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Undergraduate BA (Hons)

Economics and Politics

By understanding the relationship between economics and politics, you will open doors to a range of careers from consultancy and banking, to national, international and local governments.
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Course overview

Gain the modern tools economists use to analyse real economic problems, and the tools used in politics to understand how ideas and political systems shape what citizens, businesses, and governments do. This degree gives you analytical, data, and communication skills, and a unique perspective on the way the world works.  

This unique - and informed - perspective on the world is valuable not only to you, but to employers. The understanding of the context our world operates in gives you a head start in any career you are looking to jump into. More specifically, we give you the ideal skillset, knowledge and confidence to go into careers where you can make a real difference. Your future could be in banking, NGO's, government or the UN, but whatever you do, you'll be able to effect change in the places you want to see it. 

This programme is also available with a Year in Industry, so you can get a taste of whatever industry you want to go into and boost your career prospects as part of your degree. 

Why study Economics and Politics at Kent?

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Study in a supportive learning community, ranked 22nd for student satisfaction in The Complete University Guide 2023.


Create your network.

Join our student-led societies: you could expand your network with Kent Invest or get a taste for geo-politics with Kent's Model UN.

Kickstart your career

This course is designed in partnership with alumni and employers to prepare you for the world of work. 

Get inspired.

Learn from inspiring lecturers who advise governments, businesses, and international organisations.  

Make a difference

Politics and economics are deeply ingrained within our society. An understanding of them means you can go out into the world, make your mark and effect change.

Everything you need to know about our Economics and Politics course

Entry requirements

Typical A level offer
The University will consider applications from students offering a wide range of qualifications. Click below to find out more.

Course structure

You’ll choose specialist modules from across Economics and Politics in areas such as financial crises, the EU and the UN, terrorism, macro and microeconomics, the radical right, the rise of China or international trade. Our broad remit means you'll be able to cover all the areas and issues that are most important to you.

How you'll study

You'll be taught by a combination of lectures and small group sessions, which include seminars, computing practicals, problem sets, debates and role-play games.

The skills have prepared me to support countries undergoing International Conflict.

Kent alumna Abena Oppong-Asare MP was in The Women in Westminster: The 100 list for 2022.

Your future

Our Economics and Politics graduates have excellent prospects, and we are committed to helping you achieve success. Your combination of skills sets you up for a range of roles in areas such as: accountancy, banking and finance, journalism and government. Some of the top employers for our graduates include:

  • Barclays.
  • Citibank
  • Deloitte
  • Goldman Sachs
  • HMRC
  • PwC
  • UK government
  • British Council
UK economics graduate salaries
Very high
Average base pay (23 salaries)

Meet our recent graduates

If you meet someone in the industry who is also a Kent alumni, they are happy to network with you.

Tapasya Bhandari, Bank of England

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2024 entry

The 2024/25 annual tuition fees for this course are:


  • UK
  • EU
  • International

For details of when and how to pay fees and charges, please see our Student Finance Guide.

For students continuing on this programme, fees will increase year on year by no more than RPI + 3% in each academic year of study except where regulated.* 

Your fee status

The University will assess your fee status as part of the application process. If you are uncertain about your fee status you may wish to seek advice from UKCISA before applying.

Fees for year in industry

Fees for undergraduate students are £1,850.

Fees for year abroad

Fees for undergraduate students are £1,385.

Students studying abroad for less than one academic year will pay full fees according to their fee status.

Find out more about accommodation and living costs, plus general additional costs that you may pay when studying at Kent.

Kent offers generous financial support schemes to assist eligible undergraduate students during their studies. See our funding page for more details. 


We have a range of subject-specific awards and scholarships for academic, sporting and musical achievement.

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Next steps

Ready to apply?

If you are from the UK or Ireland, you must apply for this course through UCAS. If you are not from the UK or Ireland, you can apply through UCAS or directly on our website if you have never used UCAS and you do not intend to use UCAS in the future.

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