From trade and industry to living standards and medicine, economic issues have often been at the heart of historical change. This varied and dynamic degree gives you a deep understanding of economic issues in the modern world, as well as an insight into how societies change over time.
Core modules will introduce you to key concepts in both subjects, such as historiography, economic theory and statistics. Then you'll build on this when you choose from an impressive range of optional modules spanning periods, cultures and sectors.
You could study anything from transport economics and international trade to ethics and the global banking sector, alongside the Industrial Revolution, the Tudors and decolonisation. It's a fantastic opportunity to discover new perspectives on history and the present, and to gain the broad base of skills that employers seek.
The University of Leeds has plenty of useful resources for historians. The world class Brotherton Library holds a wide variety of manuscript, archive and early printed material in its Special Collections. Our additional library resources are also excellent, and the University Library offers a comprehensive training programme to help you make the most of them.
A joint honours degree allows you to study the same core topics as students on each single honours course, but you'll take fewer optional and discovery modules so you can fit in both subjects.
Your first year will lay the foundations for your degree. You'll take core modules on historiography alongside economic theory and history. You'll also develop the mathematical skills you need, taking different modules depending on your previous qualifications.
From this point, you'll develop your knowledge across the next two years. Core modules in your second year will improve your knowledge of microeconomics and macroeconomics. In history you'll keep some balance across historical periods, but you'll choose from options in both subjects so you can tailor your degree to suit you. Examples could include the economics of work and labour, medicine in the Middle Ages, economic development and growth or modern Japan.
Throughout your degree, you'll develop your skills in independent research and analysis. You'll put these into practice in your final year, when you undertake an independent piece of research on a topic of your choice.
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Entry requirements, fees and applying
A-level: A*AA including A in History and excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking.
GCSE: Mathematics grade 7/A
A Joint Honours degree in Economics and History equips you with in-depth knowledge of two subjects, but it also offers you a valuable range of transferable skills that are actively sought by employers.
You'll be able to analyse both quantitative and qualitative data, and you'll have strong research and problem-solving skills. You'll be comfortable working both independently and within a team, and you'll have the organisational skills needed to manage two very different subjects.
Graduates have gone onto careers in diverse areas as a result. They include business and finance, management, the civil service, journalism, the media, law, education and the charity sector. Many others go on to postgraduate study.
We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That's one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.
Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.
The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.
Study abroad and work placements
On this course you have the opportunity to apply to spend time abroad, usually as an extra academic year. The University has partnerships with more than 400 universities worldwide and popular destinations for our students include Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, South Africa and Latin America.
Find out more at the Study Abroad website.
Practical work experience can help you decide on your career and improve your employability. On this course you have the option to apply to take a placement year module with organisations across the public, private and voluntary sectors in the UK, or overseas.
Find out more about work experience on the Careers website.