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Courses

LL12 Economics and Politics BA Undergraduate 2016

Essentials

UCAS code LL12
Degree BA
Mode of study Full Time
Duration 3 years
Location Durham City
Typical offers A Level
A*AA
International Baccalaureate (IB)
38
Alternative qualifications

www.durham.ac.uk/undergraduate/apply/entry-reqs/qualifications

Department(s) Website
www.durham.ac.uk/business
www.durham.ac.uk/sgia
Email
economics.admissions@durham.ac.uk
Telephone +44 (0)191 334 6340

Course Content

Description

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 Relations.

Year 2

In the second year, you study two compulsory modules in Macroeconomics and Microeconomics plus one module chosen from a selection that 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 includes:

  • Democracy and Democratic Theory
  • Foundations of Western Political Thought
  • The Politics of Pacific Asia
  • Middle East in the International System
  • International Relations Theory
  • International Organisations
  • Global Political Economy.
  • Islam, State and Government
  • Class, Nation and British Politics

Year 3

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 includes:

  • Advanced Microeconomics
  • Advanced Macroeconomics
  • Applied Econometrics
  • Development Economics
  • Environmental Economics and Policy
  • Financial Theory and Corporate Policy
  • History of Economic Thought
  • Industrial Organisation
  • International Economics
  • Labour Economics
  • Monetary Economics 
  • Public Economics
  • Security Investment Analysis
  • Chinain Global Political Economy
  • The American Presidency
  • 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
  • Power and Political Space in Jewish Politics

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.

Study Abroad

Business School (School of Economics, Finance and Business)
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.

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 capstone 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.

Admissions Process

Subjects required, 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).
  • If an applicant is taking Mathematics and Further Mathematics, a further two subjects must be taken at A2-level. Applicants are encouraged to avoid studying both Economics and Business Studies A2-levels
  • 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 2016 entry in the summer of 2015 and will publish finalised entry requirements for 2016 entry on the University’s website and at UCAS before 1 September 2015
  • 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.

English Language requirements

IELTS of 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.

Requirements and Admissions

www.durham.ac.uk/undergraduate/apply

The University accepts the following alternative English language tests and scores.

Information relevant to your country

www.durham.ac.uk/international/countryinfo

Fees and Funding

 

Fees have not been set for this academic year.

Scholarships and funding

www.durham.ac.uk/undergraduate/finance 

Career Opportunities

Business School (School of Economics, Finance and Business)


"A degree from Durham University truly opens up windows of opportunity, I managed to secure a Graduate Accounts position with an international marketing company prior to graduation."

Claudine Andrew BA (Hons) Accounting & Finance (2010)


Of those students employed:

42% are in full time employment

Of those in employment:

93% are in graduate level employment
Median salary £30,000

Of those in further study:

100% are in graduate level study

(These statistics are based on the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey of 2012/13 graduates. The DLHE survey asks leavers from higher education what they are doing six months after graduation. View full definitions for the DLHE Record).

Employment development opportunities

The Careers, Employability and Enterprise Centre works closely with the Undergraduate Business Department to ensure that students receive information, advice and vacancies relevant to their needs. A Careers Adviser delivers talks focused on ensuring that students receive the most relevant and up to date advice about professions that are of interest to students in the department.

A wide range of work is carried out in conjunction with the Careers, Employability and Enterprise Centre to develop students' employability skills, including presentations/workshops on CVs, applications, assessment centres, interviews, commercial awareness, leadership, etc. 

Many recruiters of Durham Undergraduate Business School students attend careers fairs and run presentations on campus, including: Ernst & Young, KPMG, Deloitte, PWC, Rolls Royce, Lloyds TSB, Unilever, Procter & Gamble, IBM, Accenture, to name a few. Professional bodies like CIM (Chartered Institute of Marketing) and CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants) also attend events on campus.


"We have had a number of students from the Undergraduate Business School join our Summer Internship Programme who have made a real impact due to their enthusiasm and strong interpersonal skills. These candidates have then gone on to join in Graduate roles."

Neil McGuire, Graduate Recruitment, Ernst & Young


Examples of career destination:

  • Finance/Accountancy/Associate/Deloitte
  • Retail/Management/Trainee Manager/Marks & Spencer
  • Diplomat/ British Government
  • Finance/Investment Management/Analyst/Blackrock
  • Health/ Management/Graduate Management Trainee /NHS
  • Finance/Accountancy/ Trainee Chartered Accountant/ TindlesLLP
  • Car rental/Management Graduate Trainee Programme /Enterprise Rent-a-Car
  • Finance/Banking/ Business Advisor/Royal Bank of Scotland
  • Engineering & Construction/Graduate Scheme/Balfour Beatty
  • British Armed Forces/Officer/Army
  • HM Treasury/Policy Advisor/ British Government

 Of those students employed:

  • 47% are in full time employment

Of those in employment:

  • 81% are in graduate level employment
  • Median salary £20,500

Of those in further study:

  • 100% are in graduate level study

(These statistics are based on the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey of 2012/13 graduates. The DLHE survey asks leavers from higher education what they are doing six months after graduation. Full definitions for the DLHE Record can be found here: http://www.hesa.ac.uk/content/view/2889).

A significant number of students progress on to higher level study following their degree in Business; notably at Durham, but also at other prestigious institutions. Some remain within their academic field and pursue higher level research, others take a different role and pursue professional postgraduate programmes, including teaching, law, accountancy, marketing and mathematics.

School of Government and 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 2013:

- 47% are in full time paid employment

Of those in employment:

- 85% are in graduate level employment
- Median salary £20,000

Of those in further study:

- 93% are in graduate level study

(These statistics are based on the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey of 2012/13 graduates. The DLHE survey asks leavers from higher education what they are doing six months after graduation. Full definitions for the DLHE Record can be found here: http://www.hesa.ac.uk/content/view/2889)

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 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

Campus tours

www.durham.ac.uk/undergraduate/visit/campus.tours

Overseas Visit Schedule

www.durham.ac.uk/international/office/meetus

Department Information

Business School (School of Economics, Finance and Business)

Overview

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

Our Economics degrees will provide you with a solid grasp of economic theory, applied economics and statistical techniques. They are an ideal preparation for employment in all areas of graduate work and our qualifications are highly successful in creating job opportunities.

As an internationally renowned research-led business school and one of the longest established in the UK, employers worldwide recognise Durham University Business School as one of the most pioneering schools. The School is also one of an elite group of institutions in the UK to be accredited by all three major business accreditation bodies – the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the Association of MBAs (AMBA) and the European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS). This achievement is a testament to the quality of the School and provides the extra assurance that Durham University Business School and its programmes have been rigorously tested and proven to be of the high-quality demanded by today’s professionals.

Rankings
  • 5th in The Guardian University Guide 2015.
  • In the top 10 in The Complete University Guide 2015.
Facilities

The University Library has an excellent collection of economics books, journals and original source material and your college library may 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.

Website
www.durham.ac.uk/business

School of Government and International Affairs

Overview

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

Our expert staff will 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.

Ranking
  • Ranked joint 1st in the UK for Internationally Excellent and World-leading research impact (REF 2014).
  • 6th in The Times and Sunday Times University Guide 2015.
  • 6th in The Complete University Guide 2015.
Facilities

The School of Government and 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.

Website
www.durham.ac.uk/sgia

NB: Information contained on the website or in the literature with respect to the fee is correct at the time of publication but the University reserves the right to change the course information or fee at a later date.