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Overview Learn how studying the past can help us predict market futures

UCAS code


Typical offer

AAA (full entry requirements)


3 years full-time

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. 

History at York has been ranked 2nd in the UK for the quality, significance and impact of our research in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014

Course content What you’ll study


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.

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. This covers some of the essential skills and knowledge which will help you to study independently and produce work of a high academic standard which is vital for success at York.

This module will:

  • define academic integrity and academic misconduct
  • explain why and when you should reference source material and other people's work
  • provide interactive exercises to help you to assess whether you've understood the concepts
  • provide answers to FAQs and links to useful resources.

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.

Study abroad

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

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Teaching and assessment How you’ll be taught and assessed

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).


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.

Careers Where you’ll go from here

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. 

See what our graduates are doing

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 How to get here

Course entry

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.

A-levels and GCSEs

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

Other UK qualifications

Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers

  • AAAAA at Higher Level
  • AA at Advanced Higher Level, including History
  • Advanced Higher in Mathematics strongly recommended

BTEC Extended diploma (QCF)

Cambridge Pre-U
D3, D3, D3 including History

  • Mathematics is strongly recommended
  • Accepted in conjunction with A levels

Access to Higher Education

  • 60 credits overall, with 45 at Level 3
    • Of these 45, 30 should be at Distinction and 15 at Merit or above

International options

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

European Baccalaureate
85 per cent overall, including 85 per cent in History

English language

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

Unistats for this course

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