Course information

Entry requirements

UCAS code


Entry requirements

A-level: BBB
IB: 33 points overall with Three HL subjects at 655


3 years full-time or a minimum of 4 years part-time

Course overview

Please note, this programme has been suspended for 2020 entry.


For 2020–21, we have made some changes to how the teaching and assessment of this programme are delivered. Find out more

This programme addresses the practice of politics in the ‘real-world’, in which every political choice is simultaneously an economic act, and every economic decision has indelible political consequences.

Why study BA Economics, Politics & Public Policy?

  • Studying Economics, Politics and Public Policy at Goldsmiths will put you at the heart of an evolving field, and a broad range of modules lets you tailor your degree to your own interests.
  • Our Political Economy Research Centre is dedicated to investigating social and cultural perspectives of economics, from inequality and debt to politics and sustainable prosperity.
  • You’ll explore how political conflict and economic cooperation go hand in hand, and learn how our political-economic questions and problems are inescapably social, with their roots in even our smallest daily activities.
  • You’ll develop the tools to explore and understand key ideas in politics and economics, preparing you for a career in a range of areas. You might work in campaigning, lobbying or local government, or use your skills in a charity, think tank or social research organisation.
  • Our London location means you’ll have Westminster, global business and diverse diasporas are all within easy travelling distance.
  • You’ll join an active community at one of the top political universities in the UK (Which? University 2017). You’ll be able to get involved in campaigns, debates, activities and societies and meet other people as passionate about the subject as you.

Contact the department

If you have specific questions about the degree, contact Dr Paul Gunn.

What you'll study

Year 1 (credit level 4)

In the first year, you take the following three compulsory modules:

Year 1 compulsory modules Module title Credits
  UK and European Comparative Governance and Politics 30 credits
  Political Theory and Ideologies 30 credits
  World Politics 30 credits

You then take either the following two modules:


Module title Credits
  Introduction to Political Economy 15 credits
  Introduction to Economic Policy 15 credits

or the following 30 credit IMS module:

Module title Credits
  Foundations of Economics 30 credits

Year 2 (credit level 5)

In the second year, you choose exactly 30 credits from the following list:

Module title Credits
  Topics in International Economics 15 credits
  International Political Economy 1 15 credits
  The Making of Global Capitalism 15 Credits
  Political Economy 30 credits

The remaining 90 credits of your second year are made up from the list of options currently available in the Department:

Year 2 option modules Module title Credits
  Making Modern Japan 15 credits
  Chinese Politics: The Revolutionary Era 15 credits
  Contemporary International Relations Theories 15 credits
  Europe Since 1945 15 credits
  Global Governance and World Order 15 credits
  Ideologies and Interests: Political Thought in Modern Britain 15 credits
  International Monetary Economics 15 credits
  Liberalism and its Critics 15 credits
  Life: A User's Manual 15 credits
  Modern Britain: Politics from 1979 - today 15 credits
  Modern Political Theory 30 credits
  International Politics of the Middle East 15 credits
  Politics of Vision 15 credits
  Rough Politics 15 credits
  US Politics and Foreign Policy 15 credits

Year 3 (credit level 6)

In your third year, you write a research dissertation worth 30 credits and also select at least 30 credits from a list of Political Economy/Economics modules which currently includes:

Year 3 modules Module title Credits
  New Radical Political Economy 30 credits
  Finance and the Global Political Economy 15 credits
  Ethics and Economics of Environmental Protection 15 credits
  International Political Economy 2 15 credits
  Liberal Government and Power 15 credits
  The Politics and Economics of Immigration 15 credits
  Companies in the World Economy 15 credits

You can then choose a further 60 credits from the available list of modules in the Department of Politics and International Relations.

These can include those modules listed above, as well as the following examples:

Year 3 option modules Module title Credits
  An(other) China: Streetscenes of Politics 15 credits
  An(other) IR – Views from the South 15 credits
  Anarchism 15 credits
  Beyond All Reason 15 credits
  Britain and Europe 15 credits
  Colonialism and Non-Western Political Thought 15 credits
  Critical Security Studies 15 credits
  Feminist Politics 15 credits
  Political Islam: Ideology and Discourse 15 credits
  Nationalist Conflict and International Intervention 15 credits
  Politics of Conflict and Peacebuilding in Contemporary Africa 15 credits
  Rhetoric and Politics 15 credits
  Work Placement 15 credits
  An(other) Japan: Politics, Ideology and Culture 15 credits
  The Political Economy of International Development Assistance 15 credits
  The Politics of Popular Music 15 credits
  Feminist Economics 15 Credits

Teaching style

This programme is mainly taught through scheduled learning - a mixture of lectures, seminars and workshops. You’ll also be expected to undertake a significant amount of independent study. This includes carrying out required and additional reading, preparing topics for discussion, and producing essays or project work.

The following information gives an indication of the typical proportions of learning and teaching for each year of this programme*:

  • Year 1 - 15% scheduled learning, 85% independent learning
  • Year 2 - 13% scheduled learning, 87% independent learning
  • Year 3 - 11% scheduled learning, 89% independent learning

How you’ll be assessed

You’ll be assessed by a variety of methods, depending on your module choices. These include coursework, examinations, group work and projects.

The following information gives an indication of how you can typically expect to be assessed on each year of this programme*:

  • Year 1 - 75% coursework, 25% written exam
  • Year 2 - 60% coursework, 40% written exam, 3% practical
  • Year 3 - 100% coursework

*Please note that these are averages are based on enrolments for 2019/20. Each student’s time in teaching, learning and assessment activities will differ based on individual module choices. Find out more about how this information is calculated.

Credits and levels of learning

An undergraduate honours degree is made up of 360 credits – 120 at Level 4, 120 at Level 5 and 120 at Level 6. If you are a full-time student, you will usually take Level 4 modules in the first year, Level 5 in the second, and Level 6 modules in your final year. A standard module is worth 30 credits. Some programmes also contain 15-credit half modules or can be made up of higher-value parts, such as a dissertation or a Major Project.

Download the programme specification. If you would like an earlier version of the programme specification, please contact the Quality Office.

Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.

Entry requirements

We accept the following qualifications:

A-level: BBB
International Baccalaureate: 33 points overall with Three HL subjects at 655
Access: Pass with 45 Level 3 credits including 30 Distinctions and a number of merits/passes in subject-specific modules
Scottish qualifications: BBBBC (Higher) or BBC (Advanced Higher)
European Baccalaureate: 75%
Irish Leaving Certificate: H2 H2 H2 H2

International qualifications

We also accept a wide range of international qualifications. Find out more about the qualifications we accept from around the world.

If English isn’t your first language, you will need an IELTS score (or equivalent English language qualification) of 6.0 with a 6.0 in writing and no element lower than 5.5 to study this programme. If you need assistance with your English language, we offer a range of courses that can help prepare you for degree-level study.

Fees & funding

Annual tuition fees

The fees for 2021 will be made available soon, but for reference these were the fees for 2020.

  • Home - full-time: £9250
  • Home - part-time: £4625
  • EU - full-time: £9250
  • EU - part-time: £4625
  • International - full-time: £16390

If your fees are not listed here, please check our undergraduate fees guidance or contact the Fees Office, who can also advise you about how to pay your fees.

It’s not currently possible for international students to study part-time if you require a Tier 4 student visa, however this is currently being reviewed and will be confirmed in the new year. Please read our visa guidance in the interim for more information. If you think you might be eligible to study part-time while being on another visa type, please contact our Admissions Team for more information.

If you are looking to pay your fees please see our guide to making a payment.

Additional costs

In addition to your tuition fees, you'll be responsible for any additional costs associated with your course, such as buying stationery and paying for photocopying. You can find out more about what you need to budget for on our study costs page.

There may also be specific additional costs associated with your programme. This can include things like paying for field trips or specialist materials for your assignments. Please check the programme specification for more information.

Funding opportunities

We offer a wide range of scholarships and bursaries, and our careers service can also offer advice on finding work during your studies. Find out more about funding your studies with us.



This programme will develop you intellectually, and will enhance your transferable and communication skills – learning to plan your workload, to research solutions, and to express your ideas coherently.


Our graduates go on to a wide variety of careers. Some go on to postgraduate study or further training in law, accountancy, social work, business administration, or to specialise in one area of their academic studies, whilst others go directly into employment.

Recent graduates have found employment in administration and management; in various departments of central and local government; in finance, in the media; in research and computing; in voluntary agencies; in health, education and housing management; the probation service; in company management, and as lecturers and teachers.

Find out more about employability at Goldsmiths. You can also find out more about the career options open to you after you graduate on our Politics and International Relations careers pages.