BSc Philosophy and Economics|

UCAS code: LV15

Programme requirement:
A level Mathematics or International Baccalaureate Diploma with 7 in Higher level Mathematics

Usual standard offer:
A level: A A A, to include Mathematics

International Baccalaureate: Diploma with 38 points including 7 6 6 at Higher level (with 7 in Mathematics)

Other qualifications are considered

For further details see|

Applications 2013:

First year students 2013:


This joint degree allows you to study some of the central questions of philosophy alongside core courses in economics. The course in Philosophy of Economics links the two subjects.

First year:

(* half unit)



Second year:

Third year:

  • Philosophy of Economics
  • Either an approved course taught outside the Departments of Philosophy and Economics or an approved economics or philosophy option
  • An approved economics option
  • An approved philosophy option

Please read the following important information before referring to full details of course options found in the Programme Regulations|

The programme regulations available are for the current academic session and may be subject to change before the beginning of the next academic year. For more information about course availability in the next academic session, please contact the relevant academic department. The School reserves the right at all times to withdraw, suspend or alter particular courses and syllabuses, and to alter the level of fees. Courses are on occasion capped (limited to a maximum number of students) or subject to entry conditions requiring the approval of the course convenor. The School cannot guarantee that places on specific courses will be available.

Programme details

First year

In your first year, you take a core course in economics and a core course in philosophy. Economics B gives you a thorough grounding in basic micro- and macroeconomic analysis. Reason, Knowledge and Values gives a critical introduction to some of the central problems and classic texts of philosophy. You can then take either two half-course units of mathematics and statistics (in order to master the basic skills that you will need for core second and third year economics courses) or a full unit of mathematics and a full unit of statistics (in order to provide yourself with a more comprehensive basis for advanced economics courses in your later years). If you take the two half-course units of mathematics and statistics, you complete your first year by taking Logic, which introduces the basic system of modern formal logic, including propositional logic, predicate logic and the theory of identity. If you take the full units of mathematics and statistics, then you take Logic in the second year. Quantitative Methods (Mathematics) is a basic course in Mathematics for students who have at least an AS-level in Mathematics, or equivalent. Quantitative Methods (Statistics) develops the elementary statistical tools necessary for further study in management and economics with an emphasis on the applicability of the methods to management and economic problems. Mathematical Methods is an introductory level course for those who wish to use mathematics seriously in social science, or in any other context. Elementary Statistical Theory provides a precise and accurate treatment of introductory probability theory, statistical ideas, methods and techniques.

Second and third years

In the second year you take Logic if not taken in the first year or an approved philosophy option. You then have the choice of either Microeconomic Principles I or Microeconomics Principles II which deals with the study of households and firms as well as Macroeconomic Principles II, which examines the study of employment inflation and the balance of payments. You also study and approved philosophy option. In the third year you take Philosophy of Economics which includes Welfare Economics and Markets and Morals Finally you choose one approved economics option and one approved philosophy option.