BA Economics modules

This course gives you a solid grounding in modern economic theory and techniques of applied economic analysis. You’ll develop the quantitative and analytical skills needed by economists to make informed judgments.

This degree is excellent preparation for a wide variety of careers, including analytical roles and in finance.

These modules are for students starting in September 2020. 

Year one 

Methodological Pathway

Economic Analysis and Policy

Economic Analysis and Policy provides you with an introduction to microeconomic and macroeconomic analysis together with examples of their application in order to develop your understanding of the roles in economic policy making

Mathematical Methods for Economics 1 (non-A Level Maths) or 2 (A Level Maths)

Mathematical Methods for Economics 1 (non-A Level Maths) and 2 (A Level maths) both give an insight into the importance of mathematical methods in economic analysis. Introduces a range of mathematical techniques. Gives an understanding of how and when to apply the techniques. The module will include revision of basic concepts of algebra, equations, exponential and logarithmic functions, differential calculus, optimisation and geometry.

Statistical Methods for Economics

The aims of Statistical Methods for Economics are: To introduce statistical methods and provide an insight into their uses in economics. To demonstrate application of a range of statistical techniques to economic problems. Topics include collection and presentation of data, descriptive statistics, probability and applications, statistical inference, correlation and regression.

As well as the compulsory Methodological Pathway modules you can choose modules from:

Introductory Finance for Economics

Introductory Finance for Economics introduces the basics of the financing and investment decisions of financial managers. Its aim is to provide a solid grounding in the basic concepts of finance for economists, focusing in particular on theoretical analysis and problem solving.

Classical and Contemporary Thinkers in Economics

Classical and Contemporary Thinkers in Economics introduces you to a range of classical and contemporary economists, including the founders of the discipline and some Nobel Prize winners, past and present. For each economist, a senior member of the department will give a short biography, outline their contributions to the discipline of economics and the development of the subject, and explain how they have influenced their own thinking and research that is undertaken in economics today. Examples of the contribution of these economists to a range of economic issues will be used to illustrate the continuing relevance and application of their ideas.

Limited number of level one modules from outside the Department of Economics

Year two

Methodological Pathway

  • Intermediate Microeconomics
  • Intermediate Macroeconomics
  • Econometrics

Applied Pathway

Three from:

  • International Economics
  • Labour Economics
  • Intermediate Finance
  • Public Economics
  • Industrial Organisation
  • Economic Decision-making
  • Macroeconomic Policy

Final year

Applied Pathway

Four from:

  • Education Economics
  • Political Economy
  • International Trade
  • Monetary Economics
  • Development Economics
  • Health Economics
  • Economic Analysis of Inequality and Poverty
  • Economics of Gender and Race
  • Behavioural Economics
  • Environmental Economics
  • Economics of Innovation

Research in Practice

  • Economics in Action

The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it is up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research, funding changes, professional accreditation requirements, student or employer feedback, outcomes of reviews, and variations in staff or student numbers. In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.

Information last updated: 4 August 2020


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