Each year you will take two course units in each subject, including both core and optional units, allowing you to specialise in specific areas of interest.
In the first year, you will take Principles of Economics and Quantitative Methods in Economics I. These will provide the analytical framework of economics and the quantitative and statistical tools used in the field. In the second year, you will take Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, and in the final year you will have the choice of two Economics course units, including an optional dissertation, giving you the opportunity to specialise.
You'll also gain a thorough grounding in politics and international relations by analysing and criticising classic and contemporary texts. You'll study the growth of globalisation and its effects on nations, regions and their dealings with each other. Your studies will address questions such as; how have policy makers guided the evolution of the world's different systems of government? Is democracy a universal pattern that can be applied regardless of history and culture? And how well are international institutions performing in advancing human rights and the rule of law?
Throughout the course, you will:
appreciate and apply the core theories of micro and macroeconomics
understand and apply mathematical and statistical techniques to analyse and solve economic problems
map the political currents that have shaped our world and understand how they interact with each other – and how the models underlying them can be challenged
appreciate the theory and practice of diplomacy, the mechanisms of international consensus-building, and the role of transnational institutions.
All undergraduate degree courses at Royal Holloway are based on the course unit system. This system provides an effective and flexible approach to study, while ensuring that our degrees have a coherent and developmental structure. In the case of combined degree courses, this approach also makes it possible to change the balance of your subjects during your time at Royal Holloway.
The websites of the Department of Economics and the Department of Politics and International Relations give detailed lists of the course units taken for each different degree.
View the full course specification for Economics, Politics and International Relations (BSc) in the Programme Specification Repository.