Politics and International Business BA (Joint Hons) Add to your prospectus

  • Offers study abroad opportunities Offers study abroad opportunities
  • Opportunity to study for a year in China Offers a Year in China

Key information


  • Course length: 3 years
  • UCAS code: LN21
  • Year of entry: 2019
  • Typical offer: A-level : ABB / IB : 33 / BTEC : Applications considered
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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 from the alternative combination of ‘politics and business’, offered through Honours Select. Please note: Students on this programme can’t change the balance of their degree at the end of Year One, as with Honours Select combinations.

Programme in detail

You will take a core of compulsory modules, including Foundations in politics; British politics; European politics; Foundation in international politics and International institutions.

You can also choose from a wide variety of modules that deal with the international political sphere. These include, but are not limited to US Government and politics; International political economy; Democratisation: From Ancient Athens to Southeast Asia; Immigration and the state and International institutions.

In Year Three modules are available on Identity in contemporary international politics; Media and climate change and Comparative peace processes. You can also choose from a range of modules that don’t have an explicit international dimension.

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Study as part of joint-honours at 50:50 Choosing this subject as a Joint

Students doing the 50% programme are ideally positioned to connect with a wide range of other disciplines, including history, business, languages, law, communication studies, philosophy, criminology and sociology.

Department Key Facts

Number of first year students

202 Year One undergraduates in 2017

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 you will gain mean that 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.