The Economics and Sociology pathway of the BA (Hons) Economic and Social Studies programme - or BA (Econ) for short - is a long-established and popular degree. As part of the BA (Econ) you will be able to combine economics with a range of other social science courses such as sociology or politics. 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. Sociology at Manchester is the study of social life and change and provides a critical perspective on how and why we might change our social worlds. The Sociology department is first in the UK for the percentage of its research outputs that are judged as `world-leading', and second nationally based on its research power. See 2014 Research Excellence Framework . This expertise feeds directly into teaching at degree level and is reflected across the sociology course units on offer. 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.