As a discipline Economic History combines the skills of the economist, historian, statistician and sociologist. Typical issues are: 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 gain a range of research skills including numeracy, the ability to evaluate and analyse data, and to present an argument orally or on paper. These skills are highly valued by most employers.
All degrees involve studying twelve courses over the three years. Within the degrees students may choose between 'economic' courses, 'quantitative' and 'non-quantitative' courses, as well as from a range of geographical areas and time periods. For a more structured degree with less choice students should consider one of the joint degrees.
Students take core courses in economic history and economics, plus one option from any of the first year courses made available by other departments. In the second year you take one compulsory course, Theories and Evidence in Economic History, plus three courses, at least two of which have to be in economic history. In the third year, you choose three courses in economic history and submit a 10,000 word project.
To find out more about the programme, including programme structure and courses read the 2021 BSc Economic History programme guide.
This joint degree is an alternative way of studying economics. It will appeal if you want training in the application of economic theory and quantitative methods to real problems.
To find out more about the programme, including programme structure and courses read the 2021 BSc Economics and Economic History programme guide.
This programme combines the two complementary fields of Economic History and Geography, with around half the programme in each field. You will consider important global questions such as how economic change in the past and up to the present has been shaped by geography and how processes in the past affect the economics and social geography of modern societies.
To find out more about the programme, including programme structure and courses read the 2021 BSc Economic History and Geography programme guide.