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BSc Economic History Programmes

Studying the development of real economies over time

 Understanding them in their social, political and cultural contexts

As economic historians we are always concerned with how we can account for changes in the circumstances under which humans live and lived in the past

As a discipline Economic History combines the skills of the economist, historian, statistician and sociologist. Typical issues include economic globalisation in a historical perspective, the effect of business organisation on economic performance, the economic and social effects of wars, the importance of education and human capital in economic change, change in social behaviour in the past, the history of economic development in the third world, and the causes of population change and migration.

Our students develop a range of research skills including high levels of numeracy, the ability to evaluate and analyse data, and to present cogent arguments in person or in writing. These skills are highly valued by most employers.

All degrees involve studying the equivalent of 12 full modules over the three years. Within the degrees students may choose between quantitative and non-quantitative courses, as well as from a range of geographical areas and time periods.