BSc Economics

University of Nottingham - Faculty of Social Sciences

Program Description

BSc Economics

University of Nottingham - Faculty of Social Sciences

Overview

Offering you the flexibility to tailor your module choice to your interests, this course provides a solid grounding in a wide range of techniques and skills sought after by employers.

Macroeconomics, microeconomics, mathematics and statistics form the core of the degree. The school offers a wide range of optional modules covering a diverse set of economics topics. You will also have the flexibility to select modules offered by other schools and departments across the University.

The mathematical and statistical modules in year one 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. These pathways continue in the second year, however you may switch from econometrics to quantitative economics in year two.

By the end of your course, you will have a thorough understanding 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 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 econometric theory or quantitative economics (applied econometrics) pathway.

You can also apply to spend a semester of your second year studying abroad, taking similar modules to your counterparts back in Nottingham or expanding your knowledge through other options.

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

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)

For details of other English language tests and qualifications we accept, please see our entry requirements page.

If you require additional support to take your language skills to the required level, you may be able to 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.

Students who successfully complete the presessional course to the required level can progress onto their chosen degree course without retaking IELTS or equivalent.

International applicants

For country-specific information including entry requirements, contact details and representatives, see our website. If you need a visa to study, the University can provide all the information and advice you need.

Mature students

At the University of Nottingham we have a valuable community of mature students and we appreciate their contribution to the wider student population. You can find lots of useful information in our guide for mature students.

Alternative qualifications

Our admission process recognises that applicants have a wealth of different experiences and may have followed various educational pathways. Please view the alternative qualifications page for details.

Flexible admissions poilcy

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 UCAS application.

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, their academic reference and their personal statement.

Modules

The following is a sample of the typical modules that we offer as at the date of publication but is not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules that will be available in any given year. Due to the passage of time between commencement of the course and subsequent years of the course, modules may change due to developments in the curriculum and the module information in this prospectus is provided for indicative purposes only.

Typical year one modules:

Core modules

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

One of:

  • Mathematical Economics and Econometrics
  • Mathematical Economics and Statistical Methods
  • Quantitative Economics

At least one from:

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

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

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

Typical year two modules

Core modules

  • Macroeconomic Theory
  • Microeconomic Theory

Either:

  • Econometric Theory I
  • Econometric Theory II

or

  • Applied Econometrics I
  • Applied Econometrics II

Optional modules
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

Core modules

  • Dissertation

Optional modules

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 I
  • Time Series Econometrics
  • Industrial Organisation
  • International Money and Macroeconomics
  • International Trade Policy
  • Numerical Methods in Economics
  • Political Economy
  • Topics in Econometrics

Study abroad

On this course, you can apply to spend a semester studying abroad at the University's campuses in China or Malaysia, or at one of our partner institutions in locations such as Australia, Canada and Japan.

You will get the opportunity to broaden your horizons and enhance your employability by experiencing another culture. You can choose to study similar modules to your counterparts back in Nottingham or expand your knowledge by taking other options. Teaching is typically in English; however, there may be opportunities to study in another language if you are sufficiently fluent.

Careers

The growth of economic awareness has increased the demand for economics graduates and a degree from Nottingham can give you a head start in your career.

You will acquire a strong academic foundation and a range of excellent economist-specific and transferable skills, such as the ability to study independently and communicate effectively, 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.

Average starting salary and career progression

94.5% of undergraduates from the School of Economics had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £28,000 with the highest being £60,000.*

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 who were available for work 2016/17. 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.

Have a look at our careers page for an overview of all the employability support and opportunities that we provide to current students.

This school offers programs in:
  • English


Last updated November 1, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2019
Duration
Duration
3 years
Full time
Price
Price
9,250 GBP
£9,250 (UK/EU) - £17,550 (international)
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United Kingdom - Nottingham, England
Start date : Sept. 2019
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