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MA in Economics and History (Full Time)

University of Aberdeen

Masters Degree , Economics

Course Description

Economics and History at Aberdeen adds to your thorough grounding in the global economy and how it operates by setting it in the context of human history and economic activity through the ages, at a university steeped in 500 years of history, with fabulous collections of historic treasures. You will gain the business and intellectual skills to open up a wide spectrum of career opportunities.

In Economics, you will explore the microeconomics of business and society, macroeconomics of the world economy and economic problems in political, social and historical contexts, with a strong emphasis on applied learning. You will thrive in the dynamic, international environment of our Business School of 45 nationalities and be taught by experts including leading petroleum economist and government adviser Professor Alex Kemp and our health economists whose work influences Scottish and UK policy decisions on public health.

History at Aberdeen is ranked top in Scotland for the impact of its research and second in the UK, in the latest UK Research Excellence Framework (Ranked by Times Higher Education based on REF 2014 GPA scores), with teaching rated ‘Highly Satisfactory’ in the last national quality assessment, and student satisfaction of 95%. We have particular strengths in the history of the Scottish, Irish and Scandinavian peoples – great northern traders. We also have research centres studying the history of global empires and the history and philosophy of science, technology and medicine and fabulous historic treasures from every period in our award-winning library and special collections centre.

In addition to your knowledge of global economics, this subject combination contributes essential skills in critical thinking, core writing, research, communication and other attributes, which will make you attractive to employers in whichever career path you choose.

Economics and History at Aberdeen adds to your thorough grounding in the global economy and how it operates by setting it in the context of human history and economic activity through the ages, at a university steeped in 500 years of history, with fabulous collections of historic treasures. You will gain the business and intellectual skills to open up a wide spectrum of career...

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Course Content

  • Year 1

Compulsory Courses

The Economics of Business and Society (EC1006) - 15 Credit Points

The Global Economy (EC1506) - 15 Credit Points

Professional Skills Part 1 (PD1001)

Academic Writing for Divinity, History & Philosophy (AW1007)

Making History (HI1027) - 15 Credit Points

Optional Courses

Select a further 30 credit points from level 1 courses in History and/or History of Art, plus a further 60 credit points from courses of choice.

  • Year 2

Compulsory Courses

Intermediate Microeconomics (EC2003) - 30 Credit Points

Intermediate Macroeconomics (EC2503) - 30 Credit Points

Optional Courses

Select a further 60 credit points from level 2 courses in History.

  • Year 3

Compulsory Courses

Thinking History (HI356J) - 30 Credit Points

Optional Courses

Select 30 credit points from Level 3 courses in History, plus 60 credit points from Level 3 courses in Economics.

Students are required to have exactly 240 credits at levels 3 and 4, at least 210 of which must be EC or HI coded, and normally no more than 120 credits from either discipline. At least 90 credits must be at level 4.

  • Year 4

Compulsory Courses

  • See optional courses for available Special Subject choices

Special Subject (HI4015)

Optional Courses

Select one of the following dissertation options:

  • Economics Dissertation (EC4526) AND History in Practice II (HI4518)
  • Undergraduate Dissertation in History (HI4516)

Plus select further credit points from level 4 course(s) in Economics and History to gain a total of 60 credits in each discipline..

Students are required to have exactly 240 credits at levels 3 and 4, at least 210 of which must be EC or HI coded, and normally no more than 120 credits from either discipline. At least 90 credits must be at level 4.

Economics Dissertation (EC4526) - 30 Credit Points

History in Practice (HI4518) - 30 Credit Points

Undergraduate Dissertation in History (HI4516) - 30 Credit Points

Special Subject: Irish Troubles (HI4001) - 30 Credit Points

Special Subject: Hitler (HI4008) - 30 Credit Points

Special Subject: the Scottish Wars of Independence, 1286 - 1328 (HI4009) - 30 Credit Points

Special Subject: European Constitutional Monarchies in the Long 19th Century (HI4023) - 30 Credit Points

History of the Israeli Palestinian Conflict (HI4025) - 30 Credit Points

Year 1 Compulsory Courses The Economics of Business and Society (EC1006) - 15 Credit Points The Global Economy (EC1506) - 15 Credit Points Professional Skills Part 1 (PD1001) Academic Writing for Divinity, History & Philosophy (AW1007) Making History (HI1027) - 15...

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Entry Requirements

SQA Highers

Standard: AABB

Applicants who have achieved AABB (or better), are encouraged to apply and will be considered. Good performance in additional Highers/ Advanced Highers may be required.

Minimum: BBB

Applicants who have achieved BBB (or are on course to achieve this by the end of S5) are encouraged to apply and will be considered. Good performance in additional Highers/Advanced Highers will normally be required.

Adjusted: BB

Applicants who have achieved BB, and who meet one of the widening participation criteria are encouraged to apply and will be considered. Good performance in additional Highers/Advanced Highers will be required.

More information on our definition of Standard, Minimum and Adjusted entry qualifications.

A LEVELS

Standard: BBB

Minimum: BBC

Adjusted: CCC

More information on our definition of Standard, Minimum and Adjusted entry qualifications.

International Baccalaureate

32 points, including 5, 5, 5 at HL.

Irish Leaving Certificate

5H with 3 at H2 AND 2 at H3 OR AAABB, obtained in a single sitting. (B must be at B2 or above).

Entry from College

Advanced entry to this degree may be possible from some HNC/HND qualifications, please see www.abdn.ac.uk/study/articulation for more details.

English Language Requirements

To study for an Undergraduate degree at the University of Aberdeen it is essential that you can speak, understand, read, and write English fluently. The minimum requirements for this degree are as follows:

IELTS Academic:

OVERALL - 6.0 with: Listening - 5.5; Reading - 5.5; Speaking - 5.5; Writing - 6.0

TOEFL iBT:

OVERALL - 78 with: Listening - 17; Reading - 18; Speaking - 20; Writing - 21

PTE Academic:

OVERALL - 54 with: Listening - 51; Reading - 51; Speaking - 51; Writing - 54

Cambridge English Advanced & Proficiency:

OVERALL - 169 with: Listening - 162; Reading - 162; Speaking - 162; Writing - 169

SQA Highers Standard: AABB Applicants who have achieved AABB (or better), are encouraged to apply and will be considered. Good performance in additional Highers/ Advanced Highers may be required. Minimum: BBB Applicants who have achieved BBB (or are on course to achieve this by the end of S5) are...

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Assessment Methods

Students are assessed by any combination of three assessment methods:

  • Coursework such as essays and reports completed throughout the course;
  • Practical assessments of the skills and competencies they learn on the course; and
  • Written examinations at the end of each course.

The exact mix of these methods differs between subject areas, years of study and individual courses.

Honours projects are typically assessed on the basis of a written dissertation.

Students are assessed by any combination of three assessment methods: Coursework such as essays and reports completed throughout the course; Practical assessments of the skills and competencies they learn on the course; and Written examinations at the end of each course. The exact mix of these methods differs between subject areas,...

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