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Economics and Philosophy University of Manchester Degree level: Undergraduate

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  • Are you looking for a teaching and learning experience that is based on and informed by current research?

  • Do you want to develop specialised subject knowledge and understanding, as well as generic transferable skills?

  • Would you prefer a course with a large number of pathways, suitable for career opportunities in the private and the public sectors?

  • Would you like a chance to study abroad for a semester?

The Economics and Philosophy pathway of the BA (Hons) Economic and Social Studies programme - or BA (Econ) for short - is a long-established and popular degree.

Taught by experts from the largest Economics department in the UK, you'll benefit from their research-led teaching and have a wide range of course units to choose from depending on your interests, from econometrics and operational research to development and microeconomics.

Above all you will learn about what drives economic systems and acquire the skills to model and quantify these systems - skills that are particularly relevant for professional economist, but are also keenly sought by a wide range of employers.

By studying philosophy at Manchester on the BA (Econ) you will develop your own responses to the fundamental questions and become familiar with on-going debates. You will acquire highly transferable skills of analytical and critical thinking, reasoned argument and clear, systematic expressions of ideas.

Economics (L100), Economics & Politics (LL12), Economics & Sociology (LL13), Economics & Philosophy (LV15) and Development Studies (L900) all share a common first year. After your first year you can apply to switch to a different pathway.

Please only apply for one of these courses to start with.

Special Features

A Chair in Political Economy was founded at the University in 1854, making it one of the oldest centres for the study of economics in the UK. Since then many famous names in economics have worked here, including three Nobel prize-winners.

Philosophy at Manchester has a long and distinguished history. Previous professors have included Samuel Alexander, Dorothy Emmet, Michael Polanyi and Arthur Prior.

The BA (Hons) Economic and Social Studies features a foundation first year so you don't need to have studied social science subjects before.

In REF 2014 (Economics & Econometrics) Manchester Economics was ranked 7th out of 28 Economics departments in terms of research power (Grade Point Average multiplied by FTE). Overall, 75% of our activity was rated as world-leading or internationally excellent (achieving a 4* or 3). This includes:

  • 64.9% of outputs rated 4/3*

  • 90% of impact rated 4*/3*

  • 100% of environment rated 4*/3*

Our Students

  • Economics and Philosophy BA (Econ) students in figures (2018):

  • Students on the course came from 57 countries

  • Their ages ranged from 17 - 36

  • The male / female ratio was 62 : 38

How to apply

This course has limited vacancies, and is no longer accepting applications from some students. See the list below for where you normally live, to check if you’re eligible to apply.

England

Wales

Scotland

Northern Ireland

EU

International

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

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!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code LV15
Institution code M20
Campus name Main Site
Campus code -

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff Not accepted
A level AAB Grades AAB.

We do not accept two A/S Levels grades in place of one A-level.

Applicants must be studying at least one of the following A-level subjects: Accounting, Anthropology, Business Studies, Classics, Economics, English Language/Literature, Further Mathematics, Geography, History, Law, Mathematics, Modern Languages, Philosophy, Politics, Psychology, Religious Studies, Sociology, Use of Mathematics and World Development.

General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted for entry.

Typical contextual offer: Grades ABB.

For further information about contextual offers, please visit: http://www.manchester.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/applications/after-you-apply/contextual-data/contextual-data-2019/
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DMM Accepted with Grades DMM, alongside an A-level at Grade A in a different subject area to the diploma.
Access to HE Diploma D: 39 credits
M: 6 credits
Pass Access to HE Diploma with 45 level 3 credits (39 Distinctions/6 Merits).

Minimum grade C in English Language and grade B in Mathematics.

Contact: Tom McCunnie tom.mccunnie@manchester.ac.uk
Scottish Higher AAAAB AAAAB in Scottish Highers. Applicants taking a combination of Highers and Advanced Highers should contact socialsciences@manchester.ac.uk. Applicants not taking English Language or Mathematics at Higher level must achieve Grade C in English Language and Grade B in mathematics at SCQF Level 5.
Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal D3, D3, M1 Applicants are expected to achieve D3, D3, M1 in the Cambridge Pre-U. Applicants can either take three Pre-U qualifications or study them in conjunction with A Level subjects.
Extended Project The University recognises the benefits of the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) and the opportunities it provides for applicants to develop independent study and research skills. Although the Extended Project will not be included in the conditions of your offer, we strongly encourage you to provide information about the EPQ in your personal statement and at interview. A number of our academic Schools may also choose to take your performance in the EPQ into account should places be available in August for applicants who narrowly miss the entry grades for their chosen course.
GCSE/National 4/National 5 Minimum Grade C in English language and Grade B in Mathematics. In the newly reformed GCSEs in England you will require a Grade 4 in English language and Grade 6 in Mathematics.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 35 points 6,6,5 at Higher level, 35 points overall. Applicants offering Mathematics or Maths Methods at standard or higher level must achieve a minimum of Grade 5.

Applicants not holding GCSE English Language or equivalent must achieve Grade 5 in standard or higher level English.
OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma DM Accepted with Grades DM, alongside an A level at Grade A in a different subject area to the diploma.
OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate M Accepted with Grades M, alongside two A levels at Grades AA in different subject areas.
OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma DMM Accepted with Grades DMM, alongside an A level at Grade A in a different subject area to the diploma.
OCR Cambridge Technical Foundation Diploma DM Accepted with Grades DM, alongside an A level at Grade A in a different subject area to the diploma.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) Not accepted
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) MP Accepted with Grades MP, alongside two A-levels at Grade A in different subject areas to the diploma.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) D Accepted with Grade D, alongside two A-levels at Grade A in different subject areas to the diploma.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) M Accepted with Grade M, alongside two A-levels at Grade A in different subject areas to the diploma.
Scottish Advanced Higher AAAAB in Scottish Highers. Applicants taking a combination of Highers and Advanced Highers should contact socialsciences@manchester.ac.uk. Applicants not taking English Language or Mathematics at Higher level must achieve Grade C in English Language and Grade B in mathematics at SCQF Level 5.
Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015) The Welsh Baccalaureate is accepted as equivalent to an A-level on a grade-for-grade basis.


English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
IELTS (Academic) 6.5 With no less than 6.0 in any component.
TOEFL (iBT) 92.0 With minimum of 21 in Listening and Speaking, 22 in Reading and 23 in Speaking.

All applicants are expected to have a minimum of Grade C in GCSE English Language or equivalent. iGCSE English (First Language) - Grade C. iGCSE English (Second Language) Grade B. If you have other English language qualifications and want to find out if they would be acceptable, please e-mail socialsciences@manchester.ac.uk


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,250 Year 1
EU £9,250 Year 1
International £22,000 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.

Sponsorship information

The University is committed to supporting students from low-income households through our financial support packages detailed below. Full-time UK students do not need to apply for Manchester’s bursaries separately but should ensure that they consent to share their financial details with the University when making an application to Student Finance England. http://www.manchester.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/student-finance/2019/

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