Our undergraduate economics curriculum for September 2020

A group of research staff and students working together - image
Off

From September 2020 we will be introducing some exciting changes to our undergraduate curriculum. These developments are as a result of an extensive consultation with our students and external partners and reflect the latest developments in economic research and policy. 

Methodological and Applied Pathways 

The degrees are now structured around two pathways: a Methodological Pathway and an Applied Pathway. These pathways are designed to help guide you through your learning so you can see how the knowledge and skills you develop during each year of study fit together.  

Our Methodological Pathway is where you will take modules that provide knowledge and training in theoretical, mathematical and statistical methods. You will learn how we use these  tools to analyse economic issues.

Our Applied Pathway is where you will take modules that give you the opportunity to use those tools in the analysis of specific economic issues that you are most interested in, whether related to individuals, firms or governments.

More choice and flexibility 

Our single honours degrees have lots of choice and flexibility so you can tailor your degree to suit your skills, interests and career aspirations. We’ve expanded the number of optional modules available and we’re introducing new modules to reflect the latest economics research and policy. 

The structure of our BA Economics and BSc Economics degrees enable you to move from BA Economics to BSc Economics or vice versa depending on what you want to focus on. This opportunity to change runs up until the end of year two. Your choices within your final year determine whether you graduate with the BSc Economics or BA Economics.

There’s also a wide range of assessment methods. Most modules have an end of module exam, but there’s also computer based assignments, research projects, presentations and reports to assess the range of knowledge and skills that an economist needs.

Skills for employment  

Employment skills and personal development are embedded throughout our curriculum. We have a strong emphasis on data analysis from year one, where you will learn to analyse real data using software including Excel and Stata. 

You will also gain independent research skills which are highly valued by employers in your final year Dissertation or Economics in Action module. The new Economics in Action module is an innovative module that allows you to undertake a number of projects related to the economic fields in the Applied Pathway. It enables you to demonstrate the abilities and skills you’ve developed throughout your degree, as well as to acquire new research skills. 

Degree descriptions 

BA Economics

Our BA Economics programme provides you with an understanding of economics within a broad context, by exposing you to a wide range of specialist areas and applications. You will recognise economics as a major social science and will appreciate the scope for interactions with other disciplines. You will also develop the toolkit of theoretical and quantitative methods that economists are expected to have. As you progress through your degree, your focus will be on the applications of economics to real-world problems, facing individuals, businesses, firms or governments.

Year one 

In year one you will build the foundation for the rest of your degree. You will study Economic Analysis and Policy which introduces you to the core economic principles and theories. You will develop your core quantitative skills in Mathematical Methods for Economics 1 or 2 (Non A Level Maths and A Level Maths streams) and Statistical Methods for Economics. In addition, you will take two optional modules from a list including: Economic History of Britain and the Modern World, Introductory Finance for Economics, and Classical and Contemporary Thinkers in Economics.

Year two

In year two you will extend your toolkit of theoretical and quantitative methods in economics by studying Intermediate Macroeconomics, Intermediate Microeconomics and Econometrics from the Methodological Pathway. In addition, you will also take three optional modules from our Applied Pathway such as: Public Economics, Industrial Organisation, Economic Decision-making, and Macroeconomic Policy.

Final year

In your final year, you will take four modules from the Applied Pathway. The modules include a wide range of specialised areas in economics with clear policy, industrial and social relevance, such as: Development Economics, Environmental Economics, Behavioural Economics or International Trade.

In addition, you will have the opportunity to undertake a number of projects related to these fields within the Economics in Action module which allows you to demonstrate the abilities and skills that you have developed throughout your degree, as well as to acquire new research skills.

BSc Economics

Our BSc Economics programme aims at providing students with rigorous exposure to the core principles and methods of economics as well as opportunities to extend these to specialist areas. The distinctive characteristic of our BSc Economics is the training it provides in advanced methods, particularly mathematical and statistical. It also includes opportunities to apply these methods to a variety of economic problems.

Year one 

In year one you will build the foundation for the rest of your degree. You will study Economic Analysis and Policy which introduces you to the core economic principles and theories. You will develop your core quantitative skills in Mathematical Methods for Economics 2 and Statistical Methods for Economics. In addition, you will take two optional modules from a list including: Economic History of Britain and the Modern World, Introductory Finance for Economics, and Classical and Contemporary Thinkers in Economics.

Year two

In year two you will extend your toolkit of theoretical and quantitative methods in economics by studying Intermediate Macroeconomics, Intermediate Microeconomics and Econometrics from the Methodological Pathway. In addition, you will also take three optional modules from our Applied Pathway such as: Public Economics, Industrial Organisation, Economic Decision-making, and Macroeconomic Policy.

Final year

In your final year, you will take a minimum of two modules from the Methodological Pathway. All of these modules will give you cutting-edge training in analytical methods.

You will also have the opportunity to demonstrate your ability to independently undertake an extended piece of research and apply those advanced methods to the analysis of a specific economic problem of your choice by choosing a Dissertation.

Or if you don't want to do a Dissertation, you can choose two modules from the Applied Pathway and undertake a number of shorter projects related to your chosen modules as part of the Economics in Action module. In such case, you would also need to do Advanced Econometrics.

BSc Economics with Finance

Our BSc Economics with Finance programme aims at providing students with broad and rigorous exposure to the core principles and methods of Economics and Finance as well as opportunities to extend these to specialist areas. The distinctive characteristic of our BSc Economics with Finance degree programme is the training it provides in advanced methods for both Economics and Finance. It also incorporates opportunities to apply these methods to a variety of real-world problems.

Year one 

In year one you will build the foundation for the rest of your degree. You will study Economic Analysis and Policy which introduces you to the core economic principles and theories. You will develop your core quantitative skills in Mathematical Methods for Economics and Statistical Methods for Economics. As a BSc Economics with Finance student, you will also take Introductory Finance for Economics. In addition, you will have one optional module to choose from either Economic History of Britain and the Modern World, or Classical and Contemporary Thinkers in Economics.

Year two

In year two you will extend your toolkit of theoretical and quantitative methods in economics by studying Intermediate Macroeconomics, Intermediate Microeconomics and Econometrics from the Methodological Pathway. In addition, you will also take Intermediate Finance and two optional modules from our range of year two applied modules such as: Public Economics, Industrial Organisation, Economic Decision-making, and Macroeconomic Policy.

Final year

In your final year, you will take Modern Finance plus at least two more modules from the Methodological Pathway. All of these modules will give you cutting-edge training in analytical methods in economics and finance.

You will also have the opportunity to demonstrate your ability to independently undertake an extended piece of research and apply those advanced methods to the analysis of a specific economic problem of your choice by choosing a Dissertation.

Or if you don't want to do a Dissertation, you can choose one module from the Applied Pathway and undertake a number of shorter projects related to your chosen module as part of the Economics in Action module. In such case, you would also need to do Advanced Econometrics.

BA Economics and Politics

In year one you study Economic Analysis and Policy which introduces you to the core economic principles and theories, and Mathematical Methods for Economics 1 or 2 (Non A Level Maths and A Level Maths) which gives you training in core quantitative skills. From politics you will study Analysing Politics and take two optional modules.

In year two you will study Statistics and Econometrics. This module will provide you with the necessary tools to analyse data sets to inform decision-making. You will take two optional modules from a list such as: Public Economics, Industrial Organisation, Economics of Decision-Making, and Macroeconomic Policy.

In politics you will take Political Analysis: Research Design and Data Analysis and then two optional modules.

In your final year, you will take two economics modules with clear policy, industrial and social relevance, such as: Development Economics, Environmental Economics, Behavioural Economics or International Trade. You will take the Economics in Action module which will give you the opportunity to undertake an independent research project related to your chosen modules.

From politics you will take either a Dissertation or a Research Project and one or two taught modules.

BA Economics and Philosophy

In year one you study Economic Analysis and Policy which introduces you to the core economic principles and theories, and Mathematical Methods for Economics 1 or 2 (Non A Level Maths and A Level Maths) which gives you training in core quantitative skills. From philosophy you will take up to 60 credits of optional modules.

In year two you will study Statistics and Econometrics and take two optional modules such as: Public Economics, Industrial Organisation, Economic Decision-making, and Macroeconomic Policy. Then you will choose three optional modules from philosophy such as: Philosophy of Mind, Theory of Knowledge, Feminism, Plato, Ethics: Theoretical and Practical, Political Philosophy, Philosophy of Science.

In your final year, you will take two economics modules with clear policy, industrial and social relevance, such as: Development Economics, Environmental Economics, Behavioural Economics or International Trade. You will take the Economics in Action module which will give you the opportunity to undertake an independent research project related to your chosen modules.

BSc Economics and Mathematics

In year one you study Economic Analysis and Policy which introduces you to the core economic principles and theories. Then from mathematics you will take four modules:

Mathematics Core I, Mathematics Core II, Introduction to Probability and Statistics, and Numbers and Groups.

In year two you will study Intermediate Microeconomics, Intermediate Macroeconomics and Econometrics. From mathematics you will study Advanced Calculus and Linear Algebra and have two sets of options. 

In your final year, you will take Advanced Econometrics and then choose either two modules from the economics Methodological Pathway or one from the Methodological Pathway and one from the Applied Pathway.

From mathematics you will take 60 credits from the final year options.

BA Accounting and Financial Management and Economics

In year one you study Economic Analysis and Policy which introduces you to the core economic principles and theories, and Mathematical Methods for Economics 1 or 2 (Non A Level Maths and A Level Maths) which gives you training in core quantitative skills. From accounting and financial management you will study Introduction to Management Accounting, Introduction to Financial Accounting and Foundations in Financial Management.

In year two you will study Statistics and Econometrics and take two optional modules such as: Public Economics, Industrial Organisation, Economics of Decision-Making, and Macroeconomic Policy. In accounting and financial management you will take Intermediate Management Accounting, Financial Management, and Intermediate Financial Accounting.

In your final year, you will take two economics modules with clear policy, industrial and social relevance, such as: Development Economics, Environmental Economics, Behavioral Economics or International Trade. You will take the Economics in Action module which will give you the opportunity to undertake an independent research project related to your chosen modules.From accounting and financial management you will take Advances in Financial Accounting and Advances in Management Accounting and then take one optional module.

BA Business Management and Economics

In year one you study Economic Analysis and Policy which introduces you to the core economic principles and theories, and Mathematical Methods for Economics 1 or 2 (Non A Level Maths and A Level Maths) which gives you training in core quantitative skills.

From business management you will study Introduction to Behaviour at Work, Business Management in Context, and Management Themes and Perspectives. Then either Business Challenges or a module from another department.

In year two you will study Statistics and Econometrics and take two optional modules such as: Public Economics, Industrial Organisation, Economics of Decision-Making, and Macroeconomic Policy. In business management you will take three core modules: Organisational Behaviour, Business Strategy, and Essentials of Marketing.

In your final year, you will take two economics modules with clear policy, industrial and social relevance, such as: Development Economics, Environmental Economics, Behavioural Economics or International Trade. You will take the Economics in Action module which will give you the opportunity to undertake an independent research project related to your chosen modules. From business management you will take Corporate Social Responsibility and then take two optional modules.

BA Economics and Modern Languages and Cultures

In year one you study Economic Analysis and Policy which introduces you to the core economic principles and theories, and Mathematical Methods for Economics 1 or 2 (Non A Level Maths and A Level Maths) which gives you training in core quantitative skills. Then you'll take 60 credits from a wide range of options available from modern languages and cultures.

In year two you will study Statistics and Econometrics and take two optional modules such as: Public Economics, Industrial Organisation, Economic of Decision-making and Macroeconomic Policy. Then you'll choose from a wide range of options available from modern languages and cultures.
In your third year you take a compulsory year abroad.

In your final year, you will take two economics modules with clear policy, industrial and social relevance, such as: Development Economics, Environmental Economics, Behavioural Economics or International Trade. You will then take the Economics in Action module which will give you the opportunity to undertake an independent research project related to your chosen modules.

Then you'll choose from a wide range of options available from modern languages and cultures.

Course search

Explore. Challenge. Influence. Find the right course for you.