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Politics and Economics BA (Hons) University of Reading



Course info


In this course you develop a deep understanding of the critical political and economic issues that dominate the news agenda and shape the world in which we live.

In politics, you will acquire a strong grounding in the fundamental elements of the subject such as political ideas and democratic processes. You can study a wide range of specialist core and optional modules, which cover topics such as British government and politics, European political integration, and political thinking.

In economics, you will study both applied and practical issues and focus on the relationship between economics and society. This course places less emphasis on mathematical and statistical content, and instead you will focus on the relevance of these techniques to applied problems. You will still learn necessary maths skills in your core modules, but extensive support is available should you need it. Optional modules span several topics, including business, policy, economic history and even the economics of climate change.

Your learning is informed by our world-leading research and is led by expert staff who have direct experience of the world of politics and international affairs. Most of your learning time will be spent in small seminar groups, allowing you to interact directly with staff and other students and add your own voice to the discussion. The course achieved a 92% overall score satisfaction score in the 2020 National Student Survey.


Our courses will help you develop strong analytical and research skills and gain experience in delivering presentations and working as part of a group, which makes you suitable for a wide range of careers. Graduates with degrees in social science subjects such as politics and international relations are highly sought after by employers for their wide range of transferable skills.

Past students have put their political analysis skills to direct use in the home and European civil services, political research units, think tanks, non-governmental organisations and journalism. Others have gone into media, retail, management consultancy and banking.

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study Politics and Economics BA (Hons).

Full Time (3 Years)

Tuition fees

£17,320.00 (17,86,026) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purpose, please check with institution




Main Site

Room 208,

Pepper Lane,



RG6 6AH, England

Entry requirement for international students

* Please check with your chosen school for the exact entry requirements for your programme.