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Undergraduate Course

Economics and Geography BA (Hons)

Discover how the economy impacts on the planet, and how we can use economics to tackle the environmental issues facing the world today.

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Explore the interaction between business, finance, public policy and geography. Gain practical skills in geographical research and economic processes, and prepare to tackle some of the biggest issues facing our planet.

York campus

  • UCAS Code – L1N5 (L4N5 with placement year)
  • Duration – 3 years full time, 4 years with placement year
  • Start date – September 2022
  • School – York Business School

Minimum Entry Requirements

    104 UCAS Tariff points

    3 GCSEs at grade C/4 (or equivalent) including English Language and Maths.

Tuition Fees

    UK and EU 2021 entry £9,250 per year full time

    International 2021 entry £12,750 per year full time

Discover Economics at York St John University

Course overview

This degree will give you a broad understanding of how businesses affect the world around us, and how we can strive for more sustainable business practice. In your Economics modules you will investigate:

  • The relationships between the economy and politics, crime and business
  • Econometrics modelling
  • The distribution and allocation of scarce resources
  • Factors affecting income, wealth and wellbeing in an economy
  • Environmental economics
  • How economic metrics can be used to measure and enhance happiness in society.

Meanwhile in Geography you will cover urban, social and cultural aspects of the subject, learning about:

  • Sustainability
  • Mapping, fieldwork and using Geographical Information Systems
  • The geography of Yorkshire.

We make sure your learning is always kept practical and relevant through live projects and experiments. You will also have opportunities to enter economics competitions both within the university and on a national or international scale. We have close links with businesses across the region, and you will regularly hear from high profile guest speakers. These connections also provide opportunities for networking, internships and work experience placements.

While you study with us, we will fund your membership of the Royal Economic Society. This will enhance your professional profile in the industry. It also opens up extra opportunities for training and development, such as competitions, grants and conferences.

As with all of our Business courses, you have the option to go on a placement year between years 2 and 3 of your degree. You can also choose to study abroad for a semester at one of our partner universities.

As a Business School we are passionate about social responsibility and sustainability. These values and this commitment will be embedded throughout this course. We are a Principles of Responsible Management Education (PRME) signatory for the United Nations. Our mission is to develop your potential so that you can make a difference in society.

Course structure

Year 1

Our academic year is split into 2 semesters.

In your first year, you will study:

  • 2 compulsory modules and 1 optional module in semester 1
  • 3 compulsory modules in semester 2.

You can find out which modules are available in each semester on the Course Specifications.

Optional modules will run if they receive enough interest. It is not guaranteed that all modules will run every year.

Modules

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

On this module you will learn the basic principles of microeconomics and macroeconomics. You will develop an understanding of economic principles and techniques and learn how to apply them in business contexts. You will also investigate the different issues related to macroeconomic theories and gain insight into the impact of the macroeconomic environment on business decisions.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

This module focuses on the changing nature and role of cities in the modern world. This includes the changing economic processes in cities, the nature and experience of urban life in various global contexts, urban regeneration and social/spatial inequalities within cities. You will also examine:

  • Theories of economic development
  • The changing geographies of production and consumption
  • The nature and impacts of globalisation (on economy, society and environment)
  • The relationship between the global and the local.

Credits: 20

Optional module

On this module you will examine the nature of business enterprise and its relationship with wider society, focusing on what it means to be a responsible business. In the ongoing debate about what a business behaving responsibly really means, we will en we ideas including:

  • Stakeholder theory
  • The triple bottom line
  • Corporate social responsibility
  • Business ethics
  • The role of the state.

Credits: 20

Optional module

This module will develop your cartographic skills, as you design maps using both professional geographical information systems (GIS) software. As well as learning the principles of map design, you will consider the role and power of maps in society. The module also introduces you to the idea of ‘integrated geography’ by studying both physical and human geographical changes in York and the Yorkshire region.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

This module explores the fundamental concepts and techniques of macroeconomic analysis. You will gain an understanding of quantitative techniques and modern macroeconomics. You will learn how decisions of the central bank and government affect inflation, consumption, economic growth and unemployment. You will also investigate contemporary economic events. This module is essential for obtaining The Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI) qualification.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

On this module you will develop an understanding of contemporary economic geography. Central themes include:

  • Globalisation
  • The transnational firm
  • The role of states (and regulatory processes)
  • The geographical concepts of location, scale, space and place. 

You will learn how global linkages between cities, regions and countries influence their competitiveness. You will also study the causes of uneven economic growth.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

On this module we will introduce you to key themes and debates in social and cultural geography, including important and innovative subfields of human geography. The module explores social and spatial inequalities, focusing on issues such as :

  • Gender
  • Age
  • Class
  • Race
  • Disability.

Year 2

In your second year you will study:

  • 1 compulsory module and 2 optional modules in semester 1
  • 1 compulsory module and 2 optional modules in semester 2.

You can find out which modules are available in each semester on the Course Specifications.

Optional modules will run if they receive enough interest. It is not guaranteed that all modules will run every year.

Modules

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

On this module you will examine the relationship between space and society. You will consider how space relates to social identities, as well as how these identities are both expressed in and produce, particular spaces. This includes spaces such as the home, the workplace, public spaces and virtual spaces. There is a focus on difference, inequality and exclusion and their implications within increasingly transnational global contexts.

Credits: 20

Optional module

On this module you will learn about theories of economic behaviour in the labour market and the nature of the labour market. You will test macroeconomic theoretical concepts and justify conclusions. You will gain core practical skills that are essential for a career as an economist, policy advisor or economic analyst. This module will help you to develop skills in analysing economic data and combine the results to form a discussion on societal problems such as wage inequality, the role of education and training and factors driving the demand and supply for labour.

Credits: 20

Optional module

On this module we will introduce you to the field of Industrial Economics, looking at why and how firms and industries behave and interact with each other. Understanding their behaviour is relevant not only to the firms, but also to the governments that design industrial policies in order to favour consumers without decreasing firms' efficiency.

Credits: 20

Optional module

On this module you will consider how the concept of landscape has changed throughout history, and learn how to read landscapes from different perspectives. You will examine landscape in symbolic and material terms, engaging with debates in visual cultural theory that have shaped the geographical analysis of the past 40 years. You will approach landscapes as expressions of power, identity and economic change.

Credits: 20

Optional module

Geography is an extraordinarily diverse discipline. In this module you will learn about the variety of methodological approaches that geographers use in their research, across human, physical and environmental geography. This includes paying attention to the very latest developments, as well as the ethical and political dimensions of producing geographical knowledge. The module prepares you for undertaking your own research later in your degree.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

Organisations frequently require both an understanding of how and why data is acquired, and an ability to collect, analyse and interpret it. This module considers the use of quantitative and qualitative research methods, and allows you to develop skills in the collection, analysis and reporting of relevant data. You will develop your project planning and management skills as a way to manage the research process.

Credits: 20

Optional module

Enhance your future employability by experiencing the workplace. We have designed this module to help you develop your skills, knowledge and understanding in different areas related to your career. You will engage with issues such as:

  • Career decision making
  • The recruitment cycle
  • Applying for jobs
  • Interviewing.

As part of this module you will embark on a work placement or business project in a group, or individually.

Credits: 20

Optional module

This module aims to develop you into a confident, enterprising and creative graduate who will be able to cope with the ever changing business environment, recognise opportunities and to take responsible and measured risks. This is a very practical module. Starting with an initial idea, you will explore and assess a business opportunity and present a feasible business concept. Working alone or in groups, you will develop skills in collecting, analysing and organising ideas and information.

Credits: 20

Optional module

International trade is extremely controversial. It is thought to be the engine of much worldwide economic prosperity. It is also blamed for inequality between countries and for the rise of populism and nationalism in some parts of the world. On this module we will investigate these controversies. This will help you understand the patterns of international trade, the forces that produce these patterns, and how they impacts different people. Ideas from economic theory, business strategy and political economy will help you to develop this understanding.

Credits: 20

Optional module

On this module we will examine some of the key environmental challenges of the 21st century, from local to global scales. Develop your understanding of environmental sustainability and its relation to social and economic sustainability. We will pay particular attention to the barriers to addressing global environmental challenges such as climate change, food, water, waste and pollution. Key themes are action and agency, from global governance through to individual decision making.

Year 3

In your third year you will study:

  • A compulsory dissertation module across semesters 1 and 2
  • 2 compulsory modules in semester 1
  • 1 compulsory module and 1 optional module in semester 2.

You can find out which modules are available in each semester on the Course Specifications.

Optional modules will run if they receive enough interest. It is not guaranteed that all modules will run every year.

Optional Placement Year

As with all of our Business courses, you have the option to go on a placement year between years 2 and 3 of your degree. If you choose not to do a full year, you can do a shorter placement module in Year 2. You can also choose to study abroad for a semester at one of our partner universities.

Modules

Credits: 40

Compulsory module

This module is your chance to plan and conduct a piece of independent research. You will be able to choose from the following projects:

  • Traditional dissertation: Plan and conduct a piece of independent research. Present your findings in a writing.
  • Business Research Project: Complete a small scale piece of individual research work.
  • Consultancy Project: Work with industry professionals and investigate a business project and produce a research based report.
  • Business creation project: Develop a full business proposal and plan. Use primary and secondary research to support your work.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

On this module you will build on and apply previous learning from the course to critically examine economic policy issues. You will take an applied approach on this module and make use of both macroeconomic and microeconomic modelling. You will investigate recent research and methodological debates within the economics discipline.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

The focus for this module is the contemporary city, and particularly issues of democracy and participation in urban decision making. You will learn about urban transition through the lenses of post-colonialism, post-democracy and sustainability. Investigate how public space is shaped, understood and contested at multiple scales in a globalized world.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

All business activity takes resources from the natural world and has an impact on the environment. On this module you will use concepts familiar from other modules, such as economic efficiency and market failure, and apply them in new ways. We will address some of the biggest issues facing the world today, including:

  • Deforestation
  • Traffic congestion and pollution
  • Global climate change
  • Renewable and non renewable resources
  • Wildlife conservation.

You will learn how economic theory can help to tackle these problems, and how this research can be translated into the practical policy advice which leads to real change.

Credits: 20

Optional module

On this module you will have the opportunity to analyse and evaluate the connection between politics and economics on an international level. You will engage with key aspects of International Political Economy, with a focus on how differences in growth and development arise due to the unique circumstances that characterise specific regions around the world.

Credits: 20

Optional module

On this module you will examine a series of specific decision problems facing managers in modern organisations. These problems include:

  • The appropriate use of economic information to inform decisions
  • Decision making under conditions of uncertainty
  • The management of risk
  • The use of price and non price decisions as strategic options.

You will use scientific decision frameworks and evaluation techniques to help solve managerial problems. You will also explore the practical limitations of applying economic logic to business decision making.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching and learning

All of your modules will be delivered using a variety of different teaching sessions. This includes:

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Guest speakers
  • Workshops
  • Events.

Each module has 3.5 hours of contact time a week. This consists of a 1.5 hour lecture and a 2 hour seminar. 1 to 1 time can be booked through our tutorial booker system.

You will also have regular individual tutorial sessions with your academic tutors to support your learning. You will also have opportunities to gain work experience through modules which take your learning beyond the classroom and into the city.

Our teaching draws on both our research and professional experience. This means your learning is informed by the most current thinking in the subject area. You can find out more about our research and backgrounds by visiting our staff pages.

Assessment

We use a wide variety of assessment types, which help you to develop skills relevant to the workplace. This includes:

  • Written assignments
  • Individual and group presentations
  • Exams
  • Practical activities.

You will receive feedback on your work throughout each module. This will help you to improve your work for your graded assessments. We will advise you on developing your skills, useful areas for research and how to extend your business knowledge further.

Professional skills

We encourage you to extend your learning through Continuing Professional Development as you study. Our Success Lab provides extra events, short courses and opportunities to help you make the most of your degree. The academic and professional skills you develop through this will help to boost your employability when you graduate.

Career outcomes

Your future with a degree in Economics and Geography

This course will give you the skills to succeed in many different careers relating to economics and geography. These include skills in critical thinking, data analysis, constructing arguments, communication, teamwork, researching and fieldwork.

This degree could be the first step toward your career in:

  • Economics
  • Accountancy
  • Analytics
  • Local government and planning
  • Tourism management
  • Sustainability and conservation.

Discover more career options on Prospects careers advice pages.

You could also progress onto a postgraduate degree and take your learning even further.

Postgraduate courses

Whatever your ambitions, we can help you get there.

Our careers service, LaunchPad provides career support tailored to your ambitions. Through this service you can access:

  • Employer events
  • LinkedIn, CV and cover letter sessions
  • Workshops on application writing and interview skills
  • Work experience and volunteering opportunities
  • Personalised career advice.

This support doesn't end when you graduate. You can access our expert career advice for the rest of your life. We will help you gain experience and confidence to succeed. It's your career, your way.

Entry requirements

Qualifications

Minimum Entry Requirements

    104 UCAS Tariff points

    3 GCSEs at grade C/4 (or equivalent) including English Language and Maths.

Calculate your UCAS Tariff points

International Students

If you are an international student you will need to show that your qualifications match our entry requirements.

Information about international qualifications and entry requirements can be found on our International pages.

If English is not your first language you will need to show that you have English Language competence at IELTS level 6.0 (with no skill below 5.5) or equivalent.

International entry requirements

This course is available with foundation year

If you do not yet meet the minimum requirements for entry straight onto this degree course, or feel you are not quite ready for the transition to Higher Education, this is a great option for you. Passing a foundation year guarantees you a place on this degree course the following academic year.

Business foundation year

Mature Learners Entry Scheme

If you have been out of education for 3 years or more and have a grade C GCSE in English Language or equivalent, you are eligible for our entry scheme for mature learners. It's a scheme that recognises non-traditional entry qualifications and experience for entry onto this course. Information on how to apply can be found on our dedicated page.

Mature entry offer scheme

Advanced Entry

Considering transferring to join us in year 2 or 3 of our Business Courses? Please see our Advanced Entry page for information on the courses available and how to apply.

Terms and conditions

Our terms and conditions, policies and procedures contain important information about studying at York St John University. You can read them on our Admissions page.

Fees and Funding

To study for an undergraduate degree with us, you will need to pay tuition fees for your course. How much you pay depends on whether you live inside the UK or EU, or internationally (outside the UK/EU). Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.

UK and EU 2021 entry

The tuition fee for 2021 entry onto this course is £9,250 per year for full time study.

This price applies to all UK/EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students.

You can find out more about funding your degree by visiting our funding opportunities page.

Funding Opportunities

Placement year funding

If you choose to take a placement year, and your course offers it, you can apply for the Tuition Fee and Maintenance Loan for your placement year. How much you are awarded is based on the type of placement being undertaken and whether it is a paid or unpaid placement. The tuition fee for your placement year will be reduced.

Tuition Fees

    UK and EU 2021 entry £9,250 per year full time

    International 2021 entry £12,750 per year full time

International 2021 entry

The tuition fee for 2021 entry to this course is £12,750 per year for full time study.

This price applies to all students living outside the UK/EU.

Due to immigration laws, if you are an international student on a Student Visa, you must study full time. For more information about visa requirements and short-term study visas, please visit the International Visa and Immigration pages.

Find out more about funding your degree.

International Fees and Funding

Additional costs and financial support

There may also be some additional costs to take into account throughout your studies, including the cost of accommodation.

Course-related costs

While studying for your degree, there may be additional costs related to your course. This may include purchasing personal equipment and stationery, books and optional field trips.

Study Abroad

For more information on tuition fee reductions and additional costs for studying abroad, please visit our study abroad pages.

Accommodation and living costs

For detailed information on accommodation and living costs, visit our Accommodation pages.

Financial help and support

Our Funding Advice team are here to help you with your finances throughout your degree. They offer a personal service that can help you with funding your studies and budgeting for living expenses.

For advice on everything from applying for scholarships to finding additional financial support email fundingadvice@yorksj.ac.uk

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