L106 Economics with Placement Year BA Undergraduate 2021
|Mode of study||Full Time|
|Typical Offers||A Level|
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|Contextual Offers||You may be eligible for an offer which is one or two grades lower than our standard entry requirements. Find out more.|
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|Department(s) Website|| www.durham.ac.uk/business
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, you will be able to choose three further optional modules from a selection of economics modules and have the opportunity to take a module from another department, which could be a foreign language.
In the second year, you study compulsory modules investigating core issues in economics, and you will be able to choose three further optional modules from a selection of economics modules, and have the opportunity to take a module from another department, which could be a foreign language. Furthermore you will acquire numerous subject skills which enable you to interpret economic theory and data.
It may be possible to spend the third term of your second year studying economics modules at either the University of Trento or the University of Pisa. Students who choose this option study five Durham modules before going to Italy for the Easter term. The Durham May/June examinations are taken whilst in Italy.
All of our degrees offer you the option of spending your third year gaining practical experience on a business placement. Business placements are a great way to develop your employment marketability and to engage with employers early in their recruitment pipeline. A placement requires a minimum of forty weeks of work experience and the placement begins in the summer following completion of the second year, and this then becomes the third year of a four-year degree programme. This allows you to really explore and understand your job and to find out if the career or company is for you.
- You will develop your practical skills, confidence and maturity.
- You can focus on a specific career path - many employers recruit graduates from their placement programme.
- You will be able to contextualise your studies better, be more mature in your attitude to work,
- You may decide to draw on your working experiences and access a more fulfilling dissertation research subject.
- You will gain invaluable job search and graduate research skills by engaging in the competitive placement recruitment process.
To ensure you are getting the most out of your experience, we support your placement in a number of ways:
First Year Workshops and Bootcamps to help you to develop your Placement Strategy and to identify and develop those skills and competencies that will be critical to ensure you are attractive to potential placement employers. These typically involve Employers, Placement Mentors and representatives from Colleges, Societies and the Volunteering Community in Durham.
Second Year Workshops and Bootcamps support you through the placement application process and allow you to develop into a supportive student group to travel along the road of gaining a placement together. They enable you to get to know those students who will return with you in the fourth year. Workshops typically involve employers, and former placement students.
The DUBS Placement Programme includes a series of employer-led events which take place throughout term 1 and 2 and is open to all first year and second year placement students. The skills sessions and networking events allow students to develop essential employability skills as well as providing valuable insight into the recruitment process.
Placement Mentors: We have a mentorship scheme whereby former placement students share their experiences of the application process and placement with first and second year students and those out on placement. If you become a placement mentor on your return to University you can continue to develop your interpersonal skills and slide back into your University life with another key role which may well develop a new sense of belonging as well as another valuable contribution to your CV.
Placement Tutors: Whilst you are on placement you are assigned a tutor who will visit you, liaise with your employer and ensure you gain the most from your experience.
The Business Placement year fees are set annually by the University. For the definitive amount of the Business Placement year fees payable please contact our Placement Team.
*The offer of a place on a ‘with placement’ degree does not imply that Durham University Business School guarantees to find the student a placement. The Business School, in association with the University, will assist students in finding and applying for placements, but it is the responsibility of the student to apply for and to obtain a placement (which is subject to approval by the Business School). In the event that a student is unable to obtain a placement, transfer to the equivalent ‘non-placement’ 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 business placement’ programme only once they have successfully secured a placement (normally at the end of their second year of study). Therefore due to visa requirements, we recommend that international students interested in the business placement year as part of their degree apply for this programme when making their application to us via UCAS.
In the fourth year, you study a compulsory double module in which you write a Dissertation. The Dissertation module allows you to analyse, in great depth, your choice of research question in Economics. In addition, you study four optional modules from a list of optional economics related modules, as well as 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.
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 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 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 course and continue at key times throughout each year of the degree.
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.
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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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Of those students who graduated in 2018:
- 92% are in paid employment or further study 15 months after graduation across all our programmes
Of those in employment:
- 87% are in a professional or managerial job
- Average salary of £30,000.
(Source: HESA Graduate Outcomes Survey. The survey asks leavers from higher education what they are doing 15 months after graduation. Further information about the Graduate Outcomes survey can be found here www.graduateoutcomes.ac.uk)
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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.
You will be taught at Durham University Business School, one of the longest established business schools in the UK, in state-of-the-art facilities. 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.
- 7th for Economics in The Complete University Guide 2021.
- Top 10 for Economics in The Guardian University Guide 2021.
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.
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