Natural Sciences

Economics within Natural Sciences 2023-2024

This pages is primarily intended for existing students. It consists of modules available to Natural Sciences students, Joint-Honours regulations and general advice (which includes links to Departmental advice.)

The following lists the module code and the title of each module by the level of each module - clicking on the link will take you to further details listed in the Faculty Handbooks.

The last digit of the module code indicates whether the module is single, double or triple. The level indicates the year in which modules are normally taken, but it is often the case that students take modules from the adjacent level beneath the year of study. Visit the Subjects page for the general overarching rules and structure.

Please note that the modules on offer and the requirements for progression can change from year to year and that the only combinations of modules that are guaranteed to fit in the timetable are those splits between the two departments on an approved Joint Honours route (MSci and BSc).

Within Natural Sciences, Economics has BSc Joint-Honours programmes with: Mathematics; Psychology.

In BSc students' final year, they are required to take no less than 20 credits and no more than 60 credits of Capstone Modules. These modules are denoted with G

Economics modules available to Natural Sciences students

Level 1 modules

Principles Of Economics (ECON1011)
Economic Methods (ECON1021)
The Economics Of Sustainability (ECON1051)
Introduction To The International Economy (ECON1071)
Introduction To The History Of Economic Thought (ECON1081)
Mastering Data And Computation (ECON1181)

Level 2 modules

Macroeconomics (ECON2011)
Economic Principles II: Microeconomics (ECON2021)
Econometrics (ECON2061)
Intermediate Economic Methods (ECON2121)
Behavioural And Experimental Economics (ECON2141)
Microeconomics Applications And Policy (ECON2261)
Macroeconomics Applications And Policy (ECON2271)
Economic Theory (ECON2291)

Level 3 modules

Applied Econometrics (ECON3011)
Dissertation In EconomicsG (ECON3012)
International Economics (ECON3071)
Labour Economics (ECON3081)
Monetary Economics (ECON3111)
Environmental Economics And Policy (ECON3161)
Development Economics (ECON3171)
Advanced Microeconomic Theory (ECON3201)
Advanced Macroeconomic Theory (ECON3211)
Game Theory And Applications (ECON3301)

Requirements for Joint Honours (BSc Programmes)

There are 2 routes within Economics: Economics without Mathematics route and Economics with Mathematics route.
Economics with Mathematics
Year 1

40 credits: Principles Of Economics (ECON1011) and Introduction To The International Economy (ECON1071)

Year 2

60 credits: Econometrics (ECON2061) AND (EITHER (Macroeconomics (ECON2011) and Economic Principles II: Microeconomics (ECON2021)) OR (Economic Theory (ECON2291) and 20 further credits from the Level 2 Economics list))

Year 3

40 credits: From the Level 3 Economics list.

Economics without Mathematics
Year 1

40 credits: Principles Of Economics (ECON1011) and Economic Methods (ECON1021) (no other mathematics module may be taken except Discrete Mathematics (MATH1031))

Year 2

60 credits: Econometrics (ECON2061) AND (EITHER (Macroeconomics (ECON2011) AND Economic Principles II: Microeconomics (ECON2021)) OR (Economic Theory (ECON2291) and 20 further credits from the Level 2 Economics list))

Year 3

40 credits: Modules taken from the Level 3 Economics list.

Advice for progression and other aspects

Natural Sciences advice
Year 1

Students are unable to take Economic Methods (ECON1021) if they take any Mathematics module other than Discrete Mathematics (MATH1031) due to a major overlap in content.
Only taking Principles Of Economics (ECON1011) provides limited progression to Microeconomics Applications And Policy (ECON2261) and Macroeconomics Applications And Policy (ECON2271) in Year 2.
You are advised to brush up your academic reading and writing skills and at least visit the Literacy Skills webpage and take a workshop!
Progression from: ECON1021; ECON1011; ECON2261; ECON2271; MATH1031.

Year 2

There is some limited progression if one of Macroeconomics (ECON2011) or Economic Principles II: Microeconomics (ECON2021) is taken.
In Year 3, if you wish to do Dissertation In Economics (ECON3012) involving econometrics then you must take Econometrics (ECON2061).
If you wish to have more breadth in Economics, then you may take Economic Theory (ECON2291) in place of Macroeconomics (ECON2011) and Economic Principles II: Microeconomics (ECON2021) with minimal impact on your Year 3 options.
You are advised to brush up your academic reading and writing skills and at least visit the Literacy Skills webpage and take a workshop!
Progression from: ECON2011; ECON2021; ECON3012; ECON2061; ECON2291.

Year 3

You are advised to brush up your academic reading and writing skills and at least visit the Literacy Skills webpage and take a workshop!

For more information about the Natural Sciences degree programme, please contact:

Prof James Blowey
Deputy Head of Faculty
Faculty of Science Office
Level 3 Chemistry Building
Durham University
DH1 3LE
UK

Email: Natural Sciences Director

WWW: Natural Sciences home page

The Natural Sciences web pages are maintained by James Blowey