Economics optional modules
Students must take 30 credits from:
- Current Economic Issues
- Mathematical Economics and Econometrics
- Mathematical Economics and Statistical Methods
- Quantitative Economics
- Quantitative Methods
Are you curious about understanding the relationship between politics and economics? Are you interested in how political systems shape the economic decisions that affect our daily lives?
On our BA Politics and Economics degree, you'll delve into the world of global and comparative politics and learn about the micro and macroeconomic principles that underpin our economic society. You'll gain an understanding of the choices we make as individuals, as well as the decisions that are made by governments on our behalf. You'll explore the complex political and economic processes that impact us on a local, national, and global scale.
You can tailor your studies to your career aspirations with our optional modules. Whether you're interested in international trade, global security, or any other area, we provide you with the opportunity to specialise and follow your career interests.
Our graduates have gone on to successful careers in the private, public, and charitable sectors. Whether you're interested in working as a parliamentary assistant, councillor, civil servant, researcher, or data analyst, our course can help you achieve your career goals. Our alumni have secured jobs at top organisations such as AON, the BBC, Citibank, Civil Service, House of Commons, and Unison.
The above is a sample of the typical modules we offer but is not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules that will be available in any given year. Modules (including methods of assessment) may change or be updated, or modules may be cancelled, over the duration of the course due to a number of reasons such as curriculum developments or staffing changes. This content was last updated on Tuesday 30 May 2023.
Teaching is primarily by lecture and seminar. In lectures, all students taking the module are introduced to a topic. In seminars, students are split into smaller groups to discuss prepared work.
This means that one hour you might be sitting in a big lecture hall listening to a lecture; the next, you could be in a small group trying to work out the meaning of a key political text or tract. In seminars, we also utilise individual and group presentations, films, role-plays and simulations.
As part of our commitment to research-led teaching excellence, we make widespread use of internet-based teaching strategies to complement lectures and seminars. These may be core texts, chapters, articles, video clips or visual materials such as propaganda posters and election manifestoes. This approach will enable you to develop crucial IT skills as you learn the discipline of politics.
The majority of teaching is delivered through lectures, tutorials, seminars and computer laboratory classes.
We aim to provide a learning environment that will enrich your life and live up to the ideal of a global education. You will engage directly in our common pursuit of cutting-edge, policy relevant and curiosity-driven research.
We present you with a variety of different challenges and types of assessment, including exams, essays, verbal presentations and projects. Each unit is assessed separately, meaning there are no daunting final exams at the end of your degree.
You will be given a copy of our marking criteria which provides guidance on how your work is marked. Your work will be marked in a timely manner and you will receive feedback on the tasks you are given.
At the end of each semester you will be examined on the modules you have taken. All modules have some exam-based assessment, with the exception of a dissertation in the third year, and some modules also contain seminar or essay-based elements.
Most exams consist of compulsory and optional questions. Compulsory questions allow you to write for either 15 or 30 minutes on a particular topic, briefly defining or explaining a concept or theory. Long answers allow you 45 to 60 minutes (depending on the module) to write an essay on a particular issue.
Students must take 120 credits in a year, which are typically spread across semester and year-long modules. Each 20 credits of modules assume roughly 200 hours of taught and independent study. In your first year, taught study will include a mix of lectures, small-group seminars, and lecture engagement sessions.
At Nottingham, you will acquire a strong academic foundation and a range of excellent transferable skills, such as the ability to study independently and communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.
You will leave us with specialist knowledge of international issues and political systems that will enhance your global career prospects. You will also have the capacity to grasp complicated economic concepts, whether they are mathematical or philosophical in nature.
Our graduates develop careers across the private, public and charitable sectors. Private sector destinations include print and television journalism, broadcasting, television and ﬁlm production, advertising, marketing and personnel as well as the commercial and ﬁnancial sectors. Some go into party politics as parliamentary assistants, councillors in local government and even MPs; others work for the civil service and in research and data analysis.
Third-sector careers include working for non-governmental organisations, charities and development agencies. Some graduates opt for further study or take vocational qualiﬁcations in postgraduate law or teaching.
Recent graduates have go on to work at organisations such as AON, the BBC, Citibank, Civil Service, House of Commons, Liberal Democrats, Perrett Laver, Policy Exchange and Unison.
82.9% of undergraduates from the School of Politics and International Relations secured graduate level employment or further study within 15 months of graduation. The average annual salary for these graduates was £27,509.*
* HESA Graduate Outcomes 2019/20 data published in 2022. The Graduate Outcomes % is derived using The Guardian University Guide methodology. The average annual salary is based on graduates working full-time within the UK.
Studying for a degree at the University of Nottingham will provide you with the type of skills and experiences that will prove invaluable in any career, whichever direction you decide to take.
Throughout your time with us, our Careers and Employability Service can work with you to improve your employability skills even further; assisting with job or course applications, searching for appropriate work experience placements and hosting events to bring you closer to a wide range of prospective employers.
Have a look at our careers page for an overview of all the employability support and opportunities that we provide to current students.
The University of Nottingham is consistently named as one of the most targeted universities by Britain’s leading graduate employers (Ranked in the top ten in The Graduate Market in 2013-2020, High Fliers Research).
The course is unique in that it provides you an opportunity to improve your mathematical skills, whilst also gaining a much greater perspective of the world than you would do on pure politics or economics courses.
BA Politics and Economics