Why study BA (Hons) Politics and Economics at BU?

  • Experience a dynamic and interdisciplinary course tackling the major political and economic challenges of our time with a focus on applying knowledge and skills to real-world situations
  • You can choose units tailored to your passions and career aspirations;
  • We cover a range of issues including populism, globalisation, citizenship and everyday politics, conflict and diplomacy, race, gender, identity, and social and environmental activism
  • Gain hands-on experience as political pundits, experts, fact-checkers, journalists, campaigners and researchers through participation in public outreach projects
  • Engage with industry professionals and add valuable experience to your CV in a 4-week or 30-week placement. You'll be career-ready, with 90% of our students in employment or further study within 15 months of graduating
  • Be part of a community studying politics and economics through regular events, film screenings, discussions and debates, organised and led by our Students' Union Politics Society.

Find out more about the content of this course.

Foundation year: We have a foundation year option for students who do not meet the entry requirements for the degree course. This additional year of study will give you a grounding in the media & communication skills required for this course, building your confidence, knowledge and skills for further study. After successful completion of the foundation year, you will progress to the full degree.If you apply to study the full degree and do not meet the academic entry requirements, our admissions team may consider your application for the Foundation Year and notify you accordingly.

What you can achieve with a BA (Hons) Politics and Economics degree

Study our BA (Hons) Politics and Economics degree and you will understand all aspects of political and economic life, from the very global to the grassroots. You will gain skills to allow you to be reflective, critical and strategic. You'll be ready to take on the challenges of a career in frontline politics, in research and advisory roles for charities, parties or activist groups, in diplomacy and global political affairs within governments, global organisations or for any organisation seeking politically literate and media-savvy employees.

Key information

Next start date:

September 2024, September 2025


Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus


3 years full-time with a 4-week placement, or 4 years full-time with a 30-week placement. Foundation year: 4 years full-time with a 4-week placement, or 5 years full-time with a 30-week placement

Required subjects:

All subjects considered

Entry requirements:

For September 2024 entry: 104-120 UCAS tariff points from 2 A-levels or equivalent. BTEC Extended Diploma: DMM. Foundation year: 48-72 UCAS tariff points. For more information check out our full entry requirements.

International entry requirements:

For September 2024 entry: If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS (Academic) 6.5 with minimum 6.0 in each component or equivalent. For more information check out our international entry requirements.