BA (Hons) Economics and Politics

University of Sussex Business School
3 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
September 2023

About this program

BA (Hons) Economics and Politics

Gain the tools to explore important issues, such as big business, government, and the regulation of monopolies.At Sussex, you will join a politically-engaged community, examining how economics operates within a political framework and learning from experts who directly influence global economic policy.

You'll learn about the principles and practical applications of economics, and explore the theme of power and where power lies in the UK and internationally.You'll develop your knowledge by studying topics like trade and risk, governance, and different politics and power structures across the world.To help you gain quantitative and research skills, you’ll study mathematics and statistics, and learn how to carry out research in political science. You'll also receive training in econometrics, to extend your knowledge of statistical techniques.

You choose from a range of options; such as environmental economics, education, labour, political corruption and inequality, immigration and foreign policy, political parties, populism and Euroscepticism.You also benefitfrom having an Academic Success Adviser who can help you with academic study skills including critical thinking, presenting, academic writing and note-making.There is also the chance to broaden your experience further with an option to study abroad or apply for a professional placement year.

Admission requirements

UK requirements

Typical A-level offer: ABB-BBB

Contextual A-level offer: BBC-BCC

GCSEs; You must have GCSE (or equivalent) Mathematics, with at least grade 6 (or grade B). We will also consider applicants with grade 5 in Maths if you are taking A-level Accounting, Business, Chemistry, Economics, Maths, Physics, Psychology, an LIBF Diploma in Financial Studies or Level 3 Certificate in Core Maths (grade B). AAT accounting qualifications can be used as an alternative to the grade 6 GCSE Maths requirement. You should also have a broad range of GCSEs grade 9-4 (A*-C), including good grades in relevant subjects.

Extended Project Qualification: We take the EPQ into account when considering your application and it can be useful in the summer when your results are released if you have narrowly missed the conditions of your offer. We do not routinely include the EPQ in the conditions of your offer but we sometimes offer alternative conditions that include the EPQ

International requirements

International Baccalaureate

Typical offer 30 -32 points overall from the full IB Diploma.

European Baccalaureate

Typical offer Overall result of at least 75% to 77%.

Additional requirements

You must have a good level of Mathematics.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic)

6.0 overall, including at least5.5 in each component

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

Does this course require proof of English proficiency?

The TOEFL iBT® test is accepted by 11,500 universities and higher education institutions in over 160 countries. Book your test today!

Learn more Advertisement

Program content

Year 1

Autumn teaching

  • British Political History
  • Explanatory Concepts in Political Science
  • Introduction to Economics
  • Introduction to Mathematics for Finance and Economics

Spring teaching

  • Foundations of Politics
  • Macroeconomics 1
  • Microeconomics 1
  • Research Skills and Methods in Political Science

Year 2

Autumn teaching

  • European Politics
  • Macroeconomics 2
  • Microeconomics 2
  • Modern Political Thought

Spring teaching

  • Introduction to Statistics

Year 3

Autumn teaching

  • Climate Change Economics
  • Death of Socialism?
  • Economics of European Integration
  • Economics of Public Policy
  • Experimental Economics: Markets, Games And Strategic Behaviour
  • Financial Econometrics
  • Industrial Dynamics
  • International Trade
  • Introduction to Econometrics (level 5)
  • Labour Economics
  • Monetary Theory and Policy
  • Political Change: Contemporary France
  • Political Change: Eastern Europe in Transition
  • Political Change: Global Crisis and European Political Economy
  • Political Change: India
  • Political Change: Political Parties and Party Systems
  • Political Change: Politics and International Business
  • Political Change: The European Union as a Global Actor
  • Political Change: the Politics of Brexit
  • Political Change: The Rise of Anti-politics
  • Topics in Growth and Inequality

Spring teaching

  • Behavioural Economics
  • Democracy and Inequality
  • Economics of Crime
  • Economics of Education
  • Economics of Sports
  • Feminism and Women's Political Activism in Britain
  • Financial Economics
  • Governing Technology
  • Independent Study/Internship Option
  • Parties and Voters in the UK
  • Political Corruption
  • Statistics Project
  • The British Economy in the Twentieth Century
  • The Economics of Development
  • The Politics of Feeling

Scholarships & funding

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


Please visit the university website for more information about tuition fees



  • Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) for the purpose of exemption from some professional examinations through the Accredited degree accelerated route.

Career paths

You'll develop communication, analytical and numeracy skills with an Economics and Politics degree. These skills mean you could go into graduate jobs at organisations such as the Civil Service and government, banks, consultancies, insurance and accounting firms, think tanks, non-governmental organisations and political parties.

You'll also benefit from extensive career support including mentoring by employers and alumni, networking, guest lectures, events and workshops.You can meet and hear from graduate employers and former Sussex students, find out more about graduate schemes and get help with preparing for selection tests and assessment centres.

There are also several societies you can join, including one run by Economics students, which welcomes guest lecturers and brings together students from Economics courses, as well as those from other courses who share an interest in economics.

Message the school

Want to know more about this program, BA (Hons) Economics and Politics? Fill out the following form and include any questions you have. This information will be sent directly to the school, and a representative will respond to your enquiry.
Currently living in *
Nationality *

About this institute

University of Sussex Business School

At the University of Sussex Business School, we seek to address some of the key challenges facing the modern world, from climate change to the evolving world of work. The current range and quality of our expertise places us at...

Read more about this school
Message the school

Want to know more about BA (Hons) Economics and Politics? Fill out the following form and we'll pass your details on to a representative from the school, who will respond to your enquiry.


Be the first to write a review!