BA/BSc Economics

University of Nottingham - Faculty of Social Sciences

Program Description

BA/BSc Economics

University of Nottingham - Faculty of Social Sciences


Offering students the flexibility to tailor their module choice to graduate with either a BA or BSc, this course covers microeconomics, macroeconomics, mathematics and statistics.

It leads to competency in a wide range of techniques and skills much sought after by employers.

Macroeconomics, mathematics, microeconomics and statistics form the core of the degree, around which you will study modules in a wide range of topics. You will also have the flexibility to select modules offered by other schools and departments in the University.

The mathematical and statistical modules in years one and two are available as either econometrics or quantitative economics. The former is available only to those with A level maths or equivalent, while the latter is available to everyone, allowing you to tailor the mathematical content of the degree to your aptitude and interests. If you wish you may switch from econometrics in year one to quantitative economics in year two.

By the end of your course, you will have a thorough knowledge of a broad range of economic theory and how it is applied to the real world. You will also be familiar with the key analytical techniques that economists use in practice.

Year one

Providing you with a solid grounding in introductory economic theory and mathematics/statistics, your first year of study will focus on the relevance of such methods to the study of economic questions of cultural, political and social importance.

You will explore current issues and perspectives and will typically take a year-long study skills module to ensure that your transition from school or college to university study is smooth. We also provide a dedicated module that focuses on career skills and employability, including guidance on preparing your CV, interview techniques and applying for internships.

Year two

You will develop your analytical skills and knowledge of the core disciplines of economics and quantitative methods, as well as the major sub-disciplines of economics. As in year one, you will be able to choose either the econometrics or quantitative economics pathway.

You can also apply to spend one semester of your second year studying abroad, studying similar economics modules to your counterparts back in Nottingham.

Year three

In your final year you will examine the major themes in economics at an advanced level and build on the topics covered in previous years. You will select modules that interest you from a wide range of specialist options that reflect our academics' research expertise in both theoretical and applied aspects of the discipline.

Under the guidance of your tutor, you'll also undertake a year-long dissertation on a topic of your choice and will gain experience of the research process.

Key facts

  • We are 4th in the UK for economics in The Guardian University Guide 2018
  • We are 7th in the UK for economics in The Complete University Guide 2018

Entry requirements

A levels: A*AA-AAA excluding general studies, leisure studies, and global perspectives and research (A*ABB for those taking four full A levels and completing them in the same year)

GCSEs: GCSE maths, 7 (A) or above, unless taking it at A level

English language requirements

IELTS: 7.0 (no less than 7.0 in reading and writing, no less than 6.0 in speaking and listening)

If you require additional support to take your language skills to the required level, you can attend a presessional course at the Centre for English Language Education, which is accredited by the British Council for the teaching of English in the UK. Successful students can progress onto their chosen degree course without taking IELTS again.


Please note: The structure detailed below is likely to change for 2018 entry; updates will be added when they are available.

Typical year one modules:


  • Careers and Employability for Economists
  • Introduction to Macroeconomics
  • Introduction to Microeconomics
  • Writing Economics

One from:

  • Mathematical Economics and Econometrics
  • Quantitative Economics

At least one from:

  • Economic Perspectives
  • Growth and Development in Long-Run Historical Perspective
  • Current Economic Issues II

Plus further optional economics modules or modules from any other school.


  • Current Economic Issues II
  • Economic Integration I
  • Economic Integration II
  • Economic Perspectives
  • Growth and Development in Long-Run Historical Perspective

Typical year two modules


  • Macroeconomic Theory
  • Microeconomic Theory


  • Intermediate Econometrics I
  • Intermediate Econometrics II


  • Intermediate Quantitative Economics I
  • Intermediate Quantitative Economics II

Plus optional economics modules; some modules may also be taken from other schools.


  • Development Economics
  • Environmental and Resource Economics
  • Experimental and Behavioural Economics
  • Financial Economics
  • Industrial Economics
  • International Trade
  • Introduction to Political Economy
  • Labour Economics
  • Monetary Economics
  • Public Sector Economics

Typical year three modules


  • Dissertation


Plus optional economics modules covering advanced topics such as:

  • Development Economics
  • Econometric Theory
  • Experimental and Behavioural Economics
  • Financial Economics
  • International Trade Theory
  • Labour Economics
  • Macroeconomics
  • Mathematical Economics
  • Microeconomics
  • Monetary Economics
  • Public Economics
  • Time Series Econometrics
  • Industrial Organisation
  • International Money and Macroeconomy
  • International Trade Policy
  • Numerical Methods
  • Political Economy
  • 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.

Study abroad

On this course, you can apply to spend part of your second year at the University's campus in China or take a semester at one of our partner institutions 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 will really 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 verbally 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

93.3% of undergraduates from the school who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £29,568 with the highest being £55,000.*

The School of Economics ranked 2nd in the UK for boosting graduate salaries, with graduates earning an average of £8,810 more than expected five years after graduation.**

* Known destinations of full-time home undergraduates 2015/16. Salaries are calculated based on the median of those in full-time paid employment within the UK.

** The Economist British university rankings, 2017.

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.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated January 26, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
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Sept. 2018
3 years
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9,250 GBP
£9,250 (UK/EU) - £16,350 (international)
United Kingdom - Nottingham, England
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Jonathon Clegg, BA Economics