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.
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
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15 January*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
|UCAS Tariff||Not accepted|
|A level||A*AA||Specific subjects/grades required for entry: Grade A in A-level Mathematics and an accepted social science or humanities subject. Specific subjects excluded for entry: General Studies and Critical Thinking. Information: Please check the website for a list of accepted social science and humanities subjects. Applicants are encouraged to avoid studying both Economics and Business Studies. A-Level Economics is not required though for anyone taking this subject this will form part of the offer made to you. Applicants taking Science A-levels that include a practical component will be required to take and pass this as a condition of entry. This refers only to English A Levels.|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||D*DD||Subject specific A-levels (or equivalent) may also be required.|
|Access to HE Diploma||D: 30 credits M: 15 credits||We require 60 credits with a minimum of 45 credits at level 3 (or equivalent). Applicants may be required to meet additional subject-specific requirements for particular courses at Durham.|
|Scottish Higher||AAAAA||We will normally make offers based on Advanced Highers. If an applicant has not been able to take 3 Advanced Highers, offers may be made with a combination of Advanced Highers and Highers, or on a number of Highers. Specific subjects/grades required for entry: Grade A in AH Mathematics and an accepted social science or humanities subject.|
|Scottish Advanced Higher||AAA||Specific subjects/grades required for entry: Grade A in AH Mathematics and an accepted social science or humanities subject. 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.|
|International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme||38 points||Specific subjects/grades required for entry: To include 6, 6, 6 at Higher Level, including grade 6 in Higher Level Mathematics, or grade 7 in Standard Level Mathematics, and grade 6 in a Higher Level accepted social science or humanities subject. Under the new scheme we will accept HL Maths Analysis and Approaches or HL Maths Applications and Interpretation. Mathematical Studies cannot be used to meet the subject specific Mathematics requirement. Information: Applicants are encouraged to avoid studying both Economics and Business Studies.|
|Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015)||Not accepted|
|Extended Project||Not accepted|
|Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)||H1, H2, H2, H2, H2||Specific subjects/grades required for entry: Grade H2 in Higher Level Mathematics and an accepted social science or humanities subject.|
|Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal||D2, D3, D3||Specific subjects/grades required for entry: Grade D3 in Mathematics and an accepted social science or humanities subject.|
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
Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£9250||Year 1|
|Channel Islands||£9250||Year 1|