Durham University

Degree level: Undergraduate

Economics and Politics

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Course summary

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Students on this degree learn through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials (politics), workshops (economics), informal but scheduled one-to-one support, and self-directed learning, such as research, reading, and writing. All of these are supported by a 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-to-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 you move from your first to your final year. Small-group teaching and one-to-one attention from the personal academic advisor (provided for all students when they enter the degree) 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-to-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 degree and continue at key times throughout each year of the course. Students can also attend an extensive programme of research-focused seminars where staff and visiting scholars present their cutting-edge research. 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.

Course details

Modules

Description Economics and Politics are closely linked throughout society. Our BA (Hons) Economics and Politics degree 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 2 and 3 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 will take a further compulsory module in Politics and choose one further optional module from a selection of Politics modules. In addition to three Economics compulsory modules, you will take two compulsory and one optional module in Politics. Year 2 In the second year, you will study two compulsory modules investigating core issues in Economics, an optional Economics module, and in addition, three optional modules must be chosen from the range of second-year Politics modules. Year 3 In the third year, you will complete a compulsory double Dissertation module that can be in either Economics or Politics. In addition, you will choose four optional modules from a selection in Economics and Politics. Please 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. 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. Placement Year You may be able to take a work placement. Find out more on our website.


How to apply

Application codes

Please select a course option – you will then see the application code you need to use to apply for the course.

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 AAA (or equivalent), which we will reduce to A level AAB (or equivalent) if you choose it as your firm choice. To find out if you’re eligible, please visit: www.dur.ac.uk/study/ug/apply/contextualoffers/

Please click the following link to find out more about qualification requirements for this course

https://www.dur.ac.uk/study/ug/apply/entry/


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £21730 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
International £21730 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Economics and Politics at Durham University - UCAS