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
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.
Your first year introduces several economic theories, in addition to covering basic historical perspectives on markets and economic trends.
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:
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.
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.
You can apply to study abroad during your second year, for the whole year or just a term.
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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.
Assessments are varied but often include research essays and collaborative projects. Most history modules will let you write a practice essay before assessment.
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.
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.
Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers
BTEC Extended diploma (QCF)
D3, D3, D3 including History
Access to Higher Education
Irish Leaving Certificate
85 per cent overall, including 85 per cent in History
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)
Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English