Undergraduate BA (Hons)

Economics and Politics
with a Year in Industry

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

Our degree is your first step to a wide range of careers, from accountancy and banking, to national and local governments. We provide you with the tools that economists have developed for analysing real economic problems and the tools used in politics to the analysis of political ideas, practices and issues in the global arena.

Shape your degree outside the classroom with our thriving student led societies. Kent Invest focusses on financial markets holding an annual trading competition. The Economics Society explores issues of the moment through the lens of the discipline, culminating in an annual networking conference. The Politics and International Relations Society hosts public speaker events covering thought-provoking topics which allow the opportunity for discussion between members.

Reasons to study Economics with Politics with Year in Industry at Kent

  • you'll study in a supportive learning community, ranked 22nd for student satisfaction in The Complete University Guide 2023 (Economics)
  • you'll learn from inspiring lecturers who advise UK, European and international organisations
  • you'll gain ongoing support through our employability team, regular workshops and alumni talks, as well as our dedicated academic adviser and peer mentoring scheme.

What you'll learn

You'll be introduced to economic theory and practice as well as the fundamentals of political science. There’s also an opportunity to choose specialist modules that suit your interests in topics such as financial crises, policy analysis, mathematical economics, political economy, and the politics of the European Union. 

In your Year in Industry, you will enhance your CV and have the opportunity to apply your academic skills in a practical context. 

Year in industry

This programme includes an opportunity to spend a year working in industry between Stages 2 and 3. This greatly enhances your CV and gives you the opportunity to apply your academic skills in a practical context. In previous years students have worked at:

  • Bank of England
  • Government Economic Service (GES)
  • Deloitte
  • Ernst & Young
  • PwC
  • Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

You are responsible for finding your placements, but the School offers structured support for the application process. You must pass Stage 2 of your degree before you can embark on the year in industry.

Why study Economics and Politics at Kent?

Here to help.

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.

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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.

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)

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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