Economics and Philosophy BA

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

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We are still accepting applications for 2018 entry

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.

More information

More information on Economics and Philosophy BA is available on the University 2019 prospectus. Information about teaching and learning can be found under the "learning and assessment" tab: University 2019 prospectus.

For 2018 entry, see the University 2018 prospectus.

More information on studying in the Department of Philosophy

Entry requirements for 2019

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 requirements:

  • GCSE Maths grade 6 or grade B

English language requirements

 International students need an overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or an equivalent English language qualification.

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Disability and Support

We welcome applications from disabled students and students with a specific learning difficulty such as dyslexia.

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