Economics with French
We understand the value of expanding your study experience beyond a single subject which is why, with our BA Economics with French, we’re focused on providing multiple perspectives and a truly international experience. Your studies will follow a similar pattern to the BA Economics degree, except that you take compulsory modules in French in your first, second and fourth years. In your third year you’ll study at a university in Aix-en-Provence through the ERASMUS programme while continuing to study Economics.
In the first year, in addition to the economics compulsory modules, you take a further two compulsory modules covering French language and The Invention of France. In addition, you choose one further optional module from a selection that currently includes both economics and French options and have the opportunity to take a module from another department.
In the second year, you study four compulsory modules covering French language, and core Economics modules, and choose two further optional modules, one of which can be a module offered by another department, which could include a foreign language. Furthermore, you will acquire numerous subject skills which enable you to interpret economic theory and data.
During the third year of study, students must undertake a period of residence in France and must study and pass a minimum of 40 ECTS credits from those modules offered on the ‘licence sciences economique’ (third-year modules), those designed for students who specialise in either ‘Economie Internationale’ or ‘Economie et Gestion de l’enterprise’ at the University of Aix-Marseilles II.
In the fourth year, you study one compulsory module in French and a double Dissertation module. In addition, you study three modules from a list of optional economics modules and have the opportunity to take one module from another department
The Study Abroad year fees are set annually by the University. For the definitive amount of the Study Abroad year fees payable please contact our study abroad team firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note: the economics degree is currently under review and details may have changed by October 2021.
We review course structures and core content (in light of e.g. external and student feedback) every year and will publish finalised core requirements for 2021 entry from September 2020.
You may be able to take a work placement. Find out more.
Learning and Teaching
Course Learning and Teaching
On this course, you will learn through a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops, translation sessions, oral sessions, informal but scheduled one-on-one support, and self-directed learning, such as research, reading, and writing.
All of these are supported by a state-of-the-art virtual learning environment, Durham University Online (DUO). Seminars and workshops are much smaller groups than lectures, small enough to allow one-on-one interaction with professors, lecturers, and sometimes external speakers.
Workshops also allow hands-on experience of the kind of work professional economists perform. This emphasis on small-group teaching reflects a conscious choice to enhance the quality of the learning experience rather than the quantity of formal sessions. In fact, the degree is designed to feature fewer formal sessions and more independent research as you move from your first to your final year.
Small-group teaching and one-on-one attention from the personal academic advisor (provided at the start) are part of the learning experience throughout, but by the final year classroom time gives way, to independent research, including a dissertation – supported by one-on-one supervision – that makes up a third of final year credits. In this way the degree systematically transforms you from a consumer of knowledge in the classroom to a generator of knowledge, ready for professional or postgraduate life.
These formal teaching arrangements are supported by “drop-in” surgeries with teaching staff and induction sessions that begin in the week before the start of the course and continue at key times throughout each year.
You can also attend an extensive programme of research-focused seminars where staff and visiting scholars present their cutting edge research. Students spend their third year at Université de la Mediteranée Aix-Marseille where all contact time is provided by the host institution, but you receive email support from Durham staff and continue to enjoy DUO support.
Subject requirements, level and grade
A level offer – A*AA including Mathematics and French.
BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma/OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma – D*DD and Mathematics and French A level at grade A (or equivalent) are required.
IB Diploma score – 38 with 666 in higher level subjects, including Mathematics and French.
In addition to satisfying the University’s general entry requirements, please note:
- Applicants are encouraged to avoid studying both Economics and Business Studies A2-levels.
- We do not accept Advanced Higher Statistics as a substitute for AH Mathematics. If you are taking both of these subjects at this level then a further Advanced Higher is necessary.
- If you are studying for the IB Diploma please note that we do not accept Mathematical Studies at standard level instead of standard level Mathematics.
- We welcome applications from those with other qualifications equivalent to our standard entry requirements and from mature students with non-standard qualifications or who may have had a break in their study. Please contact our Admissions Selectors.
- You are not required to have A Level Economics though for anyone taking this subject this will form part of the offer made to you.
- If you do not satisfy our general entry requirements, the Foundation Centre offers multidisciplinary programmes to prepare you for a range of specified degree programmes.
- We are willing to consider applications for deferred entry from those who have well-structured plans for work or travel, for example. We may, however, need to restrict the number of deferred entry offers we make because we have to be careful not to fill too many of next year’s places in advance. However, if you do apply for a deferred place and are unsuccessful, you are welcome to reapply the following year.
Science A levels
Applicants taking Science A levels that include a practical component will be required to take and pass this as a condition of entry. This applies only to applicants sitting A levels with an English examination board.
English Language requirements
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Fees and Funding
Fees and Funding
Full Time Fees
|EU Student||£21,730.00 per year|
|Home Student||£9,250.00 per year|
|Island Student||£9,250.00 per year|
|International non-EU Student||£21,730.00 per year|
The tuition fees shown for home students are for one complete academic year of full time study and are set according to the academic year of entry. Fees for subsequent years of your course may rise in line with an inflationary uplift as determined by the government.
The tuition fees shown for overseas and EU students are for one complete academic year of full time study, are set according to the academic year of entry, and remain the same throughout the duration of the programme for that cohort (unless otherwise stated).
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