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BA (Hons) History/Economics

Learn how studying the past can help us predict market futures

2018/19 entry

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UCAS code

VL11

Institution code

Y50

Length

3 years full-time (plus optional placement year)

Typical offer

AAA (full entry requirements)

Start date

September 2018 (term dates)

UK/EU fees

Fees for 2018/19 to be confirmed. See fees and funding.

International fees

£16,620 per year (2018/19)

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Economics uses theory and empirical evidence to explain the dynamism of economic systems. History seeks to understand social, political, and intellectual shifts as well as to determine the causes and consequences of economic trends.

The History and Economics degree brings these disciplines together, teaching you to use the past to examine economic problems societies face today. 

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Both departments have impressive research reputations. From the start you'll engage with your tutor's specialisms.

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Top 100 in the QS world rankings

QS ranks the Department of History one of the best in the world

Course content

You'll normally take half of your modules in History and half in Economics. There's no independent study, but you'll take optional modules in your second and third years.

Study abroad

You can apply to study abroad during your second year, for the whole year or just a term.

Year 1

Your first year introduces several economic theories, in addition to covering basic historical perspectives on markets and economic trends.

Academic integrity module

In addition to the above you will also need to complete our online Academic Integrity module.

Year 2

Your second year focuses on important domestic and international economic concepts. You'll connect these ideas with an in-depth look into a specific historical period of your choice.

Details of Economics Modules

Year 3

Your final year of the History and Economics degree focuses on an advanced look into historical topics. You'll identify specific patterns throughout history. You'll also have your choice of some third year Economic module options.

Please note, modules may change to reflect the latest academic thinking and expertise of our staff.

Learning by design

Every course at York has been designed to provide clear and ambitious learning outcomes. These learning outcomes give you an understanding of what you will be able to do at the end of the course. We develop each course by designing modules that grow your abilities towards the learning outcomes and help you to explain what you can offer to employers. Find out more about our approach to teaching and learning.

Students who complete this course will be able to:

  • Communicate in-depth understandings of historical scholarship, including the historical development of contemporary economic systems and institutions, and apply concepts and principles derived from economics to the interpretation of the past.
  • Approach problems in a critical and questioning fashion, including the evaluation of existing arguments, economic models and methods, and the assessment of the value and significance of different forms of data and evidence.
  • Engage with a range of theoretical and conceptual perspectives on economic systems and make comparisons and connections between the economic features of different periods, places and societies at a local and global level.
  • Explore the causes of a historical or contemporary issue and make predictions, including identifying useful social, economic and financial data, constructing meaningful questions, deploying models, and applying mathematical methods and tools.
  • Move at ease between a variety of information types, including material culture, visual imagery and databases with particular strengths in understanding and deploying information from texts and statistical, econometric and computer data.
  • Convey complex ideas with clarity and precision and make sophisticated, original and persuasive arguments or predictions based on qualitative evidence, modelling techniques and data analysis.
  • manage time and work load effectively in order to complete a project or execute a programme alone or in collaboration with others.
  • Use insights gained from the study of the factors that have shaped the economic life of different societies across history, and around the world, to engage constructively and critically with the political, cultural, social and economic aspects of contemporary debate and policy making.

Fees and funding

Annual tuition fees

UK/EU International
£9,250 (2017/18)

Fees for 2018/19 are subject to increase in line with government policy. Updated fees information will be published as soon as possible after the government announcement.
£16,620

UK/EU or international fees? The level of fee that you will be asked to pay depends on whether you're classed as a UK, EU or international student.

Fees for subsequent years

  • UK/EU: further increases within the government fee cap will apply in subsequent academic years. We will notify you of any increase as soon as we can.
  • International: fees for international students are subject to annual increases. Increases are currently capped at 2% per annum.

More information

For more information about tuition fees, any reduced fees for study abroad and work placement years, scholarships, tuition fee loans, maintenance loans and living costs see undergraduate fees and funding.

Funding

We offer a number of scholarships to help cover tuition fees and living costs.

Home/EU students

International students

Living costs

You can use our living costs guide to help plan your budget. It covers accommodation costs and estimated social costs.

Teaching and assessment

You’ll work with world‐leading academics who’ll challenge you to think independently and excel in all that you do. Our approach to teaching will provide you with the knowledge, opportunities, and support you need to grow and succeed in a global workplace. Find out more about our approach to teaching and learning.

Teaching format

Research-led teaching here at York makes your History and Economics degree interactive and engaging. This includes lecturers, seminars, discussion groups, specialist workshops and field trips.

  • You'll spend most of your time reading, researching and writing your essays, and preparing for formal assessment.
  • All modules have an online Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).

How you'll spend your time

Year 1Year 2Year 3
Lectures and seminars192 hours
(16%)
192 hours
(16%)
180 hours
(15%)
Independent study1008 hours
(84%)
1008 hours
(84%)
1020 hours
(85%)

The figures above are based on data from 2016/17. Subsequent years' courses may differ.

Independent study may include preparation for lectures and seminars, follow up work, wider reading, practice completion of assessment tasks, or revision. Everyone learns at a different rate, so the number of hours will vary from person to person. In UK higher education the expectation is that full-time students will spend 1200 hours a year learning.

Teaching location

You will be based in both the Department of History on Campus West. Most teaching will be nearby.

Course location

Our beautiful green campus offers a student-friendly setting in which to live and study, within easy reach of the action in the city centre. It's easy to get around campus - everything is within walking or pedalling distance, or you can always use the fast and frequent bus service.

Assessment and feedback

Assessments are varied but often include research essays and collaborative projects. Most history modules will let you write a practice essay before assessment.

  • Your first year marks don't contribute toward your final degree.
  • Some Economics examinations allow open notes.

Percentage of the course assessed by coursework and exams

Year 1Year 2Year 3
Written exams71%75%83%
Coursework29%25%17%

The figures above are based on data from 2016/17. Subsequent years' courses may differ.

Careers and skills

The History and Economics degree develops skills that are highly valued by employers. Graduates are adept at engaging in argument and proposing alternative solutions. The mix of abstract thought and quantitative techniques develops excellent technical skills for solving complex problems. 

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Career opportunities

  • Law
  • Accountancy
  • Banking and investments
  • Teaching
  • Politics, diplomacy and government
  • Finance
  • Commerce and public relations

Transferable skills

  • Critical and analytical thinking
  • Pattern recognition and problem solving
  • Effective conversation and communication
  • Presentational skills

Entry requirements

Qualification Grade
A levels

A levels

  • AAA at A level
  • Grade A in either History or Classical Civilisation
  • Grade A in A level Mathematics or equivalent
  • General Studies is typically excluded from conditional offers
Access to Higher Education Diploma 60 credits overall, with 45 at Level 3
Of these 45, 30 should be at Distinction and 15 at Merit or above
BTEC BTEC National Extended Diploma (QCF): DDD An A Level or equivalent qualification in History is also required at a grade A
Cambridge Pre-U D3, D3, D3 including History
Mathematics is strongly recommended
Accepted in conjunction with A levels
European Baccalaureate 85 per cent overall, including 85 per cent in History
International Baccalaureate 36 points, including Grade 6 in History at Higher Level
Higher Level Mathematics strongly recommended
Irish leaving Certificate AAAAAB, including A1 in History
Mathematics strongly recommended
Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers AAAAA at Higher Level
AA at Advanced Higher Level, including History
Advanced Higher in Mathematics strongly recommended

English language

IELTS
6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in all units

Pearson (Academic PTE)
61 overall with 51 in all parts

Cambridge Advanced English (CAE)
Grade A

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English
Grade C

Applying

To apply to York, you will need to complete an online application via UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service).

All applications must be made through UCAS. You don't need to know a foreign language, but it may help for some third-year modules.

We encourage mature students 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.

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