BA Economics (L100)

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 judgements.

There are plenty of options on this course so you can specialise in the topics you find most interesting.

This degree is excellent preparation for a wide variety of careers, including as an economist, analytical roles in industry or government and for jobs in finance, banking and investment.

At a glance

  • UCAS code: L100
  • Entry requirements: A-Level AAB plus Maths GCSE B
  • Three year course
  • Optional placement year (four year course)
  • Optional study abroad year (both three year and four year course options)

Our campus and how we use it:

We timetable teaching across the whole of our campus, the details of which can be found on our campus map. Teaching may take place in a student’s home department, but may also be timetabled to take place within other departments or central teaching space.

Information for disabled students

We welcome disabled students. We're committed to responding effectively and appropriately to individual support needs. We take all practicable steps to ensure that disabled students can participate in their studies without disadvantage, and can make full use of the University's academic and support services.

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In your first year, you will learn the key macroeconomic and microeconomic principles together with mathematical and statistical techniques for economics. You have two optional modules that will enable you to study the areas you find the most interesting.

Your second year will include more about core macroeconomic and microeconomic theory together with an introduction to core economic research methods and econometric analysis. You will again have options to expand your skills and apply economics to important topics such as finance, competition policy and social welfare.

Having learned the core skills, you will be able to apply them to a wide variety of optional modules in your final year, including labour economics, health economics, education economics and political economy. There’s also the opportunity to undertake an independent research project.


The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's 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 Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn.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.

Year 1


ECN120 Statistical Methods for Economics (20 credits)

ECN130 Economic Analysis and Policy (40 credits)

One of the following:

ECN118 Mathematical Methods for Economics 1 (non A Level Maths stream) (20 credits)

ECN119 Mathematical Methods for Economics 2 (post A Level Maths stream) (20 credits)


Choose modules to the value of 40 credits from:

ECN104 Introductory Finance for Economics (20 credits)

ECN108 Economic History of Britain and the Modern World (20 credits)

ECN109 Classical and Contemporary Thinkers in Economics (20 credits)

Year 1 modules from other departments (subject to availability)

Year 2


ECN201 Intermediate Microeconomics (20 credits)

ECN202 Intermediate Macroeconomics (20 credits)

ECN219 Research Methods and Introductory Econometrics (20 credits)

Choose one of the following:

ECN217 Applied Microeconomics (20 credits)

ECN218 Applied Macroeconomics (20 credits)


Choose modules to the value of 40 credits from:

ECN212 Further Mathematical Methods for Economics (20 credits)

ECN217 Applied Microeconomics (20 credits) (if not already selected)

ECN218 Applied Macroeconomics (20 credits) (if not already selected)

ECN220 Money, Banking and Finance (20 credits)

ECN221 The Economics of Social Issues (20 credits)

ECN222 Economic Decision-making (20 credits)

Year 2 module from another department (not more than 20 credits) (subject to availability)

Optional placement year or year abroad 

Year 3 or 4


Choose modules to the value of 120 credits from:

ECN301 Advanced Microeconomics (20 credits)

ECN302 Advanced Macroeconomics (20 credits)

ECN304 Education Economics (20 credits)

ECN305 Political Economy (20 credits)

ECN306 Game Theory for Economists (20 credits)

ECN314 Industrial Organisation (20 credits)

ECN315 Labour Economics (20 credits)

ECN321 International Trade (20 credits)

ECN324 Monetary Economics (20 credits)

ECN331 Economics Undergraduate Dissertation 1 (20 credits)

ECN332 Economics Undergraduate Dissertation 2 (20 credits)

ECN340 Further Econometrics (20 credits)

ECN346 Development Economics (20 credits)

ECN353 The International Economy (20 credits)

ECN354 Health Economics (20 credits)

ECN357 Modern Finance (20 credits)

ECN358 Economic Analysis of Inequality and Poverty (20 credits)

Year 3 module from another department (not more than 20 credits) (subject to availability)

Placement year

This courses give you the opportunity to do a year-long paid work placement and gain a degree 'with Employment Experience'.

These placements provide valuable work experience and enable you to apply your economics knowledge and skills in the workplace. Recent student placements have been with the Bank of England, IBM and HM Treasury.

You’ll need to make applications for placements yourself, but guidance and support will be provided through the process by a dedicated Placements Team. Placements are excellent preparation for entering a competitive job market and ideal if you are looking to secure a job after your degree with a top employer.

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Graduate profile

Saakshi Barman - BA EconomicsBA Economics graduate

What would you say to someone thinking of studying economics at the University of Sheffield?

I would say the University of Sheffield is a great place to study Economics as it offers a range of modules and gives students the chance to take part in Erasmus, Placement year, Summer Internships etc. We have a careers advisor for Economics who can help on applications, interviews for them. Dissertation in the final year is optional, which I feel is an advantage as a dissertation isn’t for everyone. I chose not to do one as I felt more comfortable doing modules instead.

Even if you haven’t studied Economics or Maths at A-level, there’s support available online and from lecturers to help you bridge the gap. Teaching at university, through lectures, is different from sixth form but with the help of tutorials, which is when you’re with fewer students in a classroom-like environment, understanding and confidence is built. Students also have access to a Discussion Boards online where you can ask questions about topics and exams.

What skills and experiences have you learned from the modules you’ve taken?

In one of my final year modules I did some group coursework where I was in a group of other students to complete the work. The mark that we got overall counted towards our final year mark so it was important everyone contributed. This was a reflection of a task we may have to do at work as we can be in teams with people we don’t know so it was good practice especially as we were also relying on each other for little things such as booking rooms, times for us to meet.

I've also had to do group/pair presentations in front of fellow students on a given topic. This again was good practice for future as I was with people I didn’t really know and we had to cooperate to get the task completed.

What has been your favourite module or learning experience and why?

Two of my final year modules were Labour Economics and Education Economics. I liked studying them as I learnt more about how Economics can be applied in real life as we looked at matters such as why government has imposed tuition fees, whether grammar schools are better, effects of National Living Wage etc which were really interesting to learn about. I also found it relevant especially as I’ve just finished education and will soon enter the labour market.

Did you do a placement year or an internship?

I completed a summer internship at Deloitte after my penultimate year at University. I worked in the Risk Advisory department where I gained experience with many different clients including NHS England and worked alongside different teams and a variety of employees from graduates to senior managers.

The internship gave me to a good insight of work life, especially as I got hands on experience of completing some of the tasks a graduate would do. It also gave me a flavour of working in the accountancy industry and helped me decide whether I’d like to go back there after University. It was an excellent experience and I would highly recommend doing an internship or placement.

What careers support have you accessed or received from the University of the Department of Economics?

I’ve got a lot of help from the Careers Service at University when I was completing applications for my summer internship and graduate schemes. The staff are friendly and knowledgeable so they made me feel welcomed and they’re also flexible as I’ve got advice via phone when I wasn’t in Sheffield. They have books which help you practice for online aptitude tests as well as access to online resources that have information on interviews, job vacancies etc.

The Careers Service has also helped me when I was searching for a part time job by looking over my CV, so they provide a range of services.

Were you part of a student society or sports team?

I’ve been part of National Hindu Student Forum Sheffield during my time at University. I was on the committee as the volunteering coordinator for a year where my role was to plan volunteering activities for members but also help fellow committee members with their roles to ensure events ran smoothly. Being on the committee was a really useful experience as it gave an insight on what it’s like to work with other students and organise different activities.

Joining societies at University is a great way to get involved in something you like and partake in activities outside academia. The University of Sheffield has many societies so there’s lots to choose from and you can always start your own society. I’m definitely glad I chose to join one!

Careers and employability

Graduates from the Department of Economics are successful in gaining employment after their studies. Our graduates are some of the most sought after and go on to work with the UK’s best employers.

Whether you are pursuing a career as a professional economist, looking to work in finance or something else entirely, a degree in Economics from Sheffield will put you in a very strong position in the job market. Recent graduates are now working for Deutsche Bank, PwC, Rolls-Royce and the National Audit Office.

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Learning and assessment

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Entry Requirements
Qualification Grades
A-Levels AAB
A Levels + Extended Project Qualification ABB + B The Extended Project should be in a relevant subject
International Baccalaureate 34
BTEC DDD in relevant subject

Other requirements

  • GCSE Maths grade 6 or grade B
  • General Studies accepted
  • International students need overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or an equivalent English language qualification Equivalent English language qualifications

See the online prospectus for other qualifications and entry requirements