Politics and Economics BSc (Hons) – 2018 entry

I am very happy with my decision to study Politics and Economics at Surrey. With such great insight into the political world and with the skills of an 'economist', my career prospects are already great from year one!

Why Surrey?

At a time when the economic and political spheres of public life take centre stage in shaping our lives and interact with each other at a fundamental level, our Politics and Economics programme will provide you with the tools and knowledge to better understand the different forms of power shaping the world around us.

Our Economics programmes are ranked top ten in the UK by the Guardian University Guide 2018. 

Programme overview

Our Politics and Economics programme will provide you with a full grounding in core political and economic concepts, theories and methodologies, before allowing you to focus on particular areas of specialisation, from political economy and financial markets through to public policy and international trade.

Your time will be split equally between modules in politics and economics, allowing you draw links between the two in both the theoretical and the applied fields of study.

You will be provided with the knowledge necessary to tackle some of the most pressing questions that confront us today, from the role of markets in civic life to the existence of rationality in decision making.

Programme structure

The structure of our programmes follows clear educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the programme specification documents which include further details such as the learning outcomes. Please be aware that these specifications are applicable to the current academic year.

Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

Year 1 (FHEQ Level 4)

Year 2 (FHEQ Level 5)

Professional Training placement (optional)

Many of our students opt to do a Professional Training placement. These normally begin at the end of the second academic year and finish in time for you to begin the third year of study.

Professional Training placements offer students the opportunity to gain access to the world of work, including meeting employers, developing job search skills and acquiring the employability skills that employers look for. Find out more about Professional Training placements.

Year 3 (FHEQ Level 6)

Teaching

The Department of Politics' excellence in teaching has been recognised with a number of awards and fellowships. The most recent awards include the Vice-Chancellor’s Teaching Excellence Award (Maxine David, 2012) and the Higher Education Academy Nano-Teaching Award (Simon Usherwood, 2012).

The Department has been awarded a number of fellowships through initiatives promoting excellence in Professional Training and enhancing students’ experience through enquiry-rich approaches to develop negotiation-based learning (Simon Usherwood, 2007), to incorporate survey design in teaching political psychology and electoral behaviour (Tereza Capelos, 2008), to develop enquiry-based learning and to establish an enquiry-based learning group (Maxine David and Roberta Guerrina, 2008).

As part of the Teaching with New Technologies (TeNT) scheme – which encourages lecturers to experiment with emerging technology – the Department of Politics has received awards to work with interactive whiteboards (Simon Usherwood, 2007), to use Second Life to collect public opinion data (Tereza Capelos, 2008), to use social networking websites, and to develop a wiki for EU self-study (Roberta Guerrina and Maxine David, 2008).

Finally, we maintain an active involvement with social media as a tool for teaching and learning, and strive to apply innovative teaching methods through interactive learning, direct observation and simulation games. You will benefit from inclusion in and engagement with research projects that our academic staff are currently undertaking.

Assessment

Modules are assessed individually and credits are awarded for the successful completion of each one. Assessment takes place through a combination of examination and/or coursework, practical examinations and reports.

Contact hours

Contact hours can vary across our modules. Full details of the contact hours for each module are available from the University of Surrey's Module Catalogue. See the programme structure section for more information.

Academic support

You are allocated a personal tutor to guide you through the programme and advise on your option choices and future career, helping you to get the most out of your time at Surrey.

Your personal tutor builds a one-to-one relationship with you, offering appropriate advice and support regarding personal or work-related issues, and becoming a first point of reference. In most cases you will have the same personal tutor throughout your degree programme.

You might be faced with any number or type of issues unrelated to your academic work, which nevertheless have repercussions for your academic performance. Our student advisor provides a listening ear, coordinates a response or puts in place a practical programme of action when necessary.

Politics research seminars

The Department of Politics sponsors a regular research seminar series, which meets every two weeks during term-time and brings together academic staff and postgraduate and undergraduate students from the University.

The purpose of the research seminars is to provide a forum for the presentation of cutting-edge research papers and to increase awareness among our students about developments in diverse themes of research in the field today.

We regularly invite high-profile UK and international scholars to present their work, and we encourage discussions with the audience. All members of the University and wider public community are welcome to participate.

Active in outreach

The Department of Politics is engaged in several stimulating outreach projects and opens its doors to students of local schools and colleges.

Regular activities involve:

  • Giving research-related talks to secondary education institutions and neighbouring universities
  • Contributing to the Education Liaison programme
  • Hosting a politics conference for schools
  • AS and A2 revision lectures and a Question Time event, incorporating an essay competition with a prize
  • Organising a Politics Month which includes a number of politics events
  • Launching a survey of British politics and electoral preferences in the wider Surrey community

Global opportunities

We give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities or by completing a Professional Training placement abroad. In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV. To check where you can go, visit our Global Exchanges pages.

It is possible to spend your third year on study exchange with one of our European partner universities. These include:

  • Aarhus University
  • University of Copenhagen
  • University of Maastricht
  • Seoul National University
  • Nanyang Technological University
  • Singapore Management University
  • North Carolina State University
  • Texas Tech
  • Central Florida University
  • Cincinnati University
  • Brock University
  • La Trobe University
  • Monash University

If you choose to study at a European partner, you will be eligible for an Erasmus+ grant.

The advantages of participation in the exchange scheme are numerous. They include exposure to a different culture and the challenges of living in a new country, and the opportunity to learn a new language and experience new teaching practices and approaches to political science/international relations.

These challenges and experiences ensure that you emerge from the year abroad with increased self-confidence and widened employment opportunities that derive from your improved language competencies and communication skills.

You will also acquire a fresh perspective on your subject matter that significantly improves performance in your final year.

Careers and Professional Training 

We are very proud of our track record for graduate employability. One of the main reasons for our graduate employability success is our Professional Training placement programme which is one of the largest in the World, with over 2,300 partner organisations in the UK and overseas. To find out more visit our Careers and Professional Training pages.

All our BSc programmes have the option of a Professional Training placement after your second year. You can either take a politics and economics-related work placement or study politics and economics overseas, or a combination of the two.

In all cases, the placement allows you to apply and develop your understanding, as well as discover new approaches and elements.

The distinguishing feature of our degree programmes is their applied nature. You will be taught how to apply theoretical understandings of politics and international relations to world events and issues. Additionally, we equip students with the skills necessary to find a placement. 

The aim of our Professional Training placement is to provide you with a chance to experience first-hand how politics operates in the ‘real world’, at a voluntary sector organisation, a government or local authority department, an MP or MEP’s office, or an international organisation.

Current and previous providers include:

  • Save the Children
  • IPSOS MORI
  • Cape Town Refugee Centre
  • Transport for London
  • Institute for Cultural Diplomacy (Berlin)
  • Access Madagascar Initiative (Madagascar)
  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • Ecole Bilingue de Haute-Savoie (France)
  • The Shadow Defence Secretary's Office
  • A range of political parties (Conservative, Labour and the Socialist Workers Party)

Graduate prospects

Graduates over the last few years entered employment in companies, organisations and public life such as:

  • Houses of Parliament
  • Deloitte
  • Snapdragon Consulting
  • City Year
  • YMCA
  • International Institute for Strategic Studies
  • Surrey County Council

In addition, many of our graduates have gone on to study for Masters degrees in a range of programmes and countries. We are also proud of our record of alumni who have continued education up to doctoral level and become academic scholars in their own right.

Additional costs

There are no associated costs with with programme.

Optional expenses

Final year students may wish to participate in an optional trip to the Houses of Parliament whilst studying the 'Perspectives on the UK Parliament' module - £30 approx.

2018 Entry requirements

What qualifications do you need?

A-level

Overall: AAA.

Applicants taking an A-level science subject with the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass the practical element.

GCSE or Equivalent: GCSE English Language at Grade C(4) and Mathematics at Grade A (7) (or equivalent). Applicants must have achieved these GCSE grades at the time of making their application.  

Access to HE Diploma

Overall: 45 Level 3 credits at Distinction. 

GCSE or Equivalent: GCSE English Language at Grade C(4) and Mathematics at Grade A (7) (or equivalent).

Applicants must have achieved these GCSE grades at the time of making their application.  

BTEC (QCF Level 3) Extended Diploma

Overall: D*DD. 

GCSE or Equivalent: GCSE English Language at Grade C(4) and Mathematics at Grade A(7) (or equivalent).

Applicants must have achieved these GCSE grades at the time of making their application. 

European Baccalaureate

Overall: 76%.

GCSE or Equivalent: Maths 6 and either English Language (1/2) 6 or English Language (3)7.

International Baccalaureate

Overall: 34. 

GCSE or Equivalent: English HL4/SL4 and either Maths HL4/SL4 or Maths Studies HL4/SL4. 

 

Science Practical Certificate

Applicants taking the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass.

Scottish Highers

Overall: AAAAB.

GCSE or Equivalent: English Language - Scottish National 5 - C Maths - Scottish National 5 - A.

Applicants must have achieved the Scottish national grades at the time of making their application. 

Welsh Baccalaureate

Overall: Pass overall with AAA from a combination of the Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate and two A-levels.

Applicants taking an A-level science subject with the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass the practical element. 

GCSE or Equivalent: English Language at Grade C(4) and Mathematics at Grade A(7) (or equivalent). Applicants must have achieved these GCSE grades at the time of making their application. 

Other international qualifications

If you are an international student and you don’t meet the entry requirements to this degree, we offer the International Foundation Year, run by the Surrey International Study Centre.

Select your country:

Selection process

Offers are normally made in terms of grades.

Suitable candidates will be invited to an Applicant Day. During the visit to the University the candidate can find out more about the programme and meet staff and students.

English language requirements

IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall with 6.0 in each element.

Please note that the University of Surrey offers English language programmes and is also an IELTS Test Centre.

Course Options

Qualification Course Length Professional Training UCAS code KIS code
BSc (Hons) 3 years LL12 View KIS data set
BSc (Hons) 4 years LL13 View KIS data set

Tuition fees

View a complete listing of all ongoing fees for our undergraduate programmes.

The University will assess your fee status. If you are unsure whether you are likely to be considered a home, EU or overseas student for fees purposes, the UKCISA website offers more information.

Professional Training placement fees

Programmes marked with a tick in the table above include a Professional Training placement.

A reduced fee is charged for Professional Training placements.

Fees will not have to be paid up front for those eligible students who decide to take up the Government's loan for higher education fees. The Professional Training placement is a key factor in the high employability rates achieved by students with Surrey degrees.

Bursaries and scholarships

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International students

Experienced staff in our International Student Office are available to help from the moment you consider studying at the University. We offer professional advice on immigration, visa issues, entry qualifications, pre-departure information, employment regulations and international student welfare.

How to apply

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Disclaimer

Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

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