BSc Economics (L101)
This course gives you a solid grounding in modern economic theory and techniques of applied economic analysis. You'll develop advanced mathematical economics and econometrics skills that are in demand if you are considering a career as an analyst or in finance.
As well at analytical and financial careers, this degree is excellent preparation for a wide variety of sectors, including professional services, operations and retail, sales and marketing, government and public sector.
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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 learn more about core macroeconomic and microeconomic theory together with a further maths module and an introduction to 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. You will need to do a module in either advanced macroeconomics or microeconomics. There’s also the opportunity to undertake a dissertation.
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 Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn.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.
Optional placement year or year abroad
Year 3 or 4
This course offers 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.
Some of our students secure paid internships with employers, usually lasting 4-6 weeks over the summer. Like the year-long placements, you will need to apply for these opportunities yourself but you will also receive support from the Placements Team.
Chloë Hardern - BSc Economics
Why did you choose to study at the University of Sheffield?
I have always loved Sheffield as a city for its vibrancy and friendliness so jumped at the opportunity to study Economics there. As a student, Sheffield is a wonderful place to study and live because there is so much going on yet there’s a strong, community atmosphere.
What would you say to someone thinking of studying economics at the University of Sheffield?
I cannot recommend the course enough to anyone who is interested in finding out how the world works. The lecturers are passionate about their subject and challenge students to become thoughtful and sophisticated economists. The flexibility of the course allows students to specialise and focus on what they’re most interested in. In my final year, I was able to learn about health economics in depth which inspired me to dedicate my career to that field.
What do you think about the campus and the learning environment at the University of Sheffield?
Sheffield’s brand new, state-of-the-art facilities have made a massive difference to my whole university experience. Its constant investment in exquisite new buildings like the Diamond show you (and employers!) how valuable a degree from Sheffield is. One of the best things about the campus is its proximity to the city centre, which makes me feel like I actually live in Sheffield rather than the outskirts.
What are your plans after graduation? How has your course helped increase your employability?
I am very excited to begin my job as a health economist at Sheffield based health economics consultancy BresMed in August. Alongside this role I will also be completing a part time Masters degree in Health Economics and Decision Modelling at the University of Sheffield. I can’t quite let go of student life just yet! I cannot think of a more important field than health so I feel privileged to apply my skills and knowledge to bring new treatments to the market.
My degree is valued highly by all employers because of Sheffield’s reputation for excellent teaching and research. Practically, the university offered me really helpful careers advice and the opportunity to bulk up my CV, which definitely helped me secure this role.
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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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