Home>Study>Economics and International Relations BA Hons

BA Hons





Study method




About the Programme

Studying Economics and International Relations with us gives you the opportunity to learn from some of the foremost academics in the field.  

We place 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 issues such as war and governance and their impact on the global economy as well as the economics that inform the policies in the country.  If you are interested in economies, how they are run and how they relate to other economies then this is the perfect course for you!

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. This blend is particularly useful because it prepares you for pursuing undergraduate degrees in numerous fields focused around economics and/or international relations.

Based on contemporary politics, this research intensive course provides you with the 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.

At Lancaster University Ghana, you will have the added advantage of attending guest lectures from practitioners in respected organisations to give you an overview of working in industry and guide you along your career path by giving career advice and answering any questions you may have.

Your department

Lancaster University Ghana

Analytical skills

Economics and International Relations degrees emphasize critical thinking and analytical skills. Graduates are equipped with the ability to analyse complex economic and political issues, evaluate data, and make informed decisions. These skills are highly valued in various industries and can be applied to problem-solving and strategic decision-making in the workplace.

Understanding of Global dynamics

With a focus on international relations, this degree provides a comprehensive understanding of global politics, economics, and the interactions between nations. This knowledge is valuable for companies operating in international markets, government agencies, non-profit organizations, and businesses with global operations. Graduates are equipped with the ability to navigate the complexities of global business environments and understand the impact of international events on economic and political landscapes.

Policy analysis

Economics and International Relations graduates have a strong foundation in policy analysis. They can assess the impact of economic and political policies on various stakeholders, evaluate potential outcomes, and propose solutions. This skill set is sought after in government agencies, think tanks and policy research organizations.

Research and Data analysis

These degrees emphasize research skills, including collecting and analysing data, conducting literature reviews, and writing reports. These skills are valuable in many industries, including market research, consulting, and academia. Graduates can contribute to evidence-based decision-making, conduct economic and policy research, and provide insights into market trends and dynamics.

Quantitative skills

Economics and International Relations programmes often involve rigorous coursework in mathematics, statistics, and econometrics. These quantitative skills are highly sought after in many industries, including finance, data analysis, and market research.

A strong foundation for further education

An economics degree provides a solid foundation for further education, such as pursuing a master’s or doctoral degree in economics or related fields. This can lead to more specialized career opportunities and higher earning potential.

Transferable skills

Economics graduates develop a range of transferable skills, including communication, problem-solving, data analysis, and research skills. These skills are applicable in various industries and can be valuable assets in the job market.

Three reasons to study with us

Economics and International Relations is a flexible, academically rigorous programme of study that prepares you from day one for a fulfilling, challenging career. There is a lot to take in and we would love you to get in touch to find out more, but if you take away anything from your visit today let it be these three things:

  1. We are Inclusive. We understand that our students come to economics from a variety of backgrounds and with a variety of outcomes in mind. We welcome them all and can help them fulfil those ambitions whether they are to work on the trading floor, or shape public policy.
  2. We are Academically rigorous. Economics is a toolkit, a way of thinking that can be applied to many fields. We are academically rigorous and as such, we don’t just react to changes like NFTs or Crypto currencies, we take our students by the hand and show them how things really are.
  3. We are Flexible. Our programmes are tailored to our students’ passions and interests. We offer Economics with other programmes of study and in some circumstances, allow students to change their programme of study at the end of part one.

Ranked in the Top 100 worldwide

Lancaster is ranked 85th worldwide for Business and Economics in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings by subject 2022.

Course Structure

Year 1
Year 2
Year 3
  • Principles of Economics
  • Statistics and Computing for Management
  • Introduction to Management Science / Operational Theory
  • Microeconomic Analysis
  • Macroeconomic Analysis
  • Game Theory
  • Applied Economics
  • Issues in Contemporary Politics & Philosophy
  • Public Policy
  • Public Sector Economics
  • Industrial Organisation
  • Development Economics
  • Global Media Classroom
  • International Political Economy of Globalisation
  • International Business

* Year 2 Options: Game Theory, Applied Economics, Economic Policy

Fees and Funding

For full details of the fees for this programme, and the University’s financial support packages including eligibility criteria, please click here.

Additional costs

An accordion content area

Scholarships and Bursaries

Details of our scholarships and bursaries for 2024-entry study are not yet available, but you can use our opportunities for 2023-entry applicants as guidance.

Check our current list of scholarships and bursaries.


Employability is one of the key objectives of this course and the modules prepares you (as well as gives you an edge) to be able to get employed with the necessary skills needed in the industry you plan to practice in.  It also prepares you if you intend on continuing this subject as a professional course.

We combine the practical aspects of finance with the business environment – as a student here, you will have the added advantage of being able to engage with and use case studies from real firms to aid you in understanding and appreciating finance first hand.

Your skills acquired during this course will allow you to gain strong skills in time management, resource management, qualitative decision making and analytical thinking. These are the essential skills necessary for managers in any industry and/or company to make impactful and informative decisions which ultimately contribute to the success of the company.

Grade Requirements

‘A’ Levels

Pass in 3 ‘A’ Level subjects at grade CCC or 96 tariff points plus grade C or 4 in five GCE/IGCSE or Grade 6 in GCE ‘O’ Level subjects including English and Mathematics.

Full Diploma Certificate is ABCE

Also applicant must have had credit passes in five (5) subjects including English Language, Mathematics, Integrated Science or Social Studies in the General Business Certificate Examination (GBCE) or Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination (SSCE) or West African Senior Secondary School Certificate Examinations (WASSCE)

Higher National Diplomas (HND)

from a recognised Polytechnic in Ghana with a Final Grade Point Average (FGPA) of 3.0 or better in any field, are eligible to apply to this UG programme. In addition, such applicants MUST have WASSCE Grade C6 in the best 6 subjects, to include three core subjects and three electives (core subjects must include English Language, Mathematics and Integrated Science or Social Studies) OR Grade C or 4 in five GCE/IGCSE or Grade 6 in GCE ‘O’ Level subjects including English and Mathematics.

International Baccalaureate

Overall mark of 27 points in total average score with 16 points from the best three HL subjects with English and Mathematics and Higher Level Grade 5 or Standard Level Grade 6.

French Baccalaureate

Overall mark of 10 as a total average score with a minimum of 11 in the English Language and 11 in Mathematics.

Option International Baccalaureate (OIB)

overall marks of 9.5 in the total average score with a minimum 10.5 in English Language and 10.5 in Mathematics.

USA High School Graduation Diploma

2.8 GPA plus grades 3,3 and 3 in AP (Group A subjects).

Canada Secondary School Diploma

Ontario: 60% average in six Grade 12 U or M level courses

First degree

from any recognised university.


Overall, an Economics and International Relations degree provides individuals with a strong foundation in economic and political analysis, consulting, global dynamics, and research skills. These skills are highly transferable and can lead to diverse and rewarding career opportunities.

Economists play a crucial role in shaping public policy decisions. With an economics and international relations degree, individuals can contribute to policy discussions and make a positive change in their society.

The objective of this course is to encourage you to think and rethink the political decisions that are taking place in our economy on a day to day basis.