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BA(Hons)

Economics

This course is open for applications.

About this course

Entry year:
2018/19
Course code:
L100
Applications:
UCAS
Level:
Undergraduate
Tariff points:
120
Department:
Bristol Business School
Campus:
Frenchay
Duration:
Three years full-time, four years sandwich
Delivery:
Full-time
Study abroad:
Yes
Programme leader:
Dr Jo Michell
Key fact:
We have a strong track record of securing placements with banks like Lloyds and with the Government Economic Service (for example HM Treasury).

Page last updated 10 November 2017

Introduction

Why study economics?

Economics is all around us, and studying it is essential to understanding the world we live and work in.

As an economics graduate, you'll enjoy some of the best job prospects and high earnings across several career paths.

Our BA(Hons) in Economics is for those who want to learn about the broader social and political context shaping today's world, without a pure mathematics focus. If you want more maths modules you'll prefer BSc(Hons) Economics.

Why UWE Bristol?

BA(Hons) Economics is a modern applied course that focuses on applying the latest post-crisis economic theory to real and relevant problems.

Gain the skills to answer questions such as: why do people behave irrationally? Do firms really aim to maximise profits? Does inequality matter? Is growth really sustainable? Are we ready for the next financial crash? What will artificial intelligence mean for job creation?

Analyse numerous real-world issues, including irrational behaviour, how firms really operate, the cost of continued economic growth and sustainability, post-crisis banking, development and migration.

Learn about alternative schools of thought that are shaping economics, including new-institutional, happiness, evolutionary and behavioural economics. 

We embrace pluralism (addressing issues using multiple theories or approaches at the same time) to help you debate complex questions, form opinions and look at things from different perspectives.

Learning this way gives you a deeper understanding of real-world economic relationships and makes you attractive to employers.

With an emphasis on skills development and real-world experience, this course gives you regular access to industry through placements, field trips and guest lectures.

Where can it take me?

Economics at UWE Bristol focuses on employability and experience, helping you bridge the gap between theory and practice and develop important workplace skills.

Our graduates go on to successful careers in banking, finance, accountancy, industry, retail, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and government.

They work as Financial Analysts, Stockbrokers and Pricing Analysts across private and public sector organisations including Hargreaves Lansdown (stockbroker), the Ministry of Defence (MoD), Lloyds Banking Group, HSBC, and Rolls Royce.

Watch: The learning and teaching experience

Accreditations and partnerships:

Structure

Content

The optional modules listed are those that are most likely to be available, but they may be subject to change.

Year one

You will study:

  • Microeconomics
  • Macroeconomics
  • Becoming a Practical Economist
  • Statistics and Data Management
  • Understanding Business and Financial Information
  • Developing Economic Thinking.

Year two

You will study:

  • Applied Microeconomics
  • Macroeconomics: Theory and Applications
  • Economic Research Methods
  • Introductory Econometrics.

Plus two optional modules from:

  • Good Business, Bad Business and Sustainability
  • Emerging Economies
  • Economics of Money and Banking
  • International Trade and Multinational Business
  • Economics of Happiness.

Placement year (if applicable)

If you study on the four year (sandwich) course, you'll spend a year away from the University on a work or study placement after Year two.

Depending on which you choose, you'll either complete a placement learning or learning and development module.

See the Placements and Fees sections for more information.

Final year

You will study:

  • Final Year Project
  • Economic Theory and Policy.

Plus four optional modules (three if you complete a study year abroad or placement year) from:

  • The Economics of Developing Countries
  • Sustainable Business
  • Econometrics
  • Economics of International Financial Markets
  • Economics of Labour and Migration
  • Behavioural Economics
  • Political Economy.

The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved, we will inform you.

Learning and Teaching

You'll be taught through a mix of tutor-led learning, independent student-led study, online material and group projects.

Lectures, workshops/seminars, group project work and tutoring make up 12 hours of contact time each week. You'll spend at least as much time again studying independently. This includes preparing for workshops/seminars, reviewing lectures, online work, reading and other research activity. You'll also prepare assessed work and revise for end of module exams.

You'll develop a solid grounding in core economics concepts and skills and finish your second year proficient in Excel and able to undertake statistical analysis.

You'll study modules that extend your understanding of economics and increase your depth of knowledge. We'll introduce you to statistical and econometric software used by employers.

In third year, you'll complete advanced study in your areas of interest and a dissertation or applied project.

You'll also develop your communication and presentation skills, IT and numeracy skills, and project and time management skills. Your improved problem solving, critical thinking, analysis, evaluation and innovation skills will help you stand out as a graduate.

This degree also offers opportunities to gain industry experience through placements, field trips and guest lectures.You can also gain experience through short-term internships, paid work as a Student Ambassador or Peer Assisted Learning Leader, or through volunteering.

See our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

Percentage of time you'll spend in different learning activities, each year: 

YearScheduled learning and teaching studyIndependent studyPlacement study% check
126%74%0%100%
224%76%0%100%
321%79%0%100%

Assessment

You'll be assessed through a mix of coursework and examinations, which assess what you know and can do and help you develop the confidence and skills that employers value.

Coursework can take the form of essays and reports; business plans and applied research projects; portfolios and weekly notes; assessed group and individual presentations and posters. You'll also reflect and comment on your own learning and personal development.

See our full glossary of assessment terms.

Percentage of time you'll spend on different assessment methods, each year: 

YearWritten exam assessmentCoursework assessmentPractical exam assessment% check
153%36%11%100%
251%40%9%100%
346%47%7%100%

Features

Professional accreditation

This degree is accredited by theChartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), giving valuable exemptions from professional exams.

Placements

We encourage you to do a 40-week paid sandwich placement, after your second year of study. It can be in the UK or abroad.

Your placement is valuable because it allows you to gain real-world experience and skills that increase your employability.

Economics at UWE Bristol has a strong track record for securing placements with the Government Economic Service (ie Treasury, Home Office, Business Innovations and Skills, Department of Work and Pensions, Office of National Statistics).

Academic staff will support you through the application process, showing you how to complete the Government Economic Service (GES) application form and how to succeed in interview.

You'll also receive guidance throughout from our award-winning careers service.

Study year abroad

You'll also have opportunities to study overseas on courses that are taught in English and relevant to your degree. The study year abroad is not a paid placement.

Study facilities

In our new £55m Bristol Business School, you'll have access to cutting-edge learning spaces like the Bloomberg financial trading room. Training in this state-of-the-art financial platform will give you a commanding view of global finance.

Designed with student input, the Business School offers learning spaces for individual and group study plus conference rooms you can book. It's a space for students and businesses to come together, collaborate and form new partnerships.

In our specialist library, business librarians manage vast collections to support your research. Attend workshops to develop your information skills or use our Study Skills website

You'll have access to recommended books, trade press, academic journals, and industry databases on and off campus.

Learn more about UWE Bristol's facilities and resources.

Careers

Careers / Further study

High demand for graduates with this degree means diverse career prospects and a competitive place in the jobs market.

This course makes an ideal launch pad for a career in banking, finance, management, accountancy, marketing, corporate finance, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), government (for example the Government Economic Service) and postgraduate studies.

Our graduates are Financial Analysts, Stockbrokers and Pricing Analysts. They work across private and public sector organisations including Hargreaves Lansdown (stockbroker), the Ministry of Defence (MoD), Lloyds Banking Group, HSBC, and Rolls Royce.

Get inspired

Our award-winning careers service will develop your employment potential through career coaching and find you graduate jobs, placements and global opportunities.

We can also help find local volunteering and community opportunities, provide support for entrepreneurial activity and get you access to employer events.

Visit our Employability pages to learn more about careers, employers and what our students are doing six months after graduating.

See also:

Prospects - careers for economics graduates

The Guardian - what can you do with a degree in economics?

Fees

Full Time course

FeesAmount (£)
International-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee13000
International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1625

Full time course with placement year

FeesAmount (£)
International-Sandwich-Annual (Per Year) Fee13000
International-Sandwich-Full Annual Fee Following Placement Year13000
International-Sandwich-Module Fee (15 Credit)1625
International-Sandwich-Placement Year Fee1625
International-Sandwich-Reduced Annual Fee Following Placement Year11375

Indicative Additional Costs

FeesAmount (£)
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Over 3 years900
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Over 3 Years with Placement1200
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Per year300

Supplementary fee information

Your overall entitlement to funding is based on how long the course is that you're registered on. Standard funding is allocated based on the standard number of years that your course lasts, plus one additional year.

You'll apply for funding each year that you study and Student Finance will take into account how long the course is in each year that you apply. So if you register for the four year course and then transfer to the three year course, the number of years you can apply for funding will change. Student Finance will reassess your funding based on how many years you have been in study, not just those years for which you received student finance.

Always seek advice before taking any action that may have implications for your funding.

Learn more about funding.

Additional costs

This refers to items you could need during your studies that aren't covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, textbooks, travel, clothing, software or printing.

Learn more about costs.

Entry

Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 120
  • GCSE: Grade C or above, or Grade 4 under newly reformed GCSE grading, in English Language and Mathematics or Statistics, or equivalent. We don't accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificates in Adult Numeracy and Literacy as alternatives to GCSEs.
  • English Language Requirement:

    If English isn't your first language, you'll have to meet the UK Border Agency's and the University's minimum English Language requirements, such as having an International English Language Test (IELTS) overall score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component.

  • A-level subjects: No specific subjects required. You can include points from A-Level General Studies and AS-Level subjects (not taken onto full A-Level) towards overall tariff. You must have at least two A-Levels.
  • Relevant subjects: Business, Management, Economics, Business, Philosophy, Politics, Sociology, Psychology, Geography and History
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: No specific subjects required.
  • Access: Achievement of the Access to HE Diploma; to include 30 level 3 credits at merit.
  • Baccalaureate IB: No specific subjects required.

Entry requirements

If you do not think you will be able to meet the entry requirements for entry into Year 1 of this course, you can consider applying for the Foundation Year of this or related degree courses.

If you have completed your qualifications and do not meet the normal entry requirements, but you can show us that you have relevant experience and capabilities that make you suited to this course, we will be pleased to consider your application. Please make sure your application form includes details of your experience and capabilities. If you would like to discuss this before formally applying, please talk to us at an open day or contact the course leader (details above).

Read more about entry requirements.

UWE Bristol's International College
If you don't meet the academic or English language requirements to study this course, you can qualify by completing preparatory study at our International College.

How to apply

Read more about undergraduate applications.

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