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

  • A dynamic and interdisciplinary course exploring power and (in)equality, justice and conflict in a world shaped by economic, a pandemic and climate crises
  • You can choose units tailored to your passions and career aspirations;
  • We cover a range of issues including populism, leadership, diplomacy, race, gender, identity, and environmental activism
  • Gain hands-on experience as political pundits, experts, fact-checkers, journalists and researchers through participation in staff-student run projects
  • Network with industry professionals and add valuable experience to your CV in a 4-week or 30-week placement. You'll be career-ready, with 95% 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 students’ BU Politics Society

Find out more about the content of this course.

Foundation year: We have a foundation year option for UK 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. 

For September 2023 entry: In order to take advantage of new approaches to learning and teaching, as well as developments in industry to benefit our students we regularly review all of our courses. This course is currently being reviewed and revised to reflect many of the contemporary political challenges we face in the world today, from fake news and climate change denial to global activism and international conflict. Drawing on the strengths of the existing course and applying knowledge and ideas to the real-world environment in new and innovative ways, the revised course will equip students with a range of skills and experiences in readiness for graduate careers in wide variety of fields. We will update this page in June 2023 to give you full information about what we will be offering once the review process has concluded.

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 2023, September 2024


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 2023 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 2023 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.