University of Oxford Undergraduate Prospectus 2015 entry

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History and Economics

A BA in 3 years

UCAS code: LV11

Course statistics for 2013 entry

Interviewed: 58%

Successful: 16%

Intake: 13

Entrance requirements

A-levels: AAA

Advanced Highers: AA/AAB

IB: 38 (including core points) with 666 at HL

Or any other equivalent

It is highly recommended for candidates to have both History and Mathematics to A-level, Advanced Higher, or Higher Level in the IB or any other equivalent.

How to apply (see page 118) [Transcriber's Note: page number of the printed edition. End of note]

Tests: HAT on 5 November 2014

Written Work: Two pieces

Tuition Fees for 2014

Home/EU: £9,000/year

No upfront costs: you can get a loan for the full amount

Grants, bursaries and scholarships available

More on student finance: p 120 [Transcriber's Note: page number of the printed edition. End of note]

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Oxford Open days

2 and 3 July, and 19 September 2014

What is History and Economics?

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 as well as 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, providing an excellent preparation for a range of professional, financial and academic careers.

History and Economics at Oxford

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 micro- and macro-economics. The Economics course is identical to that for Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) and students for both courses are generally taught together.

A typical weekly timetable

You will be expected to attend about five lectures a week during the first year, participate in regular meetings with tutors to discuss work, research in libraries and write at least one essay a week. In the second and third year you will have the opportunity to write a thesis on economic history, which will enable you to do a piece of independent research.

What are tutors looking for?

For information about the selection criteria please see:

Submitted work and UCAS personal statements are likely to form starting points for discussion in your interview.

Some colleges may require you to read a short passage of historical writing while you are here for interview, which they will ask you to discuss as part of the interview process. The tutors are not so much interested in the level of your knowledge as in your ability to think historically. We do not require any previous formal qualification in economics, but we do expect you to demonstrate a real interest in the subject.

Related courses

Students interested in this course might also like to consider other History courses, History of Art or PPE.


Some of the most popular careers for History and Economics graduates include working in industry, management consulting, law, teaching and many branches of the 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, who graduated in 1988, 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.’

Mark, who graduated in 2003, is now a post-doctoral researcher at the Political Theory Project at Brown University. He says: My area of research is economic history and in this respect studying History and Economics at Oxford has been very important for my career as my current work builds directly on what I learnt as an undergraduate. The joint degree allowed me to obtain a broad education. I was able to take a diverse range of courses including early medieval history and early modern political thought. At the same time the degree programme was sufficiently structured that it ensured that I took enough economics courses to be able to go on to do graduate work in economics.

For more information about careers after Oxford, please see p 122 [Transcriber's Note: page number of the printed edition. End of note].


1st year


Four papers are taken:

  • General history (primarily European): four options available

  • Historical methods (available options: Approaches to history; Historiography: Tacitus to Weber; Foreign texts)

  • Optional subject (involving the use of primary sources)


First University examinations: Four written examinations

2nd and 3rd years


Core courses in Economics and Economic History

Economics Core papers:

  • Microeconomics

  • Macroeconomics

  • Quantitative economics

History Core papers:

  • A period of British history (7 options) or of general history (18 options)

  • History Further Subject

  • British economic history since 1870

Optional paper:

  • History Further Subject, or British history or general history paper; OR Economics Optional Subject, including Money and banking; International economics; Economics of industry

Compulsory thesis

A thesis from original research, usually in Economic History


Final University examinations: Seven written papers, and one compulsory undergraduate thesis.

Student statement

If you’re interested in a topic, tutorials are really fun. It’s an intellectual discussion that I don’t think you’d have elsewhere. You can really understand other people’s perspectives from it. Emma

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