Bachelor's Degree in Economics and Philosophy

University of Southampton
3 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available

About this program

Bachelor's Degree in Economics and Philosophy

On this joint honours course, you'll gain an in-depth understanding of human welfare and social justice, political ideals and economic realities. You'll study economics and philosophy while broadening your degree through a wide range of optional modules. The critical, logical and imaginative skills you'll develop are sought after by a wide range of employers.

Your A level results will determine which core or compulsory modules you'll need to take.

In your BA Economics and Philosophy degree you can:

  • develop an understanding of philosophical questions such as ethics, reason and responsibility
  • study broad principles in economics and develop knowledge in your own specialist area, for example, principles of finance, labour economics or econometrics
  • develop research and presentation skills
  • gain the practical knowledge and skills needed to find employment and build a career as an economist

You can take modules from other disciplines such as anthropology or psychology. You can study a language or choose from a range of cross-disciplinary modules.

You'll graduate as a confident, curious and independent self-starter, equipped with the skills for a successful career.

Admission requirements


ABB including Grade B in AS Level Mathematics

International Baccalaureate Diploma

Pass, with 32 points overall with 16 at Higher Level, including 5 points at Higher or Standard Level in Mathematics: (Analysis and Approaches or Applications and Interpretation)


  • Distinction, Distinction, Distinction to Distinction, Distinction, Merit in the BTEC Extended Diploma plus Grade B in AS Level Mathematics
  • Distinction, Distinction in the BTEC Diploma plus B in an A level plus Grade B in AS Level Mathematics
  • Distinction in the BTEC Subsidiary Diploma plus AB in two A levels plus Grade B in AS Level Mathematics

Other requirements

GCSE requirements

Applicants must hold GCSE English language (or GCSE English) (minimum grade 4/C) and mathematics (minimum grade 4/C)

International Students

English language requirements

If English isn't your first language, you'll need to complete an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) to demonstrate your competence in English.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Year 1

  • Economics Skills and Employability 1
  • Ethics
  • Knowledge and Mind
  • Principles of Macroeconomics
  • Reason and Argument
  • Statistics for Economics

You must also choose from the following modules in year 1:

  • Ancient Greek Philosophy
  • Existentialism and its Origins
  • Faith and Reason
  • Puzzles about Art and Literature

Year 2

  • Appearance and Reality
  • Applied Microeconomics 2
  • Economics Skills and Employability 2
  • Macroeconomic Policy 2

You must also choose from the following modules in year 2:

  • Aesthetics and the Philosophy of Art
  • Development Economics
  • Epistemology: Knowledge and Evidence
  • Ethics of Global Poverty
  • How the Arts Work: A Practical Introduction to Cultural Economics
  • Industrial Economics
  • Introduction to Econometrics
  • Logic
  • Metaethics: Facts and Feelings in Ethics
  • Metaphysics: The Nature of Reality
  • Methods of Econometrics
  • Moral Philosophy
  • Philosophy of Religion
  • The Mind, The Brain, and Consciousness
  • Topics in Macroeconomics 2

Year 3

  • Applied Economics
  • Dissertation: Literature Review
  • Economics Skills and Employability 3
  • Macroeconomic Policy 3
  • Philosophy Dissertation

You must also choose from the following modules in year 3:

  • Advanced Aesthetics: Aesthetic Creativity
  • Applied Econometrics
  • Classical Indian Philosophy
  • Dissertation: Research Project
  • Dissertation: Research Topics
  • Empirical Finance
  • Fiction and Fictionalism
  • Happiness and Wellbeing
  • How the Arts Work: A Practical Introduction to Cultural Economics
  • International Trade
  • Labour Economics
  • Nietzsche
  • Other Minds
  • Philosophy of Sex
  • Principles of Finance
  • Public Economics
  • Puzzles and Paradoxes
  • Self-Knowledge
  • Topics in Macroeconomics 3
  • Wittgenstein's Later Philosophy

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please visit the university website for more information.


  • The full tuition price for local/UK students is £9,250
  • The price for International/Non-UK students is £19,300


  • Final award: Bachelor of Arts with Honours (BA (Hons))
  • Name of award: Economics and Philosophy
  • Interim Exit awards:
    • Certificate of Higher Education (CertHE)
    • Diploma of Higher Education (DipHE)
  • FHEQ level of final award: Level 6

Continuing studies

Our philosophy degrees are also a good foundation for further study at master's or PhD level.

Career paths

Our graduates have secured many different roles, such as:

  • project manager
  • teacher
  • human resources (HR) coordinator
  • investment analyst
  • digital marketing coordinator
  • tax consultant
  • data analyst

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