Economics and Politics 

(2018 Entry)

BA (Hons)

Economics and Politics are of vital importance to each of us in our daily lives because they concern fundamental choices about the ways in which resources are allocated, societies are organised and the way in which we are governed. For this reason, Economics and Politics have always been long-established and closely related disciplines at Keele. Our approach is to analyse established theories against current issues, policies and problems using the latest techniques and technology.

Combined Honours
Study abroad
Learn a language
Placement year
3 years/ 4 years with international year

UCAS code: LL12

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Course Overview

You will begin your degree with core modules in both subjects and cover micro and macro economics, global political economy as well as justice and democracy. With the help of expert tutors in both departments, you will explore issues such as freedom and governance and their impact on the global economy as well as public policies in Britain, Europe and the wider world. In your second and third years you’ll consider real world problems and policy-related issues more deeply, and explore the behaviour and performance of households, businesses and governments.  You will engage with big questions such as globalisation, the impact of Brexit, inequality, development, human rights, and the influence of international organisations such as the UN, World Bank, and World Trade Organisation.  You will use professional software tools such as Bloomberg and Sage in our dedicated computer laboratory to analyse and interpret data. This approach to learning means you will combine theoretical analysis with up-to-date knowledge about current issues.

You will also have the opportunity to put your learning into practice by taking a placement year between years two and three of your studies, something that will help you refine your analytical and technical skills for employment after graduation.

What will this mean for my future?

An Economics and Politics degree from Keele will open up a range of opportunities in business and government. Graduates might take up careers as economists, perhaps in the City or with the prestigious Government Economic Service. They might work in commerce and industry, in education or in local government. With or without further study, you might go into banking, insurance, accounting, management consultancy, or the NHS, for example. You might work as an investment analyst, statistician or financial adviser.  Many of our students go on to further postgraduate studies.


Sriya Katechia – Graduated 2014


I chose to study at Keele because of its diversity and freedom of choice, it’s one of the few universities that offers a dual honours degree with the chance to add in additional modules to compliment my studies.

Indicative modules

First year

  • Introductory Microeconomics
  • Why Politics Matters
  • Modern Democracies
  • Introductory Macroeconomics
  • Introduction to Global Political Economy
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Justice Authority and Power

Second year

  • Intermediate Microeconomics
  • Elections, Voters and Public Opinion
  • Statistics with Bloomberg
  • Open Economy Macroeconomics
  • The Politics of the European Union
  • British Government and Politics
  • Introduction to Econometrics
  • US Government and Politics
  • International Relations of the Environment
  • Freedom and Equality
  • Comtemporary Issues in Economics
  • Corporate Governance and Social Responsibility
  • International Organisation

Third Year

  • Dissertation
  • Advanced Topics in Microeconomics
  • Debating the Future of the European Union
  • The Politics of Development
  • Dynamic Macroeconomics
  • Risk Management and Derivatives
  • Education Politics and Policy
  • Human Rights
  • Applied Econometrics
  • Labour Economics

Chloe Dawson

Chloe Dawson

"I loved Keele when I came to look around and it was my top choice."

Accounting and Finance 2017