Economics and International Relations BA Hons

The objective of this course is to encourage you to think and rethink the political decisions that are taking place in our economy on a day to day basis.

About the Programme

Studying Economics and International Relations with us gives you the opportunity to learn from some of the foremost academics in the field.  

We place strong emphasis on research and use it in the teaching of this course. Your degree is based on the politics that have shaped the modern world and you will learn issues such as war and governance and their impact on the global economy as well as the economics that inform the policies in the country.  If you are interested in economies, how they are run and how they relate to other economies then this is the perfect course for you!

The study of economics and the study of politics and international relations are closely related.  Within the international system, political and economic factors interact in many ways, and there are also important methodological links between the two disciplines. This blend is particularly useful because it prepares you for pursuing undergraduate degrees in numerous fields focused around economics and/or international relations.

Based on contemporary politics, this research intensive course provides you with the knowledge and skills that can be applied in real life situations. The combined degree explores the connection between economic and international political spheres, while providing an understanding of the main components of economics, namely economic theory; quantitative methods and economic history. It will develop your ability to analyse economic problems and evaluate the implications for economic policy through thorough understanding of the economic change process.

At Lancaster University Ghana, you will have the added advantage of attending guest lectures from practitioners in respected organisations to give you an overview of working in industry and guide you along your career path by giving career advice and answering any questions you may have.

Analytical skills

Economics and International Relations degrees emphasize critical thinking and analytical skills. Graduates are equipped with the ability to analyse complex economic and political issues, evaluate data, and make informed decisions. These skills are highly valued in various industries and can be applied to problem-solving and strategic decision-making in the workplace.

Understanding of global dynamics

With a focus on international relations, this degree provides a comprehensive understanding of global politics, economics, and the interactions between nations. This knowledge is valuable for companies operating in international markets, government agencies, non-profit organizations, and businesses with global operations. Graduates are equipped with the ability to navigate the complexities of global business environments and understand the impact of international events on economic and political landscapes.

Policy analysis

Economics and International Relations graduates have a strong foundation in policy analysis. They can assess the impact of economic and political policies on various stakeholders, evaluate potential outcomes, and propose solutions. This skill set is sought after in government agencies, think tanks and policy research organizations.

Research and data analysis

These degrees emphasize research skills, including collecting and analysing data, conducting literature reviews, and writing reports. These skills are valuable in many industries, including market research, consulting, and academia. Graduates can contribute to evidence-based decision-making, conduct economic and policy research, and provide insights into market trends and dynamics.

Quantitative skills

Economics and International Relations programmes often involve rigorous coursework in mathematics, statistics, and econometrics. These quantitative skills are highly sought after in many industries, including finance, data analysis, and market research.

A strong foundation for further education

An economics degree provides a solid foundation for further education, such as pursuing a master’s or doctoral degree in economics or related fields. This can lead to more specialized career opportunities and higher earning potential.

Transferable skills

Economics graduates develop a range of transferable skills, including communication, problem-solving, data analysis, and research skills. These skills are applicable in various industries and can be valuable assets in the job market.

Career opportunities

Overall, an Economics and International Relations degree provides individuals with a strong foundation in economic and political analysis, consulting, global dynamics, and research skills. These skills are highly transferable and can lead to diverse and rewarding career opportunities.

Economists play a crucial role in shaping public policy decisions. With an economics and international relations degree, individuals can contribute to policy discussions and make a positive change in their society.

Course Structure

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Principles of Economics

Microeconomic Analysis

Public Sector Economics

Statistics and Computing for Management

Macroeconomic Analysis

Industrial Organisation

Introduction to Management Science / Operational Theory

Game Theory

Development Economics


Applied Economics

Global Media Classroom


Issues in Contemporary Politics & Philosophy

International Political Economy of Globalisation


Public Policy

International Business

* Year 2 Options: Game Theory, Applied Economics, Economic Policy

Employability is one of the key objectives of this course and the modules prepares you (as well as gives you an edge) to be able to get employed with the necessary skills needed in the industry you plan to practice in. It also prepares you if you intend on continuing this subject as a professional course.

Graduates of this course develop a wide range of skills, which are highly valued by employers both in Ghana and abroad. Together with a thorough understanding of global economics and politics, you’ll develop well rounded communication, analytical and I.T. skills, all of which are increasingly sought after in the workplace. Typical career paths for our graduates include the civil service and local government with a large number opting for positions in the private sector, in industries such as finance, accountancy and law.

Fees and Funding

For full details of the fees for this programme, and the University’s financial support packages including eligibility criteria, please click here.

Grade Requirements

  • ‘A’ Levels – Pass in 3 ‘A’ Level subjects at grade CCC or 96 tariff points plus grade C or 4 in five GCE/IGCSE or Grade 6 in GCE ‘O’ Level subjects including English and Mathematics.
  • Full Diploma Certificate is ABCE. Also applicant must have had credit passes in five (5) subjects including English Language, Mathematics, Integrated Science or Social Studies in the General Business Certificate Examination (GBCE) or Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination (SSCE) or West African Senior Secondary School Certificate Examinations (WASSCE)
  • Higher National Diplomas (HND) from a recognised Polytechnic in Ghana with a Final Grade Point Average (FGPA) of 3.0 or better in any field, are eligible to apply to this UG programme. In addition, such applicants MUST have WASSCE Grade C6 in the best 6 subjects, to include three core subjects and three electives (core subjects must include English Language, Mathematics and Integrated Science or Social Studies) OR Grade C or 4 in five GCE/IGCSE or Grade 6 in GCE ‘O’ Level subjects including English and Mathematics.
  • International Baccalaureate – Overall mark of 27 points in total average score with 16 points from the best three HL subjects with English and Mathematics and Higher Level Grade 5 or Standard Level Grade 6.
  • French Baccalaureate – Overall mark of 10 as a total average score with a minimum of 11 in the English Language and 11 in Mathematics.
  • Option International Baccalaureate (OIB) – overall marks of 9.5 in the total average score with a minimum 10.5 in English Language and 10.5 in Mathematics.
  • USA High School Graduation Diploma – 2.8 GPA plus grades 3,3 and 3 in AP (Group A subjects).
  • Canada Secondary School Diploma – Ontario: 60% average in six Grade 12 U or M level courses
  • First degree from any recognised university.