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BAEcon Economics & Philosophy / Overview

Year of entry: 2017

Degree awarded
BA (Hons)
3 years
Typical A-level offer
Typical International Baccalaureate offer
32 points overall. 6,6,5 at Higher Level. No lower than 5 in English and Maths.

Full entry requirements

Number of places/applicants
In 2015 there were 1560 applications for 142 places on this pathway of the BA (Hons) Economic and Social Studies course.
How to apply

All applications for undergraduate courses are made through UCAS

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Course description

  • Are you looking for a teaching and learning experience that is based on and informed by current research?
  • Do you want to develop specialised subject knowledge and understanding, as well as generic transferable skills?
  • Would you prefer a course with a large number of pathways, suitable for career opportunities in the private and the public sectors?
  • Would you like a chance to study abroad for a semester?

The Economics and Philosophy pathway of the BA (Hons) Economic and Social Studies programme - or BA (Econ) for short - is a long-established and popular degree.

Taught by experts from the largest Economics department in the UK, you'll benefit from their research-led teaching and have a wide range of course units to choose from depending on your interests, from econometrics and operational research to development and microeconomics.

Above all you will learn about what drives economic systems and acquire the skills to model and quantify these systems - skills that are particularly relevant for professional economist, but are also keenly sought by a wide range of employers.

By studying philosophy at Manchester on the BA (Econ) you will develop your own responses to the fundamental questions and become familiar with on-going debates. You will acquire highly transferable skills of analytical and critical thinking, reasoned argument and clear, systematic expressions of ideas.

Economics (L100), Economics & Politics (LL12), Economics & Sociology (LL13), Economics & Philosophy (LV15) and Development Studies (L900) all share a common first year. After your first year you can apply to switch to a different pathway.

Please only apply for one of these courses to start with.

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Post-offer visits

If you are made an offer we will email you an invitation to visit us late January, February or early March. These afternoons are organised by the School of Social Sciences and include a tour, a talk, refreshments and a chance to talk to students, lecturers and recruitment staff.

If you are visiting Manchester and would like to visit our admissions office please make an appointment in advance. (Call +44 (0)161 275 4470/1473 or email )


Tuition fees for home/EU students commencing their studies in September 2017 will be £9,250, subject to government regulations on fee increases. Future inflationary increases will be applied to each subsequent year of the course, subject to government regulations on fee increases. Tuition fees for international students will be £17,000 per annum. For general information please see the undergraduate finance pages.


Scholarships and bursaries are available to eligible Home/EU students, including the Manchester Bursary . This bursary is in addition to the government package of maintenance grants.

Contact details

Academic department
School of Social Sciences
Contact name
Social Sciences Undergraduate Admissions
+44 (0)161 275 1473
+44 (0)161 275 4751
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