Politics at Brunel is ranked 6th in London and Economics is ranked 8th (The Complete University Guide, 2018)
About the course
Who has political power? Why do they have it? To whom are they accountable? In whose interest do they exercise it? What is globalisation? Is violent protest ever justified?
If these questions excite you and provoke another torrent of questions in turn, you’re looking in the right area for your degree course.
Our Politics and Economics BSc allows you to examine how political and economic factors affect public and private decision-making.
You will get to grips with who and what affects contemporary domestic and international issues while also acquiring technical expertise in quantitative and computing skills plus an understanding of micro and macroeconomic principles, and of advanced macroeconomics.
For all the high level contacts and influence, our department is perhaps most importantly known for its friendly accessibility and the genuine sense of community between academics and students.
In addition to our Politics, History and International Politics programmes we offer joint honours in the following areas giving you the chance to tailor your studies: Politics and History BSc and Politics and Sociology BSc.
• Our courses are designed and taught by nationally and internationally recognised experts in the fields of politics, international relations, social policy and contemporary history.
• You will have access to some of the best research facilities in the UK - Westminster and Whitehall are within easy reach.
• We have good links with key political figures and institutions.
• Studying economics allows selective exemption from some professional accountancy and law exams. Not only is this a fast-track way to professional qualifications after you graduate, but it is also a symbol of the quality of the courses.
Teaching and learning
You will be taught mainly in lectures and seminars and assessed on a combination of coursework and exams. Most of your time will be spent in private study.
At the end of your course you will produce a final dissertation on a subject of your choice. This is a major piece of work, undertaken with the support and supervision of a dissertation tutor. It’s a great opportunity to demonstrate your research and writing skills. Your choice of subject will be relevant to your course of study and may well relate to your future career plans.
Graduates from Brunel’s politics and history courses set off into the working world in diverse ways. Some go into politics and the civil service; some are at GCHQ and military intelligence; some work across the public and private sectors, in the NHS, international banks, business, consultancy, law, NGOs, the media; others are researchers, teachers and librarians.
Economics plays a crucial role in the operation, management and regulation of financial institutions, industry and government agencies. Knowledge of economics significantly enhances strategic decision making and is crucial in a world of integrating global markets and the information superhighway.
Opt for a sandwich degree and you’ll gain work experience to complement your academic studies in a way that is highly valued by employers.