Economics and History 

(2018 Entry)

BA (Hons)

Economics and History is a classic degree combination at Keele and one of our most popular. Based in two internationally recognised departments and taught by expert researchers, this combined honours course will provide you with an appreciation of the influence of historical and economic events on the societies of today and the future.  Graduates of Economics and History are able to put contemporary issues into theoretical and historical contexts, making them analytical, thoughtful and reasoned: all attributes that employers look for. 

Combined Honours

Combined Honours degrees allow you to study two different subjects in one degree. Find out more about Combined Honours degrees.

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UCAS code: LV11

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Course Overview

Economics and History

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School of Humanities

In Economics modules, the focus will be on understanding the economic mechanisms used by organizations and governments to make efficient use of scarce resources. You will have access to a dedicated computer laboratory and the opportunity to use professional software tools such as Bloomberg to analyse and interpret real economic data. You will consider important topical issues such as risk and investment decision making, markets and currencies, micro and macro economics. In History modules, your understanding of the past will help to inform your consideration of today’s issues of social importance. You will find out why social structures and cultures work as they do and point to continuities and changes between past and future events. Whatever module you are studying, our approachable and knowledgeable tutors will help you to become confident in research, analysis and critical thinking.

You will also have the opportunity to put your learning into practice by opting to take a placement year between years two and three of your studies.

What will this mean for my future?

Through the study of economics and history you will gain a wide range of important skills and a thorough understanding of how society and organisations have evolved.  You might choose to pursue a career as a teacher, a management consultant, archivist, museum conservator or work in banking, insurance or accounting.

You could also decide to go on to study for a postgraduate qualification in either history or economics. 

Indicative modules

First year

  • Modern History
  • Introductory Microeconomics
  • Histories of the Extraordinary and the Everyday
  • Introductory Macroeconomics
  • History Media and Memory
  • Quantitative Methods

Second year

  • Intermediate Microeconomics
  • Sources and Debates
  • Introduction to Econometrics
  • Right-Wing Movements in Interwar-Europe
  • Open Economy Macroeconomics
  • State and Empire in Britain 1530 – 1720

Third year

  • Religion, Rebellion and the Raj
  • Advanced Topics in Microeconomics
  • The Making of Contemporary Africa
  • Dynamic Macroeconomics
  • Gender and Sexual Identity in Victorian Britain
  • Industrial Organisation

Vanessa Leon

Vanessa Leon

"The Keele experience has built up my confidence"

Human Resource Management and Economics, 2017