Why are the rich getting richer and the poor getting poorer in Britain and across the world? What control do governments have over economic prosperity? What impact does political turbulence and upheaval have on our financial wellbeing? Politics and Economics combines the study of two major social sciences that affect every aspect of our everyday lives – from what we do for a living and where and how we live, to how we relate to others. It explores the ways in which wealth is created and distributed within the modern globalised world, along with a study of the political systems through which people are taxed and provided with services. Aimed at students with a genuine interest in current political, social, and economic affairs, our Politics and Economics degree will enable you to develop the key critical skills needed for examining political and economic issues in local and global settings. You’ll study micro and macroeconomics, learning how to apply economic analysis to a range of real world issues and debates. At the same time, you’ll gain insights into the study of politics, exploring topics such as political science and international relations. You’ll complete two professional work placements which will give you a unique insight into the careers open to you and help you begin to build networks and contacts. And you’ll have the opportunity to study abroad as part of your degree, choosing from our partner universities across Europe, Asia, and the USA. By the time you graduate, you’ll have had the chance to develop the knowledge and skills needed to enter a wide variety of careers – from banking and brokerage, to politics and public services. **Graduate opportunities** You’ll be well-prepared for a career in local government, the civil service, political and social research, marketing, communications, human resources and PR. **Placement opportunities** We are one of only a few UK universities to build professional work placements into every degree. You’ll complete two professional work placements, which will give you the chance to graduate with up to three months’ professional work experience without having to take a sandwich year out. You’ll complete a five-week professional work placement in your first and second year. You can choose to work in the UK or abroad, in the sector or industry that interests you the most. Typical placement destinations for our students include museums, art galleries, schools, charitable and civic organisations, legal and finance institutions, media and marketing organisations, and MPs’ offices.