CTEC) Level 3 qualifications for entry as long as it is in a relevant subject and taken alongside A-levels. The A-level you are taking must be included in the list of subjects found in the A-level entry requirements above.

Accepted with Grade M in combination with twos A-levels at Grade A in different subject areas to the diploma.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DM The School accepts Pearson BTEC Level 3 qualifications for entry as long as it is in a relevant subject and taken alongside A-levels. The A-level you are taking must be included in the list of subjects found in the A-level entry requirements above.

Accepted with Grades DM in combination with an A-level at Grade A in a different subject area to the diploma.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) D The School accepts Pearson BTEC Level 3 qualifications for entry as long as it is in a relevant subject and taken alongside A-levels. The A-level you are taking must be included in the list of subjects found in the A-level entry requirements above.

Accepted with Grade D in combination with twos A-levels at Grade AB in different subject areas to the diploma.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) M The School accepts Pearson BTEC Level 3 qualifications for entry as long as it is in a relevant subject and taken alongside A-levels. The A-level you are taking must be included in the list of subjects found in the A-level entry requirements above.

Accepted with Grade M in combination with twos A-levels at Grade AB in different subject areas to the diploma.
Scottish Advanced Higher We typically ask for Grades AABBB in Scottish Highers. In addition, we accept Scottish Advanced Highers and Highers in one of the following combinations:

Three Advanced Highers at Grades ABB.

or

Two Advanced Highers at Grades AB, plus two additional Highers at Grades BB.

Applicants taking a different combination of Highers and Advanced Highers should contact socialsciences@manchester.ac.uk for further advice. Applicants not taking English language or Mathematics at Higher level must achieve Grade C in English language and Grade B in Mathematics at SCQF Level 5.
Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015) The University welcomes and recognises the value of the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma/Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate and usually requires two A Levels or equivalent to be included within this. We consider the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma/Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate as equivalent to an A-level on a grade-for-grade basis.


English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
IELTS (Academic) 6.5 With no lower than 6.0 in any component.
TOEFL (iBT) 92.0 With minimum of 21 in Listening and Speaking, 22 in Reading and 23 in Speaking.

All applicants are expected to have a minimum of Grade C in GCSE English Language or equivalent. iGCSE English (First Language) - Grade C. iGCSE English (Second Language) Grade B. If you have other English language qualifications and want to find out if they would be acceptable, please e-mail socialsciences@manchester.ac.uk


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,250 Year 1
EU £9,250 Year 1
International £23,500 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

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.

Sponsorship information

The University is committed to supporting students from low-income households through our financial support packages detailed below. Full-time UK students do not need to apply for Manchester’s bursaries separately but should ensure that they consent to share their financial details with the University when making an application to Student Finance England. http://www.manchester.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/student-finance/2019/

Provider information

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Manchester
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Course contact details

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Directorate for the Student Experience

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