The key features of the programme are depth and choice:
Depth of study is achieved by the core modules in each discipline:
- politics: a year-long module on democracy and the modern state, plus a further module in either political theory, comparative politics or international political analysis
- economics: core modules in microeconomics and macroeconomics
Choice is provided through the provision of option modules which allow you to select specialist areas to suit your own interests. You will also be able to undertake independent research for either a dissertation in politics or a project in economics.
The programme provides excellent training in both disciplines and opens up opportunities for postgraduate study or entering the world of work.
View the programme specification document for this course
All applications are through UCAS; the course code is LL12. For more information, visit the how to apply section of the website.
Politics and international relations are at the heart of society, covering everything from Plato to NATO, from global resistance to global warming, from free trade to fair trade. They are among the few university subjects which are relevant to everybody on this planet.
The Division of Politics & International Relations was founded in 1963 and is known as one of the leading divisions of its kind in the UK.
Our teaching staff include several internationally renowned political scientists and political theorists.
Typical entry requirements
|GCSE||Mathematics and English at grade C or above.|
3 A level subjects: ABB or BBB if studying A-level Politics, or BBB from 3 A-levels and a grade A in the Extended Project Qualification. All applicants must have AS level Mathematics at grade B or above, or A level Physics or A-level Statistics. General Studies and Critical Thinking is not accepted at A-level.
|International Baccalaureate||32 points overall, 16 at higher level plus Mathematics Higher Level Grade 4 or Standard Level Grade 5.|
We welcome applications from candidates offering qualifications other than A and AS levels (including BTEC, European Baccalaureate, International Baccalaureate, Irish Leaving Certificate and Scottish Highers). You will be expected to attain an equivalent standard to an A level applicant. Contact us for further information on equivalencies for these qualifications and others not listed here.
Each international application will be assessed on a case by case basis.
English Language Requirement
All applicants must have GCSE Grade C or above in English language. If English is not your first language you will be required to pass an approved English test. We normally ask for an overall IELTS score of 6.5 with no less than 5.5 in each component.
The University of Southampton is committed to widening participation and ensuring that all students with the potential to succeed, regardless of their background, are encouraged to apply to study with us. The additional information gained through contextual data supports our admissions teams to recognise a student’s potential to succeed in the context of their background and experience. Students who flagged in this way will be made an offer which is lower than the typical offer for that programme
A typical contextual offer is BBB including grade B in AS Mathematics or A level Physics from three A levels or the equivalent from alternative qualifications.
Please see our contextual admissions pages for more information.
All applications are through UCAS; the course code is LL12. For more information, visit the how to apply section of our website.
Will I be interviewed?
We usually make our decisions based on your UCAS form alone. Only candidates who require special consideration, for example on grounds of age or non-standard entry qualifications, are interviewed.
We welcome applications from mature students. If you will be over 21 at the start of your proposed degree programme, you are eligible for exemption from our normal entry requirements. However, you will be required to provide evidence of having completed recent serious and successful study (for example, Access, Return to Study, Open University foundation courses) and of your capacity to pursue the course.
Any specific subject requirements must be met. All students are required to have the appropriate qualification in mathematics (GCSE grade C for BSc Politics, BSc Politics and International Relations, BSc International Relations; AS level grade B for BSc Politics and Economics) and English (GCSE grade C for all programmes).
Where feasible, you will be called for an interview. You may find it helpful to discuss your plans with us before applying through UCAS. This will allow you to make sure your chosen course is right for you and give you time to pursue additional academic qualifications if required.
Accreditation of Prior (Experiential) Learning (AP(E)L)
This programme is not designed for AP(E)L however this can be looked at on a case by case basis.
International Foundation Year
International students who do not currently meet our entry requirements may be able to join this course on successful completion of our International Foundation Year. For more information visit the IFY course page.
This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.
Typical course content
We teach a range of core modules in politics and economics in Year 1, as well as further compulsory modules in Year 2 and 3 which build on this knowledge foundation. Four modules are studied per semester. There are optional module choices in all three years. The dissertation is compulsory in Year 3, and you decide whether to pursue it in politics or economics, depending on your own interests.
Research methods and statistics modules are taught in Year 1 and Year 2, to deliver the key skills required on this type of programme, to support your research and study in your other modules, and to prepare you for the dissertation in Year 3.
Students pick optional modules from a range which may include those listed below (although specific options may change from year to year). In addition to this, our Curriculum Innovation Programme offers our students the chance to take optional modules outside their core disciplines. This allows you to personalise your education, to develop new skills and knowledge for your future.
Students without A-level Maths grade B or above (or equivalent) will be registered on ECON1005. Students with A-level Maths grade B or above (or equivalent) will be registered on ECON1008. Students without A-level Economics (or equivalent) will be registered on ECON1001. Students with A-level Economics (or equivalent) will be registered on ECON1003.
Students take one optional module in Semester 1, and four optional modules in Semester 2. They may be chosen from Economics, Politics, from other departments or from the Curriculum Innovation Modules. Economics options include modules in Econometrics, Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Development Economics, and International Trade.
In addition to ECON3007 and ECON3008, students complete a dissertation in either Politics (PAIR3003), or Economics (ECON3023).
Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical
student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided.
More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide or website).
Costs associated with this course
Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.
There will also be further costs for the following, not purchasable from the University:
Candidates may use calculators in the examination room only as specified by the University and as permitted by the rubric of individual examination papers. The University approved model is Casio FX-570 This may be purchased from any source and no longer needs to carry the University logo.|
|Stationery||You will be expected to provide your own day-to-day stationery items, e.g. pens, pencils, notebooks, etc. Any specialist stationery items will be specified under the Additional Costs tab of the relevant module profile.|
|Books||Where a module specifies core texts these should generally be available on the reserve list in the library. However due to demand, students may prefer to buy their own copies. These can be purchased from any source.
Some modules suggest reading texts as optional background reading. The library may hold copies of such texts, or alternatively you may wish to purchase your own copies. Although not essential reading, you may benefit from the additional reading materials for the module.|
|Printing and copying||In the majority of cases, coursework such as essays, projects and dissertations is likely to be submitted on line. However, there are some items where it is not possible to submit on line and students will be asked to provide a printed copy. A list of the University printing costs can be found here: http://www.southampton.ac.uk/isolutions/students/printing/|
|Other||Optional visits (e.g. museums, galleries):
Some modules may include optional visits to a museum, galleries, etc. You will normally be expected to cover the cost of travel and admission, unless otherwise specified in the module profile.|
In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.