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BA (Hons) History/Economics

Learn how studying the past can help us predict market futures

Year of entry: 2023/24

UCAS code

VL11

Institution code

Y50

Length

3 years full-time

UK (home) fees

£9,250 per year

International and EU fees

£21,950 per year

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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.

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

You'll join two highly-performing research intensive departments and graduate as a critical thinker, effective communicator and creative and analytical problem solver. 

Course content

Your modules in History progress from broad to specialised topics. Core modules in the first year introduce you to the broad sweep of history across time and place and historical problems. You develop this in the following years, cultivating your expertise, and - if you choose - leading up to an 8,000-word dissertation in your final year.

In Economics, you'll be introduced to key topics during Year 1. Years 2 and 3 will enable you to consolidate and expand upon this knowledge via a series of study modules which have been developed to give you a thorough understanding of the subject.

Study abroad

There are opportunities for you to spend time abroad during your course:

Placements

There are opportunities to spend time in industry as part of this course.

Year 1

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

Core modules

Option modules

You will choose three option modules:

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.

Core modules

  • Microeconomic Theory OR Macroeconomic Analysis and Policy
  • Historical Thinking
  • Econometrics

Option modules

You will also study three option modules. In semester one, you'll study either Microeconomic Theory or Macroeconomic Analysis and Policy core modules, plus two History Exploration modules. You can choose to take both of these core modules, plus one History Exploration module. In semester two, you'll study two core modules and either one History Exploration modules or an elective.

Economics

History Explorations

  • Bankers, Merchants, and Poets: Florence and the Roots of the Renaissance
  • Barbarian Migrations: Society and Politics in the Late Roman West c.350-c.550
  • Before the Mongols: Nomadic Empires of Central Eurasia, 900-1200
  • Catherine the Great
  • China: An Economic and Environmental History, 1870-1970
  • Chivalry, Identity and Love 1350-1450
  • Communist Europe: Crisis, Transformation & Memory after the Second World War
  • Containing Multitudes: Inequality and the City in Britain and its Empire post-1800
  • Crime and Society in Britain and Ireland since 1750
  • Difficult Pasts and Haunted Presents: Memory and its Discontents c. 1945- c. 2010
  • Exploring Tudor England: Faith, Power and Propaganda, 1485-1603
  • From Conquest to Colony: Spanish America c.1400-1750
  • From Grave-robbing to HIV: the Rise of Modern Medicine
  • From the global shadows: Africa and the world since the 1950s
  • Gender, Enlightenment and Revolution in Eighteenth-Century Europe
  • Health for all? International Health from Colonial Medicine to Covid Vaccine
  • Heterosexual Africa? Sexuality, Power, and Politics in Africa since 1900
  • Historical Fictions and Frictions: Fictionalising the past
  • Humanism, Magic & Science, c.1500-c.1700
  • Kingship, Rule and Crisis in Medieval England
  • Law and Society in Medieval England
  • Liberty and Identity: Britain in Revolution, 1603-1714
  • Living in England, 1600-1800
  • Persecution and Toleration in Early Modern Britain
  • Powerful Impressions: Culture and Politics in the Post-1945 United States
  • Resilience and Removal: The Native South in the early Nineteenth Century
  • Revolutions, Scandals and Reforms: British Political Cultures 1688 - 1832
  • Shanghai: City of the Century, 1911-2010
  • Social Science and Modern Britain, c1880-c1970
  • The Formation of the Islamic World, 750-950
  • The Scientific Revolution, 1500-1700
  • Using and Abusing the Past in Britain, 1835-2018
  • Vikings and Historians: Historiographical Dialogues through the Ages
  • War as contact zone: Prisoners of war in modern conflicts

Year 3

In your final year of the History and Economics degree, you will study one core module, plus three option modules - including one History Special Subject - in semester one. You will then choose between taking additional History and Economics option modules and writing an 8,000-word History dissertation.

Core module

  • Contemporary Economic Issues and Analysis

Option modules

  • History Dissertation

or

  • One Comparative History option module, and one Economics option module or elective module
  • Two Economics option modules or elective modules

Economics

Comparative History

  • Animals
  • Beauty
  • Commemorations
  • Communisms
  • Corruption
  • Empires
  • Magic
  • Shopping
  • The Human Planet
  • The Mediterranean
  • Travel
  • Unfree Labour
  • Violence
  • War & Society
  • Work

History Special Subjects

  • Apocalypse Then? Living in the End Times of Roman Gaul
  • Bad Business: Organising British Crime since 1918
  • Black British History and Decolonisation
  • Children, Health and Welfare in Britain & Empire, 1830-1990
  • Divided worlds: the British Empire, 1846-1961
  • Dream Merchants: British Advertising 1880-1980
  • Exiled Lives: English Nuns in Catholic Europe, 1600-1800
  • Fantasy and Friction: U.S. and the Middle East After 1945
  • Francis Bacon: Myth, Magic and Morals
  • From Colonial to Post-colonial States? The Twentieth-Century Caribbean
  • Gender in Early Modern Britain
  • Gender in Eighteenth-Century Britain
  • Heroes and hero-worship in British Culture from the eighteenth to twentieth centuries
  • Hong Kong: Decolonisation and Development, 1945-97
  • Imperial Japan, 1890-1950
  • Ireland in the Age of Revolution
  • Joan of Arc
  • Mao and Maoism
  • Ploughing the Sea? The Spanish American Wars of Independence, 1750-1830
  • Popular Politics? The history of British political culture since 1945
  • Possession: Objects and Ownership in Early Modern England, 1650-1750
  • Poverty and the Welfare State in Post-War Britain
  • Prussia and the unification of Germany, 1815-1918
  • Race, Place and Health in Britain and its Empire, 1880-1960
  • Rags to Riches: Clothing, culture, and society in eighteenth-century England
  • Reading and Writing in Late-Medieval England
  • Rebellion and Revolution: Britain, 1637-1653
  • Revolution in the Streets: Faith, Poverty, & Religious Ferment, c.1200
  • Rome Reborn: culture and society c.1575-c.1655
  • Slow Violence: History and Political Ecology
  • The Birth of a Kingdom: Unity and Identity in Anglo-Saxon England, c.850-1035
  • The Crossroads of the World: Southeast Asia c.1500-1750
  • The First Islamic Empire
  • The French Wars of Religion
  • The Ghosts of Gandhi: India and Africa since the nineteenth century
  • The Russian Revolution
  • The Third Reich and the East: Volk, Race and Empire, 1933-1949
  • The Thought Police: Heresy and Repression in the high middle ages
  • Thomas More: Learning, Politics and Religion in England, 1500-35

Our 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 (home) International and EU
£9,250 £21,950

UK (home) or international fees?

The level of fee that you will be asked to pay depends on whether you're classed as a UK (home) or international student. Check your fee status.

Fees for subsequent years

  • UK (home) fees may increase within the government fee cap in subsequent academic years. We will notify you of any increase as soon as we can.
  • International fees are subject to increase in subsequent years in line with the prevailing Consumer Price Index (CPI) inflation rate (up to a maximum of 10%).

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.

Additional costs

You will have to pay for the cost of printing some assignments for submission as assessed work in Years 2 and 3.

Funding

We'll confirm more funding opportunities for students joining us in 2023/24 throughout the year.

Department funding

Living costs

You can use our living costs guide to help plan your budget. It covers additional costs that are not included in your tuition fee such as expenses for accommodation and study materials.

Teaching and assessment

You’ll study and learn with academics who are active researchers, experts in their field and have a passion for their subjects. 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

We focus on small-group teaching that is interactive and engaging. This includes lecturers, seminars, discussion groups, specialist workshops and field trips.

Timetabled activities

In your first year, you can expect:

Lectures7 hours per week
Seminars3 hours per week
Workshops3 hours
Practicals0-2 hours per week

These figures are representative of a typical week. Your contact hours will vary throughout the year due to your module choices, non-compulsory classes, exam periods and changes to scheduled activities.

Outside your timetabled hours, you'll study independently. This may include preparation for classes, follow-up work, wider reading, practice completion of assessment tasks, or revision.

In the UK, full-time students are expected to spend 1,200 hours a year learning. That's about 40 hours of classes and independent study each week during term time. Everyone learns at a different rate, so the number of hours you spend on independent study will be different to other students on your course.

Teaching location

You will be based in both the Department of History and the Department of Economics and Related Studies on Campus West. Your teaching will take place in a variety of locations on Campus West.

About our campus

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

Your first-year work doesn't contribute toward your final marks. We recognise that students are only beginning to develop over the course of their degree. 

From Year 2 onward, formal assessments contribute toward your degree. In your third year, your optional 8,000-word dissertation focuses on a specific topic of your choice.

  • Before formal assessment in many modules, you'll carry out procedural work. You will receive extensive written feedback, which will help you in your formal assessment.
  • Assessments range from research essays, to collaborative projects, to open 'take-home' examinations.
  • Your optional final-year dissertation should be a topic that is interesting to you. Don't be afraid to explore.

Percentage of the course typically 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.

Careers and skills

The History and Economics degree develops skills that are highly valued by employers. Our 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

Our graduates have gone on to work in sectors such as:

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

Transferable skills

You'll graduate with a wide range of transferable skills. These include:

  • critical and analytical thinking
  • pattern recognition and problem solving
  • excellent communication skills
  • time management
  • independent, high-level research skills
  • experience in working with different information types

Entry requirements

Typical offer
A levels

AAA including Mathematics and either History or Classical Civilisation

Access to Higher Education Diploma 39 credits at Distinction including at least 9 credits in History-related units and 9 credits in Mathematics and 6 credits at Merit or higher.
BTEC National Extended Diploma DDD with additional A Levels or equivalent qualifications in either History or Classical Civilisation and Mathematics at grade A.
Cambridge Pre-U D3, D3, D3 including History and Mathematics
European Baccalaureate 85% overall, including 85% in History and 85% in Mathematics
International Baccalaureate 36 points, including 6 at Higher Level in both History and Mathematics (either Analysis and Approaches or Applications and Interpretations).
T levels We are currently not accepting T Levels for this course unless additional A Levels (or equivalent qualifications) in History and Mathematics have been taken.
Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers Scottish Highers - AB

Advanced Highers - AB in History and Mathematics

We may also be able to consider three Advanced Highers or a combination of Highers and Advanced Highers, where an applicant does not meet the grade requirement through Highers alone. Please contact us to discuss your qualifications.
International foundation programme Foundation Certificate from our International Pathway College or an appropriate alternative.
Other international qualifications Equivalent qualifications from your country

Alternative offers

Meeting the following additional criteria may qualify you for an alternative offer.

Criteria Adjustment
Widening participation If you successfully complete one of the following programmes, you may be eligible for an alternative offer up to three A level grades (or equivalent) below our typical offer: Black Access Programme, Next Step York, Realising Opportunities, YESS, YorWay to York. More about widening participation.
Contextual offers If you have experience of local authority care or live in an area with low progression to university, you may be eligible for an alternative offer up to two A level grades (or equivalent) below our typical offer. More about contextual offers.
EPQ If you achieve A or higher at EPQ, you may be eligible for an alternative offer up to one A level grade (or equivalent) below our typical offer.

English language

If English isn't your first language you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. We accept the following qualifications:

Minimum requirement
IELTS (Academic and Indicator) 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in each component
C1 Advanced and C2 Proficiency 176, with a minimum of 169 in each component
Duolingo 120, minimum 105 in each component
GCSE/IGCSE/O level English Language (as a first or second language) Grade C / Grade 4
LanguageCert SELT B2 with a minimum score of 33/50 in each component
LanguageCert International ESOL B2 Communicator with a minimum score of 33/50 in each component
PTE Academic/PTE Academic Online 61, with a minimum of 55 in each component
TOEFL 87 overall, with a minimum of 21 in each component
Trinity ISE III Merit in all components

For more information see our undergraduate English language requirements.

If you've not met our English language requirements

You may be eligible for one of our pre-sessional English language courses. These courses will provide you with the level of English needed to meet the conditions of your offer.

The length of course you need to take depends on your current English language test scores and how much you need to improve to reach our English language requirements.

After you've accepted your offer to study at York, we'll confirm which pre-sessional course you should apply to via You@York.

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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