Politics and Economics BA (Hons)

UCAS CodeL202
QualificationBA (Hons)
Duration3 years
Study modeFull-time
Typical offer112 UCAS Tariff points

About this Course

New for September 2019

Politics and economics and complimentary subjects, and our BA degree pulls together existing teaching and research expertise in both these areas. Our course allows students to focus on important issues surrounding the influence of power, governance, sovereignty, conflict, order, mediation, obligation, justice, accountability, legitimacy, security, and decision-making. Students who follow this programme will be introduced to interdisciplinary approaches to the discussions of theoretical, philosophical, institutional and issue-based concerns revolving around governance.

Alongside the Politics strand of this degree, students will also consider economic issues at local, national and international levels. Students will develop an awareness of applications of economics in areas including business management, finance and public policy.

This course can also be studied part-time over 6 years.

Course Content

Politics: This course seeks to help students understand the nature, meaning and impact of politics as a human activity. Students will learn to apply concepts, methods and theories used in the study of politics to analyse political ideas, practices and institutions in both historical and contemporary contexts.

You will  be taught through a combination of lectures, seminar, tutorials and workshops.  Assessment will involve a mixture of examinations, essays, written work, presentations and portfolios.

Economics: Students will also have the opportunity to study economics within a real-world context, developing strong analytics skills and a career relevant qualification in economics and its application. Economics has been defined as the study of human choice, and the impact of choice on the production, distribution and consumption of scarce resources. Microeconomics deals with choice at the individual level, and macroeconomics analyses the economy as a whole. By studying both microeconomics and macroeconomics, students following this course will develop a solid understanding of economics

For the economics element, there is a combination of continuous assessment and written examinations. Students will complete assignments, prepare research projects and essays and complete problem-solving exercises.

The Bangor Business School is a great, supportive, multi-diverse establishment made up of very supportive lecturers who guide students through their academic journey.

Bukola Adetonwa
PhD in Management Studies

What will you study on this course?

 

Year 1

In the first year of your degree you follow 60 credits in Politics and 60 credits in Economics, intended to provide a solid grounding in the subject areas.

In addition to modules focussing on the Principles of Politics, Modern Politics in Action, Business analytics, CORE Economics and Tutorials in Economics and Banking, you will also choose one further 20 credit modules in History or Politics from a list of available options, which may include:

  • Introduction to Modern History
  • Doing Social and Political Research
  • Understanding Society
  • Birth of Modern Europe

Years 2 and 3

You will taking more specialist modules and investigating themes and topics in greater depth. In addition to further developing your skills, you will also be introduced to more specialist approaches, theories and concepts.

You will take compulsory Economics modules in Statistical Methods, Microeconomics, Macroeconomics and Industrial Organisation, as well as being able to choose one further 20 credit Economics module from a list of available options, which may include:

  • Econometrics
  • Financial Economics
  • Applied Economics
  • Current Issues in Economics

For the Politics portion of the course you will Modern Ideas and Movements and Methods of Social and Political Research. In addition you will select one further module from an extensive list of available options which may include:

  • Race, democracy and political ideology
  • Issues in Equality
  • Classical Social Theory
  • Contemporary Social and Political Debates
  • Criminological Theory
  • Sex and Society
  • Fundamentalism
  • World Poverty and Inequality
  • Identity and Diversity
  • Crime and Justice in Modern Britain
  • Crime and the Media
  • Political Philosophy
  • God and Government
  • Political Philosophy
  • Issues in Housing
  • Theorizing Society and Politics Today
  • Globalisation and Social Change
  • Crime and Punishment
  • Perspectives on Youth Crime
  • Global Health and Social Care
  • Gender Perspectives
  • Policing and Society
  • Crime and Power
  • Nationalism in UK 1916-1997
  • Politics and Culture in the 1960s
  • Work placement module

In Year 3 you will also complete either a dissertation or a Special Subject module in a politics related area.

Course content is for guidance purposes only and may be subject to change.

Careers and Employability

This course will prepare students for a range of employment options – especially in fields which require skills of communication, analyzing large quantities of information, and understanding issues of governance and society. Possible future career options may include local and/or national government, teaching, management and administration. This course will also be an excellent foundation prior to further postgraduate study, such as a Masters degrees in politics.

Staff in Bangor Business School have extensive links with industry, being at the top of their fields for research, widely published in books and leading journals and even conducting high level consultancy work for leading organisations such as the World Bank and the UK Treasury. This means that no matter what you go on to after graduating, you will leave Bangor with a degree that is current, relevant and in sync with the latest developments in the business and financial industries.

Employability and the Bangor Business School

As a multidisciplinary School spanning everything from Accounting and Finance to Business and Management, Bangor Business School offers a variety of programmes to meet any career aspiration. If you are undecided on your career path, the flexibility of our programmes enables you to try out different modules and subject areas to work out what appeals to your personal tastes and ambitions.

Extensive links with industry

Our staff have extensive links with industry, being at the top of their fields for research, widely published in books and leading journals and even conducting high level consultancy work for leading organisations such as the World Bank and the UK Treasury. This means that no matter what you go on to after graduating, you will leave Bangor with a degree that is current, relevant and in sync with the latest developments in the business and financial industries.

Employers

Examples of the employment found by some of our recent graduates include:

Undergraduate

Postgraduate

Executive Support Co-ordinator
The Co-Operative

Banker
Bank of Valletta (Malta)

Trainee Accountant
Chantrey Vellacott

Management Consultant
EY (USA)

Trainee Accountant
Hill & Roberts

Senior Marketing Manager
HSBC (Malta)

Associate in Audit
PwC

Branch Manager
Piraeus Bank Greece

Marketing Executive
Celebrity Cruises

Vice President
Royal Bank of Scotland (Belgium)

Junior Account Manager
Level Marketing

Marketing Assistant
Aqua Marketing

HR Admin Assistant
Wylfa Power Station

Project Manager
Bangor University

Trainee Paraplanner
Heritage Financial Solutions

Retail Banking Trade Sector Adviser
HMRC

Procurement Officer
Anglesey County Council

Senior Manager (Portfolio Management)
Lloyds Banking Group

HM Inspector of Taxes
HMRC

Alumni Relations and Fund Raising Officer
Dar Al-Hekma University

Trainee Financial Manager
Nottinghamshire County Council

Head of Global Corporates
Barclays (South Africa)

Bangor Business Society

Working closely with academic staff, Bangor Business Society aims to facilitate learning experiences for students from all years to build on what is learnt in the classroom and to enhance their CVs. It also arranges visits to graduate fairs, which are an invaluable opportunity to meet and network with prospective employers.

Find out more about Bangor Business Society at the Serendipity Fair during Welcome Week.

Undergraduate Internship Scheme

Bangor University’s Undergraduate Internship Scheme provides opportunities for undergraduate students to gain paid, graduate level work experience in the University's Academic Schools and Service Departments. The nature of the roles can vary from marketing, web design and student engagement projects, to research project support, field work or data management.

Opportunities at Bangor

The University’s Skills and Employability Service provides a wide range of resources to help you achieve your graduate ambitions. Developing your personal skills and enhancing your employability while at university is becoming increasingly important in today’s job market.

The Bangor Employability Award (BEA) and Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR)

The Bangor Employability Award enables students to build on their transferable skills through the recognition of activities they become involved in during their university life. Students can gain points towards the award through extra-curricular activities such as volunteering, attending workshops or actively participating in the Students’ Union’s clubs and societies.

The HEAR is a final graduation report that all undergraduates receive. The report itemises all academic achievements and additional extra and co-curricular achievements. Academic achievements appear on the report automatically and students are able to note their eligible activities by using the online platform ‘My Employability Hub’. This ensures that future employers are made aware of the additional skills the student has gained outside of the curriculum.

The Award is open to everyone and taking part in the scheme can make a major difference to your performance in the graduate job market.

Internships

Bangor University runs undergraduate and postgraduate internship schemes twice a year, which allow students to work in a professional environment while learning relevant skills and earning money.

Internships offer valuable experience in a professional workplace and there are a range of internships you can get involved in.

Student Volunteering

Not only is volunteering worthwhile – it also improves your employability and widens your experience.

The Students’ Union has a dedicated Student Volunteering Office (SVB) which currently contributes a total of 600 hours each week, promoting a close relationship between the university and the local community. Find out more on the Student Volunteering pages of the Bangor Student’s Union website.

TARGETconnect - Working while you Study

The Skills and Employability Service offers support to students searching for employment during and after their studies.

    TARGETconnect advertises the following opportunities:

  • Graduate jobs – Local, National and International
  • Full-time, part time, permanent and temporary jobs
  • Work experience / internships
  • Voluntary opportunities

Entry Requirements

For 2020 entry:

GCSE: Maths grade C/4 required

Typical offer is based on a minimum 112 tariff points from a Level 3 qualification* e.g.

  • A Levels (History preferred but not required)
  • BTEC National/Extended Diploma and Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma: DMM
  • City & Guilds Advanced Technical / Extended Diploma: Merit
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma
  • Access: Pass
  • Welsh Baccalaureate is accepted.

*For full details go to our website and for a full list of accepted Level 3 qualifications, go to www.ucas.com

International Candidates: school leaving qualifications and college diplomas are accepted from countries worldwide (subject to minimum English Language proficiency requirements).

IELTS 6.0 (with no element below 5.5)

We also welcome applications from mature applicants.

For 2019 entry:

GCSE: Maths grade C/4 required

Typical offer is based on a minimum 112 tariff points from a Level 3 qualification* e.g.

  • A Levels (History preferred but not required)
  • BTEC National/Extended Diploma and Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma: DMM
  • City & Guilds Advanced Technical / Extended Diploma: Merit
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma
  • Access: Pass
  • Welsh Baccalaureate is accepted.

*For full details go to our website and for a full list of accepted Level 3 qualifications, go to www.ucas.com

International Candidates: school leaving qualifications and college diplomas are accepted from countries worldwide (subject to minimum English Language proficiency requirements).

IELTS 6.0 (with no element below 5.5)

We also welcome applications from mature applicants.

General University entry requirements

We accept students with a wide range of qualifications and backgrounds and consider each application individually.

All students need to have good basic skills and the University also values IT and communication skills.

As part of the University’s policy we consider applications from prospective disabled students on the same grounds as all other students.

To study a degree, diploma or certificate course you’ll be asked for a minimum of UCAS Tariff points. For a fuller explanation of the UCAS Tariff Points, please see www.ucas.com

We also consider applications from mature students who can demonstrate the motivation and commitment to study a university programme. Each year we enrol a significant number of mature students. For more help and advice about being a mature student at Bangor, please visit the Study at Bangor site.

Specific entry requirements can be seen on the individual course pages.

EU and International students' entry requirements

For information and further detailed guidance on entry requirements for EU and International Students, including the minimum English Language entry requirement, please visit the Entry Requirements by Country pages. International applicants can also visit the International Education Centre section of our website for further details.

Bangor University offers International Incorporated Bachelor Degrees for International students whose High School qualification is not equivalent to the UK school leaving qualification. The first year (or Year 0) is studied at Bangor International College, an embedded College on our University campus and delivered by Oxford International Education Group.

More information

Home/EU students and International UCAS applicants

E-mail for General Admissions: admissions@bangor.ac.uk or write to:

Admissions Office
Bangor University
Gwynedd
LL57 2TF

Telephone: +44 (0)1248 383717 

International students (non-UCAS applicants)

Email to International Admissions: internationaladmissions@bangor.ac.uk or write to

Admissions Office
Bangor University
Gwynedd
LL57 2TF

Telephone: +44 (0) 1248 382028

Course Costs

Home/EU Student Tuition Fees (2019–20 & 2020–21)
  • Full time: £9,000 per year
  • Part time: £750 per 10 credits

International Student Tuition Fees

When coming to University, you will have two main costs, Tuition Fees and Living Costs.

There are also some common additional costs that are likely to arise for students on all courses, for example:

Course-specific additional costs
Depending on the course you are studying, there may be additional course-specific costs that you will be required to meet. These fall into three categories:

  1. Mandatory Costs: these are related to a particular core or compulsory module that you’ll be required to complete to achieve your qualification e.g. compulsory field trips, uniforms for students on placement, DBS Check.
  2. Necessarily Incurred Costs: these may not be experienced by all students, and will vary depending on the course e.g. professional body membership, travel to placements, specialist software, personal safety equipment.
  3. Optional Costs: these depend on your choice of modules or activity and they are shown to give you an indication of the optional costs that may arise to make sure your choice is as informed as possible. These can include graduation events for your course, optional field trips, Welcome Week trips.

How to Apply

How to apply through UCAS

Apply online via UCAS

UCAS stands for Universities and Colleges Admissions Service. All university applications are processed through UCAS and then passed on to the universities listed.

Students may apply for a maximum of five courses. For Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary courses students are only allowed to apply for four courses.

The application form is found on the UCAS website, under ‘Apply’.

The early closing date is October 15 for all Oxbridge, Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary students. The main closing date for all applications is January 15.

Your Personal Statement

Writing your Personal Statement is the part of the application form that requires most work. You are only allowed 47 lines or 500–550 words to explain why you wish to study the course and the skills you have that are essential for university study.

To write a successful personal statement for your UCAS application you must have a good understanding about the course and its content. Remember that you write only one personal statement for your five choices. Make sure that the courses are similar, if not the same, and make sure that you do not mention a specific course or university.

Read our advice on how to draft a winning personal statement or watch our video guide.

After you’ve applied

You should keep an eye on your application on UCAS ‘Track’. Offers from universities will appear on track and you will be able to accept or decline offers.

You can only reply when you have received all your decisions. The types of reply you can make are firm acceptance and insurance acceptance. Usually students reply in early May.

International Student?

If you are an international student, our International Student pages offer further information on applying.

As an international student applying to study one of our undergraduate programmes you can:

Erasmus student?

We receive around 350 exchange students every year from all over the world. 45% of these students come from Europe and the remainder from as far as Singapore, South Korea and Australia.

The University’s International Exchanges Office is responsible for welcoming these students.

Confused about your next steps?

Take a look at our Going to University website for information and advice on getting ready for university.

Further Information

Contact us

Why study at Bangor Business School?

  • We’re ranked amongst the top 25% business schools in the UK for research intensity (REF 2014).
  • Our top researchers teach on both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. Students are therefore taught by academic staff who are pushing back the frontiers of research and who will share in lectures their latest findings.
  • We enjoy an international reputation for research in Banking, Finance, Financial Economics and Econometrics.
  • Major text books and articles published in top academic journals have been written by our staff. See our individual staff pages for further details.
  • Our staff have conducted major project and consultancy work for a range of organisations, e.g. the World Bank, the European Commission, the UK Treasury.
  • With support funding from the European Union, local government and the Welsh Assembly Government, we opened a world-class £14 million Management Centre, which delivers high quality management and professional training for North Wales and furtherafield.
  • Our alumni have held senior positions in public and private organisations worldwide, from Deutsche Bank to No. 10 Downing Street.
  • We were the first UK university to offer an MBA in Banking and Finance.

Studying at Bangor

Rated Gold for teaching

We have been awarded a Gold rating, the highest rating possible, for the standarad of our teaching in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) assessment. The TEF assessment took into account teaching quality, learning environment and student outcomes and learning gain. We were judged to deliver consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for our students and our teaching is of the highest quality found in the UK.

A top 10 university

The National Student Survey (NSS) results place Bangor amongst the UK’s top 10 universities (excluding specialist institutions) for student satisfaction. This reflects the University’s focus on overall student experience.

Enjoy a university experience that’s amongst the best in the UK

The guaranteed accommodation, student support, low cost of living and stunning location all contribute towards this.

Take advantage of the Bangor Student Experience with free membership of student clubs and societies, a new international experience programme and employability award scheme.

Award-winning clubs and societies!

Our clubs and societies have been named the best in the UK at the WhatUni Student Choice Awards 2019.

Unrivalled location

Choose to study in one of the best places in the UK to be a student. Bangor’s location – close to the mountains and the sea - has been described as ‘the best university setting in the UK’.

Bangor is the most affordable place in the UK to be a student (TotalMoney 2019).

Investment in facilities

Benefit from continued investment in facilities and services – with Pontio Arts and Innovation Centre, Halls of Residence, and improved sports facilities amongst recent developments.

Guaranteed accommodation in award-winning halls of residence

We guarantee accommodation for first year students who apply within the deadline and hold Bangor as their Firm Choice. Our accommodation has been named the best in the UK at the 2018 WhatUni Student Choice Awards.

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