Economics with Study Abroad at Durham University - UCAS

Course summary

Have you ever wondered why some musicians earn so much money? Or the costs and benefits of a country hosting the Olympics? If you have a natural curiosity about the way the world works and you enjoy maths and problem-solving, BA Economics (with study abroad) might be the course for you. Economics is at the heart of decision-making across every aspect of society. From individuals and businesses to public bodies and multinational organisations, economists examine available resources and work out how they can be used efficiently and effectively. This degree has been developed to meet the needs of the business world and equip you with the skills to succeed in a range of industries. As well as preparing you for a career in the financial services sector, the critical and analytical skills developed during the degree provide a springboard into the worlds of journalism, policy, education and international development. Central to the course is the real-world application of economics. The curriculum includes lectures from expert speakers and projects where you will have a chance to investigate a range of contemporary economics issues. Learning from industry experts you’ll develop a solid grounding in economic analysis, applied economics and statistical techniques. Spending a year abroad in one of our international partner universities will give you the opportunity to experience another culture and develop your language skills. In an increasingly globalised industry, international study will help you stand out to employers. In addition to the study abroad route, you have the option to complete the course in three years or add a placement year. It may also be possible to spend the third term of your second year at the University of Pisa. The first year provides a foundation in domestic and international economics. In subsequent years you will further develop your understanding of core areas such as macroeconomics, microeconomics and data analysis. The degree culminates in a final-year dissertation on an area of economics of your choice.


Core modules: Principles of Economics provides a sound foundation for modules in micro- and macroeconomics. You will cover areas including methodology of economics, supply and demand, consumer spending choices, competition and growth theories. Economic Methods familiarises you with the use of mathematical and statistical tools in solving economic problems. You will look at equations, matrix algebra, calculus, statistics, distribution, confidence intervals and hypothesis testing. The World Economy provides knowledge and understanding of the features of different types of economy, and of world trade and the international financial system. You will learn about international trade theory, economic growth and cover some of the key concepts relating to developments and crises in the world economy using real-world case studies. Examples of optional modules: The Economics of Sustainability Introduction to the History of Economic Thought Foundations of Finance. Year 2 Core modules: Macroeconomics uses real-world examples to analyse the general equilibrium of an economy both in the short term, with a static model, and in the medium to long term, with a dynamic model. Microeconomics develops your knowledge and understanding of the essential components of microeconomics with a particular focus on the analytical skills relevant to consumer and production theories, general equilibrium and welfare. Econometics equips you with the skills to understand the type of empirical analysis used in economic literature. You will also write a report based on econometric analysis. Examples of optional modules: Behavioural and Experimental Economics Intermediate Finance Intermediate Methods for Economics and Finance Microeconomic Applications and Policy Macroeconomic Applications and Policy. Year 3 You will spend Year 3 studying abroad at one of our partner universities. Not only will you gain valuable academic experiences to take forward to your final year and beyond, it’s also an opportunity to expand your cultural horizons, develop language skills and meet new people. Opportunities are currently available in Australia, Canada, Chile, China/Hong Kong, Columbia, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Singapore, Spain, South Korea, Sweden and the USA. Funding may be available through scholarships offered by the host institution, the British Council and/or other funding bodies. Year 4 Core modules: The Dissertation is a detailed and critical examination of a relevant area of economics. It develops your ability to plan and manage your own learning and provides you with an opportunity to research a specific topic and present your findings and conclusions. Examples of optional modules: Advanced Macroeconomic Theory Advanced Microeconomic Theory Applied Econometrics Developmental Economics Environmental Economics and Policy Financial Theory and Corporate Policy International Economics Monetary Economics Game Theory and Applications Security Investment Analysis.

Assessment method

Modules are assessed via a combination of examinations, written assignments and reports, investigative projects and presentations. The range of assessment methods is designed to assess your knowledge and understanding of the material, test your critical thinking skills, enhance your written and oral communication skills, and assess your ability to relate your learning to real-world issues. The 12,000-word dissertation makes up one-third of your final-year marks.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Our contextual offer for this programme is A level ABB including an A in Mathematics (or equivalent). To find out if you’re eligible, please visit:

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English language requirements

Durham University welcomes applications from all students irrespective of background. We encourage the recruitment of academically well-qualified and highly motivated students, who are non-native speakers of English, whose full potential can be realised with a limited amount of English Language training either prior to entry or through pre-sessional and/or in-sessional courses. It is the normal expectation that candidates for admission should be able to demonstrate satisfactory English proficiency before the start of a programme of study, whether via the submission of an appropriate English language qualification or by attendance on an appropriate pre-sessional course. Acceptable evidence and levels required can be viewed by following the link provided.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
EU £27600 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
International £27600 Year 1

Additional fee information

There may also be additional course costs for things like books (if you want to purchase them), field trips etc.
Economics with Study Abroad at Durham University - UCAS