University of Essex
History and Economics (Including Placement Year) BA (Hons)
University of Essex

Key Course Facts

Course Description

How have events of the past shaped the way we trade? What is the political, social, economic and cultural impact of historical events? What can we learn from the past, and how can we predict the future of our economy? Our course gives you a solid education the relationship between modern history and economics. We expand your knowledge of the history of Britain, Europe and our world from 1500 to present day, whilst also developing your understanding of economics.

On this course you spend equal time studying history-related and economics-related modules to aid a greater understanding of the world we live in, and to improve your ability to absorb, analyse and assess the information we have.

You spend your third year on a placement gaining relevant work experience within an external business or organisation, giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market and providing you with key contacts within the industry.

Student Reviews

Below you can see course specific reviews for 207 graduates of History and Economics (Including Placement Year) BA (Hons) at University of Essex for each of the survey questions in comparison to the average for all UK degree courses in Economics.

Overall student satisfaction
84 /100
207 total respondents

Primarily based on data from undergraduate degree students.

The NSS is commissioned by the Office for Students


Salary of Graduates of History and Economics (Including Placement Year) BA (Hons) at University of Essex

Important: Salary data below is not course specific, but contains data of all students of History and Economics (Including Placement Year) BA (Hons) at the university. Due to data collection methodology, salary data is mainly based on data related to undergraduate students.

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £25000 £29000 £36500
25-75 percentile range £22000 - £31000 £21000 - £36500 £30500 - £48500

Salary of all UK Graduates of Economics

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £25897 £26465 £33463
25-75 percentile range £21618 - £30750 £20515 - £33932 £24566 - £44022

What You Will Learn

Programme content: As a student of History and Economics (Including Placement Year), BA (Hons) you will study the following course modules.

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Jobs & Career Perspectives

15 months after graduation, graduates of this course were asked about what they do and, if they are working, about their current job and their perspectives.

Current jobs

Job in line with future plans

Utilise skills from studies

Work is meaningful

Required skill level of job after 15 months

% Skilled jobs

Jobs of graduates of this course (15 months after graduation)

Example below based on all graduates of History and Economics (Including Placement Year) BA (Hons) at University of Essex

20% Business and public service associate professionals
15% Administrative occupations
12% Business, Research and Administrative Professionals
11% Finance Professionals
7% Elementary occupations
6% Information Technology Professionals
5% Managers, directors and senior officials
4% Sales occupations
3% Customer service occupations
2% Artistic, literary and media occupations

Grading Distribution

Students of the course received the following grades

Entry Requirements / Admissions

Minimum Required UCAS Tariff

UCAS Tariff of Accepted Students for this course

Qualification requirements

Including Standard Level Mathematics or Maths Studies grade 4 or above (if not taken at Higher Level). Maths in the IB is not required if you have already achieved GCSE Maths at grade C/4 or above or 4 in IB Middle Years Maths. We are happy to consider a combination of separate IB Diploma Programmes at both Higher and Standard Level. Exact offer levels will vary depending on the range of subjects being taken at higher and standard level, and the course applied for. Please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office for more information.

Entry requirements for students studying BTEC qualifications are dependent on subjects studied. Advice can be provided on an individual basis. The standard required is generally at Distinction level.

In addition all applicants require GCSE Mathematics at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent).

Requirements for international students / English requirements

IELTS academic test score (similar tests may be accepted as well)

    • 6.5
    • Graduate Degrees
    • 6.0
    • Undergraduate Degrees
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Tuition Fees History and Economics (Including Placement Year) BA (Hons)

England UK £9250 year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 year 1
Scotland £9250 year 1
Wales £9250 year 1
Channel Islands £9250 year 1
EU £17700 year 1
International £17700 year 1

Additional fee information

Fees displayed are for 2021-22 entry. Fees will increase for each academic intake and each academic year of study.

Average student cost of living in the UK

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

How to apply

Application deadline:

January 1, 2024

This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.

Possible Entry Points:

  • year 1 (Default entry point)
  • year 2

University Rankings

Positions of University of Essex in top UK and global rankings.

Rankings of University of Essex in related subject specific rankings.


    • #18 
    • #128 
    Economics & Business
    NTU by Subject
    [Published 20 October, 2021]

Social Studies & Humanities

    • #16 
    • #22 
    The Guardian University League Tables by Subject
    [Published 24 September, 2022]
    • #35 
    • #48 
    CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
    [Published 13 June, 2022]
    • #16 
    • #101 
    ARWU by subject - Academic Ranking of World Universities - ShanghaiRanking
    [Published 26 May, 2021]

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About University of Essex

The University of Essex, is a public, research university where curiosity prevails and thinking outside the box isn’t just encouraged, it’s expected. Based in the county of the same name, Essex, the main campus is located in Wivenhoe Park, near Colchester. It is home to the university’s three faculties, Humanities, Science & Health and Social Sciences, as well as a very large community of local rabbits, and other small fauna typical of the English countryside.

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Where is this programme taught

Colchester Campus
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