This programme allows you to examine how political and economic factors enter into public and private decision-making. The course also aims to impart a range of technical expertise, including quantitative and computing skills in economics, an understanding of micro- and macro-economic principles, and of advanced macroeconomics.Entry RequirementsUCAS Tariff - 320 points, from:GCE A and AS-level Tariff points typically from 3 A-levels together with either 1 AS-level or Extended Project Qualification (typical offer BBC, plus a C in either an AS or EPQ, including Grade C in Maths/Statistics at at least AS-level). General Studies/Critical Thinking accepted as 4th AS-level only.Irish Tariff points from 5 subjects.Scottish Tariff points from 3 Advanced Highers plus 1 Higher.Advanced Diploma Tariff points in Business, Administration and Finance or Public Services, including A-level Maths or Grade B at AS-level in both Maths and Economics for Additional and Specialist Learning.BTEC ND DDM in a related subject plus Grade C in AS-level Maths.IB Diploma 32 points, including 6 in Standard Maths and 4 in Higher or 5 in Standard English.Access Pass, including at least 50% of units with Merit or Distinction, plus AS-level Maths.
For all of the above, 5 GCSEs or equivalent at Grade C or above are also required, to include English and Maths.Course AimsThis programme allows you to examine how political and economic factors enter into public and private decision-making.
In addition to the Politics modules outlined above, the course aims to impart a range of technical expertise, including quantitative and computing skills in economics, an understanding of micro- and macro-economic principles, and of advanced macroeconomics. In the latter half of the course you will choose from a range of specialist modules that draw on either or both.Course ContentIn the Politics half of this course, you will take core modules in political science methods, British politics, political theory, comparative politics, democratisation, and the politics of the EU, and you will have the option of taking more specialised options at Levels 2 and 3.
At Levels 1 and 2 you will have a mixture of core and optional modules. At Level 3 you can choose topics to suit your own personal interests and strengths.
The programme allows you to examine how political and economic factors enter into public and private decision-making. In addition to the Politics modules outlined above, the course aims to impart a range of technical expertise, including quantitative and computing skills in economics, an understanding of micro- and macroeconomic principles, and of advanced macroeconomics. In the latter half of the course you will choose from a range of specialist modules that draw on either or both.Final year dissertationYou will produce a final year dissertation of approximately 15,000 words. This is an important element of the degree and provides you with an opportunity for independent study, original thought and, especially for those on sandwich courses, an opportunity to apply political, economic and financial theories, concepts and models to practical problems.Computing
The application of computers is an integral part of all economics degrees. You will make extensive use of micro-computers attached to a powerful network and will be linked to other UK and international information sources. Students have access to a wide range of networked facilities within the University, and basic training is provided.
You will gain experience in a range of software widely used in business and economic analysis. You will be trained in the use of these programs. Most students receive some specialist training in the use of econometric software, and all students have access in their final year to the professional Datastream service which provides a wide range of economic and financial data.Teaching and LearningThe influence of scholarship and experience
Students benefit directly, of course, from the expertise and experience of their teachers. All our courses are informed by the research of lecturers who write important books, publish well-regarded scholarly articles, present papers at other universities and appear in the media at home and abroad.
Research has led to major television and radio programmes and several staff are or have been consultants to Government departments as well as to major national newspapers. As well as 250 undergraduates, we have over 40 postgraduate taught and research students.Student support
As well as offering students some of the best teaching in our subject areas, we are committed to helping you progress confidently through the levels of your degree programme.
To achieve this, we devote as much care to your initiation into higher education, both by entry-level courses and study skills teaching, as to the completion of your learning at Level 3. By your final year, therefore, you will be in a position to benefit from the specialist research-led courses and will be prepared for the research and writing involved in your dissertation.How will I be taught?Modules are generally taught by a mixture of lectures and seminars. Depending on its credit-rating, you can expect to have one or two hours of lectures per week for each module and a one-hour seminar each week or fortnight.
The bulk of every student's work, however, will undoubtedly consist of private study. On average this should absorb approximately 25-30 hours of your life each week.Lectures - These provide a broad overview of key themes and ideas relating to your course and provide you with a framework from which to carry out more in-depth study.Seminars - These relatively small groups are used for subjects where the lecture material is examined in more detail, and theoretical concepts are analysed and applied in specific contexts. Seminars provide students with an opportunity for discussion, argument and the development of presentational skills.One-to-one - You will get one-to-one supervision on your final year dissertation and at all levels you will have a personal tutor who is available to discuss personal and academic problems.Private study - Real learning requires active involvement by you. Lecturers and seminar leaders can provide guidance and help, you must develop the ability to organise your studies. During your first months at Brunel, you are given help and advice designed to encourage you to become an 'independent learner', capable of managing your work effectively.External visits -Wherever possible we aim to introduce students to the benefits which stem from observing politics in action and the personal experience of other political systems and ideas.
You will visit important political sites in the UK (the University is, after all, a short distance from parliament), and depending on the options you select, may visit overseas. AssessmentLevel 1 does not count towards your final degree mark. Level 2 is worth a third - Level 3 is worth two-thirds. The final year dissertation is worth a third of Level 3 marks.
All modules are assessed at the end of the term in which they are taken. Exact assessment patterns vary, but most are based on a combination of coursework and formal written exams. Typically, coursework marks constitute 25-50% of overall module grades.CareersA major attraction of our courses is the wide variety of career opportunities to which they can lead. Not surprisingly, Brunel's politics graduates have gone on to important careers in public and private life.
Our students pursue a wide variety of jobs after graduating. Some, like Margaret McDonagh or John McDonnell MP, opt for careers in politics. Others have joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Home Office, GCHQ and military intelligence.
Many have gone on to work in public and private sector organisations, such as Chase Manhatten, Marks and Spencer, British Airways, Coca Cola Schweppes, HSBC, and NHS Confederation. Significant numbers have taken further training to pursue careers in broadcasting, journalism, law, and teaching at every level.