Economics with study abroad
At a glance
BA Economics with Study Abroad
|Mode of study|
Gain a solid grasp of economic theory, applied economics and statistical techniques.
Our BA Economics concentrates on the fundamental theories and techniques to help you build a successful career in this competitive field. Taking in historic and current, domestic and international perspectives, you’ll develop an in-depth understanding of the subject at all levels.
In the first year, in addition to the compulsory modules of Principles of Economics, Economic Methods, and The World Economy, you choose three further optional modules. Past examples have included:
- Accounting and Finance in Business
- Introduction to Environmental Economics
- Introduction to the History of Economic Thought
- A module chosen from another department, which could include a foreign language.
In the second year, you study three compulsory modules investigating Macroeconomics, Microeconomics and Economic Data Analysis, and choose three optional modules. Past examples have included:
- Behavioural and Experimental Economics
- Business Competition
- Corporate Finance
- Economics of Social Policy
- European Economics
- Intermediate Methods for Economics and Finance
- One module from another department, which could include a foreign language.
In an increasingly globalised world, a period of international study is a major benefit and can help you to stand out in a crowded job market. Most of our economics degrees offer you the option of spending your third year studying abroad at one of our international partner universities. This is an opportunity to develop foreign language skills, experience another country and learn about its culture.
Opportunities for study abroad are currently available in Australia, Canada, Chile, China/Hong Kong, Colombia, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden and USA. Funding opportunities may be available through scholarships offered by the host institution, the British Council and/or other funding bodies.
See more at www.durham.ac.uk/international/studyabroad/
The offer of a place on a ‘study abroad’ degree does not imply that Durham University Business School guarantees to place the student with one of its partner institutions, nor a partner of the student’s choice. All study abroad programmes are subject to approval by the Business School. Some partner relationships have restricted access and so are not available to all students. The Business School, in association with the University, will assist students in applying for a study abroad place, but it is the responsibility of the student to apply for such a place, and the right of the Business School/University to allocate students to available places as it deems best. In the event that a student is unable to obtain a study abroad place, transfer to the equivalent ‘non-study abroad’ programme is guaranteed provided the student is eligible to transfer on academic grounds. In line with Home Office rules, students from outside the EU will transfer onto the ‘with study abroad’ programme only once they have successfully secured a place abroad (normally at the end of their second year of study). Therefore due to visa requirements, we recommend that international students interested in the study abroad year as part of their degree apply for this programme when making their application to us via UCAS.
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.
In the fourth year, you study a compulsory double module in which you write a Dissertation. In addition, you study four optional modules. Past examples have included:
- Advanced Macroeconomic Theory
- Advanced Microeconomic 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
- One module from another department, which could include a foreign language.
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 course learn through a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops, 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 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 course) 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 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 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
A level offer – A*AA including Mathematics.
BTEC Level 3 NationalExtended Diploma/OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma – D*DD and Mathematics A level at grade A (or equivalent) is required.
IB Diploma score – 38 with 666 in higher level subjects, including Mathematics.
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 Manager.
- 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.
- We do not include General Studies or Critical Thinking as part of our offer.
- If you do not satisfy our general entry requirements, the Foundation Programme offers multidisciplinary programmes to prepare you for a range of specified degree programmes.
- If you are an international student who does not meet the requirements for direct entry to this degree, you may be eligible to take an International Foundation Year pathway programme at the Durham University International Study Centre.
- 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||£22,900.00 per year|
|Home Student||£9,250.00 per year|
|Island Student||£9,250.00 per year|
|International non-EU Student||£22,900.00 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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Scholarships and funding
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