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Economics BSc

Department of Economics

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Course description

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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.

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Modules

The modules listed below are examples from the last academic year. There may be some changes before you start your course. For the very latest module information, check with the department directly.

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Title: BSc Economics course structure
UCAS code: L101
Years: 2021

Methodological pathway:

Economic Analysis and Policy

This is a compulsory module for all single and dual honours students in Economics. The module provides students with an introduction to microeconomic and macroeconomic analysis together with examples of their application in order to develop students' understanding of the roles of both in economic policy making.

40 credits
Mathematical Methods for Economics 2

The aims of the module are: 1. To provide an insight into the importance of mathematical methods in economics; 2. To introduce and apply a range of mathematical techniques to economic problems. Topics covered in the course include revision of algebra, functions, differential calculus, optimisation, an introduction to dynamic analysis, and an introduction to matrix algebra.

20 credits
Statistical Methods for Economics

1. To introduce statistical methodology and techniques; 2. to provide an insight into the uses of statistical methods in economics; 3. to apply a range of statistical techniques to economic problems. Topics include collection and presentation of data, descriptive statistics, probability and applications, statistical inference, correlation and regression.

20 credits

Optional modules:

Introductory Finance for Economics

This module introduces the basics of the financing and investment decisions of financial managers. Its aim is to provide a solid grounding in the basic concepts of finance for economists, focusing in particular on theoretical analysis and problem solving.

20 credits
Classical and Contemporary Thinkers in Economics

This module introduces students to a range of classical and contemporary economists, including the founders of the discipline and some Nobel Prize winners, past and present. For each economist, a senior member of the department will give a short biography, outline their contributions to the discipline of economics and the development of the subject, and explain how they have influenced their own thinking and research that is undertaken in economics today. Examples of the contribution of these economists to a range of economic issues will be used to illustrate the continuing relevance and application of their ideas.

20 credits

Plus a limited number of level one modules from outside the Department of Economics.


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. We are no longer offering unrestricted module choice. If your course included unrestricted modules, your department will provide a list of modules from their own and other subject areas that you can choose from.

Learning and assessment

Learning

The course will give you an advanced understanding of economics and you will specialise in methodological modules and learn quantitative and analytical skills. You will also have the opportunity to apply your skills to areas of economic policy.

You'll learn through attending lectures, online videos, interactive workshops, tutorials and computer labs.

We invest to create the right environment for you. That means outstanding facilities, study spaces and support, including 24/7 online access to our online library service.

Study spaces and computers are available to offer you choice and flexibility for your study. Our five library sites give you access to over 1.3 million books and periodicals. You can access your library account and our rich digital collections from anywhere on or off campus. Other library services include study skills training to improve your grades, and tailored advice from experts in your subject.

Learning support facilities and library opening hours

You’ll be taught by some of the top economic experts in their fields, who 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.

Assessment

You'll be assessed mainly through exams. But you'll also complete written coursework, computer based assignments, research projects, presentations and reports to assess the range of knowledge and skills that an economist needs.

Programme specification

This tells you the aims and learning outcomes of this course and how these will be achieved and assessed.

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Entry requirements

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Standard offer
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The A Level entry requirements for this course are:
AAB
including Maths

The A Level entry requirements for this course are:
ABB
including Maths

A Levels + additional qualifications | ABB, including Maths + B in a relevant EPQ ABB, including Maths + B in a relevant EPQ

International Baccalaureate | 34, 5 in Higher Level Maths 33 with 5 in Higher Level Maths

BTEC | DD + grade A in A Level Maths DM + A in Maths

Scottish Highers + 1 Advanced Higher | AAABB + B in Maths AABBB + B in Maths

Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels | B + AA, including Maths B + AB including Maths

Access to HE Diploma | 60 credits overall with 45 at Level 3 including 36 credits at Distinctions to include at least 12 Mathematics Units and 9 credits at Merit 60 credits overall with 45 at Level 3 including 30 credits at Distinctions to include at least 12 Mathematics Units and 15 credits at Merit

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English language 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

Visa and immigration requirements

We also accept a range of other UK qualifications and other EU/international qualifications.

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the department.

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.

Department of Economics students are based in the heart of the campus in 9 Mappin Street. You'll have some of your tutorials in the small classrooms in this building and lectures in locations across the campus.

Facilities

Our state-of-the-art classrooms are in the same building as our staff offices. You'll also have your own social space with computer access.

Department of Economics

Why choose Sheffield?

The University of Sheffield

  A Top 100 university 2021
QS World University Rankings

  Top 10% of all UK universities
Research Excellence Framework 2014

  No 1 Students' Union in the UK
Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2019, 2018, 2017


Department of Economics

No 1 in the Russell Group for academic support

National Student Survey 2019


Graduate careers

Department of Economics

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.

Fees and funding

Fees

Additional costs

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