Royal Holloway, University of London

Course Introduction

Join two departments recognised for their high quality research and teaching; in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) 70% of the Department of Politics and International Relations' research outputs were rated in the top three categories from 'internationally excellent' to 'world leading', and teaching in the Economics Department has received a score of 22 out of 24 by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA). Develop an in'depth understanding of economics at all levels; from the company to the state, and beyond. The curriculum is advanced and reflects the most recent research in the two disciplines. Study in a warm, engaging environment with student'friendly academic and administrative staff, supported by a Personal Adviser who will guide you through your choice of course units, examinations and will advise you on your progress. Gain a broad spectrum of transferable skills that can be applied in the workplace and enjoy excellent employment prospects.

Course Modules

Economics Year 1: principles of economics; quantitative methods; economics workshop. Year 2: microeconomics; macroeconomics; quantitative methods 2. Year 3: economics of warfare; experimental economics; game theory; political economy; topics in finance; development and economic history; economics of life; econometrics; financial econometrics; origins of financial crises; environmental economics; industrial economics; economics of inequality; dissertation unit. Politics Year 1: introduction to politics and government; introduction to international relations; classic and contemporary readings in politics and international relations; introduction to research methods in politics and international relations. Year 2: European integration since 1945; comparative political institutions; democracy in Britain; contemporary political theory; the politics of migration and ethnicity; modern political thought. Year 3: issues in contemporary Europe; political sociology; the politics of the internet and the information society; the politics of modern Germany; radical political theory; the politics of toleration; social justice: from theory to practice; comparative democracy and elections; issues in democratic theory; young people's politics; advanced seminar in British politics; advanced seminar in British politics 1; advanced seminar on British politics 2.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
3 years
Full Time
BSc (Hons) £15,200  Academic year. First year overseas fees
3 years
Full Time
BSc (Hons) £9,000  Academic year. First year home fees

Qualifications required:

  • GCE A-level ABB
  • European Baccalaureate 75%
  • International Baccalaureate 32
  • SQA Advanced Higher AB
  • Course specific
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma DD
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma D
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma DDD
  • SQA Higher AABBB

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86% Overall, I am satisfied with the quality of the course

The course is well organised and is running smoothly 88%
I have been able to access general IT resources when I needed to 83%
The library resources and services are good enough for my needs 60%

£25,000 Average salary 6 months after course has finished

88% Go on to work and/or study

In work 48
Studying 32
Studying and working 8
Unemployed 10
Unknown 2

18% Total study time lectures

Total Written: 80%

Total Coursework: 17%

Total Practical: 3%

£4,300 - £5,700
Typical cost of university accommodation

£4,200 - £5,000
Typical cost of private accommodation