Degree Programmes and Courses

The Department of Economics offers a number of undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes, as well as an active PhD programme.

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Undergraduate degrees


Economics BSc

  • Undergraduate
  • Single honours
  • 3 years

The current financial crisis, the impact of climate change on the economy, trade agreements, income tax… leaders and policy makers the world over understand the world around us better with the insights of economics. Economists have the analytical skills to tackle [more...]

Money, Banking and Finance BSc

  • Undergraduate
  • Single honours
  • 3 years

This programme combines the analytical rigour of an economics degree with practical focus on banking, accounting, law and finance. It is designed to provide you with the intellectual skills to work in the financial services sector and should further enable you to gain [more...]

Mathematical Economics and Statistics BSc

  • Undergraduate
  • Single honours
  • 3 years

The current financial crisis, the impact of climate change on the economy, trade agreements, income tax… leaders and policy makers the world over understand the world around us better with the insights of economics. Economists have the analytical skills to tackle [more...]

Economics with Language Programmes

Economics with German BSc

  • Undergraduate
  • Single honours, study abroad year
  • 4 years

The Department of Economics equips all graduates with the knowledge of an economist and the skill of a linguist to make a powerful combination in today’s world. With growing globalisation and increasing interdependence in political and commercial life, there is a [ more...]

Economics with Italian BSc

  • Undergraduate
  • Major-minor combined, study abroad year
  • 4 years

The knowledge of the economist and the skill of the linguist make a powerful combination in today’s world. With growing globalisation and increasing interdependence in political and commercial life, there is a clear need for graduates equipped with both these [more...]

Economics with Japanese BSc

  • Undergraduate  
  • Major-minor combined, study abroad year  
  • 4 years

The knowledge of the economist and the skill of the linguist make a powerful combination in today’s world. With growing globalisation and increasing interdependence in political and commercial life, there is a clear need for graduates equipped with both these [more...]

Economics with Portuguese BSc

  • Undergraduate
  • Study abroad year
  • 4 years

The knowledge of the economist and the skill of the linguist make a powerful combination in today’s world. With growing globalisation and increasing interdependence in political and commercial life, there is a clear need for graduates equipped with both these [more...]

Economics with Spanish BSc

  • Undergraduate
  • Study abroad year
  • 4 years

The knowledge of the economist and the skill of the linguist make a powerful combination in today’s world. With growing globalisation and increasing interdependence in political and commercial life, there is a clear need for graduates equipped with both these [more...]

Money, Banking and Finance with Language Programmes

Money, Banking and Finance with German BSc

  • Undergraduate
  • Joint honours combined, study abroad year
  • 4 years

These programmes combine the rigour of an economics degree with a practical focus on banking, accounting, law and finance, plus competence in a modern European language. They are designed to provide you with the intellectual skills to work in financial services sector, [more...]

Money, Banking and Finance with Italian BSc

  • Undergraduate
  • Major-minor combined, study abroad year
  • 4 years

These programmes combine the rigour of an economics degree with a practical focus on banking, accounting, law and finance, plus competence in a modern European language. They are designed to provide you with the intellectual skills to work in financial services sector, [more...]

Money, Banking and Finance with Portugese BSc

  • Undergraduate
  • Major-minor combined, study abroad year
  • 4 years

These programmes combine the rigour of an economics degree with a practical focus on banking, accounting, law and finance, plus competence in a modern European language. They are designed to provide you with the intellectual skills to work in financial services sector, [more...]

Money, Banking and Finance with Spanish BSc

  • Undergraduate
  • Major-minor combined, study abroad year
  • 4 years

These programmes combine the rigour of an economics degree with a practical focus on banking, accounting, law and finance, plus competence in a modern European language. They are designed to provide you with the intellectual skills to work in financial services sector, [more...]

Joint Honours Programmes

Geography and Economics Joint Honours BSc

  • Undergraduate
  • Joint honours combined
  • 3 years

A Joint Honours degree programme involves the study of two subjects to Honours degree level. Geography at Birmingham combines a sound academic training with an insight into practical, social, economic and environmental issues. Economics asks crucial questions: Is European monetary union a simple choice [more...]

Economics and Political Science BSc

  • Undergraduate
  • Joint honours combined
  • 3 years

A Joint Honours degree programme involves the study of two subjects to Honours degree level. If you study a subject in a Joint Honours programme, you work at exactly the same level and to the same academic standard as students taking that subject in a Single Honours [more...]

Policy, Politics and Economics BA

  • Undergraduate
  • Single honours
  • 3 years

The BA Policy, Politics and Economics (PPE) is a new degree that specialises in the study of cutting edge, real-world issues in a way that crosses the boundaries of traditional disciplines as a means of better understanding the realities of our 21st century world. [more...]

Planning and Economics BSc

  • Undergraduate
  • Single honours
  • 3 years

Urban and regional planning has a critical impact on the nature of the built environment. It helps to shape the nature, form and function of our towns and cities. Planners are involved in the making and shaping of place. Moreover, the planning system is in place to ensure that development takes place [more...]

Masters degrees

Financial Economics MSc

  • Postgraduate
  • Taught
  • Full time

MSc Financial Economics will provide students with an advanced training in economics and in finance, acquainting them with recent developments and current issues in both areas. It will examine financial topics from an economics perspective and enable students to apply [more...]

Development Economics MSc

  • Postgraduate
  • Taught
  • Full time, part time

The MSc in Development Economics is one of the Department's newer taught MSc programmes and it reflects the Department's growing strength in both theoretical and applied policy areas, particularly as they relate to developing countries.

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Economics MSc

  • Postgraduate
  • Taught
  • Full time

This programme provides an advanced training in economic theory and econometrics, and application of these to achieve a sophisticated understanding of policy issues. It constitutes the taught part of an ESRC-recognised '1+3' programme leading to a PhD degree, reflecting [more...]

Environmental and Natural Resource Economics MSc

  • Postgraduate
  • Taught
  • Full time, part time

This programme is aimed at providing you with the skills necessary to understand the fundamental causes of contemporary environmental problems, and to design policies to solve them.

International Economics MSc

  • Postgraduate
  • Taught
  • Full time, part time

The MSc in International Economics is a taught graduate programme that provides specialised and advanced training in international economics, which is achieved through the delivery of specialised courses in trade theory, trade policy and econometrics.

International Money and Banking MSc

  • Postgraduate
  • Taught
  • Full time

The International Money and Banking MSc programme will provide you with an advanced knowledge of the related disciplines of macroeconomics, banking, international finance and financial markets.

Mathematical Finance MSc

  • Postgraduate
  • Taught
  • Full time, part time

This programme, taught jointly by the School of Mathematics and the Department of Economics, provides the skills that will enable technically able graduates (including in mathematics, science and engineering) to apply their quantitative training to financial analysis. [more...]

Money, Banking and Finance MSc

  • Postgraduate
  • Taught
  • Full time, part time

There is a worldwide demand for those trained in the technical and formal aspects of monetary economics and finance. Graduates from the programme hold high ranking positions in financial centres around the globe.

Management PhD/MPhil/MSc (Research)

  • Postgraduate
  • Doctoral research
  • Full time, part time

As a PhD student, you will begin working on your research project right at the start of the first year. With the support of your research supervisor, you will also go through a training analysis to identify any needs that you may have.

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Economics PhD

  • Postgraduate
  • Doctoral research
  • Full time

We have about 50 registered research students and have full recognition by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) for the receipt of ESRC research studentships.

All first year students must take the module Research Methods in Economics, [more...]

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PhD / Research degrees

The Department of Economics offers a PhD Programme fully accredited by the Economic and Social Research Council. Staff are able to supervise PhD students in all the main areas of Economics.

More information including;

  • Structure of the PhD Programme
  • Supervision
  • How to apply
  • Entry requirements
  • Fees
  • Scholarships
  • Teaching opportunities
  • Visiting students
  • Frequently asked questions