Do you get a buzz out of discussing economic issues – like the consequences of the Brexit vote, climate change, and government debt – and want to learn more about economics with like-minded students and economic experts?
On this BSc (Econ) (Hons) Economics degree course, you’ll learn to become a professional economist with expert understanding of markets, trade, commercial policies and political perspectives.
Your valuable skills will be useful as an economist working within business, banking or the government.
What you'll experience:
- Grapple with economic issues both at home and globally
- Build a strong foundation in economic theory, and use it to develop your analytical, financial and research skills
- Learn from active researchers, whose expertise on topics such as monetary policy and behavioural economics has helped shape our society and the economy
- Use the same software as professional economists
- Track real-time financial and trade data using our Bloomberg suite – you'll receive the Bloomberg Certificate when you graduate to demonstrate your ability to employers
- Study at a university ranked in the top 15 in the country for Economics in the Guardian university guide 2018 league table
- Learn to apply your economic knowledge to inform decisions and tackle challenges in your career
- Have the opportunity to study abroad at one of our partner universities
This degree shares some elements from several other business courses. This gives you the flexibility to transfer to another course if you develop an interest in a different subject area.
Work experience and career planning
To give you the best chance of securing a great job when you graduate, our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience during your course.
We can help you identify placements, internships, voluntary roles and freelancing opportunities that will complement your studies and build your portfolio.
What you'll study:
Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.
In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits.
Microeconomics – 20 credits- On this module you'll explore the key concepts in the operation of a market economy.
Macroeconomics – 20 credits- On this module you'll study the key concepts which explain the structure and performance of the economy.
Issues In Economics – 20 credits- This module explains contemporary issues and current affairs in economics.
Mathematics for Economics – 20 credits- In this module you'll get a foundation in the use of mathematical techniques in the context of economics, developing the basic mathematical skills and competencies that are required for the completion of core economic and financial theory modules at both Level 5 and Level 6.
Statistics for Economics – 20 credits- This module introduces you to the key concepts related to statistics, such as presenting and summarising data, as well as probability theory and hypothesis testing.
Business Accounting – 20 credits- This module is designed to provide a good foundation of accounting knowledge if you're looking to pursue a career in accounting, or use accounting information as part of your future job role.
Personal Development Planning For Economists – 0 credits- On this module, you'll complete a reflective personal development planning (PDP) portfolio.
Intermediate Macroeconomics – 20 credits- This module gives you an understanding of key macroeconomic variables and their evolution over time.
Intermediate Microeconomics – 20 credits- On this module you'll get an intermediate level understanding of key concepts of microeconomic theory.
Econometric Methods – 20 credits- On this module you'll get an introduction to the analysis of economic data using the technique of least squares regression.
International Economics – 20 credits- On this module you'll get an understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of conventional trade models.
Personal Development Planning For Economists – 0 credits- In this module, you'll complete a reflective statement accompanying a Personal Development Planning (PDP) portfolio.
Optional modulesClose allBehavioural Economics and Game Theory – 20 credits- This module will give you the necessary intellectual framework and analytical tools to analyse strategic interaction in economics.
Economics Of Money, Banking And Financial Markets – 20 credits- This module will give you an understanding of the structure, conduct and performance of banking and financial markets.
Managerial And Decision Economics – 20 credits- In this module you'll get an understanding of the main principles and theories relevant to the study of managerial and decision economics.
Financial Management – 20 credits- On this module, you'll learn the essentials of financial management, including corporate finance, investment, capital structure, cost of capital, working capital management and dividend policy, with an emphasis on discounted cash flow and risk.
Modern Foreign Language (IWLP) - 20 credits- In this module, you'll study 1 of 8 modern languages on the University's free Institution-Wide Language Programme.
Study Abroad (Year Long) – 120 credits- In this module you'll spend a year abroad, developing your inter-cultural, personal, linguistic and academic skills, as well as subject knowledge, at an overseas partner university.
Advanced Economics – 20 credits- On this module, you'll develop key analytical skills in microeconomics and macroeconomics to an advanced level.
Econometric Analysis – 20 credits- On this module you'll look at techniques for the analysis of cross-section data, time series data and panel data.
Economics Research Project – 20 credits- On this module you'll study a specialist field of applied economics and finance.
Personal Development Planning For Economists – 0 credits- On this module you'll reinforce your academic and study skills so you can tackle the challenges and demands of study at Level 6.
Optional modulesClose allIndustrial Organisation And Competition Policy – 20 credits- On this module you'll learn about the main principles and theories relevant to the study of business competition and competition policy.
Behavioural Finance and the Psychology of Investment – 20 credits- On this module, you'll get an understanding of relevant theories from psychology and behavioural sciences.
Development Economics – 20 credits- On this module you'll get an appreciation of the strengths and weaknesses of conventional development economics models.
Financial Economics – 20 credits- On this module you'll develop an understanding of investment and theoretically derived methods in the process of investment decision making.
Advanced Corporate Financial Management – 20 credits- In this module you'll build on the underlying corporate financial management principles you explored in year 2, and learn about the strategic financial management issues faced by modern businesses.
International Banking And Financial Instruments – 20 credits- On this module you'll learn about futures, forwards, swaps, and options markets.
Labour Economics – 20 credits- On this module you'll analyse microeconomic and macroeconomic labour market behaviour.
Public Sector Economics – 20 credits- On this module you'll explore the economic role of the public sector in a market economy, as well as the economic relationship between the government and its citizens.
How you're assessed
You’ll be assessed through:
- analysis of topical case studies
- written reports
- self-led independent study project
You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.
You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.
The way you’re assessed may depend on the modules you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:
- Year 1 students: 62% by written exams, 4% by practical exams and 34% by coursework
- Year 2 students: 62% by written exams and 38% by coursework
- Year 3 students: 33% by written exams, 5% by practical exams and 62% by coursework
Careers and opportunities
Once you've graduated, you'll be suited to managerial-level roles in any company or organisation.