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About this course

Entry year:
Course code:
Tariff points:
Bristol Business School
Three years full-time; 4 years sandwich
Full-time; sandwich
Study abroad:
Programme leader:
Dr Timothy Hinks
Key fact:
Economics students at UWE have secured blue-chip placements with Treasury, Department for Business and Innovation, numerous banks (e.g. Lloyds) and in industry (e.g. Rolls-Royce).

Page last updated 31 August 2017


Why study BSc(Hons) Economics?

Economic problems are an ever-present and inherent part of our lives and essential to understanding the world in which we live and work. Economics graduates enjoy some of the best job prospects and the highest earnings with vital skills to succeed in diverse careers.

BSc (Hons) Economics is tailored towards those who like pure mathematics and wish to develop these skills further, all within the broader social and political context shaping today's world.  Students who enjoy economics but not necessarily pure mathematics should view our BA(Hons) Economics.

Why study our course?

Economics at UWE is an exciting and cutting-edge applied Economics course, which focuses on real and relevant issues using and applying the latest economic theory.  

All our modules are informed by a pluralist approach to economic thinking and alternative schools of thought that are now shaping economics. This includes new-institutional economics, happiness economics, and evolutionary economics.  You will acquire the skills necessary to 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, using a variety of different methods that includes an integral pure mathematics strand.

A number of the modules are accredited by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) giving valuable exemptions from CIMA exams.

Teaching is informed by current research and is led by a strong team of dynamic, supportive and research-active tutors, experts in their field and economics enthusiasts.

Real world experience

With a strong emphasis on skills development and employability, the degree offers many opportunities to gain relevant and valuable experience and access to industry through placements, field trips and guest lectures.

Where it can take you

Students follow diverse paths in the banking, financial, industrial, retail, government and international communities with recent graduates of our Economics courses securing roles in the Treasury, HSBC, Lloyds Group and Rolls Royce.

Watch: The learning and teaching experience

Accreditations and partnerships:



Year one

The first year provides a foundation for the development of the knowledge, skills and attributes necessary for your future as an economics graduate. This first year allows you to explore how mathematics is used in economic analysis and you will develop your skills in Excel and statistical analysis.

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Microeconomics
  • Macroeconomics
  • Becoming a Practical Economist
  • Statistics and Data Management
  • Model Building in Economics I
  • Developing Economic Thinking

Year two

In the second year, you will study modules that extend your understanding of economics and increase your depth of knowledge. Along with this, statistical and econometric software packages that are readily sought by employers will be introduced.

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Applied Microeconomics
  • Macroeconomics: Theory and Applications
  • Economic Research Methods
  • Introductory Econometrics
  • Model Building in Economics II

Plus one module from the list below (subject to availability):

  • Good Business, Bad Business and Sustainability
  • International Trade and Multinational Business
  • Economics of Happiness

Final year

All students are encouraged to spend their third year on placement and the curriculum in the first and second years provides support for the process of securing this. Alternatively, students can undertake a study year abroad (SYA). The final year includes a major project, along with modules requiring the integration of the knowledge and abilities gained in the earlier years of study, while the optional modules allow you to focus on particular areas of interest.

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Project
  • Economic Theory and Policy

Plus four optional modules from the list below OR three if a Study Year Abroad (SYA) or Placement Year has been completed:

  • Econometrics
  • The Economics of Developing Countries
  • Sustainable Business
  • 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

The course is taught through a diverse mix of learning environments including face-to-face tutor-led, independent student-led, online and group projects. Lectures, workshops/seminars, group project work, and tutoring account for 12 hours of contact time per week and you will spend at least as much time again in essential independent study. This includes preparation for workshops/seminars study, reviewing lectures, online work, reading and other research activity, as well as in the preparation of assessed work and revision for end of module exams.

Learning through experience

All students are encouraged to gain high quality work experience, ideally through the 40 week Placement in Year 3 (see Features) but if not, then through short term internships, paid work as a UWE Student Ambassador or Peer Assisted Learning Leader, or through volunteering.

For more details see our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.


You will be assessed through a mix of coursework and examinations, all of which aim to assess not only what you know and can do but also develop the graduate attributes that are valued by employers. These attributes include communication and presentation skills, IT and numeracy skills, team work, project and time management skills as well as the intellectual skills of problem solving, critical thinking, analysis and evaluation, creativity and innovation.

Coursework comes in many different forms: essays and reports; business plans and applied research projects; portfolios and weekly notes; assessed group and individual presentations and posters. You will also be required to reflect and comment on your own learning and personal development.

For more details see our full glossary of assessment terms.


Professional accreditation

This course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA). Please visit the CIMA website for the current exemptions.


You are encouraged to undertake a 40-week paid sandwich placement, relevant to your degree. Placements are taken after the second year of study and could be based in the UK or internationally.

This is a valuable and rewarding aspect of your course allowing you to gain real-world experience, develop key skills and increase your employability on graduation.

UWE Economics has a strong track record for securing placements with the Government Economic Service (ie the Treasury, Home Office, Business Innovations and Skills, Department of Work and Pensions, Office of National Statistics). Economics staff provide regular support in the application process, delivering workshops on completing the Government Economic Service (GES) application form and how to succeed in interview.

You will receive support in finding a placement and guidance throughout from our award-winning Careers and Employability service and departmental staff.

Study year abroad

As an alternative to a sandwich placement, there may be opportunities to undertake a study year abroad where courses are taught in English. Employers look favourably upon graduates who have studied overseas on account of them having acquired a global perspective which is becoming even more valuable with increasingly globalised markets.

Study facilities

Your learning is supported through the provision of high quality study facilities and an excellent library.  Dedicated business librarians manage vast collections of materials to support all your curriculum subjects and independent research through information skills sessions and the University's Study Skills website.  There is also an extensive programme of regular workshops including referencing management. 

The library offers zoned space from silent to group study and student bookable rooms.  You will benefit from direct access to electronic databases on and off campus including recommended books, trade press, academic journals, and industry databases.

The Bloomberg financial trading room is used by students from across Bristol Business School and provides the opportunity for training in this state of the art financial platform that provides a commanding view of global finance.

Find out more about the facilities and resources UWE Bristol has to offer.


Careers / Further study

Economics at UWE is well connected with industry and designed to meet the needs of employers. The strong emphasis on employability and gaining real-world experience along with cutting edge teaching bridges the gap between theory and practice and helps develop key skills required in the workplace.

The high-level demand for graduates with this degree makes it an ideal launch pad for a career in banking, finance, management, accountancy, marketing, corporate finance, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), government (e.g. Government Economic Service (GES) and postgraduate studies (recent graduates have undertaken Masters programmes at Cambridge, UCL, and Warwick).

Our graduates are employed in a wide range of roles, such as Financial Analyst, Stockbroker and Pricing Analyst. They work across private and public sector organisations including Treasury,  Ministry of Defence (MoD), Lloyds Group, HSBC, Hargreaves Lansdown (Stockbroker) and Rolls Royce.

Award-winning careers service

Our award-winning careers service helps you develop your employment potential through career coaching, a vacancy service for internships, placements, jobs, global opportunities, volunteering and community activity plus support for entrepreneurial activity, and access to employer events.

Creating employable students

UWE Bristol places strong emphasis on employability and skills development at every level. Through work placements, volunteering, study abroad and initiatives nurturing talent and innovation, you will have opportunities to gain valuable real world experience, allowing you to graduate with diverse career opportunities and a competitive place in the job market.

Visit our Employability pages to find out about careers, employers, real world experience and what our students are doing six months after graduating.

Useful links

Prospects - careers for economics graduates

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


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

The additional costs listed are those that students could reasonably expect to incur during their studies and are for items not covered by the standard tuition fee.

These could be materials, text books, travel, clothing, software or printing.

For information about funding for undergraduate courses see our funding pages.


Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 120
  • GCSE: For all applicants, Grade C/4 or above in English Language and Mathematics or Statistics, or equivalent. Please note the University does not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificates in Adult Numeracy and Literacy as suitable alternatives to GCSEs.
  • A-level subjects: Grade C or above in Maths. Points from A-Level General Studies and AS-Level subjects (not taken onto full A-Level) can be included towards overall tariff. You must have a minimum of two A-Levels.
  • Relevant subjects: Business, Management
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: To include 6 units in Maths.
  • Access: Achievement of the Access to HE Diploma; to include 15 level 3 credits at merit in Maths and 15 level 3 credits at merit in another subject.
  • Baccalaureate IB: A minimum grade of 5 in higher level Maths.

Entry requirements

If you don't meet the entry requirements of this course, you may be eligible for Foundation Year entry into this or other related degree courses.

Please read the general information about entry requirements.

UWE Bristol's International College
International students who do not meet the academic or English language requirements to study this course can qualify by completing preparatory study at our International College.

How to apply

Please see the general information about applications.

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