Economics and Politics BSc (Hons) 2017-18

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About the course

We are living in an increasingly globalised world where political and economic systems have become inextricably linked. This course allows you to combine the two disciplines, helping you to explore and apply theory and principles to real-world social, political and economic problems.

You'll have the opportunity gain valuable work experience by undertaking a work placement in a political field (including potential placements with elected representatives, charitable organisations and local government) and you'll also have the option to undertake a year long placement as a full-time employee in business.

We'll support you to develop the personal, professional and academic skills needed to prepare you for a future career working in local and central government, management consultancy, education, industry and manufacturing, and many other fields.

Why study Economics and Politics at Huddersfield?

  • We're ranked 4th in the country for politics by The Guardian's University Guide 2016.

  • In the 2015 National Student Survey, Politics studies at Huddersfield received a 100% satisfaction score.

  • Our exchange programme could give you the opportunity to study abroad for a term in Europe, the USA or South East Asia.

  • You'll have the opportunity to experience an extensive programme of extra-curricular activities, potentially including special guest lectures delivered by Members of Parliament and other political figures, student-led debates, politics blogging and the active Student Politics Society.

  • Your second year work placement in a political environment, combined with the option of a full year working in business, means that you'll be helped to prepare to pursue your chosen career following graduation.

UCAS code:

Start date:
18 / 09 / 2017


3 years full-time
4 years inc. placement year

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for this course are normally one of the following:

•  BBB at A Level

•  DDM in BTEC Level 3 Diploma

•  120 UCAS tariff points from a combination of Level 3 qualifications including a grade B in an A Level or a Distinction in BTEC Subsidiary Diploma

•  Pass Access to Higher Education Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits at Merit or above

In addition, you must have GCSE Maths at grade C or above.

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

Please note: UCAS points are based on the new UCAS tariff, introduced for courses starting in 2017/18.


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Places available:


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Course content

In each year, you'll study modules from both disciplines.

The economics modules will help you to develop an understanding of how resources are distributed and used from both a macroeconomic and a microeconomic perspective. This will involve training in statistics and quantitative methods, which are used by economists to analyse policy and international trends.

Through the politics modules you'll undertake in-depth study of political institutions, as well as critical social and political issues at both the national and the global level.

Throughout your course, you'll be supported to develop a range of analytical tools beneficial to your future career prospects.

Read on for details of each core and option module.

Year 1

Core modules:

Introduction to Macroeconomics

You'll explore concepts in macroeconomics that provide the basis for second year study of applied macroeconomics. You'll be supported to develop a basic level of mathematical analysis through application of related macroeconomics concepts, and to apply analytical skills based on macroeconomics theories to understand and explain various macroeconomic phenomena such as unemployment, recession and inflation.

Introduction to Microeconomics

You'll explore economic concepts and theories through a critical consideration of current economic issues, problems and institutions that affect everyday life. You'll have the opportunity to apply economic concepts and theories in a range of contexts to understand individual, household, firm and government decisions, and come to appreciate their value and limitations in explaining real world phenomena.

Introduction to Politics

This module introduces you to conceptual and empirical issues in British and international politics. Through a group presentation (worth 20% of module marks) and coursework (worth 30% of module marks) you will explore evolution and reform in modern British politics, particularly through the lens of theories of the state. You will also be encouraged to explore the ‘global’ as a realm of politics and engage with core debates and analytical frameworks through a final exam (worth 50% of module marks)

Issues in Justice; Ethics and Citizenship

This module introduces you to the key themes in political and ethical theory. You'll explore the core ideas of philosophical greats such as Plato, Aristotle, Hobbes, Kant, Mill and Marx and the key questions that have been at the forefront of great minds over the ages. You'll be assessed through two pieces of coursework, where you will create a YouTube style video (worth 33% of module marks) and an essay (worth 67% of module marks).

Year 2

Core modules:

Intermediate Macroeconomics

This module will advance your understanding of macroeconomics. The module objective is for you to use quantitative techniques and gain an understanding of how these might be useful in theoretical and applied economics, as well as learning something about their limitations. The main purpose of this module is to develop a deeper understanding of modern macroeconomics. It will help develop analysis and policymaking skills as well as enhancing your ability to critically analyse the implications of macroeconomic issues for business and financial decision-making.

Intermediate Microeconomics

This module explores the fundamental concepts and techniques of intermediate microeconomic analysis and should help to prepare you for microeconomic based modules in the final year of your degree. This module provides you with the opportunity to study the application of microeconomic theory to issues and problems such as decision making of individuals, households and firms, strategic behaviours and market failures.

Democracy and Democratisation

This module examines how democracy works in both theory and practice. You'll explore various contrasting models of democracy, plus a number of political and social challenges to democracy through written coursework (worth 35% of module marks). You'll then examine how political researchers have analysed the global spread of democracy, through written coursework (worth 35% of module marks). Both aspects of this module will be assessed through an exam (worth 30% of module marks).

Professional Work Placement Module

This module gives you the opportunity to gain practical work experience within a political environment, which aims to enhance your academic and personal career development. You'll undertake a 15 day (90 hour) placement which will be assessed through two pieces of coursework. Firstly you'll complete an online reflective blog of your experiences (worth 40% of module marks). Secondly you'll produce a written assignment (worth 60% of module marks) based on your experience, which links theory with practice by demonstrating an awareness of how your academic learning and placement were integrated in a chosen policy area.

Option modules:

Choose one from a list which may include-

International Economics

This module will familiarise you with different perspectives on international trade and international finance. You'll cover both ‘old’ and ‘new’ trade theories as well as selected trade policy issues. The objective is to enable you to analyse critically economic issues that result from a country’s interaction with other countries, i.e. trade with other countries, international factor movements, trade and balance of payments imbalances, exchange rate volatility, debts and currency crises.

Economic History

In the first term you will be introduced to British economic history from the Post-World War II period to the 2010s. The key topics addressed are the structure and performance of the British economy, the role of the state in economic development, and also Britain’s changing position in the global economy. In the second term you will learn about the economic and social problems faced by developing countries, especially British Commonwealth countries and discuss possible policy recommendations. Assessment is an individual assignment and an exam.

Year 3 - optional placement year

Final year

Core modules:

Economic Theory and Applications

This module will give you the opportunity to deepen your understanding of economics by analysing issues from an applied economic perspective. It will help support you to develop your understanding of economic theory and consider how economic analysis may assist decision making in society and the limitations of the role of economists. This, in turn, will help you understand recent dilemmas in UK and international economic performance and policy making.

Final Year Project for the Social Sciences

You'll research a topic of your choice in depth, giving you the opportunity to develop your own research interests. Drawing on the area you have chosen to study, you'll engage with issues of project design and research methods. You'll be assessed through two pieces of coursework. Firstly through an oral presentation (worth 10% of module marks) you'll discuss your project proposal. You'll then produce a dissertation (worth 90% of module marks) about your research topic. You’ll receive individual support from a dedicated staff member in supervision sessions, which will include providing feedback on up to 25% of the final draft of the project (if submitted by an agreed date)

Politics option modules:

Choose one from a list which may include-

Humanity 2.0: Living and Participating in the Digital Age

This module will allow you to explore the impact that the digital age has had on society and the possibilities it holds for greater enhancement. It invites you to reflect upon your assumptions about the use of technology in society, and what barriers exist to full citizenship participation within society. You will be assessed in two ways. Firstly you will create a multimedia presentation as coursework to reflect upon the nature of technology in society, and secondly you will write a 3,000 word essay analysing how the citizen should operate within the digital age.

Film and Cinema

This module is a great choice if you have an interest or maybe even a passion for film, and want to explore the ways in which cultural, economic, sociological, and political issues have been represented from the 1960s to the present day. You'll watch specific films and then have a combination of lectures and workshops focused on each one to guide your learning. The module is assessed via coursework, starting with a short review (worth 10% of module marks), progressing to a scene analysis (worth 15% of module marks) and finishing with a written case study (worth 75% of module marks).

Conflict Resolution and Terrorism

Through this module you'll be supported to develop a critical understanding of the ways in which terrorism has been defined. You'll demonstrate this understanding through coursework, involving a written assignment. Debates about legitimacy and political violence will be applied to a number of case studies, allowing you to explore the motivations of different groups who have used violence as a political strategy. This will be assessed through an exam.

The Government and Politics of Europe

You'll examine the history, structure and impact of the European Union (EU) and delve into broader trends in European politics. Through coursework involving an essay (worth 50% of module marks) you'll explore the reasons for European integration and learn about the structure of the EU and the workings of its institutions, including Parliament, Commission and Council of Ministers. You'll also analyse areas of contention in EU politics and assess the impact of the EU on its citizens, domestic member state politics and international affairs. Wider issues such as expansion and the question of democratic accountability will also be considered and assessed through an exam (worth 50% of module marks).

Economics option modules:

Choose one from a list which may include-

Airport Economics Operations and Development

This module provides insight knowledge of airport economics, airport operations and airport management. It features those aspects which have particular relevance and application to those of you who hope to work for airports, airlines and other related sectors. The module is based on theory and practice and shows how to combine theoretical aspects with practical issues in the airport sector. More specifically it seeks to help make you aware of the economic, operational and managerial challenges and problems with regard to airports. CAA regulations will be used as a basis. The module is assessed through a written assignment and an exam.

Business and the Entrepreneur

Entrepreneurship, enterprise and innovation are all key words in contemporary business. This module considers the theory and practice of entrepreneurship in the current world business climate. Together we range from the large corporation to the small business and from the UK to the Far East.


This module introduces you to econometrics which means applied economics and the analysis of large data sets in a range of settings, capturing potentially complex relationships between variables. You'll have the opportunity to gain an understanding of the key methods used in econometric analysis and be able to demonstrate knowledge of the potential problems and solutions to apply in such situations.

Environmental Policy

This module considers the issues relating to Business and the Environment in a European context. It relates to the role of legislation and market forces in the important area of sustainable development. As it is a current issue presentation topics are selected by you bringing in current articles from the press related to environmental issues and we group them into relevant topic areas.

International Business

This module considers the fundamental issue of competitiveness and helps you to consider a strategic perspective on globalisation. You'll explore the benefits of location (such as costs, consumer preferences and technology) and the internationalisation of business through the impact of multinationals and global supply chains. In term 2 you'll focus on international business functions such as marketing and human resources.

Monetary and Financial Framework

This module helps you to develop an advanced understanding of central banking, financial markets and regulatory practice. Theory, policy and practice are explored to keep apace with fast moving and ever changing business environments.

Transport Economics and Policy

This module aims to provide you with the necessary tools and in-depth knowledge that will give you the opportunity to develop a thorough understanding of a wide range of contemporary transport issues. These are analysed and set primarily within a policy and economics context suitable for the level of study. The module builds upon concepts developed in year one and two.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

We review all optional modules each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let students know in good time the options available for them to choose for the following year.

We will only change core modules for a course if it is necessary for us to do so, for example to maintain course accreditation. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before you begin the relevant academic year.

Sometimes we have to make changes to other aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. Again, we will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before the relevant academic year. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.


The course includes a compulsory 90 hour (15 days) work placement in your second year, related to the discipline of politics, where you will have the opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills you have learnt on your course in a work setting. Previous placement providers have included working with elected representatives, charities, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and educational institutions.

If you choose to study the 4 year sandwich course, you will undertake your placement year after your second year. This placement is supported by the Business School and undertaken for the duration of 48 weeks, during which time you will receive two visits from a placement tutor. You will also be allocated a placement mentor from your organisation, who will ease your integration into the organisation and take responsibility for your supervision. The actual content of your placement will vary according to the opportunities available within differing employing organisations.

Career opportunities

90% of graduates from courses in this subject area go on to work and/or further study within six months of graduating

Previous Huddersfield Politics graduates have gone on to roles relating to operations, education, media, human resources, marketing, business development, finance and IT in organisations including West Yorkshire Police, the Department for Work and Pensions, Local Government Association, Microsoft, Kirklees Council and Deloitte.*

*Source: LinkedIn

Teaching and assessment

You will be taught through seminars, group work, lectures, presentations, written reports, case studies and individual tuition.

Assessment will include coursework, practice/ competency based learning and examination.

15% 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.

Feedback (usually written) is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks – unless the submission was made towards the end of the session in which case feedback would be available on request after the formal publication of results. Feedback on exam performance/final coursework is available on request after the publication of results.

Huddersfield is the UK's only university where 100% of the permanent teaching staff are fellows of the Higher Education Academy.*

*Permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching.

How much will it cost me?

In 2017/18, the tuition fee for UK and EU students at the University of Huddersfield 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. Please note that tuition fees for subsequent years of study may rise in line with inflation (RPI-X).

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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