Economics and Philosophy 

(2018 Entry)

BA (Hons)

The study of Economics and Philosophy will provide you with an in-depth understanding of issues of social importance in the context of financial structures, government, society, power and the relationship between the individual and the state.  With a shared interest in ethics and social justice, the two subjects are complementary. 

Combined Honours
Study abroad
Learn a language
International year
3 years/ 4 years with international year

UCAS code: LV15

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Course Overview

In Economics modules, the focus will be on understanding the economic mechanisms used by organisations 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 Philosophy you will explore morality and ethics, knowledge and its limits, political thought and concepts of social justice. You will also cover philosophies of art, language and science. While much of this learning will be abstract, you will also consider real life issues of social importance and policy relevance through a variety of different lenses.

There is an option to choose a placement year between years two and three of your studies, giving you the chance to hone the communication, negotiation and team-working skills that employers are looking for.

What will this mean for my future?

Graduates of Economics and Philosophy are perceptive, critical and creative and will have an excellent academic basis for a number of exciting and lucrative careers in financial services, business and the creative industries.  

This course will provide you with a solid understanding of the way people think and approach problems and the behaviour and performance of households, businesses and governments.  These are skills you can choose to apply in a number of careers including working as an economist in the City or with the Government Economic Service, as a management accountant or working in education, the law or finance.

You might also decide to go on to study for a postgraduate qualification.

Indicative modules

First year

  • Ten Problems of Philosophy
  • Introductory Microeconomics
  • Ancient Philosophy
  • Introductory Macroeconomics
  • How to Think
  • Quantitative Methods

Second year

  • Intermediate Microeconomics
  • Pursuit of the Good
  • Introduction to Econometrics
  • Philosophy of the Mind
  • Open Economy Macroeconomics
  • Philosophy of Science

Third year

  • Epistemology and Metaphysics II
  • Advanced Topics in Microeconomics
  • Philosophy of Art
  • Dynamic Macroeconomics
  • Philosophy of Language


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