A Joint Honours degree course involves the study of two subjects to Honours degree level. If you study a subject in a Joint Honours course, you work at exactly the same level and to the same academic standard as students taking that subject in a Single Honours course. Joint Honours students are simply required to choose fewer topics from the range of options available in each half of the course.
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Geography at Birmingham combines a sound academic training with an insight into practical, social, economic and environmental issues. You refine perspectives and develop skills in a degree programme that encourages the use of imagination and observation to resolve real problems affecting people and environments.
Economics asks crucial questions. While governments and voters wrestle with such problems, the economist exercises the analytical skills needed to tackle many of the complexities of the modern world. Whether the subject is exchange rates, trade agreements, income tax or international banking, we understand them all better with the insights of economics.
The Economics programmes at Birmingham give you a sound training – in theory and in practice – for tackling a wide range of relevant problems.
If you want to take advantage of a unique opportunity to be supported with a work placement as part of your final year, this course includes the opportunity to undertake a 'Professional Development' module as part of your optional module choices.
The modular structure allows you maximum flexibility in developing your own interests without channeling you into decisive choices too early. In the first year you will be exposed to the main principles of human and physical geography, to global environmental issues, and various practical skills. You will also explore contemporary urban issues using Birmingham as a real-world laboratory. The first semester includes residential fieldwork in human and physical geography.
You are introduced to the main facets of the discipline: quantitative methods, microeconomics and macroeconomics. You learn about computer-based methods for analysing economic data, and explore topics in applied economics, such as the European Union.
You are now introduced to specialist techniques such as computer cartography and the use of databases and spreadsheets. You learn how to develop a research proposal, which may be the starting point for your dissertation in the final year. Training in more advanced fieldwork skills is provided by courses held in European centres. You also choose from optional modules in many different branches of Geography.
In this year you consolidate the main areas of the subject and begin to explore the many optional modules on offer like Economic Development or Environmental Economics.
In your third year you select from a wide range of modules that provide the more specialised knowledge and skills in the areas of Geography that appeal to you.
The emphasis in your final year shifts towards the application of economic theory and how this impacts on policy-making. You also undertake your own research and produce an extended essay on a topic of your own choosing.
This course includes the unique opportunity to be supported with a work placement opportunity as part of your final year, undertaking a 'Professional Development' module as part of your optional module choices.
Fees and funding
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Undergraduate Home/EU student fees 2015-16
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Fee Band (Undergraduate)
Band D (Classroom)
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Number of A levels required: 3 Joint Honours BSc Economics/Geography entry grades are AAA (to include A in Geography) plus GCSE Maths grade A and GCSE English grade C
Typical offer: AAA plus GCSE Maths grade A and GCSE English grade C. General Studies is NOT accepted
Required subjects and grades: AAA (to include A in Geography) plus GCSE Maths grade A and GCSE English grade C. General Studies is NOT accepted
General Studies: not accepted
Typical offer grades are for guidance only, and will depend on the subjects you are combining. Please read the entries for both subjects. Where there is a disparity between the typical offer for Subject A and the typical offer for Subject B, the higher offer should be taken as the usual offer for the combination of the two.
Other qualifications are considered – learn more about entry requirements
International Baccalaureate Diploma: 36–38 points
International baccalaureate update: Please note that we have reviewed our policy on the IB Diploma for 2016 entry and our offers will now focus on performance in Higher Level subjects. For more information and details please read our 2016 IB Diploma requirements.
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Depending on your chosen course of study, you may also be interested in the Birmingham Foundation Academy, a specially structured programme for international students whose qualifications are not accepted for direct entry to UK universities. Further details can be found on the foundation academy web pages.
How to apply
Apply through the UCAS website using code LL71.
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