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Economics and History BA (Full time) 2018 start

  • Overview

    From trade and industry to living standards and medicine, economic issues have often been at the heart of historical change. This varied and dynamic degree gives you a deep understanding of economic issues in the modern world, as well as an insight into how societies change over time.

    Core modules will introduce you to key concepts in both subjects, such as historiography, economic theory and statistics. Then you’ll build on this when you choose from an impressive range of optional modules spanning periods, cultures and sectors.

    You could study anything from transport economics and international trade to ethics and the global banking sector, alongside the Industrial Revolution, the Tudors and decolonisation. It’s a fantastic opportunity to discover new perspectives on history and the present, and to gain the broad base of skills that employers seek.

    The University of Leeds has plenty of useful resources for historians. The world class Brotherton Library holds a wide variety of manuscript, archive and early printed material in its Special Collections. Our additional 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 optional and discovery modules so you can fit in both subjects.

    Your first year will lay the foundations for your degree. You’ll take core modules on historiography alongside economic theory and history. You’ll also develop the mathematical skills you need, taking different modules depending on your previous qualifications.

    From this point, you’ll develop your knowledge across the next two years. Core modules in your second year will improve your knowledge of microeconomics and macroeconomics. In history you’ll keep some balance across historical periods, but you’ll choose from options in both subjects so you can tailor your degree to suit you. Examples could include the economics of work and labour, medicine in the Middle Ages, economic development and growth or modern Japan.

    Throughout your degree, you’ll develop your skills in independent research and analysis. You’ll put these into practice in your final year, when you undertake an independent piece of research on a topic of your choice.

    Course structure

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

    Year 1

    Compulsory modules

    • Historiography and Historical Skills 20 credits
    • Primary Sources for the Historian: An Introduction to Documentary study 20 credits
    • Economics and Global History 10 credits
    • Economic Theory and Applications 1 20 credits
    • Studying in a Digital Age (Arts) 5 credits

    Optional modules

    • Mathematics for Economics and Business 1 10 credits
    • Statistics for Economics and Business 1 10 credits
    • Mathematical Economics 10 credits

    Year 2

    Compulsory modules

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

    Optional modules

    • Small Change and Big Changes: Money and Power in Europe, 284-1000 20 credits
    • The Tudors: Princes, Politics, and Piety, 1485-1603 20 credits
    • Victorian England: Old England and Industrial Society 1837-1865 20 credits
    • Spain, 1898-1936: Disaster, Reaction and Reform 20 credits
    • The Rise and Fall of the Soviet Union, 1921-1993 20 credits
    • Theories of Growth, Value and Distribution 10 credits
    • Macroeconomic Policy and Performance in Britain 10 credits
    • Business Economics 10 credits
    • Applied Economics 10 credits
    • Labour Economics 10 credits
    • Ethics and Economics 10 credits

    Year 3

    Optional modules

    • The Harlem Renaissance: Black Culture and Politics 1919-1940 40 credits
    • Tradition and Modernity in Colonial Africa: Uganda's Kingdoms 1862-1964 40 credits
    • The Third Reich, 1933-1945 40 credits
    • Citizens of the World: British Merchants in the Long Eighteenth Century 40 credits
    • Contemporary Issues in Economic Growth 10 credits
    • Transnational Corporations in the World Economy 10 credits
    • Economic Development 20 credits
    • Environmental Economics 10 credits
    • Applied Econometrics 10 credits

    For more information on typical modules, read Economics and History 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

    Our tutors are leading researchers, and their teaching is informed by their work. We use different teaching and learning methods to help you benefit from their knowledge and experience. These include lectures, seminars and tutorials, or occasionally workshops in some modules. However, we attach a lot of importance to independent learning, which gives you the opportunity to develop your skills in research and analysis.


    We also use a wide range of assessment methods to monitor your progress. These normally include exams and essays, but you may be assessed in some modules by oral presentations or group work. Support will always be on hand, and extra classes will be available on issues like exam technique and public speaking throughout your time at Leeds.

  • Entry requirements, fees and applying

    Entry requirements

    A-level: A*AA including A in History and excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking.

    GCSE: Mathematics grade 7/A

    • 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. An interview and a piece of written work may also be required. Grade 7/A in Mathematics at GCSE is required. This course has additional subject specific requirements for History. Contact the Admissions Office for more information.

    • BTEC

      We will consider this qualification in combination with other qualifications. Please contact the Admissions Office for more information.

    • Cambridge Pre-U

      D3, D3, D3 including D3 in History

    • International Baccalaureate

      36 points overall with 17 at Higher Level including 6 in History at Higher Level and 5 in Mathematics at Standard Level

    • Irish Highers (Leaving Certificate)

      H1, H1, H2, H2, H2, H2 including H2 in History

    • Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers

      AA in Advanced Highers including A in History and AAABB in Highers, or A in History Advanced Higher and AAAAB 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: 85% with 85% in History

    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 AAA at A Level including A in History (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: AAB including A in History (excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking) at A Level and pass Access to Leeds


    We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. For more information, contact the School of History Admissions team.

    International Foundation Year Programme

    International students who do not meet the academic requirements for undergraduate study may be able to study the University of Leeds International Foundation Year. This gives you the opportunity to study on campus, be taught by University of Leeds academics and progress onto a wide range of Leeds undergraduate courses. Find out more about International Foundation Year programmes.

    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 History Undergraduate Admissions Policy


    UK/EU: See fees section below

    International: £17,500 (per year)

    For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2018, the fee for 2018/19 will be £9,250. 

    The fee for undergraduate students starting in 2019 will be confirmed in September 2018.

    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% in 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 in 2018-19 will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans. The UK government has not confirmed the situation for future years, so keep checking our website for updates.

    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 History equips you with in-depth knowledge of two subjects, but it also offers you a valuable range of transferable skills that are actively sought by employers.

    You’ll be able to analyse both quantitative and qualitative data, and you’ll have strong research and problem-solving skills. You’ll be comfortable working both independently and within a team, and you’ll have the organisational skills needed to manage two very different subjects.

    Graduates have gone onto careers in diverse areas as a result. They include business and finance, management, the civil service, journalism, the media, law, education and the charity sector. Many others go on to postgraduate study.

    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

    On this course you have the opportunity to apply to spend time abroad, usually as an extra academic year. The University has partnerships with more than 400 universities worldwide and popular destinations for our students include Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, South Africa and Latin America. 

    Find out more at the Study Abroad website.

    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.