BA (Honours) in Economics and History

The Open University

Programme Description

BA (Honours) in Economics and History

The Open University

This degree enables you to gain a broad understanding of economics and history in an interdisciplinary context and develop knowledge and skills in both subjects. You will have the opportunity to build an understanding of contemporary economic theory and economic issues, enabling you to apply fundamental concepts to major economic policy challenges. In the partnering study of history, you will appreciate and examine topics from British, European and global history, from 1500 to the present.

Key features of the course

  • Gives a broad understanding of history and economics in an interdisciplinary context
  • Explores historical topics from the sixteenth century until the present day
  • Develops an understanding of economic theory and issues
  • Covers a range of methods and theoretical approaches and develops a set of graduate skills for further study and the workplace

Course details

This degree has three stages, each comprising 120 credits.

  • You’ll start Stage 1 with a broad introduction to the arts and humanities followed by up to two modules chosen from a variety of subjects.
  • Next, at Stages 2 and 3, you’ll develop an in-depth knowledge of national and international history across a range of different time periods.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification.

At The Open University we believe education should be open to all, so we provide a high-quality university education to anyone who wishes to realise their ambitions and fulfil their potential.

Even though there are no entry requirements, there are some skills that you'll need to succeed. If you're not quite ready for OU study we can guide you to resources that prepare you, many of which are free.

Skills for career development

Employers greatly value the high-level critical thinking, analysis, and communication skills acquired by studying a degree in economics and history. You’ll sharpen your IT, writing, and independent thinking skills; and develop the ability to assimilate and evaluate relevant information in constructing an argument. These are key skills in complex organisations, greatly sought after in the world beyond study – whether you’re already working, volunteering, or changing career.

Career relevance

Studying economics and history requires an understanding of diverse cultural environments and different historical circumstances. The breadth of study and range of cultural texts and objects analysed, combined with training in clear thinking and communication, make this degree course relevant to a wide variety of careers, including:

  • public administration
  • local government
  • the civil service
  • education
  • art institutions
  • social services
  • advertising
  • journalism
  • publishing
  • creative industries
  • public relations
  • legal work
  • business
  • banking
  • retail
  • human resources
  • charities and campaigning.
This school offers programs in:
  • English
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Last updated January 19, 2018
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United Kingdom - Milton Keynes, England
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