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LL12 Economics and Politics BA Undergraduate 2012


UCAS code LL12
Degree BA
Mode of study Full Time
Duration 3 years
Location Durham City
Typical offers A Level
International Baccalaureate (IB)
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Telephone +44 (0)191 334 6340

Course Content


Our BA Economics, BA Business Economics, BA Economics with French and BA Economics and Politics degrees provide a solid foundation of relevant theory and quantitative techniques, as well as the key skills that are sought by employers. Modules are taught by staff active in their field of research; teaching is informed therefore by the latest developments in the subject, enabling us to provide a challenging and stimulating educational environment. 

These degrees provide high quality and progressive study routes that enable you to gain an understanding of the fundamental principles. Whichever Economics degree you read, you will follow a common core programme of first year modules which aims to build a firm and broad foundation for further study: elements of economics, economic methods and the world economy. In your second and third year you will take options from a wide range of modules and can specialise as your interests develop. You also have the opportunity to extend your course to four years by taking year three as an industrial placement or an international exchange.

In Economics and Politics, you can adjust the balance of subjects, with a maximum of seven of the 12 modules in the final two years (years two and three) going to the major subject.

In year one, in addition to the economics core modules, you take a further two core modules

exploring ideas and ideologies, and politics, state and society and chose one further module from a selection covering international security and organisation, global regions in international relations, and theory and history in international relations.

In year two, you study two core modules looking at the principles of macro and micro economics; one module chosen from a selection that includes business competition, corporate finance, economics of social policy, European economics, intermediate methods for economics and finance, and data analysis; and three further modules chosen from BA Politics.

In year three, you choose four modules from a selection that includes applied econometrics, development economics, history of economic thought, industrial organisation, labour economics, international economics, monetary economics, environmental economics and policy, public economics, advanced macro and micro economic theory, security investment analysis, financial theory and corporate policy, and those on offer on BA Politics; and produce a dissertation in either Economics or Politics (double module).

Teaching and assessment details

A wide variety of learning and teaching methods are used, including lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials, practicals, case studies and (in the final year) supervised research towards your dissertation. Some of your learning will consist of guided independent work and some will involve teamworking. You will learn how to use a variety of resources but particularly electronic databases and electronic sources of texts and journals.

The dissertation is a supervised study in a field of your own choosing appropriate to your degree and this will enable you to develop and acquire a wide variety of key skills in independent research, such as acquiring information from diverse sources, analysing information using appropriate qualitative and quantitative techniques and drawing valid, well-argued, evidence-based, conclusions.

You will have the opportunity to gain a wealth of highly valuable generic and transferable key skills, including analytical and critical methods of thinking and problem solving, IT and quantitative techniques, such as data analysis and statistics. You will also learn how to make presentations, write reports, manage your time and work both independently and as part of a team. In addition, you will acquire specialised skills, techniques and knowledge from your specific studies.

Your degree programme will be assessed by a combination of essays, project work, unseen written examinations and a dissertation.

Study Abroad

School of Economics, Finance and Business (Durham City)

A period of international study on your CV can make you stand out in a crowded job market.

The Durham BA Economics degrees offer you the option of spending your third year or the final part of your second year abroad on an international exchange. This is an opportunity to learn a new language, experience another country and learn about its culture.

You may decide to:

  • Be an exchange student at another university for the full placement period
  • Be an exchange student for a while before moving on to a work placement
  • Spend the full 40 weeks on a work placement abroad
  • Alternatively, or in addition to the third year exchange, spend shorter periods abroad on summer school programmes offered by our partners across the world.

We are part of the SOCRATES/ERASMUS programme which encourages students to study for part of their course in a university of another EU country. Currently we are exchanging students with the University of Aix-Marseilles (France) for students taking BA Economics with French, the University of Trento and the University of Pisa (both in Italy).

Funding is available for EU students travelling to EU countries through the ERASMUS scheme.

Other funding opportunities (open to both EU and non-EU students) may also be on offer through scholarships offered by the host institution, the British Council and/or other funding bodies. For further information, please visit

School of Government & International Affairs

If you take Politics (Year Abroad) you will spend your third year at one of our partner universities, taking modules in politics and related subjects. Our current partners are IEP in Aix-en-Provence, Science PO in Paris, Amsterdam, Konstanz, LUISS in Rome, Salamanca, Jagiellonian in Krakow and Uppsala. Students can also 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 Coordinator who will help you prepare for your year abroad, and who will maintain contact with you while you are away.

Admissions Process

Subjects required, level and grade

In addition to satisfying the University's general entry requirements and the programme specific entry requirements above, please note:

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 B in Mathematics at AS-level or equivalent is required.

We do not include General Studies as part of our offer.

If you do not satisfy our general entry requirements, the Foundation Centre offers multi-disciplinary programmes to prepare you for a range of specified degree programmes.

English Language requirements

IELTS 6.5 (no component under 6.0); TOEFL iBT 92 (no component under 23); Cambridge Proficiency (CPE) Grade C; or Cambridge Advanced (CAE) Grade A

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Fees and Funding

Fees have not been set for this academic year.

Scholarships and funding

Career Opportunities

School of Economics, Finance and Business (Durham City)

School of Government & International Affairs

Choosing Durham for my undergraduate education is without doubt one of the best decisions I have ever made. Not only does it excel academically as an institution, it also provides its students with an incredibly varied range of opportunities for personal development.
Kristina Hagen, BA(Hons) Politics and Sociology

Of those students that left in 2012:

- 40.8% are in full time paid employment

Of those in employment:

- 81% are in graduate level employment
- Median salary £23,000

Of those in further study:

- 100% are in graduate level study

A significant number of students progress onto higher level study following their degree. Some remain within their academic field of interest and pursue a taught or research Masters at Durham, London School of Economics, University College London, York, Sheffield and Oxford.  Some progress on to PhD study with recent successes at Durham and Cambridge. Others take a different route and pursue professional postgraduate programmes in law, IT, advertising and marketing, finance and teaching.

Employment and developement opportunities

The Careers, Employability and Enterprise Centre works closely with the School of Government and International Affairs. The link Careers Adviser delivers presentations to each year group on topics relevant to that stage of their academic career. These cover career decision making, successful applications and interviews, and advice for those considering further study. The department also hosts a range of guest speakers from external organisations to expand our students' knowledge of their different career options.

Durham University School of Government and International Affairs graduates enter a wide range of career areas including business and finance, local and national government, armed forces, marketing and PR, media, recruitment and teaching, Our graduates are recruited by leading employers such as the House of Commons, Accenture, British Airways, Ernst and Young, British Telecom, Goldman Sachs, PwC, Royal Navy, House of Fraser, Aldi, Channel 4, HSBC, Teach First, Durham University, Black Rock and the Audit Commission. Specific roles our graduates have progressed into include business manager, press and publicity assistant, accountant, political assistant, retail manager, international financial analyst, Naval Officer, marketing executive, stockbroker, tax adviser and political researcher.

Open days and visits

Pre-application open day

Pre-application open days are the very 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 they will provide a full experience of Durham University for any prospective undergraduates.

Pre-application open days in Durham City will take place on:

  • Monday 25 June 2012
  • Saturday 30 June 2012
  • Saturday 22 September 2012

Further details, and information on how to book.  

Campus tours

Overseas Visit Schedule

Department Information

School of Economics, Finance and Business (Durham City)


Economics is a multi-faceted discipline - let Durham guide you to the top.

The Economics degrees offered by Durham University Business School aim to provide you with a solid grasp of economic theory, applied economics and statistical techniques. Results in the 2010 National Student Survey (NSS) show that 86% of Economics students were satisfied with the quality of their course. Choosing a Durham Economics degree offers ideal preparation for employment in all areas of graduate work and our qualifications are highly successful in creating job opportunities. The Graduate Prospects ranking in The Times Good University Guide 2011 places Durham Economics graduates at 2nd position in the UK. As an internationally renowned research-led business school and one of the longest established in the UK, employers worldwide recognise Durham Business School as one of the most pioneering schools. The School is one of an elite group of institutions in the UK to be accredited by all three major business accreditation bodies - AACSB, AMBA and EQUIS; and in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (RAE2008) 95% of the School's research was judged to be of international quality and above.

RAE results


The University Library has an excellent collection of economics books, journals and original source material and your college library will also have a good selection of important texts. You will have access to a range of networked PCs and a wide selection of standard software packages, as well as your own email address.

You will also use duo - Durham's virtual learning environment - an integrated online solution to manage and improve your learning. duo offers not only facilities to structure learning content (web pages, lecture notes, interactive applications, audio and video clips), but also provides student management, communication and assessment tools.


School of Government & International Affairs


From soapboxes to statecraft, you'll learn how and why nations are run the way they are.

At the School of Government & International Affairs, rated 9th in the Complete University Guide 2011, our aim is to help you to develop a thorough knowledge of the structure and functions of the modern state, the history of ideas about the nature and purpose of politics and the development of particular regions and their political systems. You will study political thought, government, international relations and another subject such as geography, economics, history, psychology, sociology, philosophy, or law, subject to availability.

RAE results


The School of Government & International Affairs is a concentration of research expertise in political processes and institutions, political thought, and international and area studies. Teaching takes place both in the Department's own rooms and in conveniently located lecture rooms. The University Library has an excellent collection in politics as well as specialised research collections such as the European Documentation Centre. Colleges provide additional library resources as well as computing facilities.


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