Studying Economics, Politics and International Relations at Royal Holloway means that you will learn from internationally renowned experts at two of the UK’s top ten teaching and research centres. This joint degree combines the core programme of the Economics degree with foundation and option courses offered by Politics and International Relations. These disciplines have many natural affinities between them, and their synergies lend themselves well to students who are interested in pursuing careers in various policy fields as well as in the areas of politics/international relations and economics generally, in both the public and private sectors. This combined with the broad spectrum of transferable skills gained will lead to excellent career prospects.
This course coves a complete education in the theories and methods of economics, with a strong focus on analytical methods. You will develop skills in mathematics and statistics and learn to tackle economic problems; cover political ideas and processes in countries throughout the world and the global system which will allow you to examine issues fundamental to our times. The curriculum is advanced and reflects the most recent research in both disciplines. By electing to spend a year in business you will also be able to integrate theory and practice.
Our balanced approach to research and teaching guarantees high quality teaching from subject leaders, cutting edge materials and intellectually challenging debates. Our courses follow a coherent and developmental structure which we combined with an effective and flexible approach to study.
- Excellent career prospects; both economics and politics and international relations have has an impressive employment record and graduates’ starting salaries are amongst the highest in the country.
- Competitive edge in the graduate job market having gained real business experience on your work placement.
- Flexibility to specialise in areas, including: financial crises, economics of life, economics history as well both traditional areas of political science – including institutional politics within states – and new areas of inquiry – such as the role of new media in politics.
- Quality research and teaching;one of only two Economics departments in the country placed in the top ten for both research and student satisfaction and our Politics & International Relations department is 10th in the UK for research intensity and has over 91% overall student satisfaction (Research Assessment Exercise, 2014 and National Student Survey 2015).
The core modules in Economics are:
Principles of Economics
Quanitative Methods of Economics
The core modules in Politics are:
Introduction to Politics and Government
This module will introduce you to the academic study of politics and to the ‘real world’ of contemporary politics. As a foundational course, it will give you all the essential tools to understand the nature of politics and analyse the way different political systems work. You will be introduced to key concepts such as politics, power, rights, ideologies, democracy and representation, and will learn about the different actors, institutions and processes that make up politics today.
Introduction to International Relations
This module offers a broad introduction to theory and history in international relations since 1870. You will look at a variety of different theoretical lenses, ranging from orthodox to critical perspectives, in order to understand events from the collapse of the Bismarckian European order and the origins of World War 1 to the contemporary War on Terror. Along the way you will also explore the origins and the end of the Cold War, decolonisation and the End of Empire, the rise of international institutions, humanitarian intervention and new security issues.
The core modules in Economics are:
This year will be spent on a work placement. You will be supported by the Placements Office and the Royal Holloway Careers and Employability Service to find a suitable placement. However, Royal Holloway cannot guarantee that all students who are accepted onto this degree programme will secure a placement, and the ultimate responsibility lies with yourself. This year forms an integral part of the degree programme and you will be asked to complete assessed work. The mark for this work will count towards your final degree classification.
All modules are optional
In addition to these mandatory course units there are a number of optional course units available during your degree studies. The following is a selection of optional course units that are likely to be available. Please note that although the College will keep changes to a minimum, new units may be offered or existing units may be withdrawn, for example, in response to a change in staff. Applicants will be informed if any significant changes need to be made.
Only core modules are taken
Optional modules in Politics include:
European Union - Politics and Theory
Comparative European Politics and Institutions
International Relations Theory
Introduction to Global Studies
Democracy in Britain
Contemporary Political Theory
International Political Economy
The Politics of Migration and Ethnicity
Empire and Decolonisation
War and Security in World Politics
Modern Political Thought
The Politics of Human Rights
Introduction to Political Communication
Optional modules in Economics include:
Industrial Economics 1
Industrial Economics 2
Financial Economics 1
Financial Economics 2
Understanding Financial Crises
Topics in Game Theory
Advanced Economic Theory
Topics in Public Economics
International Economic History
Topics in Developmental Economics
Advanced Topics in Game Theory
Economics of Inequality
Optional modules in Politics include:
Public Policy and Foreign Policy in the European Union
The Politics of the Internet and the Information Society
The Politics of Modern Germany
Radical Political Theory
The British in India - a Social and Political History
The Politics of Toleration
Social Justice - From Theory to Practice
Contemporary Middle East Politics
Comparative Democracy and Elections
US Foreign Policy
Issues in Democratic Theory
Advanced Readings in Global Studies
Comparative Foreign Policy
The Making of Modern South Asia
Gendered Communities - Women and Nationalism in the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia
Advanced Seminar in British Politics
Transational Security Studies
Resistance to Global Governance
The Politics of Africa
Defence in the Post-Cold War World
Thinking Security - The Theory, Politics and Practice of Security
War and its Aftermath
Chinese Foreign and Security Policy
Statecraft and Diplomacy
Terrorism and Counterterrorism
Understanding China's Rise
Conflict and Law
Teaching is mostly by means of lectures and seminars, the latter providing a forum for students to work through problem sets and applications in a smaller and more interactive setting. Outside of scheduled teaching sessions, students work independently, or collaboratively, researching, reading and preparing for seminars.
Assessment is usually carried out by end of year examinations as well as class tests and assignments. Final year students can choose to complete an extended essay, which offers students the chance to conduct an original piece of research.
The results of the first year examinations qualify students for entry to the second year but do not contribute to the final degree award. The second and final year results do contribute to the final degree result, with the final year work counting for a larger proportion of the result.
How we assess your application: predicted grades lower than our typical offers are considered. Read more about what we look for here
Where an applicant is taking the EPQ alongside A-levels, the EPQ will be taken into consideration and result in lower A-level grades being required.
Socio-economic factors which may have impacted an applicant's education will be taken into consideration and alternative offers may be made to these applicants.
Applicants can be either taking Maths, Biology, Chemistry or Physics at A-level, or have a GCSE Maths grade A or 7 to meet the Maths requirement for this programme.
At least five GCSEs at grade A*-C or 9 - 4 including English and Mathematics.
Other UK Qualifications
6,5,5 at Higher Level subjects with a minimum of 32 points overall.including either 4 in HL Maths, 5 in SL Maths or 6 in SL Maths Methods. Maths Studies is not accepted.
|BTEC Extended Diploma
Distinction* Distinction* Distinction in a relevant subject plus grade A or 7 in GCSE Maths
|BTEC National Extended Diploma
Distinction Distinction in a relevant subject plus an A-level grade A plus GCSE Maths grade A or 7
|BTEC National Extended Certificate
Distinction plus A-level grades AB plus grade A or 7 in GCSE Maths
Requirements are as for A-levels where one non-subject-specified A-level can be replaced by the same grade in the Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate
|Scottish Advanced Highers
AAABB including Maths
|Irish Leaving Certificate
H2,H2,H3,H3,H3 including Maths
|Access to Higher Education Diploma
Pass in a relevant subject with at least 24 level 3 credits at Distinction and the remaining level 3 credits at Merit plus GCSE Maths grade A or 7. Please note that the Access to Higher Education Diploma will only be acceptable if the applicant has had a considerable break from education
Other UK qualifications
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International and EU entry requirements
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IELTS 6.5 overall with 6.0 in both Reading and Writing and no lower than 5.5 in every other subscore. For equivalencies please see here.
For more information about entry requirements for your country please visit our International pages. For international students who do not meet the direct entry requirements, we offer an International Foundation Year, run by Study Group at the Royal Holloway International Study Centre. Upon successful completion, students can progress on to selected undergraduate degree programmes at Royal Holloway, University of London.
An Economics, Politics and International Relations degree at Royal Holloway will equip you with an enviable range of transferable skills which combined with the knowledge gained, will make you highly employable. It can lead to a broad range of careers in both the private and public sectors and also for professional training in areas such as law, accountancy and management.
We will help students to recognise their own strengths, skills and abilities so that they can make strong applications for their chosen job or further study.
- Our graduates are highly employable; 9)% of graduates achieved either full time employment or further study within six months
- Politics and International Relations are ranked in the top ten UK university Politics departments for career prospects.
- In recent years, graduates entered many different roles in the Civil Service, accountancy, investment banking, management, journalism, broadcasting, computing, higher education, teaching, and politics and diplomacy themselves.
Our outstanding record of success for work and further study puts Royal Holloway in the top 10 for graduate career prospects (Complete University Guide, 2015). It goes to show that our degree programmes not only promote academic achievement but also the means to hone the life-skills necessary to excel, post-graduation.
Choosing to include a politics based degree into your studies at Royal Holloway provides you with a wide range of important transferable skills, enabling you to approach problems in a rigorous, analytical and critical way and to communicate clearly and concisely in both speech and writing. Our graduates leave us with skills and knowledge that not only makes them attractive to employers in a broad spectrum of careers, but prepares them for further advanced study and research.
Many of our graduates also go on to further study, entering postgraduate programmes both at Royal Holloway and at other prestigious institutions around the world. In fact, six-months after graduation, 90% of our most recent graduates are enhancing their skills with further study or forging careers in companies and institutions such as:
- The Church of England
- The Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative
- The Conservative Party
- Ernst & Young
- The European Commission
- Global Capital
- HM Treasury
- The Henry Jackson Society
- House of Commons
- Ipsos MORI
- The Labour Party
- NATO Headquarters
- Oxford Business Group
- Proctor & Gamble
- Save the Children
Home and EU students tuition fee per year*: £9,250
International students tuition fee per year**: £16,500
The fee for the Year in Industry will be 20% of the tuition fee for that academic year.
Other essential costs***: Costs incurred by students while on their Year in Industry will vary depending on the nature and location of the placement. For further information please contact the Department of Economics.
How do I pay for it? Find out more about funding options, including loans, grants, scholarships and bursaries.
*Tuition fees for UK and EU nationals starting a degree in the academic year 2017/18 will be £9,250 for that year, and is shown for reference purposes only. The tuition fee for UK and EU undergraduates starting their degrees in 2018 is controlled by Government regulations, and details are not yet known. The UK Government has also announced that EU students starting an undergraduate degree in 2018/19 will pay the same level of fee as a UK student for the duration of their degree.
**Fees for international students may increase year-on-year in line with the rate of inflation. Royal Holloway's policy is that any increases in fees will not exceed 5% for continuing students. For further information see fees and funding and our terms & conditions.
***These estimated costs relate to studying this particular degree programme at Royal Holloway. Costs, such as accommodation, food, books and other learning materials and printing etc., have not been included.