Course details

A Levels AAB Other entry requirements
UCAS code L101
Duration 3 years
Fees and additional costs Home students Overseas students Fee status help
Related subjects Economics

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Admissions Team
Department of Economics
Telephone +44 (0)114 222 3399
Email economics-admissions@sheffield.ac.uk
Website sheffield.ac.uk/economics/undergraduate

Department of Economics

No 1 in the Russell Group for academic support
National Student Survey 2019

Course description

On our BSc you'll specialise in methodological modules and learn quantitative and analytical skills. But you'll also have the opportunity to take application and policy modules.

The distinctive characteristic of our BSc is the training you'll receive in advanced methods, particularly mathematical and statistical. The course also gives you the chance to apply these methods to a variety of economic problems.

Year one will build the foundation for the rest of your degree. You'll study core economic principles and theories, and develop your core quantitative skills in mathematical methods for economics.

In year two you'll build on your toolkit of theoretical and quantitative skills. Modules in your final year will give you cutting-edge training in analytical methods.

By choosing a dissertation, you'll have the chance to demonstrate your ability to independently undertake an extended piece of research and apply advanced methods to the analysis of a specific economic problem of your choice. Or, if you don't want to do a dissertation, you can carry out a number of shorter projects.

Degrees with employment experience
We offer you the chance to do a year-long work placement, starting after your second year. This is a great opportunity to get paid work experience with some of the UK's top employers who want to recruit the best students from Sheffield. Recent placements have been with the Bank of England, Lloyds Bank, IBM, ASOS and Mercedes-Benz.

Modules: what you study and when

Financial help from the University - bursaries

If you're a UK student, you could be entitled to a University bursary. A bursary is the same as a grant - you don't have to pay it back.

How our bursary scheme works

Entry requirements

Qualification Grades
A Levels AAB, including Maths
A Levels + additional qualifications ABB, including Maths + B in a relevant EPQ
International Baccalaureate 34, 5 in Higher Level Maths
BTEC DD + grade A in A Level Maths
Scottish Highers + 1 Advanced Higher AAABB + B in Maths
Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels B + AA, including Maths
Access to HE Entry requirements for mature students
Other qualifications Other UK qualifications
Other EU/international qualifications
Other requirements
  • You must demonstrate that your English is good enough for you to successfully complete your course. For this course we require: GCSE English Language at grade 4/C; IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component; or an alternative acceptable English language qualification
  • Equivalent English language qualifications
  • Access Sheffield - find out if you're eligible for additional consideration or an alternative offer
If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the department

Modules - what you study and when

Our students usually select from a range of compulsory and optional modules to add up to 120 credits.

Some departments offer courses that don't feature optional modules whereas other courses are fully flexible.

You can find out more by:

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.

Learning and assessment

These figures give an indication of how you'll learn and be assessed. They're a combined average of all the years of the course. The learning and assessment percentages could vary depending on the modules you choose.

Learning
Scheduled teaching 17%
Independent study 83%
Placement 0%

Assessment
Exams/tests 90%
Coursework 10%
Practical 0%

Department of Economics

We have an international reputation for practical and real-world economics. You'll be taught by some of the top economic experts in their field and you'll receive the latest cutting-edge teaching from people that care passionately about their subject. Our staff advise government departments in the UK such as the Department for Work and Pensions, the Department for Education and the Low Pay Commission. Their expertise helps shape government policies and aims to improve people's lives.

We're one of the few stand alone economics departments in the north of England. Our graduates are in demand by some of the country's top economics employers such as the Bank of England, PwC, IBM and HM Treasury. We're large enough to offer a wide variety of optional specialised modules, but small enough so that you will get to know your tutors personally and build life-long friendships with the other students on your course.

You'll be based in the heart of the campus. You will experience some of your teaching in our state-of-the-art classrooms in the same building as our staff offices. You'll also have your own social space with computer access.

Department of Economics website

What our graduates do

Some of our graduates become professional economists in government, industry or the City. Others enter related professions - banking, ‭insurance, accountancy, sales and marketing and ‭retail management.

Recent graduates are now working for the Bank of England, HM Treasury, the European Parliament, PwC, Deloitte, IBM and Rolls Royce. Some prefer to advance their knowledge by studying economics at postgraduate level.

Student profile


"My advice would be... do a bit of research about the course, find out if you want to do economics and just go there with an open mind and be enthusiastic about the prospect of learning."

Adam Ellerington
Economics

We also offer you the chance to do a year-long work placement, starting after your second year. If you complete the placement year successfully, your degree title is amended to reflect this, for example: BSc(Honours) Economics with Employment Experience. Recent placements have been with the Bank of England, IBM and HM Treasury.

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Admissions Team
Department of Economics
Telephone +44 (0)114 222 3399
Email economics-admissions@sheffield.ac.uk

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