Distinctive features of this programme include:
a) School of Economics and Finance
The background of many of the teaching staff, who as well as being experienced academics, have extensive experience working for, or advising, a number of organisations such as the Council of Economic Advisers to the First Minister, the Bank of England, the European Central Bank (ECB), HM Customs and Inland Revenue and the Calman Commission. Students can expect to have the opportunity to engage with a number of specialist topics including for example experiments in economics, economics of innovation, globalization and international trade, financial economics and law and economics.
b) School of Geography and Geosciences
(a) Geography's unique role as a discipline that provides an integrated study of the earth's landscapes, peoples, places and environments; (b) a discipline which bridges the social sciences (human geography, with its focus on social processes) and the natural sciences (physical geography, with its focus on physical and environmental systems), and which deals with the interactions between society and environment, and physical and human landscapes; (c) the study of such processes, systems and interactions from a variety of analytical - fieldwork, laboratory and classroom - approaches, and with self-directed and independent study: and (d) the possibility of specialising in human and/or physical geography, and issues of significant social and environmental concern, at higher levels of study. Students can expect to have the opportunity to engage with a number of specialist topics including, for example, cultural, health, population and urban geographies; environmental management; oceans, weather and climate; and fluvial, glacial and quaternary environments. Joint honours students take a smaller number of core modules than single honours students, and half the number of option modules, but undertake the same dissertation.