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BA (Hons) History/Economics

Learn how studying the past can help us predict market futures

Year of entry: 2020

UCAS code

VL11

Institution code

Y50

Length

3 years full-time (plus optional placement year)

UK/EU fees

£9,250 per year (2020/21)

International fees

£17,890 per year (2020/21)

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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

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

Year 1

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

History

Core modules
  • Thinking Through History (20 credits)
  • Group Research Project (20 credits)
Option modules

Choose one from:

  • Political Communities in World History (20 credits)
  • Societies and Economies in World History (20 credits)
  • Knowledge and Beliefs in World History (20 credits)

Economics

Core modules
Option modules

Either:

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

Core module
Option modules
  • Histories and Contexts (20 credits): choose one module from typically around eight options.
  • Explorations (30 credits): choose one module from typically around 18 options.

Economics

Core modules
Option modules

Choose one from:

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

Dissertation
Option modules
  • Special Subject (40 credits): choose a Special Subject module, typically from around 16 options; these are an advanced, source-based course on specific historical topic, taught through seminars.

Economics

Option modules

Choose between two and four Economics modules (20 credits each). You may only choose a maximum of one module from each letter below:

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 £17,890

Additional costs

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

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'll confirm more funding opportunities for students joining us in 2020/21 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 Excellence Framework Gold Award

“Students from all backgrounds achieve consistently outstanding outcomes”

The TEF Panel, Office for Students, June 2018

Our Gold Teaching Excellence Framework award demonstrates our commitment to the delivery of consistently outstanding teaching and learning for our students.

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 based on an average student in an average 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 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

AAA including Mathematics and either History or Classical Civilisation

General Studies is typically excluded from conditional offers

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.

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:

Qualification Minimum requirement
IELTS 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in each component
PTE Academic 61, with a minimum of 51 in each component
GCSE/IGCSE/O level English Language (as a first or second language) Grade C
C1 Advanced and C2 Proficiency 176, with a minimum of 162 each component
TOEFL 87 overall, with a minimum of 17 in Listening, 18 in Reading, 20 in Speaking, 17 in Writing
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 IELTS 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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