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.

At a glance

  • UCAS code: L101
  • Entry requirements: A-Level AAB including Maths
  • 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.


Photo of undergraduate studentsIn 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 Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn.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.

Year 1


ECN130 Economic Analysis and Policy (40 credits)

ECN120 Statistical Methods for Economics (20 credits)

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


Choose modules to the value of 40 credits from:

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

ECN109 Classical and Contemporary Thinkers in Economics (20 credits)

ECN104 Introductory Finance for Economics (20 credits)

Year 1 modules from other departments (subject to availability)

Year 2


ECN201 Intermediate Microeconomics (20 credits)

ECN202 Intermediate Macroeconomics (20 credits)

ECN212 Further Mathematical Methods for Economics (20 credits)

ECN216 Econometrics (20 credits)

Choose one of the following:

ECN217 Applied Microeconomics (20 credits)

ECN218 Applied Macroeconomics (20 credits)


Choose 20 credits from:

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

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

ECN221 The Economics of Social Issues (20 credits)

ECN220 Money, Banking and Finance (20 credits)

ECN222 Economic Decision-making (20 credits)

Year 2 module from another department (subject to availability)

Optional placement year or year abroad

Year 3 or 4


Choose one of the following:

ECN301 Topics in Advanced Microeconomics (20 credits)

ECN302 Topics in Advanced Macroeconomics (20 credits)


Choose modules to the value of 100 credits from:

ECN301 Topics in Advanced Microeconomics (20 credits) (if not already selected)

ECN302 Topics in Advanced Macroeconomics (20 credits) (if not already selected)

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 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.

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Graduate profile

Photo of undergraduate student Chloe HardernChloë 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.

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 including Maths
A Levels + Extended Project Qualification ABB including Maths + B. The Extended Project should be in a relevant subject
International Baccalaureate 34, 6 in Higher Level Maths
BTEC DD + grade A in A-Level Maths

Other requirements

  • 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