Undergraduate Course

Course details

Study options

Full-time: 3 years

UK fee

£9,250 per year (2024/25)

International fee

£14,900 per year (2024/25)

UCAS points

112 (September 2024 entry)

UCAS code


Course level



BA (Hons)

Start date



Kedleston Road, Derby Campus

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Economics and Education Studies at Derby

Apply economic theory to real-life scenarios to gain a solid understanding of how economic theory can be applied to a multi-disciplinary social science approach to current educational curricula, policy and trends.

You’ll examine education through the lens of history, sociology, philosophy and psychology, exploring whether ‘traditional’ and ‘progressive’ approaches to education, often seen as opposing philosophies, can complement and enhance each other.

As a student of Eeconomics at Derby, you’lll develop an understanding of key economic concepts and enjoy the opportunity to apply this knowledge to current economic data and live research projects. The programme will build your understanding of contemporary economics both in the UK and overseas, as well as the private and public sector.

Gain real world experience

You’ll have the opportunity to put your skills to the test in the real world before you graduate – you could take a year long Economics placement between your second and third year, a Summer internship, or Education placements to develop your employability skills. Our Education placements are built around the ethos of being a force for positive change, so that students not only gain transferable knowledge and valuable life experience from the opportunities, but also contribute positively to the local community in return.

Research informed teaching

Research is visible in the programme through the creative input of teaching staff, who are experts in their curriculum areas and incorporate latest research in taught sessions and resources. Staff are active researchers and scholars and are well-placed to bring in their own research interests to teaching, as well as sharing their awareness of the wider field of educational and economics research. This provides an interactive and personable way to engage students with research. As a student at Derby, you’ll be encouraged to pursue your own interests in many module seminars and assignments, which will support you in becoming an active researchers in your own right.

Choose your pathway

Studying an Economics and Education Studies Joint Honours degree allows you to choose whether to major in one subject or study them both equally.

You begin this degree by studying both subjects equally in your first year. By the end of your first year, you’ll then decide whether you would like to major or minor in a chosen subject or continue to study them both equally.

In this combination Economics is the major subject and Education is the minor subject. Please note this combination would not be suitable if you were looking to progress to Primary Teacher Training after your degree.

In this pathway you study Economics and Education Studies equally.

In this pathway you study Education Studies and Economics equally.

In this combination Education Studies is the major subject and Economics is the minor subject.

What is a Joint Honours degree?

A Joint Honours degree offers students the opportunity to study two subjects.

A Joint Honours degree is a great option if:

What you will study

Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.

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How you will learn

Real world learning is at the heart of our Economics degrees, with the focus on solving genuine business problems as well as engaging with external experts to discuss economic concepts. You’ll learn through a compelling combination of:

At the start of the course, you’ll benefit from substantial direction from our teaching team. As your studies progress, you’re expected to work more independently, taking greater responsibility for your own learning – but always with the support and advice of your tutors.

Our Education Studies modules are taught through methods such as directed study, lectures, seminars, and tutorials.

How you are assessed

You’ll be assessed in a number of ways on your Economics modules, including:

Your Education Studies modules will be assessed through course work such as essays, presentations, portfolios, reports and case study analysis.

Who will teach you

You will be taught by our team of engaging, passionate and inspiring subject experts.

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Dr Adedoyin Babajide
Senior Lecturer in Economics

Dr Doyin Babajide is an economist, enthusiastic about research and keen on professional networking. Her role within the College of Business, Law and Social Sciences spans the full range of academic activities from teaching at all levels to leading economics and finance modules. Doyin currently leads the Introductory Microeconomics module and teaches other modules in the department.

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Personal academic tutoring

Your personal academic tutor will work with you to help you get the most out of your time at university. Having someone to talk to about your academic progress, your university experience and your professional aspirations is hugely valuable. We want you to feel challenged in your studies, stretched but confident to achieve your academic and professional goals.

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Entry requirements

2024 entry

These are the typical qualification requirements for September 2024 entry. Contextual offers may apply to students who meet certain criteria.

RequirementWhat we're looking for
UCAS points112
A LevelBBC
T LevelMerit
GCSEGCSE Maths and English Grade 4/Grade C (or above) or equivalent qualification
Access to HEPass Access to HE Diploma with 60 credits: 45 at Level 3 with a minimum of Distinction: 15, Merit: 24, Pass: 6

English language requirements

IELTS: 6.0 (with at least 5.5 in each skills area)

Fees and funding



£9,250 per year



£14,900 per year


Further information about our fees and support you may be entitled to.

How to apply

Please look at our application deadlines before you apply.

UK students

If you are in Year 13 and applying for a full-time undergraduate course (including our joint honours courses), we recommend that you apply through UCAS.

Apply through UCAS

If you are applying to study part-time, or already have your qualifications, or wish to join at Year 2 or 3, you should apply directly to the University.

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Economics graduates with an understanding of business and leadership are in great demand across the public, private and voluntary sectors worldwide. As well as roles in international business, consultancy and finance, you could pursue opportunities in government departments, development agencies, charities and not-for-profit organisations.

Our focus on problem-solving and practical economic analysis extends your career scope further still, opening doors to a much broader range of opportunities than with a more conventional Economics qualification. Some graduates go on to follow careers in areas such as HR, marketing, PR and sales.

Education graduates are well placed for a range of employment opportunities, including primary and secondary teaching, teaching assistants, education liaison roles, social work, youth and community work or further postgraduate study.

Careers and Employment Service  

Our Careers and Employment Service can help you boost your employment skills by connecting you with employers for work placements, part-time jobs, and volunteering. They can also offer guidance on career options, CV writing, or starting your own business. 

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Additional information about your studies

You will typically study your two subjects equally at stage one, before choosing whether you want to major in one subject at stages two and three.

Teaching hours

Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.

Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.

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