This course aims to equip students with a thorough background to various aspects of economics, including microeconomics and macroeconomics, qualitative and mathematical research methods as well as to develop a deep knowledge of current global and national economic trends, institutions and policies, highlighting the link between theoretical aspects and real-world applications. You will be taught by staff who are actively engaged in extending subject boundaries through research, in particular within the fields of international trade, economic integration, macroeconomic policy, finance, banking and labour markets. This means that the teaching and supervision you receive benefits from cutting-edge research and stays at the forefront of the latest thinking.
Our degrees provide you with vocationally relevant knowledge and understanding, and, depending on modules taken, you will qualify for partial exemption from Chartered Insurance Institute (CII), Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), and Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) examinations. The course also offers a choice of complementary options from other subject disciplines within the School of Management, including, Management, Business, Marketing, and Human Resource Management, which you can select alongside the core Economics modules.
Over the course of our degrees students gain a variety of highly transferrable skills sought after by employers who frequently emphasise the need for their employees to possess a wide-range of intellectual skills, self-skills and interactive social skills. These skills encompass several important areas of the work environment including, self-sufficiency and motivation, problem-solving, critical thinking, teamwork and communication, mathematical skills and abilities in data management and analysis. In terms of social skills, our students are taught to develop their abilities to communicate clearly, by presenting findings and explaining pieces of data and improving their problem solving skills; such skills are highly desirable in all graduate jobs. In terms of analytic skills, our students develop experience in handling and analysing complex data; particularly, when they are tasked with assessing research methodologies, data, and research conclusions, as part of their assignments. Our students are encouraged to focus upon these skills and develop them further, in particular, by engaging with opportunities provided to them through their degree.
Placements are becoming increasingly popular among students to enhance their employability. In your Second Year you will be introduced to opportunities with employers in both the private and public sectors. In recent years students have undertaken placements within marketing and banking, together with the highly competitive Government Economic Service placement scheme. These are valuable in any area of employment. Indeed, evidence suggests economic degrees are particularly well-rewarded in the labour market (see analysis at: http://studyingeconomics.ac.uk/money-you-could-earn/ and de Vries, R. (2014) Earning by degrees, Sutton Trust). Our graduates find opportunities in both the private and public sectors and many go on to further study in economics or in business or management. Whilst studying for your Economics degree, you may also be interested in studying for a year in one of our partner institutions across Europe, North America, East Asia and Australia. Adding a year abroad is a great way to widen your own horizons and to develop your independence and confidence, together with being positively recognised by employers as an indication of significant extracurricular activities.
Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)
Year one - Critical Thinking and Presentation Skills for Economists (core) Economic Thought & Economic Development (core) Introduction to Financial Markets & Banking (core) Principles of Economic Theory (core) Quantitative Methods for Economists (core)
Year two - Financial Markets (core) Further Mathematics for Economists (core) Intermediate Economic Theory (core) Personal & Professional Skills Development (core) Research Skills & Econometrics (core)
Year four - Advanced Economic Theory (core) Dissertation in Economics (core) Econometrics & Quantitative Economics (core) Financial Economics & International Finance (core) Business Economics & Industrial organisation (option) Economics of Labour & Leisure (option) Trade, Regionalism and Globalisation (option) University Elective (option). Please note that not all options will be available every year as they depend on student demand and staff availability. Students will be given the opportunity to state their preferences and the School of Management will do its best to accommodate these.
Most modules use a mixture of formal lectures, tutorials and seminars. All modules require students to undertake independent study, supported through distance learning technologies such as our Virtual Learning Environment. Reading lists and suggested resources for independent study provide further direction for students to undertake this work, and regular contact hours and informal feedback throughout the courses provide opportunities for further guidance for learners.
Assessments involve a combination of coursework assessments and formal examinations held at the end of each semester, the first-year assessments aim to measure your progress and the assessments that count towards the classification of your degree are held in the second and final years.
If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:
You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.
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This means the year in which you would like to start the course.
‘Year 1’ means you will start in the first year.
‘Year 0’ means you will enter onto a foundation year.
You may be able to start some courses in the second or third years, if you meet certain criteria. You will need to discuss this with the university or college directly.
The following entry points are available for this course:
|UCAS Tariff||120 points||120 UCAS tariff points, plus GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C or 4 (equivalents accepted).|
|A level||B B B||80 points from 2 full A levels|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||DDM|
|Access to HE Diploma||As UCAS tariff|
|Scottish Higher||As UCAS tariff|
|International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme||
120 UCAS tariff points to include at least 80 points from 2 Higher Level subjects
Plus HL 3 or SL 4 in Maths and English Language and Literature A or English B.
(Language A: Literature, Literature and Performance and Language ab initio are not accepted).
The University welcomes applicants from students with a wide range of qualifications from the UK and overseas, including combinations of qualifications. To check whether your qualifications meet the entry requirements for this course, please contact the university.
English language requirements for International and EU applicants:
The standard University requirement is IELTS 6.0 with no sub-test less than 5.0 (or equivalent). However, if you require a Tier 4 (student) visa to study you will need to meet the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) department's requirement which is currently IELTS 6.0 with no sub-test less than 5.5. Conditional offers to international students will be made on this basis.
|Channel Islands||£9,250||Year 1|
|Northern Ireland||£9,250||Year 1|