Economics and Politics
At a glance
BA Economics and Politics
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Economics and politics are closely linked throughout society. Our BA Economics and Politics programme reflects this connection, exploring multiple perspectives while also helping you develop your own viewpoint. You’ll have the opportunity to cover diverse topics such as world economy, macro and microeconomics, corporate finance, international relations and development economics. In years two and three you can adjust the balance of subjects to broaden your experience or focus in on your major area of interest. Year 1 In the first year, in addition to the three economics compulsory modules, you take a further two compulsory modules entitled Ideas and Ideologies, and Democratic Political Systems and choose one further optional module from a selection covering International Security and International Organisation, Global Regions in International Relations, and Theory and History in International... more
Economics and politics are closely linked throughout society. Our BA Economics and Politics programme reflects this connection, exploring multiple perspectives while also helping you develop your own viewpoint. You’ll have the opportunity to cover diverse topics such as world economy, macro and microeconomics, corporate finance, international relations and development economics. In years two and three you can adjust the balance of subjects to broaden your experience or focus in on your major area of interest.
In the first year, in addition to the three economics compulsory modules, you take a further two compulsory modules entitled Ideas and Ideologies, and Democratic Political Systems and choose one further optional module from a selection covering International Security and Interdependence Organisation, Global Regions in International Relations, and Theory and History in International Relations.
In the second year, you study two compulsory modules in Macroeconomics and Microeconomics plus one module chosen from a selection that currently includes:
- Behavioural and Experimental Economics
- Business Competition
- Corporate Finance
- Economic Data Analysis
- Economics of Social Policy
- European Economics
- Intermediate Methods for Economics and Finance.
In addition three modules must be chosen from the range of second-year Politics modules, which currently includes:
- Democracy and Democratic Theory
- Foundations of Western Political Thought
- The Politics of Pacific Asia
- Middle East in the International System
- International Theory
- International Organisations
- Global Political Economy
- Islam, State and Government
- Class, Nation and British Politics
In the third year, you study a compulsory double Dissertation module that can be in either economics or politics. In addition you choose four optional modules from a selection that currently includes:
- Advanced Microeconomic Theory
- Advanced Macroeconomic Theory
- Applied Econometrics
- Development Economics
- Environmental Economics and Policy
- History of Economic Thought
- Industrial Organisation
- International Economics
- Labour Economics
- Monetary Economics
- Public Economics
- Security Investment Analysis
- Game Theory and Applications
- Post-Keynesian Economics
- China in Global Political Economy
- The Politics of the Middle East’s Oil Monarchies
- British Political Thought since 1850
- The Ethics of Violence in International Relations
- Islam and Politics in the Modern World
- Theories of Liberty
- The Political Economy of the European Union
- Elections and British Politics
- Israel: Politics and Society
Note that in the second and third years it is possible for you to take a minimum of five and a maximum of seven modules in each subject.
School of Government and International Affairs
Students can apply for a one-year study placement in one of the following institutions: the University of California and Boston College in the USA, British Columbia in Canada, the University of Hong Kong, and the National University of Singapore. In some cases courses are offered in English, while in others teaching is in the local language. We have an ERASMUS/Year Abroad Co-ordinator who will help you prepare for your year abroad, and who will maintain contact with you while you are away.
To find out more about the modules available to students studying at Durham University please click here.
Please note: Current modules are indicative. Information for future academic years may change, for example, due to developments in the relevant academic field, or in light of student feedback.
Learning and Teaching
Course Learning and Teaching
Students on this programme learn through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials (politics), workshops (economics), 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, tutorials, and workshops are much smaller groups than lectures, with tutorials often involving no more than eight students working with a professor or lecturer; seminars and workshops can be larger but are still small enough to allow one-on-one interaction with tutors.
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 programme is designed to feature fewer formal sessions and more independent research as students move from their first to their final year. Small-group teaching and one-on-one attention from the personal academic advisor (provided for all students when they enter the programme) are part of the learning experience throughout, but by the final year classroom time gives way, to some extent, 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 programme systematically transforms the student 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 programme and continue at key times throughout each year of the programme.
Students can also attend an extensive programme of research-focused seminars where staff and visiting scholars present their cutting edge research.
Subject requirements, level and grade
In addition to satisfying the University’s general entry requirements, please note:
- For all Single and Joint Honours degrees involving Economics, including Philosophy, Politics and Economics, we require you to obtain a Grade A at A-level Mathematics or its equivalent. For applicants studying the International Baccalaureate, the requirement is 38 points to include 666 in the Higher Level subjects. We require either grade 6 in Higher Level mathematics, or grade 7 in Standard Level mathematics (excluding Maths Studies).
- 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 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.
- Grade A in at least one social science or humanities subject is required at both A-level and GCSE
- You are not required to have A-Level Economics, however for anyone taking this subject this will form part of the offer made to you
- We do not include General Studies or Critical Thinking as part of our offer
- We will be reviewing our entry requirements for 2017 entry in the summer of 2016 and will publish finalised entry requirements for 2017 entry on the University’s website and at UCAS before 1 September 2016
- 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.
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||£9,250.00 per year|
|Home Student||£9,250.00 per year|
|Island Student||£9,250.00 per year|
|International non-EU Student||£18,300.00 per year|
Note: Fees are subject to review and change in-line with inflation.
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Scholarships and funding
Open Days and Visits
Open days and visits
Pre-application open day
Pre-application open days are the best way to discover all you need to know about Durham University. With representatives from all relevant academic and support service departments, and opportunities to explore college options, the open days provide our prospective undergraduates with the full experience of Durham University.
Please see the following page for further details and information on how to book a place: www.durham.ac.uk/opendays
Discover Durham Tours
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Changes to Economics and Politics (2018)
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