Return to search results

Economics and Philosophy BA (Full time) 2017 start

  • Overview

    Gain a wide range of skills on this exciting Joint Honours degree, which gives you in-depth understanding of economic issues in business, society and public life as well as asking important questions about how we see and understand the world.

    You’ll explore economic theory and approaches through core modules, as well as learning how to think clearly and construct effective arguments. You’ll learn about logic, ethics, the mind and reality as well as macro- and microeconomics. However, you’ll then develop this knowledge through your choice from a wide range of optional modules, which allow you to specialise in topics that appeal to you.

    Philosophy of politics, science, language, religion, ethics and the mind, and thinkers such as Hume and Nietzsche are among the topics you could study, alongside economic development, international trade, public enterprise or the economics of work and labour. It’s a great way to broaden your horizons and discover two different but connected disciplines.

    Leeds has great facilities for students of philosophy and economics. The world class Brotherton Library holds a wide variety of manuscript, archive and early printed material in its Special Collections– valuable assets for your independent research. Our other library resources are also excellent, and the University Library offers a comprehensive training programme to help you make the most of them.

  • Course content

    A Joint Honours degree allows you to study the same core topics as students on each Single Honours course, but you’ll take fewer options and discovery modules so you can fit in both subjects.

    You’ll spend your first year studying core modules that introduce you to key principles, approaches and methods in each subject, such as economic theory and history, ethics, logic and constructing arguments. You’ll also gain the mathematical grounding you need for economic study, with different modules depending on your previous qualifications, and choose from optional modules on topics like philosophy of religion, science or the mind.

    Over the next two years you’ll build on this knowledge base with core modules in microeconomics and macroeconomics, and you can maintain a balance across core philosophical topics such as value philosophy, logic and language and mind and knowledge. You’ll also extend your studies into a wide range of optional modules to pursue the topics that appeal to you, from health or labour economics to realism, epistemology, ethics and feminist philosophy.

    Throughout these studies you’ll develop a wide range of subject knowledge as well as skills in analysis, problem-solving and research. You’ll have the chance to showcase these skills when you focus on a topic of your choice to produce an independently researched dissertation during your final year.

    Course structure

    These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

    Year 1

    You’ll choose from a wide range of optional modules while maintaining a balance across your subjects. Follow the links to the Programme Catalogue for more example optional modules and the full course structure.

    Compulsory modules

    • Economics and Global History 10 credits
    • Economic Theory and Applications 1 20 credits
    • How to Think Clearly and Argue Well 20 credits
    • Introduction to Academic Skills 5 credits

    Optional modules

    Examples of the optional modules available are shown below. Please contact us for more details of the requirements and choices available.

    • History of Psychology 10 credits
    • Mathematics for Economics and Business 1 10 credits
    • Statistics for Economics and Business 1 10 credits
    • Mathematical Economics 10 credits
    • The Good, the Bad, the Right, the Wrong 20 credits
    • How Science Works 10 credits
    • Great Philosophical Thinkers 20 credits

    Year 2

    Compulsory modules

    • Intermediate Microeconomics 10 credits
    • Introduction to Econometrics 10 credits
    • Intermediate Macroeconomics 10 credits

    Optional modules

    Examples of the optional modules available are shown below. Please contact us for more details of the requirements and choices available.

    • Introduction to Health Economics 10 credits
    • The International Economic Environment 10 credits
    • Ethics and Economics 10 credits
    • Topics in Epistemology: Theory and Evidence 20 credits
    • Topics in Epistemology: Knowledge and Justification 20 credits
    • Philosophy of Religion 20 credits
    • Philosophy Students into Schools 20 credits

    Year 3

    Compulsory modules

    • Final Year Project

    Optional modules

    Examples of the optional modules available are shown below. Please contact us for more details of the requirements and choices available.

    • International Trade 10 credits
    • International Banking and Finance 10 credits
    • Environmental Economics 10 credits
    • Realism and Representation in Science 20 credits
    • Feminist Philosophy 20 credits
    • Religion, Belief and Ethics 20 credits

    For more information on typical modules, read Economics and Philosophy BA in the course catalogue

    Broadening your academic horizons

    At Leeds we want you to benefit from the depth and breadth of the University's expertise, to prepare you for success in an ever-changing and challenging world. This course gives you the opportunity to broaden your learning by studying discovery modules. Find out more on the Broadening webpages.

    Learning and teaching

    Both the School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science and Leeds University Business School are home to expert tutors at the forefront of research in their fields. To help you benefit from their expertise, we use a range of teaching and learning methods including lectures, seminars, tutorials and occasionally workshops. However, we also put a lot of emphasis on independent study, since this is your opportunity to gain valuable research and critical skills.

    Assessment

    We also use a range of methods to assess your progress. Normally we use exams and essays, but oral presentations or group work may be included in some modules. We offer plenty of support to help you – for example, throughout your time at Leeds you’ll be able to attend extra classes on issues like public speaking and exam technique.

  • Entry requirements, fees and applying

    Entry requirements

    A-level: AAB

    excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking.

    GCSE: A in Mathematics.

    • Access to HE Diploma

      Pass diploma with 60 credits overall, including at least 45 credits at level 3, of which 30 credits must be at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit or higher. Grade A in Mathematics at GCSE is required. An interview and a piece of written work may be required.

    • BTEC

      DDD.

    • Cambridge Pre-U

      D3, M1, M1.

    • International Baccalaureate

      35 points overall including 16 at Higher Level and 5 in Mathematics at Standard Level.

    • Irish Highers (Leaving Certificate)

      AAAABB.

    • Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers

      AB in Advanced Highers and AABBB in Highers, or A in Advanced Highers and AABBB in Highers, or AAAABB in Highers

    • Welsh Baccalaureate

      The Welsh Baccalaureate is not typically included in the academic conditions of an offer made to you for this course. If you choose to undertake the Welsh Baccalaureate we would strongly encourage you to draw upon these experiences within your personal statement, as your qualification will then be taken into account both when your application is initially considered by the selection panel and again when reviewed by the admissions tutor at the time your A-level results are passed to us.

    • Other Qualifications

      European Baccalaureate: 80%


    Read more about UK and Republic of Ireland accepted qualifications or contact the School’s Undergraduate Admissions Team.

    Where an applicant is taking the EPQ in a relevant subject this might be considered alongside other Level 3 qualifications and may attract an alternative offer in addition to the standard offer. If you are taking A Levels, this would be ABB at A Level (excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking) and grade A in the EPQ.

    We welcome applications from mature students with Access qualifications, and from students with a wide range of qualifications.

    Alternative entry

    We’re committed to identifying the best possible applicants, regardless of personal circumstances or background.

    Access to Leeds is an alternative admissions scheme which accepts applications from individuals who might be from low income households, in the first generation of their immediate family to apply to higher education, or have had their studies disrupted.

    Find out more about Access to Leeds and alternative admissions.

    Typical Access to Leeds offer: BBB excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking at A Level and pass Access to Leeds.

    International

    We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. For more information contact the School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science Undergraduate Admissions team.

    English language requirements

    IELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.5 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

    International students who do not meet the English language requirements for the programme may be able to study an English for Academic Purposes pre-sessional course with a progression route to the degree programme. For information and entry requirements, read Pre-sessional programmes.

    How to apply

    Apply to this course through UCAS. The institution code for the University of Leeds is L23. Check the deadline for applications on the UCAS website.

    International students apply through UCAS in the same way as UK/EU students. Our network of international representatives can help you with your application. If you’re unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

    Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.

    Admissions policy

    School of Languages, Cultures and Societies Undergraduate Admissions Policy

    Fees

    UK/EU: See fees section below

    International: £15,750 (per year)

    For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2017, the fee for 2017/18 will be £9,250. 

    The fee may increase in future years of your course in line with inflation, and as permitted by law. For example, the increase of 2.8% for 2017/18 was based on the government’s forecast for the RPI-X measure of inflation.

    The UK government has confirmed that non-UK EU students starting in 2017 will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans for the duration of their course. Read the full government statement

    If you take a study abroad or work placement year, you’ll pay a reduced tuition fee during this period. For more information, see Study abroad and work placement tuition fees and loans.

    Read more about paying fees and charges.

    Additional cost information

    There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs

    Financial support

    If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There is help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more in our Undergraduate funding overview.

  • Career opportunities

    A Joint Honours degree in Economics and Philosophy incorporates two very different yet related subjects, offering you broad and deep subject knowledge as well as a range of valuable transferable skills.

    You’ll be a confident researcher who can solve problems and analyse quantitative and qualitative data from multiple sources, construct clear arguments and present and defend your views both verbally and in writing. You’ll work well in a team or independently, and have good organisational skills from managing two different subjects.

    Graduates have had success in diverse career paths that reflect the variety of the degree. They include business and finance, management, the civil service, education, journalism, the charity sector and the media. Many others have also progressed to postgraduate study in both subjects.

    Careers support

    We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

    Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.

    The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.

  • Study abroad and work placements

    Study abroad

    All University of Leeds students can apply to spend a year studying abroad. It’s a great way to gain an insight into another culture, as well as gaining valuable experience that will look great on your CV.

    The School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science also has exclusive exchange links with universities in Denmark, France and Spain – language classes are available before you go to prepare you for the experience.

    Read more about Study abroad in Philosophy, Religion and History of Science

    Work placements

    Practical work experience can help you decide on your career and improve your employability. On this course you have the option to apply to take a placement year module with organisations across the public, private and voluntary sectors in the UK, or overseas.

    Find out more about work experience on the Careers website.