BSc (Hons) Economics


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Program Description

Key information

  • Degree: Economics BSc (Hons)
  • Types of study: Full-time
  • Duration: Three or four years depending on entry qualifications
  • Start date: September 2020

For the 2+2 programmes, you will spend the last two years on our UK campus. For the 4+0 programmes, you will spend your entire degree programmes in Ningbo China with ‘study abroad’ opportunities.


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Course overview

The course is based on an equivalent programme at Nottingham, UK (L100 Economics). However, it will span four years rather than three to incorporate a Preliminary year which will predominantly cover English language skills.

The course provides training in the principles of economics and their application, knowledge about the workings of the economy, skills for the constructive use of that knowledge in a range of settings, analytical skills and an ability to develop simplifying frameworks for studying the real world.

The main aims of a degree programme in Economics are as follows:

  • To provide training in the principles of economics and their application
  • To stimulate students intellectually through the study of economics and to lead them to appreciate its application to a range of problems and its relevance in a variety of contexts
  • To provide a firm foundation of knowledge about the workings of the economy and to develop the relevant skills for the constructive use of that knowledge in a range of settings
  • To develop in students the ability to apply the knowledge and skills they have acquired to the solution of theoretical and applied problems in economics
  • To equip students with appropriate tools of analysis to tackle issues and problems of economic policy
  • To develop in students, through the study of economics, a range of transferable skills that will be of value in employment and self-employment
  • To provide students with analytical skills and an ability to develop simplifying frameworks for studying the real world.
  • To provide students with the knowledge and skill base, from which they can proceed to further studies in Economics, related areas or in multi-disciplinary areas that involve Economics

Special features

  • Our graduates will have a thorough understanding of economic theory and quantitative methods, familiar with the key analytical techniques used by economists, have expertise in analyzing international economic issues and have a professional perspective on China's position in the world economy.
  • Our graduates are recognized by employers in various industries. Not only because of their fluent English but also because of their good creativity, self-confidence and interpersonal skills, these qualities quickly make them different.
  • Our International Mentor Program helps students establish career goals and provide them with career guidance while helping graduates enter the profession and prepare for future business leaders.
  • In addition, our corporate consulting program helps students apply their theoretical knowledge to practice to improve their office, presentation skills and project management skills. 

Course structure

The degree is offered as a three or four-year programme depending on your entry qualification.

For domestic students, the course structure follows the Chinese higher education system and is based on a four-year program.

For international students, with relevant qualifications, the course structure follows the UK higher education system and is based on a three-year program.

Preliminary year

The preliminary year is designed to help you develop your English language skills so that you can make the most of your degree programme. 

This special English language programme designed by the English for Academic Purposes experts at the University's Centre for English Language Education is carefully integrated with academic content modules so that you are prepared fully for years two to four of your degree programme.   

*Note: This year is not compulsory for students with appropriate qualifications for year two entry.


Students must take all the modules

  • CELEN048 Reading & Writing in Academic Contexts
  • CELEN051 English in Specific Academic Contexts, a or b
  • CELEF004 Introduction to Research Project
  • CELEN063 Introduction to Analytical Thought
  • CELEN064 Introduction to Economics II

Qualifying year


Students must take all the modules

  • ECON1034 Introduction to Macroeconomics
  • ECON1033 Introduction to Microeconomics
  • ECON1035 Economic Integration I
  • ECON1036 Economic Integration II
  • ECON1049 Mathematical Economics and Econometrics

Optional (Group 1)

Students must take a minimum of 10 credits and a maximum of 30 credits from this group

  • ECON1040 Current Economic Issues
  • ECON1042 Growth and Development in Long-Run Historical Perspective
  • ECON1041 Economic Perspectives

Optional (Group 2)

Students can take 0 to 20 credits from this group

  • BUSI1112 Business Law
  • BUSI1113 Fundamentals of Financial & Management Accounting
  • BUSI1085 Managing Operations in the Digital Enterprise
  • BUSI1070 Business Finance
  • BUSI1073 The Digital Economy
  • INTS1014 Gender and Society
  • LANG1062 Inter-Faculty French 1A (10 Credits)
  • LANG1063 Inter-Faculty French 1B (10 Credits)
  • LANG1064 Inter-Faculty German 1A (10 Credits)
  • LANG1065 Inter-Faculty German 1B (10 Credits)
  • LANG1068 Inter-Faculty Spanish 1A (10 Credits)
  • LANG1069 Inter-Faculty Spanish 1B (10 Credits)
  • LANG1066 Inter-Faculty Japanese 1A (10 Credits)
  • LANG1067 Inter-Faculty Japanese 1B (10 Credits)
  • LANG1070 Inter-Faculty Korean 1A (10 Credits)
  • LANG1071 Inter-Faculty Korean 1B (10 Credits)

All credits of language modules selected must be within the same language. Students may only choose a language in which they have no prior experience. 

Year 3


Students must take all modules

  • ECON2028 Microeconomic Theory
  • ECON2032 Econometrics I
  • ECON2029 Macroeconomic Theory
  • ECON2033 Econometrics II

Optional (Group 1)

Students must take a minimum of 30 credits and a maximum of 40 credits from this group

  • ECON2030 International Trade
  • ECON2031 Monetary Economics
  • ECON2036 Financial Economics
  • ECON2037 Development Economics
  • ECON2034 Labour Economics
  • ECON2043 Experimental and Behavioural Economics
  • ECON2044 Health Economics

Optional (Group 2)

Students can take 0 to 10 credits from this group

  • LANG2055 Inter-Faculty French 2A (10 Credits)
  • LANG2057 Inter-Faculty German 2A (10 Credits)
  • LANG2059 Inter-Faculty Japanese 2A (10 Credits)
  • LANG2061 Inter-Faculty Spanish 2A (10 Credits)
  • LANG2063 Inter-Faculty Korean 2A (10 Credits)
  • BUSI2120 Corporate Entrepreneurship (10 Credits)
  • BUSI2128 Analysing Organisations (10 Credits)

Optional (Group 3)

Or a maximum of 10 credits from this group 

  • LANG2056 Inter-Faculty French 2B (10 Credits)
  • LANG2058 Inter-Faculty German 2B (10 Credits)
  • LANG2060 Inter-Faculty Japanese 2B (10 Credits)
  • LANG2062 Inter-Faculty Spanish 2B (10 Credits)
  • LANG2064 Inter-Faculty Korean 2B (10 Credits)
  • BUSI2109 Introduction to Business Operations (10 Credits)
  • BUSI2129 Managing Across Cultures (10 Credits)

Year 4


Students must take all modules

ECON3067 Economics Dissertation

Optional (Group 1)

Students must take 60 to 90 credits from this group

  • ECON3071 Advanced Macroeconomics
  • ECON3072 Advanced Microeconomics
  • ECON3063 International Trade Policy
  • ECON3064 Advanced Monetary Economics
  • ECON3065 Advanced International Trade Theory
  • ECON3064 Advanced Monetary Economics
  • ECON3070 Numerical Methods in Economics
  • ECON3074 Advanced Development Economics
  • ECON3076 Topics in Time Series Econometrics
  • ECON3077 Advanced House Economics
  • ECON3078 Advanced Public Economics
  • ECON3079 Advanced Experimental and Behavioural Economics

Optional (Group 2)

Students must take a minimum of 10 or a maximum of 30 credits from this group

  • BUSI3119 Advanced Calculus for Business, Economics and Finance
  • BUSI3124 Stochastic Calculus and Numerical Analysis
  • INTS3013 Northeast Asia: A Region of Distant Neighbours

Detailed module information can be found through the online module catalogue. Please enter the module title or code when searching. 

Please note: This degree structure and modules may be subject to change. 


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Careers and further study

Studying for a degree at the University of Nottingham Ningbo China 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 Career Development Office 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.

Companies that hire our graduates including The world's largest accounting and consulting firm,Central Bank, Investment bank, Asset Management Company, Market research institutions, Management services, Government economic and statistical services, etc.

An economics graduate from UNNC is highly sought after in the job market and is well-placed to progress to graduate study.

  • 88% of our undergraduates enter Masters courses, mainly overseas.
  • 71% of our undergraduates go to world top 100 universities, including Chicago, Oxford, LSE etc.

Scholarships, sponsorships and bursaries

To encourage academic excellence, we offer a comprehensive and expanding range of full and partial scholarships. 

Historically nearly 30% of our undergraduate students were awarded scholarships for their entry. Once enrolled, current students are eligible for additional merit and/or performance-based scholarships and awards, which covers approximately 32.5% of our whole student body.

Entry requirements

Depending on your academic and English language qualifications, you may be eligible for a traditional three-year degree programme, or a four-year programme with a preliminary year enabling you to gain the subject-specific knowledge and skills required to embark on degree-level studies.

Please find the entry requirement relevant to your country of origin on our website. If your country is not listed, please email  

If you are a mainland Chinese student, your Gaokao score should be in the first division as a minimum requirement, and your English test score should be no less than 115/150. For more details, please check the Chinese version prospectus.

English language requirements 

If your first language is not English or your entry qualification was not obtained in the English medium (from an approved institution) you are required to provide evidence of your proficiency in English. Minimum requirements:

  • IELTS 6.5 (no less than 6.0 in writing) – eligible for a three-year programme;
  • IELTS 5.5 (no less than 5.0 in writing) – eligible for the four-year programme;
  • PTE Academic 62 (minimum 55) – eligible for the three-year programme;
  • PTE Academic 55 (minimum 51) – eligible for the four-year programme.

Alternative requirements

You should be at least 18 years of age on admission to the University. The date of "admission" is defined as the first day of September in the relevant academic year. This requirement may be waived on an individual basis if your parents or guardians give their written agreement in advance to additional safeguards and requirements. 

Last updated Sep 2020

About the School

The University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC) was the first Sino-foreign university to open its doors in China. Established in 2004, with the full approval of the Chinese Ministry of Education, we ... Read More

The University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC) was the first Sino-foreign university to open its doors in China. Established in 2004, with the full approval of the Chinese Ministry of Education, we are run by the University of Nottingham in partnership with Zhejiang Wanli Education Group, a key player in the education sector in China. Read less