Economics and Philosophy BA

Fast facts

  • Duration: 3 years full-time 
  • Award: BA

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Studying economics alongside philosophy is an excellent combination of the practical with the theoretical.  The study of economics gives you the chance to develop important tools for understanding contemporary society and the challenges it faces.  Studying philosophy, on the other hand, enables you to explore more fundamental issues raised by the study of economics, such as human nature, the concept of value, the nature of society, and the nature of scientific knowledge.

Economics degree courses equip you with a solid grounding in modern economic theory, incorporating the issues underlying current debates on economic policy and the quantitative and analytical skills essential for economists. You will learn a way of thinking that can be applied to challenges in many areas of contemporary concern. Find out more about the Economics side of the course, including Economics modules.

On the other side of the degree, the Philosophy department offers an exciting range of courses taught by researchers who are experts in their fields.  You can develop your understanding of the key areas of philosophy such as ethics, political philosophy, philosophy of mind, theory of knowledge, metaphysics, and logic.  We also have modules on major figures in the history of philosophy:  Plato, Aristotle, Kant, Hegel, and others.

The Philosophy side of the degree is highly flexible, with no required modules.  Dual students have the choice of exactly the same modules as single honours Philosophy students. Philosophy modules

Study abroad

Opportunities to study abroad for part of your course are available through Erasmus and Study Abroad programmes.

Our campus and how we use it

While some of our teaching takes place in the department, most of it is timetabled to take place in purpose-built teaching spaces across the campus (see our campus map). The campus has many amenities, and is located at the heart of the city, giving you easy access to shops, cafes, bars and restaurants.

Learning and Assessment

Information about teaching and learning can be found under the "learning and assessment" tab on the University 2020 prospectus.

More information

More information on Economics and Philosophy BA is available on the University 2020 prospectus.

More information on studying in the Department of Philosophy

Entry requirements

Our typical entry requirements are:

  • A Levels: AAB
  • International Baccalaureate: 34
  • Scottish Highers: AAAAB
  • A Levels + Extended Project Qualification: ABB + B. The Extended Project should be in a relevant subject

We can also accept other qualifications:   Other entry requirements for Economics and Philosophy BA 

Other qualifications

Other requirements:

  • GCSE Maths grade 6 or grade B

English language requirements

You must demonstrate that your English is good enough for you to successfully complete your course. For this course we require: GCSE English Language at grade C/4; IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component; or an alternative acceptable English language qualification. Equivalent English language qualifications

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Disability and Support

We welcome disabled students. We're committed to responding effectively and appropriately to individual support needs. We take all practicable steps to ensure that disabled students can participate in their studies without disadvantage, and can make full use of the University's academic and support services.

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