|UCAS code||Typical offer||Length|
|VL11||AAA (See full entry requirements)||3 years full-time|
This joint degree brings together a discipline from the Humanities and one from the Social Sciences to create an intellectually challenging course that develops practical and theoretical skills much sought after by employers.
By using innovative, student-centered teaching methods on a diverse portfolio of modules, the degree provides advanced training in techniques of qualitative and quantitative data analysis and develops excellent written and oral communication.
The joint degree in History and Economics, which has a fine pedigree, adds value by bringing together two sister disciplines.
Economics uses theory and empirical evidence to explain the dynamism of economic systems and to account for their distributive outcomes. This discipline focuses on present problems but it learns from past, a source of data and exemplars.
History, the study of the past, is a broad church. It seeks to understand social, political, and intellectual shifts as well as to determine the causes and consequences of economic trends. It critically analyses how historians have deployed techniques from the humanities and the social sciences, asking fundamental questions the providence and significance of sources.
Graduates of the highest calibre are numerate and literate, skills honed by a History and Economics degree
History and Economics students develop skills highly valued by employers. They will be adept at engaging in argument and proposing alternative solutions. Their excellent technical skills allow them to solve complex problems. They will also be expected to communicate their findings effectively.
These skills are advanced using diverse and challenging teaching and assessment methods. Teaching takes place in small, interactive groups; basic foundation knowledge is communicated using lectures. In Economics, modules are taught by lectures and supporting tutorials and seminars, typically of around 20 students. In History, modules are mainly taught using seminars of 10-16 students.
Scholars in both departments have a long tradition of collaborating in inter-disciplinary research in economic history, and all teaching is research-led which means that the curriculum is cutting edge, shaped by the research interests of tutors. Students submit practice and assessed work and are provided with written qualitative feedback. Module tutors also make themselves available during weekly office hours for one-to-one dialogues about assignments, and every student has a supervisor in either History or Economics to provide pastoral support and to monitor academic progress from module to module and from year to year.
Students normally take fifty per cent of their modules in History and fifty per cent in Economics; although it is possible to develop a more flexible programme that might include, for example, electives taken from other departments. There is no independent study module (a dissertation).
Students typically take a set range of core modules in Economics that expand knowledge of micro and macro-economic theory, statistical and mathematical techniques. In years 2 and 3 students take a small range of option modules to advance and test core competencies. Choice is constrained by the particular portfolio of modules taken in Year 1.
History offers modules in the Medieval, Early Modern and Modern periods covering a variety of approaches (economic, political or social) and parts of the world (the Americas, Asia and Europe). Year 1 introduces you to broad sweeps of history and develops core degree-level study skills. Years 2 and 3 augment historical knowledge via a series of increasingly more specialized and challenging modules.
These modules develop core research and analytical skills and offer an introduction to the history of the world from 400 to today and to the discipline of economics.
Making Histories: introduces core skills required for advanced historical study.
Citizens, Comrades and Consumers: The Making of the Modern World,1650-2010 provides an overview of the long chronology of historical time. It gives a broad foundation for the history side of your degree and opportunities to explore new topics that you may later wish to study in greater depth.
Thinking Through History I: introduces you to themes and issues relating to the study of history across a broad sweep of time and space.
Economics 1: introduces students to micro and macroeconomic theory and shows how the theory can be applied to some of the problems of microeconomic policy in the UK.
Using Mathematics in Economics: deals with key mathematical techniques such as equation solving, differentiation and optimisation and explains how these techniques can be used in economic analysis. It provides the requisite techniques for core economics modules in Years 2 and 3.
You also choose one of the following:
Historical Perspectives on the Long Run Growth: which explores the determinants of economic growth to identify the role played by the state, by technology and by international trade and financial regimes
Introduction to Statistical Theory: which introduces some basic ideas and techniques in probability theory and statistical analysis
Introductory Statistics: which introduces concepts relevant to summarising and interpreting data using descriptive and analytical techniques.
(This choice affects the range of options available to you in Years 2 and 3 as modules taken in these years set first year modules as pre-requisites.)
You can also audit histories and context modules, that is, attend lectures but not take the assessment.
You develop more focused and detailed knowledge of particular periods of History, and gain an intermediate knowledge of economic theory and its application to solve particular problems.
Histories and Contexts: a lecture-based module, examines either a particular period or region or a way in which historians have approached studying the past. Recent options have included: The United States, 1775-1877, and the Modern City.
Explorations: a seminar-based module, concentrates on a particular topic or theme over a relatively short period of time, and is a step towards the special subject that you take in your final year. Recent options have included: Chivalry, The European Witch Craze, and Africa and the World since the 1950s.
Using Primary Material: introduces you to the main types of sources used by historians to develop the skills and insights needed to use primary material in the special subject in year three.
Microeconomics 2: provides an intermediate course in microeconomic theory, allowing you to get acquainted with important concepts, methods, tools and techniques of economic analysis.
Macroeconomics 2: aims to develop your understanding of macroeconomics by introducing you to the mainstream macroeconomic models that are employed by policy makers around the world today.
One 20-credit or two 10-credit economics options such as The Economics of Population, Britain’s Prime and Decline: Themes in British Economic Growth, 1870-1939
Your final year is a chance to apply all the advanced skills in research and critical thinking that you've been developing since arriving.
Special Subject: the pinnacle of the history-side of your degree, is an in-depth study of an important historical process or problem, relying heavily on primary sources. Recent options have included: Popular Heresy in the High Middle Ages, Thomas More, The French Revolution, and The Permissive Society in 1960s Britain.
Comparative Histories: examines a single theme across time and place. Recent options have included Beauty, Disease, Food, Heroes, Utopias, and Violence. Comparative Histories are amongst York’s most innovative modules.
Applied Economics: analyses major problems facing the UK and European economies using theories and empirical techniques.
Economics options including Labour Economics, Health Economics, Economics of Social Policy, Alternative Perspectives in Economics
At every stage of the degree, we are committed to delivering the highest quality research-led teaching, which prioritises engagement and intellectual challenge.
Teaching on the history side includes lecturers, seminars, discussion groups, specialist workshops, and field trips. In seminars and weekly discussion groups that accompany lectures, tutors work closely with groups of 10-16 students. All history modules have a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) component, which includes a reading list linked to the library catalogue.
Economics is taught using lectures, seminars, workshops and problem solving classes. Some seminars allow the whole cohort to address issues raised in the lectures; others allow smaller groups of circa 20 students to address agendas set by the lecturer. Each module has a VLE component with a reading list linked to the library catalogue.
Teaching hours vary by week, stage of degree and student preference.
Students use non-contact time to develop as an independent critical learner. Most of your time at York will be spent reading for your weekly seminars and discussion groups, researching and writing your procedural essays, and preparing for your formal assessment. The library holds a wide range of resources to help you prepare for your classes and assessment, including many online journals and books as well as an impressive range of digitized primary sources. A VLE tutorial and a workshop will prepare you to use this material. You can also have one-to-one appointments with the two subject librarians to make the most effective use of the library’s resources.
Time at York will also be taken up with essay feedback sessions, briefings for modules, optional plenary lectures by visiting speakers, webinars, and ‘student hours’ (all staff hold weekly office hours for students to drop in and discuss questions).
We continually strive to enhance our students’ experience and do this by critically engaging with student feedback and working closely with student representatives, including a combined degrees representative.
History uses a wide range of assessment methods in addition to formal written examinations. These include research essays in some Special Subjects, collaborative projects, essays written specifically for assessment, and 'open' examinations in which you collect the examination paper and have between one day and two weeks to return your answers. Essays range in length from 1,500 to 5,000 words.
Assessment methods in the Economics Department are varied, and assessment to measure progress takes place throughout the programme. Written procedural requirements, usually the submission of essays (which vary in length from 2,000-6,500 words, depending on the module) and exercises arising from seminars, are returned with grades and comments. There are several types of examination, including traditional closed written examinations, open examinations where you have full use of books and notes, and written projects and long essays.
The University recognizes that in Year 1 our students are only beginning to acquire the skills and understanding that they will continue to develop over the course of their degree. The assessment of first-year work, therefore, does not contribute towards the final degree, although an overall pass is required to progress into Year 2. From Year 2 onwards, formal assessments contribute towards your degree.
For nearly all History modules, you are expected to write a procedural or practice essay. You will receive extensive written feedback on this essay, which will help you in your formal assessment. You can use student hours to discuss this feedback or an essay plan with your tutor. And you can also book appointments with the Royal Literary Fund Fellow, based in the English department, who can help you express your ideas in clear and effective writing. Students are required to submit exercises for economics modules for which they are provided with written feedback.
Both History and Economics make adjustments for students who are dyslexic or have other special needs, including extra time in closed and open examinations.
The modules taken by students at universities abroad in Year 2 will count towards their final degree classification.
History and Economics is a degree that equips you for the long term. It cultivates independence and discipline, an ability to define problems, shape a response and manage the steps to achieve it. Historians can critically read evidence and analyse complex arguments. They are strong communicators, knowing how to use language and clarity of analysis on the page and in presentations. Economics complements these generic skills by providing you with robust training in abstract thought and in quantitative techniques. At the end of your degree you will be highly literate and numerate. You will also developed a series of soft skills.
Small-group teaching cultivates advanced skills in working with others: responding to different opinions, shepherding conversation and advancing their own ideas. These are skills valued by employers. Responsiveness to new situations and to unexpected opportunities is also a trait that fosters successful, adaptable careers.
Some 60 percent of History graduates are in employment six months after completion of their studies. Our graduates go on to build careers in education; law, social work and justice; politics, diplomacy and government; finance, accountancy, banking and fundraising; media; business, commerce and public relations; administrations, management; teaching and academia. To get a sense of how a history degree prepares you for a graduate job, read these profiles of history graduates.
Of the 28 per cent history students who are listed as being in non-graduate employment six months after graduation, there are many enrolled on internships that will enable them to advance their employment opportunities, especially in the heritage sector, the media and creative industries. And many of our students (some 34%) also progress to postgraduate study in Britain and abroad.
The Department of Economics, supported by the University Career’s Service, provides guidance and support: http://www.york.ac.uk/economics/careers/.
York offers an innovative careers and enterprise programme tailored exclusively for history/economics students. During your degree, you will have access to workshops and individual mentoring in careers, IT and other skills, as well as internships and work experience programmes. Structured opportunities for extracurricular learning such as the York Award and Languages for All are particularly popular with history/economics students. The department hosts careers events with alumni and provides opportunities for students to engage with the demands of business, education and heritage
We welcome applications from students with a wide range of qualifications and educational backgrounds. Applications are received via UCAS.
Entry is competitive and all prospective students are assessed individually on the basis of academic merit and potential, as well as suitability for the teaching and courses offered at York. We are looking for candidates who demonstrate intellectual curiosity, open-mindedness and analytical ability, the potential to analyse the past in a critical manner and the ability to discuss a point of view and make a coherent argument.
For most, we make our assessment based on the evidence presented on your UCAS form. We look closely at your personal statement and your reference, as well as received and predicted achievements. Interviews may be offered to some mature candidates and those with special circumstances or unusual qualifications.
We encourage applications from students with a wide range of backgrounds. The University has an Access scheme to support students who have or are facing unusual challenges. This enables candidates to provide additional information that will be taken into account during the application process and can offer support to students in the weeks before and after arrival.
The department does not require applicants to hold any qualification in a foreign language nor to learn a language as part of their degree. Undergraduates will not be required to read a foreign language for any module. Nevertheless language proficiency can be an advantage in third year modules or the student's own dissertation and so we do encourage all undergraduates to study a language through the University's Languages for All programme.
Those returning to education, or holding unusual qualifications, are encouraged to email the Admissions Tutor for consultation and advice.
We also consider applications for deferred entry and requests, after taking up an offer, to take a gap year.
Number of applications in 2011 for all degrees involving history:1477
Number of places in 2011 for all degrees involving history: 257
We will endeavour to respond to all applications as soon as possible. In order to give due consideration to all candidates we may not be able to communicate a decision immediately, but we will keep in touch with you about the progress of your application.
Students who receive offers are encouraged to visit us on our post-offer Visit Days. These take place in February and March and are designed to provide an opportunity for you to discover for yourselves what living and working at York will be like. During your visit you will be able to meet students and staff, learn about the degree (including our range of modules as well as study abroad and language opportunities), attend a sample lecture, and take a tour of the campus that will include the University Library and sample student accommodation.
AAA at A level, including an A in either History (any syllabus) or Classical Civilisation. An A level in Mathematics is strongly recommended. An A level in General Studies is typically excluded from any conditional offers.
36 points overall, with a Grade 6 in History at Higher Level. Higher Level Mathematics strongly recommended.
AAAAA at Higher level and AA in Advanced Highers including History. Advanced Higher in Mathematics strongly recommended.
AAAAAB including an A1 in History. Mathematics strongly recommended.
85% overall including 85% in History.
Other qualifications are accepted by the University, please contact Undergraduate Admissions
We welcome applications from mature students. As with continuing students, we look for intellectual curiosity, analytical ability as well the capacity to formulate coherent arguments. We take into account any formal qualifications that you may have, but lack of them is not necessarily a barrier to admission. The individual circumstances of all applicants are carefully considered.
We ask that mature students first contact the History Admissions Tutor, outlining your background and experience, any qualifications and reasons for wanting to study history at York. The Tutor will recommend whether you should apply at this stage or first seek some formal preparation (e.g. an A-level at a Further Education College or undertaking an Access to HE qualification) before applying later on.
Applications are made through UCAS. If appropriate, arrange for a recent academic reference which describes your work and potential as fully as possible. Otherwise have an employer, friend or other acquaintance write on your behalf, telling us about your organisational and analytical skills, your motivation and interests.
Applicants may be called for interview. We will ask you to bring recent examples of your writing; if possible, these should be on history. Interviewers will ask about your experience and reasons for wanting to study history and will want to discuss your interests and reading habits, for example, to assess whether you have the motivation to complete three years of intensive reading and writing.
Contact our friendly admissions tutor if you've got any questions:
Undergraduate Admissions Tutor
Tel: (01904) 322983
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