A BSc Economics degree provides you with an opportunity to develop a firm understanding of human behaviour, not only in commerce, but also in wider society. The models used by economists are as much qualitative (expressed in words) as they are quantitative. You will be provided the opportunity to gain quantitative, analytical, computing, presentation, and writing skills. These transferable skills are highly sought after across industry, and also provide an excellent platform for future entrepreneurs.
Economics Degree highlights
Queen's Economics degrees ranked 2nd of all Russell Group universities for student satisfaction in the 2016 National Student Survey.
- The Study USA programme provides students with the funded opportunity to study for a year in a US university.
- Top performing students are regularlyawarded prizes, scholarships and internships from leadingcompanies, including:• Shaw Memorial Prize for best performing second-year student in BSc Economics.• Foundation Scholarships for best student in Economics Level 1 and Level 2.• KPMG Prize is awarded to the best graduate in the BSc Economics degree.• McKane Medal is awarded to the best final honours student in Economics.• Economics Group Prize is awarded to the best presentation in the Level 3 Dissertation module.
World Class Facilities
- You will have access to Bloomberg terminals in the Trading Room, giving students the skills, experience and knowledge necessary to prepare them for a career in the financial services sector.Students will also have access to specialist mathematical and statistical training and software, giving them the skills, experience and knowledge necessary to prepare them for careers in economics and business analytics.
Internationally Renowned Experts
- Many of our staff are leading international experts in their fields of research.
- The Queen's Economics group ranked 2nd of all Russell Groupuniversities for student satisfaction in the 2016 National Student Survey.
- Students can join the Economics Society, a student-run organisation which aims to educate its members on the use of economics in practice through guest speakers, field trips abroad and educational seminars.
Those pursuing a career in Economics should enjoy working with numbers and dealing with ambiguous and incomplete information as they attempt to understand and provide solutions to problems. They should also be effective communicators and work well with people. Economists must be prepared to take on challenges and be able to adapt to a constantly changing and dynamic business environment. Many of the skills that students will acquire during their studies at Queen's will be of great value in a range of different career and life situations. Core transferable skills include the ability to learn independently, problem solve,understand and interpret very sophisticated economic and financial information, and work productively as part of a team.
The skillset of an Economics graduate is highly sought after by employers, in the public and private sectors. In recent years, students have secured positions in economic analysis and appraisal with a range of government and other public sector organisations, specialist careers in banking and investment appraisal, as well as more generalist positions in economic consulting.
Employment after the Course
Typical career destinations of graduates include:
Managers and Administrators in areas such as market research, advertising, sales and personnel
Education, health or government departments
Graduate employers include: PwC; EY; KPMG; Deloitte; BDO; Ulster Bank; Bank of Ireland, First Trust, Northern Ireland Civil Service, Northern Ireland Statistics & Research Agency, JP Morgan, Morgan Stanley, BBC, National Trust
'I work directly for the Mayor of London, and have overall responsibility for all of Transport for London services - London Underground, London buses, Docklands Light Railway, Crossrail operations, London Overground, London Trams and the Emirates Air Line cable car! I am also heavily involved in the Congestion Charging scheme, road safety and schemes to boost cycling and walking.'
Mike Brown, BSc Economics
COMMISSIONER - Transport for London
What employers say'For many years Oxford Economics has recruited students from Queen's Economics degree, both for industrial placement and graduate positions. The course equips students with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills required to hit the ground running in the workplace."
David Moore, Senior Economist, Oxford Economics, Northern Ireland.
Additional Awards Gained(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)
Prizes and Awards
Economics Group Prize is awarded to the best presentation in the Level 3
Foundation Scholarships for best student in Economics Level 1 and Level 2.
KPMG Prize is awarded to the best graduate in the BSc Economics degree.
McKane Medal is awarded to the best final honours student in Economics.
Shaw Memorial Prize for best performing second-year student in BSc Economics.
Top performing students are regularly awarded prizes and scholarships from
leading companies including:
Degree plus award for extra-curricular skills
In addition to your degree programme, at Queen's you can have the opportunity to gain wider life, academic and employability skills. For example, placements, voluntary work, clubs, societies, sports and lots more. So not only do you graduate with a degree recognised from a world leading university, you'll have practical national and international experience plus a wider exposure to life overall. We call this Degree Plus. It's what makes studying at Queen's University Belfast special.