Economics and International Relations BA Hons

Studying Economics and International Relations at Lancaster gives you the opportunity to learn from some of the foremost academics in the field.
We place a strong emphasis on research and use it in the teaching of this course. Your degree is based on the politics that have shaped the modern world and you will learn from staff exploring issues such as war and governance and their impact on the global economy.

Entry Requirements

WASSCE: A one year Foundation Programme is required.
‘A’ levels: CCC or above (Direct entry into undergraduate level)
IB students: 27 points (Direct entry into undergraduate level)
IB French system: Overall mark of 9 in the total average score (All students outside France need a 6.5 IELTS score)
IELTS; 6.5 or above (minimum of 51 poInts per component)
Pearson: 65 or above (minimum of 51 points per component)

Course Overview 

The study of economics and the study of politics and international relations are closely related.  Within the international system, political and economic factors interact in many ways, and there are also important methodological links between the two disciplines.  
Based on contemporary politics, this research intensive course provides you with knowledge and skills that can be applied in real life situations. The combined degree explores the connection between economic and international political spheres, while providing an understanding of the main components of economics, namely economic theory; quantitative methods and economic history. It will develop your ability to analyse economic problems and evaluate the implications for economic policy through thorough understanding of the economic change process.


Year 1 Year 2
  • Statistics and Computing for Management
  • Managerial Economics
  • Understanding Politics and Governance
  • International Relations and Security
  • Intro to Management Science/ Operational Research
  • Politics of Development
  • Principles of Economics
  • Business and International Macroeconomics
  • Option
  • Option
* Year 2 Options: Game Theory, Applied Economics, Economic Policy
Year 3 (Two units  from Economics & IR)
Economic Modules IR Modules
  • Health Economics (0.5)
  • The Politics of Global Danger (0.5)
  • Public Economics (0.5)                         
  • Africa and Global Politics (0.5)
  • Industrial Organisation (0.5)
  • Contemporary Issues in Human Rights (0.5)
  • Development Economics (0.5)
  • Global Political Economy and the World Today (0.5)
  • International Business (0.5)
  • Dissertation (1.0)


  • - Coursework and Exam
  • - Form of assessment - essay, report, presentation, portfolio, create a website, generate a business, etc
  • - Exam periods: May and August


Careers Info

Graduates of this course develop a wide range of skills, which are highly valued by employers both in the UK and abroad. Together with a thorough understanding of global economics and politics, you’ll develop well-rounded communication, analytical and IT skills, all of which are increasingly sought after in the workplace. Typical career paths for our graduates include the civil service and local government, with a large number opting for positions in the private sector, in industries such as finance, accountancy and law.

Placement Opportunities:

We are engaged in industry where our careers department support and groom students for internships in various sectors such as banking, mining and telcos - just to name a few!