BSc Economics

Start date
September
Duration
3 years
UCAS code
L100
Course Type
Undergraduate, Single Honours
Fees

For 2019/20:
£9,250 (Home/EU students)
£16,740 (Overseas)

More fees and funding details.

Our BSc Economics degree gives you the chance to explore some of the most prominent issues affecting 21st century current affairs. As well as first-class teaching from experts in their field, you will be given all the support and guidance you need to prepare for your career.

Why study this course?

Economics is an intellectually engaging subject that builds important skills in maths and statistical data, which will make you a highly sought-after graduate with a significant advantage in the jobs market. 

  • You will study at one of the handful of business schools in the UK that holds the prestigious ‘triple-crown’ accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the Association of MBAs (AMBA) and the European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS).
  • Your employability options are vast and varied, our strong links with industry mean that rigorous undergraduate academic study is combined with a real practical focus, leading to excellent job opportunities.
  • You will join a University that is amongst the top three in the United Kingdom for being most frequently targeted by the country’s top employers.

Your Birmingham Economics degree

In your first two years of study you will focus on core theory, applied economics and quantitative techniques. This provides you with the key skills needed to be an economist. In your final year you will have the chance to focus on areas that reflect your interests and take advantage of the specialist research conducted by our staff.

Every year you will need to take modules worth 120 credits, some compulsory and some optional. You will take 60 credits in your first semester starting in the autumn term and 60 in the second semester starting in the spring term.

Interested in this course?

We also offer the BSc Economics course at our Dubai campus. Follow the link below to discover more about the programme, scholarships and opportunities in Dubai.

Find out more about our Dubai programme

β€˜One of the most formative experiences I had at the University was founding and running the UoB Investment Fund; a student run society which supported members pursuing careers in finance and consulting. We met weekly and encouraged students to form their own evidenced opinions on current affairs. The result was that over 90% of our members secured roles in their chosen industries and the fund still meets today!’

Adam Gill, BSc Economics

Please be reassured that the vote to leave the European Union does not mean there will be any immediate material change to the UK university sector’s participation in EU programmes such as Erasmus and study abroad programmes. Visit our EU Referendum information page for more information.

Modules

Please note the modules listed below are for the 2019/20 academic year. 
You can view all modules for the 2018/19 academic year here.

First year


Core modules

  • Principles of Economics
  • Applied Economics and Statistics
  • The Global Economy
  • Contemporary Economic Challenges
  • Widening Horizons Module

You must also take one of the following: (dependent on whether you have A level Mathematics)

  • Introduction to Mathematics for Economics
  • Mathematics for Economics

Second year


Core modules

  • Econometrics
  • Macroeconomics
  • Microeconomics

Optional modules

Choose three modules from the following list:

  • Behavioural and Experimental Economics
  • Financial Markets and Institutions
  • Development Economics
  • Environmental Economics
  • China and the World Economy
  • Contemporary Issues in the UK Economy
  • Mathematical Methods for Economics
  • Mathematical Methods for Statistics and Econometrics

Final year


Core modules

  • Extended Essay

You must take one or both of the following:

  • Advanced Microeconomics
  • Advanced Macroeconomics

Optional modules

If taking one of the above, you must choose four modules from the list below. If taking both, then three modules are taken from the list below:

  • Advanced Behavioural and Experimental Economics 
  • Advanced Financial Markets and Institutions
  • Advanced Econometrics: Theory and Applications
  • Labour Economics
  • Industrial Organisation
  • History of Economic Thought
  • International Trade Theory and Policy
  • Monetary Policy and Dynamic Macroeconomics
  • Decision Theory and Games
  • Public Economics
  • Health Economics
  • Economics of the European Union
  • The Political Economy of Russia
  • Professional Development

Please note: The modules listed on the website for this programme are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up-to-date and informed by the latest research and teaching methods. Unless indicated otherwise, the modules listed for this programme are for students starting in 2019. On rare occasions, we may need to make unexpected changes to compulsory modules; in this event we will contact offer holders as soon as possible to inform or consult them as appropriate.

Fees

Home/EU students

Undergraduate Home/EU student fees 2019-20
Fee Band Full-time
Undergraduate £9,250

Overseas students entering in 2019-20

Overseas students entering in 2019-20
Fee Band (Undergraduate) Full-time
Band 2 £16,740

Visit our tuition fees page for more information.

Scholarships

At Birmingham we ensure that fears about finance do not constrain prospective students from considering university and that excellence is rewarded.

The University offers a range of additional financial support for students studying at Birmingham in the form of bursaries, grants and scholarships.

Learn more about our scholarships and awards. 


For EU students applying for the 2020/21 academic year

The UK Government has confirmed that EU students will continue to be eligible for 'home fee status' for entry in September 2020, and will continue to have access to financial support available via student loans for the duration of their course. For more information take a look at the gov.uk website.

How To Apply

Apply through the UCAS website using code L100.

UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) is a UK organisation responsible for managing applications to university and college.

View further advice on 'How to apply for undergraduate courses', including advice for UK, EU and overseas applicants.

Standard offer

International Requirements



Number of A levels required:
3
Typical offer:
AAA
Required subjects and grades:
GCSE Mathematics at grade 7/A
General Studies:
not accepted

BTEC requirements

BTEC Extended Diploma, Diploma and Subsidiary Diploma are all considered on a case by case basis - contact us for further guidance

 

International Students

International Baccalaureate Diploma: 6,6,6 at Higher Level with a minimum of 32 points overall.

Standard English language requirements apply.

Learn more about international entry requirements

Depending on your chosen course of study, you may also be interested in one of our foundation pathways, which offer specially structured programmes for international students whose qualifications are not accepted for direct entry to UK universities. Further details can be found on Birmingham International Academy web pages.

How you will learn

You’ll be taught by an international faculty who research across all major areas of economics, using a combination of lectures and tutorials. We have staff working on Environmental Economics, Economic Theory, Development and International Economics, Macroeconomics, Monetary Economics, Banking and Financial Economics. 

Find out more about our staff

 

How you will be assessed

Your modules will be assessed using a combination of coursework, exams and tests, the mix of which will be dependent upon the modules you choose.

Your personal tutor

From the moment you begin your economics degree you will have a personal tutor who will help to guide your academic progress and support your general wellbeing. They will meet you on a regular basis either individually or in a small group throughout the year.

Contact hours

You can expect around 15 contact hours per week, depending on your year of study and the optional modules you've chosen. The remainder of the week consists of self-guided study.

Professional Development Module

Our Professional Development Module is an option that offers a learning experience that will help bridge the gap between your studies and your future professional life.

Worth 20-credits in your final year, the module includes a work placement and is a great opportunity to learn in a professional setting related to your interests and your degree. You will have access to support from our dedicated Placements Team to help identify the best opportunity for you.

We pride ourselves on our graduates' high levels of employability in diverse sectors, such as financial management and accountancy, government services, investment and retail banking, and journalism. We will help you to plan, manage and achieve your career goals, giving you a competitive edge when it’s time to start job hunting.

90% of our students are in a managerial/professional job after 6 months 

Careers Network

Our award-winning Careers Network is a dedicated service for you. Our expert professionals can provide you with guidance and support to help you succeed after university. We hold workshops, fairs and 1:1 consultations to help you develop your skills. All the support you need is here for you, it’s up to you to make the most of it.

Visit the Careers Network website for more details

Exclusive to Birmingham - the Capgemini Challenge

Global consultancy firm Capgemini work exclusively with us every year to deliver a second-to-none consultancy training experience that you won’t find at any other UK university. Taking place over one week at Capgemini’s world-renowned facilities, this is an amazing opportunity to make a difference by enagaging in projects for charitable organisations.

Learn more about the challenge here