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Degree type

BA

Course length

3 years full-time

Location

Durham City

UCAS code

LL12

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Typical offers

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

Course details

Economics and Politics are closely linked throughout society. Our BA (Hons) Economics and Politics degree reflects this connection, exploring multiple perspectives while also helping you develop your own viewpoint. You’ll have the opportunity to cover diverse topics such as world economy, macro and microeconomics, corporate finance, international relations and development economics. In Years 2 and 3 you can adjust the balance of subjects to broaden your experience or focus in on your major area of interest.

Year 1

In the first year, in addition to the three Economics compulsory modules, you will take a further compulsory module in Politics and choose one further optional module from a selection of Politics modules. In addition to three Economics compulsory modules, you will take two compulsory and one optional module in Politics.

Year 2

In the second year, you will study two compulsory modules investigating core issues in Economics, an optional Economics module, and in addition, three optional modules must be chosen from the range of second-year Politics modules.

Year 3

In the third year, you will complete a compulsory double Dissertation module that can be in either Economics or Politics. In addition, you will choose four optional modules from a selection in Economics and Politics.

Please note that in the second and third years it is possible for you to take a minimum of five and a maximum of seven modules in each subject.

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

Students on this degree learn through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials (politics), workshops (economics), informal but scheduled one-to-one support, and self-directed learning, such as research, reading, and writing.

All of these are supported by a virtual learning environment, Durham University Online (DUO). Seminars, tutorials, and workshops are much smaller groups than lectures, with tutorials often involving no more than eight students working with a professor or lecturer; seminars and workshops can be larger but are still small enough to allow one-to-one interaction with tutors.

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-to-one attention from the personal academic advisor (provided for all students when they enter the degree) are part of the learning experience throughout, but by the final year classroom time gives way, to some extent, to independent research, including a dissertation – supported by one-to-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 degree and continue at key times throughout each year of the course.

Students can also attend an extensive programme of research-focused seminars where staff and visiting scholars present their cutting-edge research.

Entry requirements

A level offer – A*AA including Mathematics and a social sciences or humanities subject.

BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma/OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma – D*DD and A level requirements as above.

IB Diploma score – 38 with 666 in higher level subjects, including Mathematics and a social science or humanities subject.

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 Advanced Higher Mathematics. If you are taking both of these subjects at this level then an 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.
  • You are not required to have A level Economics, however, 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 degrees.
  • 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 £22,500 per year
Island students £9,250 per year
International students £22,500 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)

School of Government and International Affairs

Of those students who graduated in 2018:

  • 87% are in paid employment or further study 15 months after graduation across all our programmes

Of those in employment:

  • 86% are in a professional or managerial job
  • Average salary of £25,000.

(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).

School of Government and International Affairs

From soapboxes to statecraft, you will learn how and why nations are run the way they are. Teaching is at the centre of the activities of the School of Government and International Affairs (SGIA), where undergraduates enjoy a vibrant and challenging intellectual environment. The School places importance on research-led education, which integrates new and cutting-edge research into the curriculum and introduces you to a variety of research-oriented skills and research-based projects.

For more information see our department pages.

Rankings

  • World Top 150 in the QS World University Subject Rankings 2021.
  • Top 10 in The Complete University Guide 2021.
  • 8th in The Guardian University Guide 2021.

Staff

For a current list of staff, please see the School of Government and International Affairs pages.

Research Excellence Framework

  • Joint 1st in the UK for internationally excellent and world-leading research impact (REF 2014).

Facilities

The School of Government and International Affairs is a concentration of research expertise in political processes and institutions, political thought, and international and area studies. Teaching takes place both in the Department’s own rooms and in conveniently located lecture rooms.

The University Library has an excellent collection in politics as well as specialised research collections such as the European Documentation Centre.

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