Economics and Politics
Economics and Politics are closely linked throughout society. Our BA (Hons) Economics and Politics degree 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 2 and 3 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 will take a further compulsory module in Politics and choose one further optional module from a selection of Politics modules. In addition to three Economics compulsory modules, you will take two compulsory and one optional module in Politics.
In the second year, you will study two compulsory modules investigating core issues in Economics, an optional Economics module,
and in addition, three optional modules must be chosen from the range of second-year Politics modules.
In the third year, you will complete a compulsory double Dissertation module that can be in either Economics or Politics. In addition, you will choose four optional modules from a selection in Economics and Politics.
Please 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.
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
Students on this degree learn through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials (politics), workshops (economics), informal but scheduled one-to-one support, and self-directed learning, such as research, reading, and writing.
All of these are supported by a 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-to-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 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-to-one attention from the personal academic advisor (provided for all students when they enter the degree) 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-to-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 degree and continue at key times throughout each year of the course.
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
A level offer – A*AA including Mathematics and a social sciences or humanities subject.
BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma/OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma – D*DD and A level requirements
IB Diploma score – 38 with 666 in higher level subjects, including Mathematics and a social science or humanities subject.
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 Advanced Higher Mathematics. If you are taking both of these subjects at this level then an 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.
- 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.
- If you do not satisfy our general entry requirements, the Foundation Programme offers multidisciplinary programmes to prepare you for a range of specified degrees.
- 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
Please check requirements for your subject and level of study.
How to apply
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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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Open Days and Visits
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