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Degree type

BA

Course length

4 years full time

Location

Durham City

UCAS code

L1R1

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Typical offers

Typical offers
A Level A*AA
BTEC D*DD
International Baccalaureate 38

Course details

We understand the value of expanding your study experience beyond a single subject which is why, with our BA Economics with French, we’re focused on providing multiple perspectives and a truly international experience. Your studies will follow a similar pattern to the BA Economics degree, except that you take compulsory modules in French in your first, second and fourth years. In your third year, subject to a scheme being put in place by the UK Government by 2022 you will have the option to study at a university in France while continuing to study economics.

Year 1

In the first year, in addition to the economics compulsory modules, you take a further two compulsory modules covering French language and The Invention of France. In addition, you choose one further optional module from a selection that currently includes both economics and French options and have the opportunity to take a module from another department.

Year 2

In the second year, you study four compulsory modules covering French language, and core Economics modules, and choose two further optional modules, one of which can be a module offered by another department, which could include a foreign language. Furthermore, you will acquire numerous subject skills which enable you to interpret economic theory and data.

Year 3

During the third year of study, students must undertake a period of residence in France and must study and pass a minimum of 40 ECTS credits from those modules offered on the ‘licence sciences economique’ (third-year modules), those designed for students who specialise in either ‘Economie Internationale’ or ‘Economie et Gestion de l’enterprise’ at the University of Aix-Marseilles II.

Year 4

In the fourth year, you study one compulsory module in French and a double Dissertation module. In addition, you study three modules from a list of optional economics modules and have the opportunity to take one module from another department

The Study Abroad year fees are set annually by the University. For the definitive amount of the Study Abroad year fees payable please contact our study abroad team business.ug.studyabroad@durham.ac.uk.

Please note: the economics degree is currently under review and details may have changed by October 2022.

Placement

You may be able to take a work placement. Find out more.

Learning

On this course, you will learn through a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops, translation sessions, oral sessions, informal but scheduled one-on-one support, and self-directed learning, such as research, reading, and writing.

All of these are supported by a state-of-the-art virtual learning environment, Durham University Online (DUO). Seminars and workshops are much smaller groups than lectures, small enough to allow one-on-one interaction with professors, lecturers, and sometimes external speakers.

Workshops also allow hands-on experience of the kind of work professional economists perform. This emphasis on small-group teaching reflects a conscious choice to enhance the quality of the learning experience rather than the quantity of formal sessions. In fact, the degree is designed to feature fewer formal sessions and more independent research as you move from your first to your final year.

Small-group teaching and one-on-one attention from the personal academic advisor (provided at the start) are part of the learning experience throughout, but by the final year classroom time gives way, to independent research, including a dissertation – supported by one-on-one supervision – that makes up a third of final year credits. In this way the degree systematically transforms you from a consumer of knowledge in the classroom to a generator of knowledge, ready for professional or postgraduate life.

These formal teaching arrangements are supported by “drop-in” surgeries with teaching staff and induction sessions that begin in the week before the start of the course and continue at key times throughout each year.

You can also attend an extensive programme of research-focused seminars where staff and visiting scholars present their cutting edge research. Students spend their third year at Université de la Mediteranée Aix-Marseille where all contact time is provided by the host institution, but you receive email support from Durham staff and continue to enjoy DUO support.

Entry requirements

A level offerA*AA including Mathematics and French.

BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma/OCR Cambridge Technical Extended DiplomaD*DD and Mathematics and French A level at grade A (or equivalent) are required.

IB Diploma score38 with 666 in higher level subjects, including Mathematics and French.

In addition to satisfying the University’s general entry requirements, please note:

  • For all Single and Joint Honours degrees involving Economics, including Philosophy, Politics and Economics, we require you to obtain a Grade A at A level Mathematics or its equivalent. For students taking the IB we are happy to accept either Higher Level grade 6 or Standard Level grade 7 in Mathematics.
  • Applicants are encouraged to avoid studying both Economics and Business Studies A2-levels.
  • We do not accept Advanced Higher Statistics as a substitute for AH Mathematics. If you are taking both of these subjects at this level then a further Advanced Higher is necessary.
  • If you are studying for the IB Diploma please note that we do not accept Mathematical Studies at standard level instead of standard level Mathematics.
  • We welcome applications from those with other qualifications equivalent to our standard entry requirements and from mature students with non-standard qualifications or who may have had a break in their study. Please contact our Admissions Selectors.
  • You are not required to have A Level Economics though for anyone taking this subject this will form part of the offer made to you.
  • If you do not satisfy our general entry requirements, the Foundation Programme offers multidisciplinary programmes to prepare you for a range of specified degree programmes.
  • We are willing to consider applications for deferred entry from those who have well-structured plans for work or travel, for example. We may, however, need to restrict the number of deferred entry offers we make because we have to be careful not to fill too many of next year’s places in advance. However, if you do apply for a deferred place and are unsuccessful, you are welcome to reapply the following year.

Science A levels

Applicants taking Science A levels that include a practical component will be required to take and pass this as a condition of entry. This applies only to applicants sitting A levels with an English examination board.

Alternative qualifications

International students who do not meet direct entry requirements for this degree might have the option to complete an International Foundation Year.

English language requirements

Country specific information

Fees and funding

Full Time Fees

Tuition fees
Home students £9,250 per year
EU students £22,900 per year
Island students £9,250 per year
International students £22,900 per year

The tuition fees shown for home students are for one complete academic year of full time study and are set according to the academic year of entry. Fees for subsequent years of your course may rise in line with an inflationary uplift as determined by the government.

The tuition fees shown for overseas and EU students are for one complete academic year of full time study, are set according to the academic year of entry, and remain the same throughout the duration of the programme for that cohort (unless otherwise stated).

Please also check costs for colleges and accommodation.

Scholarships and Bursaries

We are committed to supporting the best students irrespective of financial circumstances and are delighted to offer a range of funding opportunities. 

Find out more about Scholarships and Bursaries

Career opportunities

Business School (School of Economics, Finance and Business)

Of those students who graduated in 2018:

  • 92% are in paid employment or further study 15 months after graduation across all our programmes

Of those in employment:

  • 87% are in a professional or managerial job
  • Average salary of £30,000.

(Source: HESA Graduate Outcomes Survey. The survey asks leavers from higher education what they are doing 15 months after graduation. Further information about the Graduate Outcomes survey can be found here www.graduateoutcomes.ac.uk)

Department information

Business School (School of Economics, Finance and Business)

Economics is a multi-faceted discipline – let Durham University guide you to the top.

Our Economics degrees will provide you with a solid grasp of economic theory, applied economics and statistical techniques. They are an ideal preparation for employment in all areas of graduate work and our qualifications are highly successful in creating job opportunities.

For more information see our Business School website.

Rankings

  • 7th for Economics in The Complete University Guide 2021.
  • Top 10 for Economics in The Guardian University Guide 2021.

Staff

For a current list of staff, please see the Business School web pages.

Research Excellence Framework

  • Ranked joint 1st in the UK for Internationally Excellent and World-leading research impact (REF 2014).

Facilities

You will be taught at Durham University Business School, one of the longest established business schools in the UK, in state-of-the-art facilities. The School is also one of an elite group of institutions in the UK to be accredited by all three major business accreditation bodies – the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business(AACSB), the Association of MBAs (AMBA) and the European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS).

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