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BA (Hons) History/Economics

Learn how studying the past can help us predict market futures

Year of entry: 2019
Show year of entry: 2018

UCAS code

VL11

Institution code

Y50

Length

3 years full-time (plus optional placement 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

You'll study 360 credits during your course - 120 credits during each year. You'll normally take half of your credits in History and half in Economics.

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, which cultivate expertise, leading up to your 10,000-word dissertation.

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

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.

History

Economics

Choose one of the following:

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.

History

You'll study one core module (10 credits):

You'll choose one Histories and Contexts module (20 credits). You'll typically be able to choose from around eight options:

You'll also choose one Explorations module (30 credits). We usually offer around 18 options for you to choose from:

Economics

Choose one of the following:

Year 3

Your final year of the History and Economics degree focuses on an advanced look into historical topics and looks to identify specific patterns throughout history. 

History

You'll choose a Special Subject module (40 credits), typically from around 16 options. These are an advanced, source-based course on specific historical topic, taught through seminars. You'll also complete your dissertation.

You may choose to complete the History Dissertation (40 credits), although this is not compulsory. 

Economics

You'll also choose between two and four Economics modules (20 credits each). 

You may only choose a maximum of one module from each letter below:

AMicroeconomics 3 or Alternative Perspectives in Economics

BMacroeconomics III or Applied Economics

CMathematical EconomicsApplied Econometrics or International Economics

DMonetary EconomicsEconometric Methods for Research or Industrial Economics

EPrinciples of Corporate Finance and Derivative SecuritiesInternational Economic Growth & DevelopmentExperimental Economics or Economics of Social Policy

FThe Structure & Regulation of Financial Markets or Political Economics

GFinancial & Time Series EconometricsBubbles, Panics and Crashes or Health Economics

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

The fees and funding figures below are based on data from 2018 entry. If you take a year abroad or year in industry you'll pay a reduced rate of fees for that year.

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.

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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

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

Overall workload

As a guide, students on this course typically spend their time as follows:

Year 1Year 2Year 3
Lectures and seminars192 hours192 hours180 hours

The figures above are based on data from 2016/17.

The rest of your time on the course will be spent on independent study. This 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.

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 10,000-word dissertation focuses on a specific topic of your choice.

  • Before formal assessment in many modules, you'll write a procedural or practice essay. You will receive extensive written feedback on this essay, which will help you in your formal assessment.
  • Assessments range from research essays, to collaborative projects, to open 'take-home' examinations.
  • Your 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

Qualification Typical offer
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 Obtain Access to HE Diploma with 39 credits at Distinction including at least 9 credits in History-related units and 6 credits at Merit or higher. We strongly recommend some Level 3 units be taken in mathematical subjects.
BTEC BTEC National Extended Diploma (QCF): DDD. We accept a range of BTEC qualifications equivalent to 3 A Levels. An additional A Level or equivalent qualification in either History or Classical Civilisation is required alongside any BTEC qualification.
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 H2,H2,H2,H2,H2,H3, including H1 in History
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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