Durham University Business School Economics 2+2 Programme with Shandong University Dr Ian Whitfield Director of Undergraduate Studies
The 2+2 Programme in Economics • Phase 1 - First 2 years at Shandong University • Phase 2 - 3rd and 4th years at University of Durham • Graduate with a Durham degree • Students selected by Shandong University • It is important that you do well in core subjects • GPA 80 with marks of no less than 75 in 5 core subjects: Calculus; Probability, Theory and Mathematical Statistics; Linear Algebra, Microeconomics and Macroeconomics • You must be proficient in English language • IELTS 6.5 with no element below 6 • Thorough induction into Durham’s community of academic and professional practice
The 2+2 Programme in Economics • Why take this route? • An opportunity to broaden your experience and to experience teaching and learning in 2 different countries • Direct entry into year 2 of a prestigious Russell Group University • Gives you an edge in the jobs market • A considerable advantage if you want to do a master’s level course in the UK • Excellent opportunities to meet with prospective employers e.g. guest speakers, City of London study tour • Engage with Durham’s college community
Location • Two Campus Locations • Located in the North East of England • Surrounded by beautiful countryside - North Yorkshire Moors, Lake District, Holy Island and Scotland • Excellent road and rail links. Only 3 hours to London, 1 hour to York and 1 ½ hours to Edinburgh by train • Fly into Newcastle International Airport or Durham Tees Valley Airport. Access to Europe through a number of airlines serving Newcastle airport. • DURHAM • STOCKTON
Introduction to Durham • High quality:research intensive, internationally oriented, collegiate university • High ranking:ranked 5th in the UK in Complete University Guide 2015, 6thin Times and Sunday Times GUG 2016 • Traditional & historic: Established in 1832. 3rd oldest in England • Small • International • High Achieving and Successful Students
Students 2014 - 2015 • Total Students = 17,505 (21% International) • Undergraduate = 12,954 (15% International) • Graduate Taught = 2,926 (50% International) • Graduate Research = 1,625 (35% International)
Where do our International students come from? Largest International Student Populations at Durham 1. China (1301) 7. Nigeria (78) 2. Hong Kong (156) 8. Norway (76) 3. India (147) 9. Russia (67) 4. Singapore (115) 10. South Korea (56) 5. Canada (101) 11. Thailand (56) 6. Malaysia (101) 12. Taiwan (53)
16 Colleges Places where our students eat, sleep, and socialise. Somewhere to make new friends, try new experiences, and build new skills. Somewhere to call home.
Undergraduate Degrees • Durham Campus • Economics • Economics 2+2 with Shandong University • Business Economics • Economics with French • Economics and Politics • Philosophy, Politics and Economics • Queen’s Campus, Stockton-on-Tees • Accounting and Finance • Accounting and Management • Finance • Business and Management • Marketing • BSc Accounting (School Leavers’ Programme)
Core Modules – Second Year • Macroeconomics • Microeconomics • Economic Data Analysis
Option Choices – Second Year • Behavioural and Experimental Economics • Business Competition • Corporate Finance • Economics of Social Policy • European Economics • Intermediate Methods for Economics and Finance
Core Modules – Third Year • Dissertation • Wide range of optional modules allows you to organise your degree to suit your strengths and interests
Option Choices – Third Year • Advanced Macroeconomic Theory • Advanced Microeconomic Theory • Applied Econometrics • Development Economics • Environmental Economics and Policy • Financial Theory and Corporate Policy
Option Choices – Third Year (continued) • History of Economic Thought • Industrial Organisation • International Economics • Labour Economics • Monetary Economics • Public Economics • Security Investment Analysis
How we Deliver • Lectures • Classes (seminars, tutorials, workshops, etc.) • Formative assignments • Private study (individual and group study)
Resources and Student Support • Excellent library and computing facilities • Web-based learning support system • Staff consultation hours • Written and oral feedback • Support from assigned academic staff Course Leader Module tutors Academic advisors Dissertation supervisors
What Our Students Say… • We currently have 3 students studying at Durham in phase 2 of the programme • They have kindly given you some information about their experience
Durham University Study and Living Experience of Surviving Fan Li Phase 2 BA Economics (Shandong)
Lectures, Tutorials and Office Hours There are three types of ways to learn from professors: lectures, tutorials and office hours. The best students are always well-prepared for all of them, and they also take time to do the revision after lectures and tutorials. You can also make a good use of office hours to solve problems, it is just like a personal lecture. Different from that in Shandong University, the total time of lectures and tutorials per week is around 13 hours (for me), which means there will be plenty of time to arrange on your own. It is important to mention that you have to push yourself to be more reflective, hardworking and independent in Durham.
Examination During the revision period all of us get very busy. But the best way to survive is to take some time to relax yourself to make it efficient and easy. Summer is coming. It’s quite common to see students enjoying sunshine during their spare times in revision period. My first examination in Durham was taken in Maiden Castle on 11 May. Definitely this examination room for more than 500 students is the largest one I have ever seen! To perform well in exam, the best way is to make yourself well-prepared, and of course, early and sufficient enough.
Life in Durham My first year in Durham is a wonderful experience. Life in Durham is peaceful but also lively, made up of all kinds of activities in college, beautiful nature, British cultures. The contemplation and accumulation in these two years will never be found anywhere else.
Life atDurham University Xinyu Kong Phase 2 BA Economics (Shandong)
Our Library and Cathedral About the academic, in the first year, you take 3 compulsory modules and choose 3 modules. The lectures are HUGE and notes-taking is important. My advice is to spread the work load evenly and start revising for exams early and they are not as hard as you imagine (but definitely not easy). Most modules are 100% exam assessment, so they are make-it-or-break-it deal. For math-related modules, do NOT memorize the formulas 3 days before the exams. Many people are not familiar with the name Durham, but it is indeed a good university with high academic standard.
Living and Studying in Durham One thing that makes Durham unique is the college system. You live and eat in college and each college organizes different activities through the year. Of course you don’t need to go to all these activities, but these are good opportunity to meet someone new. You may have formed stereotypes about certain things. But I found out the difference between humans, ethnic groups and cultures are marginal and like everywhere else, you will meet some extremely nice people that are always there for you as well as some not-so-nice people that will make you stronger. Photo credit to the sweetest Sarah Law.
Our students graduate from the magnificent 1,000 year old Durham Cathedral
Thank you for listening! Any questions?