Economics and Philosophy BA (Full time) 2018 start
UCAS code: VL51
Start date: September 2018
3 years full time
Typical A-level offer: AAB
UK/EU fees See fees section below
International fees £17,500 (per year)
IELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.5 in any component
Study abroad option: Yes
Work placement option: Yes
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.Back to top
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.
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.
|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|
|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|
|Intermediate Microeconomics||10 credits|
|Introduction to Econometrics||10 credits|
|Intermediate Macroeconomics||10 credits|
|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|
|Final Year Project|
|International Trade||10 credits|
|International Banking and Finance||10 credits|
|Environmental Economics||10 credits|
|Feminist Philosophy||20 credits|
|War, Terror and Justice||20 credits|
|Philosophical Issues in Technology||20 credits|
Broadening your academic horizons
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.
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.Back to top
Entry requirements, fees and applying
excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking.
GCSE: 7/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 7/A in Mathematics at GCSE is required. An interview and a piece of written work may be required.
BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma: DDD. Other BTEC qualifications are also considered. Please contact the Admissions Office for more information.
D3, M1, M1.
35 points overall including 16 at Higher Level and 5 in Mathematics at Standard Level.
Irish Highers (Leaving Certificate)
H2, H2, H2, H2, H3, H3
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
European Baccalaureate: 80%
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.
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.
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 requirementsIELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.5 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.
How to apply
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.
Read more about paying fees and charges.
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.
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
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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