BSc Economics

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

For 2020/21:
£9,250 (Home/EU students)
£18,780 (Overseas)

More fees and funding details.

Why I love economics - Professor Kimberley Scharf

Studying Economics at Birmingham, you will work alongside experts in fields such as environment, energy, charity, philanthropy, public policy, society and finance to develop the skills required to make informed, responsible decisions and to positively impact society in a diverse range of careers.


Please note that applications to this programme made after the UCAS deadline of 15 January will not be considered. Applications are still open for Business School programmes at our Dubai campus.

Find out more about our Dubai programmes


Every decision we make, as individuals and right up to the level of global business and government, is based on scarcity and choice. The world has limited resources – and they’re becoming more limited every day. ‘Responsible’ means making sure those resources are used strategically and fairly to make people and society as a whole better off. 

Why study this course?

  • Be part of the next generation of responsible leaders - We are developing a curriculum that holds responsible and ethical practice at its core. You’ll be involved in our research from the start, applying what you are taught to real world problems and honing your communication skills when presenting findings to stakeholders.
  • Join a vibrant academic community - As part of the Birmingham Business School, you will be supported to achieve your best and that includes all aspect of your wellbeing. This includes making sure you have access to our extensive welfare services, mentoring programmes and student societies, including our thriving Economics Society. 
  • Exclusive training opportunities - Global 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 real difference by enagaging in projects for charitable organisations.
  • Strong job opportunities through industry links - Our strong links with industry mean that your study will be combined with a real practical focus, leading to excellent job opportunities, with 91% of our students entering work or further study after 6 months (DLHE 2017). 
  • An international approach - We currently have students from over 35 countries on our undergraduate courses, taught by a strongly international faculty, allowing you to develop a truly global perspective. 

The key benefits of studying Economics are having a greater knowledge about the world around you and having good job opportunities.

Olivia Reid, BSc Economics

Modules

First year


Core modules

Second year


Core modules

Optional modules

Students will also choose 3 optional modules from the following:

Final year


Core modules

Optional modules

Depending on the choice above, three or four modules are taken from:


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 2020. 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 2020-21
Fee Band Full-time
Undergraduate £9,250

Overseas students entering in 2020-21

Overseas students entering in 2020-21
Fee Band (Undergraduate) Full-time
Band 2 £18,780

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


Please note that applications to this programme made after the UCAS deadline of 15 January will not be considered. Applications are still open for Business School programmes at our Dubai campus.

Find out more about our Dubai programmes

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 

Only the following subjects can be considered: Business, Information Technology (Note that the above are not suitable for LG13 unless offering Maths at A Level.  Not suitable for language options unless also offering a modern language in an appropriate subject and at appropriate level) 

BTEC Diploma 

Only the following subjects can be considered (in combination with 1 A Level): Business, Information Technology 

BTEC Subsidiary Diploma 

Only the following subjects can be considered (in combination with 2 A Levels): Business, Information Technology

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.

In your first two years of study you will focus on core theory, applied economics and quantitative techniques. As you progress will have the chance to focus on areas that reflect your interests and take advantage of the specialist research conducted by our staff.

As well as learning the detail of your subject, you will develop the all-round skills needed for a modern working world - critical thinking, problem solving, communication, and creativity. For many students this is a big transition but you can be reassured that right across campus support and help is available if you need it. University is a time for self-discovery and adventure - shape your own experience and discover who you are.

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 Economics staff

 

Support

You will have access to a comprehensive support system to help you make the transition to higher education when you start at Birmingham.  During your first year, we want you to have a smooth transition into university. You will be able to talk to your tutors about this and discuss if there are particular areas where you need support.

Personal tutors – You will be assigned your own personal tutor who will get to know you as you progress through your studies. They will provide academic support and advice to enable you to make the most of your time here at Birmingham.

Wellbeing Officers – Alongside your personal tutor, you will also have access to dedicated wellbeing officers who provide professional support, advice and guidance to students across a range of issues. They can meet with you to discuss extensions, disabilities, reasonable adjustments, extenuating circumstances, or talk through any problems you might be experiencing, and help you access wider support on campus and beyond if you need it.

Our Academic Skills Centre helps you to become a more effective and independent learner through a range of high-quality support services. The centre offers workshops on a range of topics, such as note-taking, reading, academic writing and presentation skills.

Our Student Experience Team will help you get the most out of your academic experience. They offer research opportunities, study skills support, and help you prepare for your post-university career. They also organise social events, such as field trips, to help you meet fellow students from your course.

Contact Hours

Although contact hours vary significantly from week to week depending on the modules that you are studying, you can expect an average of 15 hours of taught contact time per week in each year of your Economics degree. Outside of these times, staff are also available for individual meetings and informal supervisions.

Assessment Methods

You will be assessed in a variety of ways to help you transition to a new style of learning at university. At the beginning of each module, you will be given information on how and when 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. You will receive feedback on each assessment so you can learn from each assignment as you move through your programme.

As a graduate of Birmingham Business School and a Russell Group University, you are an attractive prospect to employers, of which there is an impressive pool within Birmingham itself: for example, ONS, Price Waterhouse Coopers, Bank of England, KPMG, Ernst and Young, etc. Economics also gives you a wealth of transferrable skills that will be desirable if you decide to go on to work in a different field: from strategic, logical thinking to clear communication. 

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

Extra-curricular activities

Our employer-endorsed Personal Skills Award (PSA) recognises your extra-curricular activities, and provides an accredited employability programme designed to improve your career prospects. There are also a vast number of student groups and volunteering opportunities offered by the Guild of Students, our students’ union, which cover a wide variety of interests across drama and the arts. With over 300 societies and groups at The Guild, there is something for everyone – and if your interest does not yet have a group, then The Guild will support you to set it up and find likeminded individuals to join you.