The University of Sheffield
Economics and Politics BA (Hons)
The University of Sheffield

Key Course Facts

Course Description

Sheffield is one of only a few universities in the north of England with a stand-alone economics department. Our staff are internationally respected. They advise UK government departments and international organisations such as the World Bank.

The department is large enough to cover a lot of specialist topics, which means more choice for you. We also offer the option of a year-long work placement with a relevant organisation.

The Department of Politics, where you will spend roughly half your time, is one of the very best places in the UK to study politics. The Times Good University Guide 2018 puts us in the top ten. Staff here pioneered an undergraduate module that’s accredited and co-taught by the House of Commons. The idea has since been imitated all over the world.

Some of our graduates become professional economists. Others go into related professions such as banking, insurance and accounting. Some work for organisations such as Deloitte, Nestle, Rolls-Royce, the Office of Budget Responsibility and the Houses of Parliament.

Student Reviews

Below you can see course specific reviews for 85 graduates of Economics and Politics BA (Hons) at The University of Sheffield for each of the survey questions in comparison to the average for all UK degree courses in Economics.

Overall student satisfaction
75 /100
85 total respondents

Primarily based on data from undergraduate degree students.

The NSS is commissioned by the Office for Students


Salary of Graduates of Economics and Politics BA (Hons) at The University of Sheffield

Important: Salary data below is not course specific, but contains data of all students of Economics and Politics BA (Hons) at the university. Due to data collection methodology, salary data is mainly based on data related to undergraduate students.

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £29000 £32000 £43000
25-75 percentile range £22000 - £32500 £25000 - £39000 £32500 - £54000

Salary of all UK Graduates of Economics

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £26854 £28441 £36688
25-75 percentile range £22289 - £31790 £22117 - £36811 £26723 - £49160

What You Will Learn

Programme content: As a student of Economics and Politics, BA (Hons) you will study the following course modules.

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Jobs & Career Perspectives

15 months after graduation, graduates of this course were asked about what they do and, if they are working, about their current job and their perspectives.

Current jobs

Job in line with future plans

Utilise skills from studies

Work is meaningful

Required skill level of job after 15 months

% Skilled jobs

Jobs of graduates of this course (15 months after graduation)

Example below based on all graduates of Economics and Politics BA (Hons) at The University of Sheffield

35% Business, Research and Administrative Professionals
15% Sales occupations
15% Administrative occupations
15% Finance Professionals
10% Leisure, travel and related personal service occupations

Entry Requirements / Admissions

Minimum Required UCAS Tariff

UCAS Tariff of Accepted Students for this course

Qualification requirements

60 credits overall with 45 credits at Level 3, including 36 credits at Distinction and 9 credits at Merit

in a relevant subject + A at A Level

in a relevant EPQ + ABB

in a relevant subject (relevant subjects are Applied Law, Applied Science, Business, Enterprise and Entrepreneurship or Personal and Business Finance)

+ AA

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Tuition Fees Economics and Politics BA (Hons)

England UK £9250 year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 year 1
Scotland £9250 year 1
Wales £9250 year 1
International £19050 year 1
England UK £9250 year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 year 1
Scotland £9250 year 1
Wales £9250 year 1
International £20000 year 1

Additional fee information

The annual fee for your course includes a number of items in addition to your tuition. If an item or activity is classed as a compulsory element for your course, it will normally be included in your tuition fee. There are also other costs which you may need to consider.

For further information, please see

Average student cost of living in the UK

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

How to apply

Application deadline:

January 1, 2024

This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.

Possible Entry Points:

  • year 1 (Default entry point)

University Rankings

Positions of The University of Sheffield in top UK and global rankings.

Rankings of The University of Sheffield in related subject specific rankings.


    • #11 
    • #69 
    Economics & Business
    NTU by Subject
    [Published 20 October, 2021]

Social Studies & Humanities

    • #22 
    • #31 
    CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
    [Published 13 June, 2022]
    • #39 
    • #50 
    The Guardian University League Tables by Subject
    [Published 24 September, 2022]
    • #8 
    • #64 
    URAP University Ranking by Academic Performance - By Subject
    [Published 06 June, 2020]
    • #11 
    • #76 
    ARWU by subject - Academic Ranking of World Universities - ShanghaiRanking
    [Published 26 May, 2021]

See all university rankings of The University of Sheffield

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About The University of Sheffield

The University of Sheffield is a government funded research university based in Sheffield, England. The university’s vision is to change the world for the better through the power and application of ideas and knowledge. This university does not have campuses, but instead approximately 430 buildings that are located quite close to each other in Sheffield’s metropolitan city centre.

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Where is this programme taught

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