BSc Politics with Business

University of Essex
3-4 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
October 2023

About this program

BSc Politics with Business

The BSc Politics with Business will allow you to develop a strong quantitative analytic toolkit, and to bring this perspective to study a wide variety of political phenomena, including source of power, democratic representation and distributional justice, the political underpinnings of economic development in countries of the Global South, to international phenomena such as migration, trade, conflict. You will also acquire the skills to manage organizations and gain an understanding in how business works in an increasingly complex world.

Our BSc Politics with Business provides you with leading analytic and quantitative skills increasingly thought in a data-driven word. Drawing on these skills will allow you to make sense of motives and actions of a wide range of political actors, such as social movements, political parties, governments, and non-government organizations. At the same time, management training gives you the tools to translate insights into organisational practice.

Areas that you can expect to explore include, but are not limited to:

  • Statistical methods of social data analysis.
  • Concepts in political science: state, laws, wars and political parties
  • International relations
  • Democratic systems and political power
  • Human Resource Management
  • Organisations

Admission requirements

Clearing entry requirements

Specific entry requirements for this course in Clearing are not published here but for most of our degree courses you will need to hold a Level 3 qualification. If you are interested in applying and have already received your results, use our Clearing application form to apply for 2022 entry and find out if you are eligible. You will be asked to provide details of your qualifications and grades.

English language requirements

English language requirements for applicants whose first language is not English: IELTS 6.0 overall. Different requirements apply for second year entry, and specified component grades are also required for applicants who require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK.

Other English language qualifications may be acceptable so please contact us for further details. If we accept the English component of an international qualification then it will be included in the information given about the academic levels listed above. Please note that date restrictions may apply to some English language qualifications

If you are an international student requiring a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK please see our immigration webpages for the latest Home Office guidance on English language qualifications.

If you do not meet our IELTS requirements then you may be able to complete a pre-sessional English pathway that enables you to start your course without retaking IELTS.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Year 1

  • Introduction to Politics
  • Introduction to Management
  • Introduction to Marketing
  • Thinking Like a Social Scientist
  • Career Portfolio
  • Doing Political Research

Year 2

  • Quantitative Political Analysis
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Business Strategy
  • Career Portfolio
  • Issues in Politics: Final Year Project preparation

Final Year

  • Strategic Human Resource Management
  • Business Ethics
  • Advanced Quantitative Political Analysis
  • Career Portfolio

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

Program delivery

BSc Politics with Business: 3 years

BSc Politics with Business (Including Year Abroad): 4 years

BSc Politics with Business (Including Placement Year): 4 years

  • Teaching is arranged to allow a lot of freedom in how you organise your learning experience
  • Lab sessions allow you to improve your technical research skills
  • Opportunities to gain work experience on placements and internships


  • Home/UK fee: £9,250
  • International fee: £18,600

Career paths

All Essex, politics graduates have the distinction of a qualification from one of the world’s leading politics departments.

Our students are in demand from a host of employers, in politics, the civil service fast stream, management, journalism, police, armed forces, commerce, business, finance, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), teaching and graduate research.

About this institute

University of Essex

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Contact info

University of Essex

Wivenhoe Park
CO4 3SQ Colchester

Phone no: +44 (0) 1206 873333


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