BSc (Hons) International Economics and Trade


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Program Description

Key information

  • Degree: International Economics and Trade 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

This course is based on an equivalent programme at The University of Nottingham, UK (L60 Economics and International Economics). However, it may span four years rather than three to incorporate a preliminary year which predominantly covers English language skills.

As one of the first students to complete this course at the University of Nottingham Ningbo China, you have the added advantage of exploring economics from the vantage point of China ‒ the second-largest economy in the world after three decades of rapid growth and social development. Your insights into the world's most remarkable economic success story along with your unique international experience will impress any future employer.

On this Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree programme, you will enjoy all the benefits that come with this distinctive and intellectually rigorous training for the next generation of economists. By the time you graduate you will:

  • have a thorough understanding of economic theory and quantitative methods
  • be familiar with the key analytical techniques that economists use
  • have the expertise to analyse international economic issues
  • have specialist insights into China's place in the world economy

You will be taught by leading scholars in the field of economics. As an undergraduate, you can expect to study in an intellectually stimulating environment with other bright students from around the globe.

Special features

  • Expert academics who are pushing forward the boundaries of the subject.
  • Get a global perspective by studying aboard as part of your degree.
  • Provides guidance and advice from your personal tutor and dissertation supervisor. 

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

  • CELEN063 Introduction to Analytical Thought
  • CELEN048 Undergraduate Reading and Writing in Academic Contexts (20 Credits)
  • CELEN069 Oral Communication Skills A (10 Credits)
  • CELEN082 Communication Skills B (10 Credits)
  • CELEN051 Undergraduate English in Specific Academic Contexts (Arts & Social Science Pathways) (20 Credits)
  • CELEF004 Independent Research Project (15 Credits)
  • CELEN063 Introduction to Economics I (15 Credits)
  • CELEN064 Introduction to Economics II

Qualifying year


Students must take all the modules

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

Optional (Group 1)

Students must take a minimum of 10 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 a maximum of 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)

Year 3


Students must take all the modules

  • ECON2028 Microeconomic Theory
  • ECON2029 Macroeconomic Theory
  • ECON2030 International Trade
  • ECON2032 Econometrics I
  • ECON2033 Econometrics II

Optional (Group 1)

Students must take 20 to 30 credits from this group

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

Optional (Group 2)

Students can take a maximum of 10 credits from this group

  • LANG2055 Inter-Faculty French 2A (10 Credits)
  • LANG2057 Inter-Faculty German 2A (10 Credits)
  • LANG2061 Inter-Faculty Spanish 2A (10 Credits)
  • LANG2059 Inter-Faculty Japanese 2A (10 Credits)
  • LANG2063 Inter-Faculty Korean 2A (10 Credits)
  • BUSI2120 Corporate Entrepreneurship
  • 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)
  • LANG2062 Inter-Faculty Spanish 2B (10 Credits)
  • LANG2060 Inter-Faculty Japanese 2B (10 Credits)
  • LANG2063 Inter-Faculty Korean 2A (10 Credits)
  • BUSI2109 Introduction to Business Operations
  • BUSI2129 Managing Across Cultures (10 Credits)

Year 4


Students must take all the modules

  • ECON3063 International Trade Policy
  • ECON3065 Advanced International Trade Theory
  • ECON3067 Dissertation

Optional (Group 1)

Students could take 40 to 60 credits from this group

  • ECON3074 Advanced Development Economics
  • ECON3072 Advanced Microeconomics
  • ECON3070 Numerical Methods in Economics
  • ECON3073 Advanced Mathematical Economics
  • ECON3064 Advanced Monetary Economics
  • ECON3071 Advanced Macroeconomics
  • ECON3076 Topics in Time Series Econometrics
  • ECON3077 Advanced Health Economics
  • ECON3078 Advanced Public Health
  • ECON3079 Advanced Experimental and Behavioural Economics

Optional (Group 2)

Or take a maximum of 20 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

Many students will pursue careers in banks and accounting firms after graduation, such as Deutsche Bank, PwC, Citibank, KPMG, Bank of Communications Shanghai Branch, 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 here. 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 the 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