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Course information for 2019 start

Key facts

UCAS code: VL11

Start date: September 2018

3 years full time

Typical A-level offer: A*AA
(specific subjects required)

UK/EU fees See fees section below
International fees £17,500 (per year)

Language requirements
IELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.5 in any component

Study abroad option: Yes
Work placement option: Yes


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.

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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
Economics Research Methods 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
Colonial Encounters: France and its Empire, 1830-1945 20 credits
Victorian England: Old England and Industrial Society 1837-1865 20 credits
Jewish Communities in Medieval Europe 20 credits
Charles the Great to Alfred the Great: Franks, Anglo-Saxons and Vikings in the Ninth Century 20 credits
Conquerors and Conquered: England, 1000-1135 20 credits
Spain, 1898-1936: Disaster, Reaction and Reform 20 credits
Britain and Decolonisation - from the Western Front to the Present Day 20 credits
English History 1066-1216: Creation and Destruction of the Anglo-Norman Kingdom 20 credits
The Body, Disease and Society in Europe, 1500-1750 20 credits
20th Century Britain: The Burdens of Conflict 1900-1945 20 credits
The Rise and Fall of the Soviet Union, 1921-1993 20 credits
The History of Africa since 1900 20 credits
The Global Caribbean, 1756-1848 20 credits
The Popular Caribbean: A History 20 credits
Thinking about History 20 credits
American Business History 20 credits
Global Business History 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
Economics of Innovation 10 credits
Statistics for Business and Economics 2 10 credits
Ethics and Economics 10 credits
Transport 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
Chartism: Popular Politics and Authority in Northern England, 1838-1858 40 credits
Citizens of the World: British Merchants in the Long Eighteenth Century 40 credits
Gendering the Raj: Women, Imperialism and Nationalism in Colonial and Postcolonial India 40 credits
The Transformation of the Soviet Union, 1945-1970 40 credits
Teaching & Learning in Early Modern England: Skill, Knowledge, and Education 40 credits
The Hidden Atlantic: Pirates, Sailors, and the Slave Traders, 1807-1867 40 credits
History Long Essay 20 credits
War, Regicide and Republic: England, 1642-1660 20 credits
Read All About It! Understanding News, c.1500-Present 20 credits
Stalin and Stalinism 40 credits
France and Algeria from 1830 to the Present 40 credits
Nazism, Stalinism and the Rise of the Total State 20 credits
Europe's Communist Dictatorships: Totalitarianism and its Consequences, 1945-2000 20 credits
Apartheid in South Africa: Origins, Impact and Legacy 20 credits
Caste and Politics in 20th Century India 20 credits
Afterlives of Empire: A History of the Present 20 credits
Contemporary Issues in Economic Growth 10 credits
Transnational Corporations in the World Economy 10 credits
Economics Project 20 credits
Economic Development 20 credits
Environmental Economics 10 credits
Applied Econometrics 10 credits
Current Topics in European Integration 10 credits
The Economics of Unions 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.

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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.

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.

Improve your English

If you're an international student and you don't meet the English language requirements for this programme, you may be able to study our undergraduate pre-sessional English course, to help improve your English language level.

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. 

For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2019, the fee for 2019/20 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% 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 starting in the 2019/20 academic year 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.

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.

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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.

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Placement opportunities

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.

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