Politics and International Business BA (Joint Hons)

Key information


This programme takes advantage of the combined expertise of staff in Politics and in the University of Liverpool Management School and explores the links between politics and international business. 

You will be given a broad introduction to key theoretical and analytical approaches to understanding the relationship between politics and international business and will apply these approaches to everyday settings.

The international emphasis of this programme is unique and distinct and will provide you with access to cutting edge research in both Politics and the University of Liverpool Management School.

Programme in detail

In Year One, you will take a total of eight compulsory modules (worth 120 credits), four in Politics and four in International Business.

In Year Two, you will take modules that deal with the international political sphere. Modules included are International organisations and International finance – non-specialist.

In Year Three modules are available on International economic relations and International marketing.

Work placement/Year in industry

We have a number of different modules that you can choose from to develop your work place skills. In second year you can choose the module Politics in Action: placement scheme. This module will see you carrying out a placement in a local organisation, seeing how knowledge and understanding of politics is important in the work place. In third year you have a second opportunity to get involved in a Local Placement Scheme, again helping you to put your knowledge of the relationship between Politics and the work place in to action.


Department Key Facts

Number of first year students

184 Year One undergraduates in 2018

Graduate prospects

94% are employed or in further study six months after graduating (DLHE 2016/17)

Research performance

In the most recent Research Excellence Framework, 50% of our research impact was judged outstanding.
The Department produces research of international standing and engages in a wide range of dissemination and engagement work to ensure the impact of this work is maximised both within academia and beyond.

Why this subject?

Build your degree to reflect your interests

At Liverpool, you’ll get genuine diversity in the range of modules we offer with themes focused at national and international levels. Our programmes provide you with a solid foundation of political studies in Year One and we’ll then encourage and guide you to choose modules to develop your own specialist interests.

Strengthen your employability skills for a wide-range of careers

Our programmes are developed with a broad range of employers and industries in mind and the extensive critical, communication and research skills our students gain have meant our recent graduates have found success in a diverse range of careers.

Learn from research-active staff

You’ll explore theory and develop an understanding of historical, current and future developments. Study at Liverpool and immerse yourself in an environment where all your lecturers are actively researching and publishing in their specialist fields, with national and international reach.

Take placements to enhance your experience

We offer a range of placements including international exchange programmes at one of our partner universities and an exciting opportunity to secure a placement with an MP at Westminster.