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​The Politics and Economics programme explores ways in which wealth is created and distributed within the modern globalised world and the political systems through which people are taxed and provided with services. These are issues at the heart of our everyday world – from what we do for a living, where and how we live, and how we relate to others.

Year 12 Students - Find out more about this course on a Subject Focus Day.​

Course Benefits

  • ​The opportunity to blend study in the UK with study and work abroad
  • A course led by academics who are recognised authorities in their subject areas, with ongoing national and international research and publishing profiles
  • Graduates in Politics and Economics will be well placed to take advantage of the opportunities arising out of increasing globalisation and activity outside of European Markets
  • The programme offers interactive, engaging activities, based on live developments in both the domestic and international economic scene

More reasons to choose Leeds Trinity University

Course Information

Our programme has been designed to provide a successful and engaging route into the subject for those with an interest in developing highly marketable expertise and qualifications in this most relevant and important field of study. No prior knowledge of politics or economics is assumed, but candidates should have a genuine interest in current political, social, and economic affairs and be keen to learn how to apply economic analysis to a range of real world issues and debates.

Students will be equipped with the knowledge and skills required to engage in a variety of post graduate careers, from banking and brokerage to politics and public services.  Substantial placement periods throughout the programme provide the opportunity to explore the range of careers that interest you before you graduate and therefore help you develop practical insight and experience in the sector you choose to enter.

Read our full course terms and conditions.

​On this course the modules are designed to help you develop your skills across your three years of study in the following areas: 
  • Ethics and Society
  • Classical Political Theory
  • British Politics
  • The European Union
  • Contemporary Political Theory
  • Politics and the Media
  • Political Science
  • Global Crises
  • Freedom of Speech
  • Counter-Terrorism
  • Politics in Literature and Film
  • Democracy and Democratization

Learning and Teaching

Year 1 – 16.8% of scheduled learning and teaching; 208 hours of scheduled learning and teaching; 832 hours of independent teaching; 200 hours on placement

Year 2 – 14.8% of scheduled learning and teaching; 185 hours of scheduled learning and teaching; 880 hours of independent teaching; 188 hours on placement

Year 3 – 13.3% of scheduled learning and teaching; 159 hours of scheduled learning and teaching; 1,041 hours of independent teaching

At Leeds Trinity we aim to provide an excellent student experience and a personal approach to helping students achieve their academic and professional potential. We have a strong tradition of supporting student employability, with relevant skills embedded in the curriculum and professional work placements included in all our undergraduate programmes.

The key themes of our strategy are student confidence, professionalism and social responsibility.  To help students achieve their potential we emphasise learning as a collaborative process, with a range of student-led and directed activities.  This approach ensures that students fully engage in shaping their own learning, developing their critical thinking and reflective skills so that they can identify their own strengths and weaknesses, and use the extensive learning support system we offer to shape their own development.  Our full Learning, Teaching and Assessment Strategy can be accessed here.


The Leeds Trinity University Politics and International Relations programme combines insights from political analysis (theoretical and institutional) with media and their integration in the context of both professional practice and research. Each of these aspects feeds into and helps develop the others, creating a programme that is theoretical and applied, academic and professional.

Politics and International Relations students use a variety of research methods, tools and techniques to analyse the diverse range of political phenomena and to gather different kinds of data from a range of sources. You will interpret those data in the light of political theories and relate your findings to ongoing developments in and challenges to national and international policy. The knowledge this generates is used to develop understanding of contemporary political problems and help shape responses to them.

The programme's provision of political analysis explores political institutions (both in Britain and in wider global contexts); political theories; political communication, and the evolving complexities that challenge and pressure each of these areas.

The research provision develops the capacity for critical thinking at different levels: rhetorical analysis of political communication; theoretical analysis of political programmes, and analysis of statistical evidence (the use and abuse of numbers).

The professional learning provision provides opportunities, at each level, for sustained engagement with relevant political practitioners. Through this provision students have the opportunity to explore the range of employment opportunities available for careers in politics within the programme; to experience mentorship, and to establish a network of contacts. In addition, you will be required to complete at least two placements on your programme.


Breakdown of course assessment:

Year 1 – 92.5% coursework; 7.5% practical exams

Year 2 - 80% coursework; 11.7% written exams; 8.3% practical exams

Year 3 – 91.7% coursework; 8.3% practical exams

A variety of assessment methods are used, matched to the learning outcomes for the programme, to enable students to demonstrate the full range of knowledge and skills that they have developed.  There is some scope for students to be involved in negotiating and evaluating some assessment.

In addition to each of your module assessments you will take a programme level assessment in each of the first and second year of your programme. This is designed to assess your understanding of everything you have been taught and to help you to understand how different elements of your degree fit together to make a coherent programme.

You will be given weekly directed activities to complete in each module. These will contribute marks towards the final module assessment and reward engagement with the content of the module. They will also help you to check your understanding of what has been taught. Some of these activities may include further reading or preparation tasks for seminars. Some of the tasks will be completed online and may include quizzes which provide you with instant feedback on your understanding of the module content. In some modules lecturers may place some of the taught content on videos which you may be required to watch prior to attending a class. This will free up time for you to work on meaningful projects in class.

On this programme there are some assessments which are marked on a pass/fail basis rather than graded. Please note that these assessments are excluded from the calculations made to produce the figures published in the Key Information Set (KIS) for this programme/subject.

Typically, our entry offer for this degree course is 112 UCAS tariff points.

UK & EU Students:

Tuition fees cost £9,250 a year for this course in 2018-19. Part-time tuition fees would be pro-rated accordingly to the number of credits you're studying. Depending on government policy, tuition fees may rise with inflation in future yearsFind out more here.

Living costs will also need to be taken in to consideration. Find out more about accommodation and costs here.

Leeds Trinity offers a range of bursaries and scholarships to help support students while you study. Get more information about bursaries and scholarships here.

International Students:

Tuition fees cost £11,250 per year for this course starting in 2017-18. Part-time study is not available for international students on a Tier 4 Student Visa. Tuition fees for 2018-19 will be set in summer 2017Find out more

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Professional Work Placements

​All students will complete a five-week business placement at the end of the first and second years. These placements can be arranged in the UK or abroad and in the particular sector and industry which you would like to explore.

More about placements

Following the course, you will be qualified to study at postgraduate level in areas such as MA International Business and PGCE Historywhich we provide here at Leeds Trinity. 

Our Campus

We can't help but brag – our campus has everything you need for an amazing student life. There is food, drink and entertainment for you and your friends to enjoy, day and night. You'll have access to our £2.2 million sports and fitness centre and find peace and quiet in the Chapel. 
Sleep through your alarm? You can wake up in one of our seven halls of residence, grab your breakfast and head to a lecture all within 15 minutes.  

Our Students’ Union (LTSU) is run by students, for the students so you'll be sure to get the most out of your university life with a range of social activities, clubs and societies whether on campus or in Leeds.

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