History and Economics
|UCAS code||LV11||Duration||3 years (BA)|
|Entrance requirements||AAA||Subject requirements||History, Maths|
|Written work||One piece (History)|
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About the course
The History and Economics course integrates these two subjects to form a coherent and intellectually stimulating programme. The combination allows insights that neither subject can realise alone. However, it is possible to specialise primarily in either history or economics while still preserving the benefits of an integrated approach.
The combination of economics, economic history and history (political and social) means that you will be equipped to view issues in the real world from a variety of contrasting perspectives. You will learn both the historian’s careful approaches to evidence and argumentation and the economist’s analytical and quantitative methods. These approaches provide an excellent preparation for a range of professional, financial and academic careers.
The course is designed to equip you with the basic tools of both history and economics, while introducing you to some of the areas which you can study later in more depth.
You will be given a wide choice of subjects. Everyone studies Introductory economics, which is designed to give a solid understanding of the foundations of both Microeconomics and Macroeconomics. The economics core papers are identical to those for Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) and Economics and Management and students for these courses are generally taught together.
Oxford possesses exceptional library provision for both subjects in the Bodleian Library, the History Faculty and Social Sciences libraries, other faculty libraries and the college libraries.
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History and Economics
A typical week
During the first year, you will be expected to attend around five lectures each week, participate in regular meetings with tutors to discuss work, conduct independent research and write at least one essay a week.
In the second and third years you will have the opportunity to write a thesis on Economic history, which will enable you to do a piece of independent research. Generally students are very much in charge of their own timetable throughout their courses.
Tutorials are usually two-four students and a tutor. Class sizes may vary depending on the options you choose. There would usually be no more than around 12 students though classes for some of the more popular papers may be up to 20 students.
Most tutorials, classes, and lectures are delivered by staff who are tutors in their subject. Many are world-leading experts with years of experience in teaching and research. Some teaching may also be delivered by postgraduate students who are usually studying at doctoral level.
To find out more about how our teaching year is structured, visit our Academic Year page.
First University examinations: four timed, written exams.
Years 2 and 3
Final University examinations: seven timed written exams and one compulsory undergraduate thesis or six timed written exams, one portfolio of submitted essays and one compulsory undergraduate thesis.
Visit the History website and Economics website for the latest information on all course details and options.
The content and format of this course may change in some circumstances. Read further information about potential course changes.
International Baccalaureate (IB):
|38 (including core points) with 666 at HL|
Any other equivalent qualification:
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|Recommended:||It is highly recommended for candidates to have both History and Mathematics to A-level, Advanced Higher, Higher Level in the IB or any other equivalent.|
If a practical component forms part of any of your science A‐levels used to meet your offer, we expect you to pass it.
If English is not your first language you may also need to meet our English language requirements.
All candidates must follow the application procedure as shown on our Applying to Oxford pages.
The following information gives specific details for students applying for this course.
|HAT and TSA (S1)|
TSA: 18 October 2023
HAT: 20 October 2023
29 September 2023
All candidates must take the History Admissions Test (HAT) and the computer-based Thinking Skills Assessment: Section 1 (TSA S1) as part of their application.
Separate registration for each test is required and it is the responsibility of the candidate to ensure that they are registered for these tests.
We strongly recommend making the arrangements in plenty of time before the deadline.
Visit the HAT and TSA pages for everything you need to know, including guidance on how to prepare.
All candidates are required to submit one recent marked coursework essay on a historical topic. This should have been written in the candidates’ own time as part of their normal school or college work.
Please note that a submitted essay in Economics is not required.
|10 November 2023|
Visit our further guidance on the submission of written work for more information, and to download a cover sheet.
What are tutors looking for?
Tutors are looking for intellectual curiosity, as well as a flexible approach to engaging with unfamiliar concepts or arguments and an enthusiasm for history and economics.
If you are shortlisted, you may be asked to discuss your submitted written work and personal statement during interview. Candidates may also be asked to read and talk about a short passage as part of the interview or work through a short problem.
We do not require any previous formal qualification in economics, but we do expect you to demonstrate a real interest in the subject.
Some of the most popular careers for History and Economics graduates include working in industry, management consulting, the law, teaching and many branches of public service, including the Civil and Diplomatic Services, and the Bank of England.
Recent History and Economics graduates include a management consultant, a charity officer and an economist.
Michael is currently the Managing Director for Thomson Reuters’ Treasury business across Asia Pacific. He says:
‘Running a broad region as diverse as Asia Pacific requires me to think laterally across cultures coupled with a concise and engaging focus – traits that one hones quickly from the tutorial approach at Oxford.’
We don't want anyone who has the academic ability to get a place to study here to be held back by their financial circumstances. To meet that aim, Oxford offers one of the most generous financial support packages available for UK students and this may be supplemented by support from your college.
Note: These annual fees are for full-time students who begin this undergraduate course here in 2023. Course fee information for courses starting in 2024 will be updated in September.
Annual Course fees
Further details about fee status eligibility can be found on the fee status webpage.
For more information please refer to our course fees page. Fees will usually increase annually. For details, please see our guidance on likely increases to fees and charges.
Living costs at Oxford might be less than you’d expect, as our world-class resources and college provision can help keep costs down.
Living costs for the academic year starting in 2023 are estimated to be between £1,290 and £1,840 for each month you are in Oxford. Our academic year is made up of three eight-week terms, so you would not usually need to be in Oxford for much more than six months of the year but may wish to budget over a nine-month period to ensure you also have sufficient funds during the holidays to meet essential costs. For further details please visit our living costs webpage.
A tuition fee loan is available from the UK government to cover course fees in full for Home (UK, Irish nationals and other eligible students with UK citizens' rights - see below*) students undertaking their first undergraduate degree**, so you don’t need to pay your course fees up front.
In 2023 Oxford is offering one of the most generous bursary packages of any UK university to Home students with a family income of around £42,875 or less, with additional opportunities available to UK students from households with incomes of £27,500 or less. The UK government also provides living costs support to Home students from the UK and those with settled status who meet the residence requirements.
*For courses starting on or after 1 August 2021, the UK government has confirmed that EU, other EEA, and Swiss Nationals will be eligible for student finance from the UK government if they have UK citizens’ rights (i.e. if they have pre-settled or settled status, or if they are an Irish citizen covered by the Common Travel Area arrangement). The support you can access from the government will depend on your residency status.
Islands students are entitled to different support to that of students from the rest of the UK.
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**If you have studied at undergraduate level before and completed your course, you will be classed as an Equivalent or Lower Qualification student (ELQ) and won’t be eligible to receive government or Oxford funding
Additional Fees and Charges Information for History and Economics
There are no compulsory costs for this course beyond the fees shown above and your living costs.
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