BAEcon Economics and Philosophy / Course details

Year of entry: 2020

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Course description

The BA in Economics and Philosophy course will help you discover what drives economic systems.

You will 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.

Taught by experts from one of the largest economics departments in the UK, you'll benefit from research-led teaching and have a variety of course units to choose from depending on your interests, including:

  • quantitative options, such as econometrics, operational research, and mathematical economics;
  • course units with a real-world focus, such as management, business, development, microeconomics, and macroeconomics;
  • course units from the broader social sciences, such as in politics and sociology.

By studying philosophy, you will develop your own responses to the fundamental questions and become familiar with ongoing debates. You will acquire highly transferable skills of analytical and critical thinking, reasoned argument and clear, systematic expressions of ideas.

Economics with philosophy, politics and sociology all share a common first year. After your first year, you may apply to switch to a different pathway.

Special features

  • World-leading research and teaching in economics has been at the heart of higher education in Manchester since the early days of the University. William Stanley Jevons (1835-1882), who helped build the foundations of modern economics, was one of the first professors at Manchester.
  • Three winners of the Nobel Prize in Economics have worked at Manchester. Sir John Hicks (1904-1989) wrote his most important works on welfare economics during his time at Manchester. Sir Arthur Lewis (1915-1991) was awarded the Prize in 1979 for his pioneering work in the field of development economics and, more recently, Joseph Stiglitz (Nobel Prize winner 2001) has led the Brooks World Poverty Institute at Manchester.
  • We are proud to be acknowledged throughout the world as a leading centre for economic research, scholarship and research-led teaching in all areas of the discipline, including microeconomics, macroeconomics, econometrics, financial economics, environmental and resource economics, development economics and industrial/business economics.

Professional experience opportunity

Subject to you meeting course requirements, as a BA (Econ) student at Manchester, you have the option of extending your studies and boosting your employability through a paid professional placement year.

If you are interested in the 'with Professional Experience' option, you may apply in your first or second year and, if successful, your course will be extended to four years. You will complete your placement in your third year, before returning to University to finish your final year.

Upon graduation, your degree title will be extended to include 'with Professional Experience', giving you the added advantage of relevant work experience when entering the competitive graduate jobs market.

Teaching and learning

Economics course units feature formal lectures supported by smaller tutorials or seminars, in which you will be able to explore the contents of lectures and recommended reading in greater depth.

Tutorials and seminars are also key elements in improving your written and oral communication skills through group discussions, essay-writing, and presentations.

Students are assigned an Academic Advisor, an academic member of staff who takes a friendly interest in your progress and can advise you on selecting course units and career opportunities.

Coursework and assessment

The way that you study and are assessed will depend on which course units you choose.

The range of methods is carefully designed to promote in-depth learning and understanding, including:

  • essays, coursework and other mid-term evaluations;
  • dissertations;
  • presentations and group projects; and
  • Exams.

Course content for year 1

Year 1 gives you a broad introduction to the social sciences, enabling you to make an informed choice of areas to specialise in for your second and third years.

Course units for year 1

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Fundamentals of Finance BMAN10552 10 Optional
Fundamentals of Financial Reporting A BMAN10621A 10 Optional
Fundamentals of Management Accounting BMAN10632 10 Optional
An Introduction to Development Studies ECON10002 10 Optional
Introductory Mathematics ECON10061 10 Optional
Adv Maths - BAEcon & BSc Econ ECON10071 10 Optional
Advanced Statistics ECON10072 10 Optional
Computing for Social Scientists ECON10151 10 Optional
Microeconomic Analysis 1 ECON10171 10 Optional
Microeconomic Analysis 2 ECON10172 10 Optional
Macroeconomic Analysis 1 ECON10181 10 Optional
Macroeconomic Analysis 2 ECON10182 10 Optional
Introduction to Mathematical Economics ECON10192 10 Optional
Economic History ECON10212 10 Optional
Microeconomics 2 ECON10232 10 Optional
Macroeconomics 1 ECON10241 10 Optional
Macroeconomics 2 ECON10262 10 Optional
Microeconomics 1 ECON10331 10 Optional
Capitalism in Historical Perspective: 1700-1913 HIST10181 20 Optional
Introduction to Ethics PHIL10021 20 Optional
Critical Thinking PHIL10042 20 Optional
Introduction to Metaphysics and Epistemology PHIL10622 20 Optional
Introduction to Philosophy of Mind PHIL10631 20 Optional
Introduction to Comparative Politics POLI10201 20 Optional
Introduction to Comparative Politics POLI10202 20 Optional
Making Sense of Politics POLI10301 20 Optional
British Politics: Power and the State POLI10401 20 Optional
Politics of the Global Economy POLI10502 20 Optional
Introduction to International Politics POLI10601 20 Optional
Introduction to Political Theory POLI10702 20 Optional
Power and Culture: Inequality in Everyday Life SOAN10301 10 Optional
Cultural Diversity in Global Perspective SOAN10312 10 Optional
Key Ideas in Social Anthropology SOAN10321 10 Optional
Intro to Ethnographic Reading SOAN10322 10 Optional
Introduction to Business Anthropology: Consumers, Companies and Culture SOAN10361 20 Optional
Study Skills and Independent Learning SOCS10902 10 Optional
Study Skills (BA Econ/BASS) - semester one SOCS10911 10 Optional
Inequalities in Contemporary British Society SOCY10401 20 Optional
Contested Foundations of Social Thought SOCY10421 20 Optional
Contemporary Social Thought SOCY10432 20 Optional
Media, Culture & Society SOCY10442 20 Optional
Global Social Challenges SOCY10461 20 Optional
Work, Organisations and Society SOCY10912 20 Optional
Understanding Social Media SOST10012 20 Optional
Measuring Inequalities (Unequal Societies) SOST10021 20 Optional
Introductory Statistics for Economists SOST10062 10 Optional
Applied Statistics for Social Scientists SOST10142 20 Optional
Displaying 10 of 47 course units for year 1

Course content for year 2

In Year 2, you begin to specialise, taking a maximum of 80 credits from a single subject area.

Course units for year 2

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Fundamentals of Finance BMAN10552 10 Optional
Fundamentals of Financial Reporting A BMAN10621A 10 Optional
Fundamentals of Management Accounting BMAN10632 10 Optional
Financial Statement Analysis BMAN20081 10 Optional
Financial Markets and Institutions BMAN21011 10 Optional
Financial Reporting and Accountability BMAN21020 20 Optional
Intermediate Management Accounting BMAN21040 20 Optional
Foundations of Finance A BMAN23000 20 Optional
Foundations of Finance A BMAN23000A 20 Optional
An Introduction to Development Studies ECON10002 10 Optional
Managerial Economics I ECON20001 20 Optional
Microeconomics 3 ECON20021 10 Optional
Microeconomics 4 ECON20022 10 Optional
Macroeconomics 3 ECON20031 10 Optional
Macroeconomics 4 ECON20032 10 Optional
Advanced Mathematics ECON20071 10 Optional
Advanced Statistics ECON20072 10 Optional
Econometrics ECON20110 20 Optional
Mathematical Economics I ECON20120 20 Optional
Introduction to Mathematical Economics ECON20192 10 Optional
Economics and History ECON20212 10 Optional
Quantitative Methods ECON20222 20 Optional
Development Economics IIA ECON20321 10 Optional
Development Economics IIB ECON20332 10 Optional
Economics for Public Policy ECON20431 10 Optional
Microeconomic Analysis 3 ECON20501 10 Optional
Microeconomic Analysis 4 ECON20512 10 Optional
Macroeconomic Analysis 3 ECON20521 10 Optional
Macroeconomic Analysis 4 ECON20532 10 Optional
Crisis and Prosperity in Twentieth-Century Europe HIST21112 20 Optional
Formal Logic PHIL20042 20 Optional
Ethics PHIL20231 20 Optional
20th Century Analytical Philosophy PHIL20242 20 Optional
Philosophy of Science PHIL20262 20 Optional
Philosophy of Mind PHIL20271 20 Optional
Existentialism PHIL23001 20 Optional
Hegel and Marx PHIL23022 20 Optional
Introduction to Political Theory POLI10702 20 Optional
The Politics of (in)Security POLI20332 20 Optional
Questions About International Politics POLI20521 20 Optional
Politics & Society in Britain Since 1940: From Blitz to Brexit POLI20531 20 Optional
Arguing About Politics: Political Theory in the World POLI20602 20 Optional
The Politics of Globalisation POLI20711 20 Optional
The Politics of Development POLI20722 20 Optional
Gender and Politics in Comparative Perspective POLI20742 20 Optional
The Politics of Policy Making POLI20802 20 Optional
Ideals of Social Justice POLI20881 20 Optional
Environmental Politics POLI20982 20 Optional
Comparative West European Politics POLI21001 20 Optional
Southern European Politics POLI21012 20 Optional
Asia-Pacific Security POLI21041 20 Optional
Anthropology of Kinship, Gender and Sex SOAN20801 20 Optional
Anthropology of Religion SOAN20811 20 Optional
Political and Economic Anthropology SOAN20822 20 Optional
Materiality and Representation SOAN20852 20 Optional
Contested Foundations of Social Thought SOCY10421 20 Optional
Contemporary Social Thought SOCY10432 20 Optional
Work, Economy and Society SOCY20031 20 Optional
Education and Society SOCY20052 20 Optional
Sociology of Fashion SOCY20061 20 Optional
Qualitative Research Design & Methods SOCY20091 20 Optional
Sustainability, Consumption & Global Responsibilities SOCY20232 20 Optional
New Media SOCY20241 20 Optional
Self and Society SOCY20402 20 Optional
Gender, Sexuality and Culture SOCY20892 20 Optional
Essentials of survey design and analysis SOST20022 20 Optional
Market Research SOST20041 10 Optional
Applied Statistics for Social Scientists SOST20142 20 Optional
Displaying 10 of 68 course units for year 2

Course content for year 3

In Year 3, you pick your final areas of specialisation.

Course units for year 3

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Business Law 2: Law and the Modern Corporation in an International Context BMAN24052 10 Optional
Share Prices and Accounting Information BMAN30071 10 Optional
Financial Derivatives BMAN30091 10 Optional
Advanced Corporate Finance BMAN30111 20 Optional
Accountability and Auditing BMAN30131 10 Optional
Corporate Governance in Context BMAN30211 10 Optional
Financial Engineering BMAN30242 10 Optional
Corporate Contracting and Managerial Behaviour BMAN30702 10 Optional
Econometrics ECON20110 20 Optional
Mathematical Economics I ECON20120 20 Optional
Quantitative Methods ECON20222 20 Optional
Development Economics IIA ECON20321 10 Optional
Development Economics IIB ECON20332 10 Optional
Advanced Microeconomics ECON30001 20 Optional
Advanced Macroeconomics ECON30002 20 Optional
Topics in Inequality & Poverty ECON30041 10 Optional
The Chinese Economy ECON30102 10 Optional
Natural Resource Economics ECON30232 10 Optional
Mathematical Economics II ECON30290 20 Optional
Mathematical Economics I ECON30320 20 Optional
Micro Econometrics ECON30342 10 Optional
Econometrics ECON30370 20 Optional
Mathematical Finance ECON30382 10 Optional
Development Economics IIIA ECON30451 20 Optional
Topics in Economic History ECON30511 20 Optional
Business Economics II ECON30821 20 Optional
Money, Banking & Financial Markets ECON30852 10 Optional
Managerial Economics II ECON31002 20 Optional
Advanced Econometrics ECON31031 20 Optional
Climate Change Economics and Policy ECON32111 10 Optional
Public Economics ECON32121 10 Optional
Behavioural Economics ECON32152 20 Optional
International Trade and Policy ECON32191 20 Optional
Health Economics ECON32202 10 Optional
Dissertation Semester 1 PHIL30001 20 Optional
Dissertation Semester 2 PHIL30002 20 Optional
Metaphysics PHIL30212 20 Optional
Language and Analysis PHIL30351 20 Optional
Philosophy of Psychology PHIL30362 20 Optional
Philosophy of Action PHIL30552 20 Optional
Philosophy of Mathematics PHIL30721 20 Optional
Theory & Method in Demography SOST30012 20 Optional
Displaying 10 of 42 course units for year 3

Course content for year 4

If completing a year professional placement, you will take the Year 3 course content in Year 4.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: dass@manchester.ac.uk