Why study Economics, Politics and International Studies at Warwick?
- This multidisciplinary degree is delivered by The Department of Economics and Politics and International Studies (PAIS), both of which are consistently ranked among the best in the UK.
- Our Department of Economics is ranked second in The Complete University Guide 2016 league table and we are one of the top Economics departments in the world. We are currently ranked in the top 30 in the QS World University Rankings 2015/2016 and in the UK top three by all major national league tables.
- Our research rankings underscore our rapid ascent into the top tier of the discipline’s research engines in the UK. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), Economics was ranked joint second nationally for the percentage of research classified as either ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’.
- Our Department of Politics and International Studies (PAIS) is one of the largest and most highly regarded departments of its kind in the UK, with a global reputation for excellence. PAIS was ranked 3rd in the UK by The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2016, 5th in the The Guardian 2016 league table, 6th in The Complete University Guide 2016, and 46th globally by the QS World University Rankings 2015. We were rated 4th for ‘research intensity’ and ‘research power’ in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) and came 1st in the UK among politics departments for research environment. The department also received an overall student satisfaction rating of 92% in the NSS for 2015.
- PAIS's core modules provide you with a comprehensive disciplinary grounding, while the broad range of options allows you to tailor your programme, perhaps developing an area of specialism in political theory, international security, international political economy or comparative politics.
Professor Robin Naylor
Why study at Warwick
A view from our academics
What will I study?
This challenging multidisciplinary degree combines Economics and political analysis, focusing on national and international themes and issues. It enables you to contextualise economic theory and practice within national and global political structures and behaviour, giving you a rounded perspective of how governments, companies and individuals function in the 21st century.
Following a thorough initial grounding in both subjects, you can choose to specialise in either Economics or Politics and International Studies in your second and third years, continuing with the other subject as a minor. This allows you to maintain a breadth of study while focusing on areas that particularly interest you. The combination of cultural intelligence and the abilities to sift, analyse and articulate information using economic and political perspectives is welcomed by a range of employers. Our graduates find employment in the UK, Europe and internationally within private-sector settings including banking, finance, marketing and insurance, as well as the civil service, other government bodies and non-governmental organisations. Common roles include policy analysts, market analysts and managerial posts.
In your first year you will take five modules, including core economics, quantitative and politics modules, and one full-weight (or two half-weight) optional modules. In your second year you study three core modules and one or two options. The final year is very flexible, with up to six optional modules and one core module, The Making of Economic Policy.
How will I be taught?
You will have an average of 8 to 10 hours of lectures and 3 to 5 hours of seminars per week, plus several short tests, exercises and essays per term. An effective personal tutor system provides individual support to students. The Department is open and welcoming, encouraging one-to-one interaction between our world-leading academics and our students. All our degrees include core modules in economic analysis and quantitative techniques, required modules (which vary with degree course) and optional modules. Great flexibility in the optional modules permits you to either specialise or diversify, also allowing you to select modules outside Economics.
How will I be assessed?
Modules in Economics are typically assessed through a mix of examination and coursework, and almost all of our
students produce a third-year project. In all Economics courses (except Mathematics and Economics, MORSE, MMORSE and Liberal Arts), the first year is a qualifying year; your final degree classification is determined on performance in the second and third years.
What opportunities are there for study abroad?
We support student mobility through study abroad programmes and all students have the opportunity to apply for an intercalated year abroad at one of our partner universities. The Study Abroad Team based in the Office for Global Engagement offers support for these activities, and the Department’s dedicated Study Abroad Co-ordinator can provide more specific information and assistance.
A level A*AA to include A* in GCSE Mathematics.
International Baccalaureate 38 points. To include A* in GCSE Mathematics (or equivalent) or 4 in Higher Level Mathematics or 5 in Standard Level Mathematics or Maths Studies.
Other Qualifications We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more information please visit the international entry requirements page.
Access Courses Access to HE Diploma (QAA-recognised) including appropriate subjects with distinction grades in level 3 units, and grade A in A level Mathematics or equivalent.
Warwick International Foundation Programme (IFP) All students who successfully complete the Warwick IFP and apply to Warwick through UCAS will receive a guaranteed conditional offer for a related undergraduate programme (selected courses only). For full details of standard offers and conditions visit the IFP page.
General Studies/Critical Thinking Offers exclude General Studies and Critical Thinking at A2 or AS level.
Applicants are encouraged to avoid combinations of subjects with significantly overlapping curricula such as Economics and Business Studies. Applicants must have achieved either A* at GCSE (or equivalent) Maths, or include Maths as part of the subject profile offered at AS/A2 Level.
Taking a gap year Applications for deferred entry are welcome.
Interviews We do not typically interview applicants. Offers are made based on your predicted and actual grades, along with your personal statement. Occasionally, some applicants may be interviewed, for example candidates returning to study or those with non-standard qualifications.
Open Days All students who have been offered a place are invited to Departmental Open Days. Find out more about our main University Open Days and other opportunities to visit us.
What modules can I study?
Your first year core modules could include Economics 1; Quantitative Techniques; Introduction to Politics; World Politics and up to 2 optional modules.
Second year core modules may be selected from Economics 2; Economic and Social Statistics or Econometrics 1; Political Theory from Hobbes or Theories of International Relations and up to 2 optional modules.
Your core module in the third year could be The Making of Economic Policy alongside up to 6 optional modules. For Year 2 and Year 3 you choose between either the Economics Major pathway leading to a BSc OR the Politics & International Studies Major pathway leading to a BA.
* This is not an exhaustive list and the modules mentioned above may be subject to change. Please visit the department website for more detailed information.
Where can my course take me?
Some of our recent graduate destinations include: Management Consultant, Ernst and Young; Financial Analyst, Goldman Sachs; Associate Economics Consultant, PriceWaterhouseCoopers; House of Commons, Parliamentary Assistant; British Red Cross, Fundraising Strategy Research Intern.
A level: A*AA to include A* in GCSE Mathematics.
IB: 38 points to include A* in GCSE Mathematics (or equivalent) or 4 in Higher Level Mathematics or 5 in Standard Level Mathematics or Maths Studies.
Degree of Bachelor of Science (BSc)
3 years full time (30 weeks per academic year)
Department of Economics
Location of study
University of Warwick, Coventry
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Other course costs
There may be costs associated with other items or services such as academic texts, course notes, and trips associated with your course. For further information on the typical additional costs you should contact the department administering the course.
This information is applicable for 2017 entry.