Start date: October 2021
BSc (Hons) UCAS: LL12 3 years
BSc (Hons) UCAS: LL13 4 years with professional training
Why choose this course
Economic and political contexts take centre stage in shaping our lives and interact with each other at a fundamental level.
Our BSc (Hons) Politics and Economics course will provide you with the tools and knowledge to better understand the different forms of power that shape the world around us.
We are ranked in the top 10 for business and economics in the United Kingdom by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2021 by subject.
What you will study
Our BSc (Hons) Politics and Economics course will provide you with an in-depth understanding of core political and economic concepts, theories and methodologies. You’ll then be able to specialise in a wide variety of areas, from political economy and financial markets through to international organisations and international trade.
Your time will be split equally between modules in politics and economics. This will allow you to draw links between the two both in the theoretical and applied fields of study.
You’ll be provided with the knowledge necessary to tackle some of the most pressing questions that confront us today, from the role of markets in civic life to the existence of rationality in decision making.
"There are no limits to socialising at Surrey, everybody is constantly accepting and welcoming. Because of this wonderful community, it always feels safe and supportive.” Aya Asali, student
Politics research seminars
The Department of Politics sponsors a regular seminar series during term-time and brings together academic staff and postgraduate and undergraduate students from the University.
These research seminars provide a forum for the presentation of cutting-edge research papers and increase awareness among our students about developments in diverse themes of research in the field today.
We regularly invite the high-profile UK and international scholars to present their work, and we encourage discussions with the audience. The seminars may also include insights from practitioners; from overseas politicians to activists. All members of the University and the wider public community are welcome to participate.
Careers and graduate prospects
We offer careers information, advice and guidance to all students whilst studying with us, which is extended to our alumni for three years after leaving the University.
Graduates over the last few years have secured roles such as:
Events Coordinator, AQA Education
Education Officer, Department for Education
Graduate Intern, Ipsos MORI
Economic Officer Intern, Department for Transport
Trainee Accountant, Menzies Corporate Finance
Assistant Economist, Home Office
Corporate Finance Advisor, Department for Transport
In addition, many of our graduates have gone on to study for masters degrees in a range of programmes and countries. We are also proud of our record of alumni who have continued education up to doctoral level and become academic scholars in their own right.
"The staff were knowledgeable and enthusiastic about their subjects. They really made us think about the world around us.” Miranda R Howells, graduate
Applicants taking an A-level science subject with the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass the practical element.
Please note: A-level General Studies and A-level Critical Thinking are not accepted.
GCSE or equivalent: English Language at Grade C(4) and Mathematics at Grade A (7) (or equivalent). Applicants must have achieved these grades at the time of making their application.
English language requirements
IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall with 6.0 in Writing and 5.5 in each other element.
If you do not currently meet the level required for your programme, we offer intensive pre-sessional English language courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here.
The annual tuition fees for courses starting in October 2021
You have the option to complete a Professional Training placement as part of this course. This will give you the opportunity to develop your professional, academic and personal potential, helping to prepare you for your future career.
A significant proportion of placement students at Surrey are offered graduate-level jobs or go onto postgraduate study.
Politics and Economics placements
You can either take a politics and economics-related work placement, study politics and economics overseas, or a combination of the two.
The placement will allow you to apply and develop your understanding, as well as discover new approaches within the subject.
The distinguishing feature of our degree course is its focus on application. You’ll be taught how to apply theoretical understandings of politics and international relations to world events and issues. We’ll also equip you with the skills necessary to find a placement.
The aim of our Professional Training placement is to provide you with the first-hand experience of how politics and economics operate in practice. Our students have completed placements in the voluntary sector, government departments, MPs offices, international organisations and the private sector.
Current placement providers for the Department of Politics include:
Asset Management One
Defence Science and Technology Laboratory
House of Commons
European Chamber of Commerce
The Walt Disney Company
Eli Lilly UK
"I would highly recommend completing a placement year. It helps you understand what work life is like and gives the confidence to apply for graduate schemes when you get to final year.” Emily Armitage, student
Study and work abroad
We give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their studies by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities or by completing a Professional Training placement abroad.
Want to study at an overseas institution as part of your degree or work abroad during your Professional Training year? Perhaps you would like to volunteer in India or learn about Brazilian business and culture in São Paulo during your summer holidays? With more than 200 partnerships, from 50 different countries worldwide, there is something for everyone.
Not only is the opportunity to go abroad a hugely enjoyable experience, but you will also develop key skills and knowledge that will strengthen your CV and increase your employability.
Please note: the status of the Erasmus+ scheme is dependent on the outcome of the Brexit negotiations.
You have the option to spend half or all of your third year on study exchange with one of our partner universities. These include:
La Trobe University, Australia
University of Queensland, Australia
University of Wollongong, Australia
Brock University, Canada
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Aarhus Universitet, Denmark
Institut d'Etudes Poliques d'Aix-En-Provence, France
Otto-Friedrich-Universitat Bamberg, Germany
Universitat Mannheim, Germany
Universita degli Studi di Bologna 'Alma Mater Studiorum', Italy
Universiti Malaya, Malaysia
Maastricht University, Netherlands
Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Singapore Management University, US
California State University, US
George Mason University, US
North Carolina State University, US
University of North Carolina, US
University of North Texas, US
University of Virginia, US
Virginia Commonwealth University, US
There are many advantages to participating in the exchange scheme. They include exposure to a different culture and the challenges of living in a new country. You’ll have the opportunity to learn a new language and experience new teaching practices and approaches to political science and international relations.
You will also acquire a fresh perspective on your subject matter that can significantly improve your performance in your final year.
"We explored different temples, China town, Little India and other extraordinary places.” Laura Bichisao, student