201–250 th
World University Rankings 2020
42 nd
European Teaching Rankings 2019
Whiteknights House Whiteknights, PO Box 217, Reading, Berkshire, RG6 6AH, United Kingdom

History and Economics

Understand the cultures and societies that shaped the past and explore the critical economic issues that influence the world today. Discover a thousand years of history whilst experiencing all the specialist areas we offer; our expertise covers a wide range of regions – from Europe and Africa to America, South Asia and the Middle East – and periods - fom the Crusades to the 1960s, slavery in America to Tudor monarchy, and Cold War Berlin to medieval magic. In your first year, core modules will explore people, politics, and revolution and the culture and concepts those societies developed. We will teach you the skills you need to study and research history through an individual project of your choice. We take an individual approach to our students' learning, which is reflected in our 90% satisfaction score for the teaching on our courses in the National Student Survey 2017. In economics, you will study practical issues and explore the relationship between economics and society and be taught in small interactive seminar groups, encouraging discussion and debate with staff and fellow students. This course places less emphasis on mathematical and statistical content and instead looks at the relevance of these techniques to applied problems. You will still learn necessary maths skills in your core modules, but extensive support is available if you need it. Core modules look at business, policy, economic history and even the economics of climate change. Our staff are active researchers who are experts in a wide range of fields in economics, with many involved in research that informs policy decisions by governments, major multinational organisations and international agencies like the UN. We place a great deal of importance on employability skills in both sides of your degree, and our modules "History education", "Discovering archives", and "Going public" all offer students short work placements and act as an introduction to possible career paths. In Economics, students can take a year out to complete a paid placement. Placements are encouraged and our links with the Careers Centre can help you source potential employers. We also have close links with the University’s Institute of Education, Museum of English Rural Life (MERL) and Special Collections (archives), and with external organisations such as Cliveden House, English Heritage, Reading Museum, Reading Borough Library and the Berkshire Record Office. In History in your second year, we offer opportunities for short group placements in museums and heritage organisations. In third year, two optional modules provide placements of 10 working days in local archives and secondary schools. While studying Economics, there is the opportunity to complete a paid placement at a company or organisation such as Rolls-Royce, the Government Economic Service and the Department for Work and Pensions. **Careers** Throughout your degree you will complete career and skills related modules, encouraging you to think about what career you would like and what skills you will need. If you would like a career in teaching, or in archives or records management, you can try out our optional third-year modules, "History education" and "Discovering archives and collections". We have had a high success rate from students who have completed "History education", with many of our graduates gaining places for Initial Teacher Training. Additionally, both these modules develop a wide range of interpersonal, organisational, presentation and research skills readily transferable to other areas of employment. As a graduate you will have a broad range of transferable skills in research, analysis, presenting and working in groups. Recent graduates have found roles with The British Museum, The Football Association, House of Commons, Marks and Spencer, MI5, Morgan Stanley, PwC and Siemens Financial Services.

  • Qualification
    Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)
  • Study mode
  • Duration
    3 years
  • Start date
  • Location
    Main Site,ReadingUnited Kingdom
  • Fees & Finances
  • EU Year 1 £9,250
  • England Year 1 £9,250
  • Northern Ireland Year 1 £9,250
  • Scotland Year 1 £9,250
  • Wales Year 1 £9,250
  • Channel Islands Year 1 £9,250
  • International Year 1 £16,475