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Economics and Politics BA (Hons)

Economics at DMU is ranked 1st in the UK for student satisfaction, with 100% satisfaction (National Student Survey 2015).

Overview

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Reasons to study Economics and Politics at De Montfort University:

With an emphasis on applying theory to the real world, the Economics and Politics BA at DMU will provide you with thorough knowledge of the economic environment and how economic policy is formulated, and an understanding of how political choices, processes and ideas shape government and public life. 

  • Studying Economics and Politics together develops skills employers look for – commercial awareness, communication, team working, independent research and critical analysis
  • Many of our lecturers have worked in business and bring real-world experience into the classroom
  • Politics at DMU is ranked 7th in the UK for student satisfaction (National Student Survey 2015)
  • Experience a unique learning environment where you will have the opportunity to get involved in real debates, attend conferences, work in groups, and learn from guest speakers which include prominent political figures such as the House of Commons Speaker, Rt Hon John Bercow
  • You will have the chance to get involved in current politics with regular events such as Q&A sessions with former members of the US Congress and former Members of the European Parliament.
  • A lively Politics Society with topical debates and well-known guest speakers which have included David Blunkett and Alastair Campbell in previous years


More courses like this:

Business Management and Economics BA (Hons)
Economics BA (Hons)
Economics and International Relations BA (Hons)
Politics BA (Hons)

  • UK/EU
  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: LL12

Duration: Three years full-time, four years with a placement.

Fees and funding: £9,000

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Find out more about additional costs and optional extras associated with this course.

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

Key facts for international students

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: LL12

Duration: Three years full-time, four years with a placement.

Fees and funding: £11,750

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Find out more about additional costs and optional extras associated with this course.

How to apply: International students can apply to study at DMU directly using our online applications portal.

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

Entry criteria

Entry criteria

  • A typical offer is 280 UCAS points. You need to study at least two subjects at A Level or equivalent (eg BTEC**)
  • Five GCSEs at grades A–C including English Language and Maths
  • Pass QAA Accredited AHE course and GCSE Maths and English grade C (Language or Literature) or recognised equivalent
  • International Baccalaureate: 28+ Points

** Further information about BTEC equivalencies

Mature students

We welcome applications from mature students with non-standard qualifications and recognise all other equivalent and international qualifications.

English language

If English is not your first language, an IELTS core of 6.5 (including a minimum of 5.5 in each component) or equivalent is normally required.

UCAS Tariff changes

Students applying for courses starting in September 2017 will be made offers based on a new UCAS Tariff. Find out more.

Structure and assessment

 

Course modules

Teaching and assessment

Teaching contact hours

 

Year 1

Year 2

Plus option modules from the following indicative list:

Teaching and assessment

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, group work and self-directed study. Assessment is through coursework (presentations, essays and reports) and usually an exam or test, which is typically weighted as follows in your first year:

  • Exam: 45%
  • Coursework: 55%

These assessment weightings are indicative only. The exact weighting may vary depending on option modules chosen by students and teaching methods deployed by the academic member of staff each year. Indicative assessment weighting and assessment type per module are shown as part of the module information. Again these are based on the current academic session.

Teaching contact hours

This is a full-time course and in total you should be prepared to devote approximately 38 hours a week to your studies. In first year, you will typically have up to 14 contact hours of teaching most weeks. Teaching is through a mix of lectures, tutorials, seminars and lab sessions and the breakdown of these activity types is shown in each module description.

Other: In addition each module provides a two hour surgery each week for individual consultation with the lecturer. You will also have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor and careers and/or subject meetings scheduled throughout the year.

Self-directed study: In order to prepare for, and assimilate, the work in lectures and seminars you will be expected to use our on-line resources, participate in flipped or virtual classroom discussions on our virtual learning environment (VLE) and engage in personal study and revision for approximately 25 hours per week.

Subsequent years follow a similar pattern, however, the contact time will vary depending on your subject mix and options chosen, and the teaching methods appropriate to the module. Further details are contained in each module description.

Facilities and features

Hugh Aston Building

You will be taught in the Hugh Aston Building, which was purpose-built at a cost of £35 million. Facilities include lecture theatres and classrooms with capacities ranging from 50 to 250 people, break-out spaces for group work and quiet study zones for individual work. 

The faculty has a large number of high-spec IT labs, some of which are installed with Bloomberg software.

The DMU bookshop stock a number of core text books and a range of background reading for your course, along with a variety of stationary.

The Oasis café in Hugh Aston provides Costa Coffee as well a range of snacks and refreshments. 

Library services

We have 1,500 study places and 650 computer workstations across four sites on campus. These give access to more than half a million publications, an extensive range of DVDs, e-resources and thousands of electronic journals. 

During standard term time (October to June) the main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Outside of this period, and during university holidays, the library will remain open but with reduced opening hours.

Award-winning staff are on hand to help and there is a café for study breaks. We offer a range of workshops, drop-in and one-to-one sessions, and our Just Ask service provides email and telephone support.

Campus Centre

This is DMU’s social hub, housing a large food court, shops, the Lobby bar, De Montfort Students’ Union (DSU), performance studios and our chaplaincy.

There are also Conference Rooms, allowing us to host a variety of events from workshops, lectures, practical sessions and group work to exhibitions.

In March 2016 work is due to start in the centre to create a state-of-the-art new home for DSU, making it more visible, offering more breakout space and giving better access to its key services.

Opportunities and careers

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#DMUglobal

This is our innovative international experience programme which aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons – helping you to become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers across the world.

Through #DMUglobal, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.

Our dedicated #DMUglobal High Flyers Award offers ambitious students a discount of up to £1,000 towards a #DMUglobal opportunity (terms and conditions apply).

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Placements

An optional paid placement year offers invaluable professional experience.

We can help you secure a placement through activities such as mock interviews and practice aptitude tests, and you will be assigned a personal tutor to support you throughout your placement. 

We advertise posts in all locations in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors, including some international posts.

Our students have taken placements with companies including, the NHS, Volkswagen, Pfizer, IBM, PKF Cooper Parry and the Government Economic Service (GES).

For further details visit our placements page or contact @DMUBALPlacements

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Graduate careers

An Economics degree is ideal preparation for a career in business, finance and the civil service.

Since the global financial crisis of 2007/08, Economics has been at the centre stage of policy analysis, and the need for sound economic skills and competencies will be high for the foreseeable future.

Recent graduates have progressed on to roles such as Assistant Economist at the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), Financial Analyst at Pfizer, Commercial Financial Analyst at Weetabix Food Company and Contracting and Sourcing Manager at Capital One.

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