Covering international trade and financial economics, this course offers students the opportunity to graduate with either a BA or a BSc qualification according to their module choice.
Bachelors in International Economics in Nottingham in United Kingdom. BA/BSc Economics and International Economics
This course is particularly well-suited to those who wish to study international trade and international aspects of financial economics. It will provide you with core training in economics, combined with a special focus on a range of aspects of international economics, including international trade, development and monetary economics, in which the school has a worldwide reputation.
Modules in international economics form a significant element of this course, but there is also ample opportunity to take modules offered by other schools in the University. As with the BA/BSc Economics degree, there are two quantitative pathways through the degree: econometrics or quantitative economics. This course is available as either a BA/BSc; the choice is yours and is determined by the modules you select in years two and three.
As a graduate, you will have a thorough knowledge of economic theory and how it is applied to the real world, particularly in relation to international trade, monetary economics and globalisation. You will also be familiar with the key analytical techniques that economists use in practice.
In your first year, you will study the core of our BA/BSc Economics course with additional modules in the economics of integration, focusing on the key principles and the largest customs union in the world: the EU. If you have A level maths, you may choose either econometrics or quantitative economics and will take a year-long module in Writing Economics to ensure that your transition from school or college to university is smooth.
This year will help develop your knowledge of the theoretical framework for international trade and money, including topics such as globalisation, off‑shoring, monetary policy and the business cycle. There is a choice of quantitative pathways and those who wish to emphasise the international dimension of their degree can apply to spend a semester of their second year studying abroad.
Modules in international economics typically occupy half of your final year. Pitched at an advanced level, they cover a range of theoretical and applied topics in monetary economics, international trade and macroeconomics. Under the guidance of your academic tutor, you will also undertake a year-long dissertation on a topic of your choice. Optional modules reflect the research specialisms of academic staff and make up around one-third of the final year. You can choose from those offered by the School of Economics or elsewhere in the University.
A levels: A*AA-AAA not including general studies (A*ABB for those taking four full A levels and completing them in the same year)
GCSEs: An A in GCSE maths is the absolute minimum requirement for all economics courses unless you are taking AS or A level maths
English language requirements
If you have not studied using the medium of English for your entire secondary education or do not have GCSE English or equivalent at grade B or above you will be asked to achieve the following IELTS score:
IELTS: 7.0 including 7.0 in reading and writing, and no less than 6.0 in speaking or listening
Students who require extra support to meet the English language requirements for their academic course can attend a presessional course at the Centre for English Language Education (CELE) to prepare for their future studies. Students who pass at the required level can progress directly to their academic programme without needing to retake IELTS. Please visit the CELE webpages for more information.
Alternative entry requirements for those with international fees status are as follows:
International Baccalaureate: 36 including bonus points
ISC/CBSE: 90% in year 12
Foundation programmes: 70%
View the alternative qualifications page for details.
Flexible admissions policy
In recognition of our applicants’ varied experience and educational pathways, The University of Nottingham employs a flexible admissions policy. We may make some applicants an offer lower than advertised, depending on their personal and educational circumstances. Please see the University’s admissions policies and procedures for more information.
Notes for applicants
We are looking for students who have the ability and motivation to benefit from our courses, and who will make a valued contribution to the department and the University. Candidates for full-time admission are considered on the basis of their Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) form.
When considering your application, we will look for evidence that you will be able to fulfil the objectives of the programme of study and achieve the standards required. We will take into account a range of factors additional to, and in some cases instead of, formal examination results. Selection of those applicants to whom we will make an offer will be based upon a combination of the candidate's academic record and an assessment of all the information provided in their UCAS application form, their academic reference and their personal statement.
Typical year one modules
Careers and Employability for Economists
Economic Integration I
Economic Integration II
Introduction to Macroeconomics
Introduction to Microeconomics
Quantitative Economics I
Quantitative Economics II
At least one of:
Current Economic Issues
Growth and Development in Long-Run Historical Perspective
Plus 20 credits to use either on further economics modules or modules from any other school (most optional modules are 10 credits each).
Current Economic Issues II
Growth and Development in Long-Run Historical Perspective
Typical year two modules
Quantitative Economics III
Quantitative Economics IV
Plus 10 credits of approved economics modules and 20 credits to use either on further economics modules or modules from other schools.
Environmental and Resource Economics
Experimental and Behavioural Economics
Introduction to Political Economy
Public Sector Economics
Typical year three modules
Advanced International Trade Theory
Advanced Monetary Economics
International Money and Macroeconomics
International Trade Policy
Plus 30 credits mostly from a list of economics modules.
Advanced Development Economics
Advanced Econometric Theory
Advanced Environmental and Resource Economics
Advanced Experimental and Behavioural Economics
Advanced Financial Economics
Advanced Labour Economics
Advanced Mathematical Economics
Advanced Public Economics I
Advanced Time Series Econometrics
Topics in Econometrics
The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result may change for reasons of, for example, research developments or legislation changes. The above list is a sample of typical modules we offer, not a definitive list.
The University of Nottingham has one of the biggest and most diverse study abroad programmes in the UK, and those who have studied abroad often say that it was the highlight of their time as a student.
On this course, you can apply to spend part of your second year at the University's campuses in China or Malaysia or take a semester at one of our international partner universities in locations such as Australia, Canada and Japan. You'll get the opportunity to broaden your horizons and enhance your employability by experiencing another culture and will study similar modules to your counterparts back in Nottingham (teaching is in English).
The growth of economic awareness has increased the demand for economics graduates and a degree from Nottingham really will give you a head start in your career. At Nottingham you will acquire a strong academic foundation and a range of excellent economic and transferable skills, such as the ability to study independently and communicate effectively, both orally and in writing. You will also have the capacity to grasp complicated economic concepts, whether they are mathematical or philosophical in nature.
Our graduates opt for a wide variety of careers, including investment banking, accountancy, tax consultancy, working in government offices, auditing, derivatives trading, management consultancy, mergers and acquisitions, and many more. We recognise that graduates often need more than just a great degree to make their CV stand out from the crowd so we also work with students to help them obtain internships and work experience with top employers.
Average starting salary and career progression
In 2015, 93% of first-degree graduates in the School of Economics who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £29,505 with the highest being £65,000.*
*Known destinations of full-time home first degree undergraduates 2014/15. Salaries are calculated based on those in full-time paid employment within the UK.
Careers support and advice
Studying for a degree at The University of Nottingham will provide you with the type of skills and experiences that will prove invaluable in any career, whichever direction you decide to take.
Throughout your time with us, our Careers and Employability Service can work with you to improve your employability skills even further; assisting with job or course applications, searching for appropriate work experience placements and hosting events to bring you closer to a wide range of prospective employers.
Have a look at our Careers page for an overview of all the employability support and opportunities that we provide to current students.