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Economics and Politics BA (Hons)

University of Leeds

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Course options

  • Qualification

    Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

  • Location

    Main Site

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    3 Years

Course summary

This exciting, interdisciplinary degree allows you to explore the institutions and practices of modern political systems, alongside the institutions, principles and theories of economics. As an Economics and Politics student you’ll gain expertise in data analysis, research, critical thinking and more as you develop an in-depth understanding of the economic factors influencing income, wealth and wellbeing, as well as the ways in which they influence public policy.

In addition to studying mircoeconomics and macroeconomics, you’ll gain a foundation in political theory, international relations, development studies and systems of government. You’ll examine the interrelated nature of Economics and Politics and how the disciplines shape society. We offer a wide range of optional modules which allows you to tailor your degree to pursue topics that excite you, so you can you develop your interests in specialist areas.

On this course you’ll have the opportunity to study abroad, allowing you to develop an international perspective on your subject or undertake a work placement which will give you an insight into working life in a particular organisation or sector linked to your studies.

Throughout the course, you’ll gain a diverse skillset that will be valuable to you as a citizen, as well as in your future career – whatever path you choose to take.


Modules will use a variety of assessment methods. As well as traditional exams, you could also be asked to complete projects based on essays and case studies, policy briefs, group presentations, work logs, research briefs, project proposals or development agency reviews. In your final year you’ll also submit a dissertation.

Career opportunities

Economics and Politics BA combines two challenging subjects to equip you with a wide range of subject knowledge, in addition to skills in data analysis, research, critical thinking, communication and presentations that will serve you well in a variety of careers.

Politics provides a strong base for a career in political research and analysis, research bodies, interest groups, political consultancy, lobbying, the media, the civil service, local and national government, NGOs, charities and international organisations like the UN and World Bank. Economics leaves you equally well-qualified for roles in management, banking, finance, the civil service and administration.

In addition, you’ll have the varied skill set needed for diverse roles in business, HR, law, broadcasting, journalism, marketing and communications or further study and academia.

Application deadline

26 January

Tuition fees

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(international fees)

£ 22,250per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

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University information

University of Leeds

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  • Campus address

    University of Leeds, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds, Leeds, LS2 9JT, England

A global community, the university’s staff and students come from over 170 countries. There will be chances to meet and work with people from across the world.
The university is continually investing in its campus, from new laboratories and lecture theatres to one of the most impressive libraries in the UK.
With a history of welcoming international students for over 100 years, students can be sure of experienced help throughout their time at Leeds.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    12th out of 80 1

    19th out of 86

  • Entry standards

    / Max 233
    167 75%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    86.0 86%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.04 81%


  • Entry standards

    / Max 217
    155 75%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    80.0 80%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.82 76%



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