Economic and Social Policy (BSc): 3-year, full-time

Year of entry


Start date

October 2017


Central London


Fully Approved




3 years full-time


3-4 evenings a week, September to June

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This programme will give you a greater depth of understanding of real-world issues and allow you to study economic, social and geographical theories while learning how to apply them to contemporary policy issues.

The programme responds to recent concerns from students and employers that standard economics programmes often contain narrow and uncritical content. By contrast, this programme will prepare you for jobs in the private or public sector that require clear and concise interpretations of policy issues and an understanding of the interface between economic, social, political and geographical change.

The first two years will provide you with core interdisciplinary skills and a broad understanding of policy and context. In subsequent years, you can choose greater specialisation in economics or other disciplines as you wish.

This programme is also available for part-time evening study over four years.

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  • The programme offers a well-integrated interdisciplinary core, while allowing students to adopt academic specialisms if they wish in their final year. In so doing, students obtain a broad and balanced perspective.
  • We have an excellent reputation for the quality of our teaching, providing training for diverse employers, including the Treasury and the Bank of England.
  • In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), more than half of our research outputs in Economics were ranked world-leading or internationally excellent.
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Course structure

You are required to complete 12 modules to obtain 360 credit points.

Six compulsory modules are covered in the first two years, providing an integrated base of social science modules on which to build deeper knowledge in subsequent choices of two option modules.

In the third year, you choose four option modules from a wide range offered by the three participating departments.

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Compulsory modules

Indicative option modules

The option modules available from year to year are subject to change. This is an indicative list of option modules.

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