BSc Economics

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BSc Economics is our core degree programme, covering all key areas of the economy. If you think and feel “I want to be an economist”, or “I want to understand how the economy works”, or “I want to improve the way the economy works”, this is the degree for you.

Whether you are interested in business, politics or simply how the world ticks, economics is a wonderful discipline for understanding how individuals make choices, how those choices create markets, and how markets interact to create national and global economies. It also provides the essential understanding for how economic policies can be developed to improve social welfare.

Overview

BSc Economics is our core degree programme, covering all key areas of the economy. This degree is perfect if you want to understand how the economy works and how to improve it. You will have the chance to select from a broad range of modules that reflect the interdisciplinary nature of the subject, focusing on key areas of economics including the global and domestic economy.

We offer core modules in economic analysis and quantitative methods, as well as a choice of modules. Throughout your studies you will be encouraged to develop expertise in economic modelling techniques and statistical analysis. This will provide you with the skills needed to analyse the economy valued by employers. We have received excellent feedback from our students, having been ranked first for academic support and second for overall satisfaction in the 2016 National Student Survey. 

There is also the opportunity to select modules within Political, Social and International Relations, Philosophy, and Language and Communication Studies.

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Course Structure

This three year course provides a wide range of integrated contemporary modules, enabling you to explore the diverse area of economics. You will have a varied choice of modules throughout the degree programme enabling you to direct your own learning.

Year 1

During your first year of study you will engage with key concepts of macroeconomics and microeconomics in the year-long modules ‘Introductory Macroeconomics’ and ‘Introductory Microeconomics’. You will also take modules such as ‘Introductory Mathematics for Economists’ and ‘Introductory Statistics for Economists’, which introduce you to basic economic modelling and statistical techniques.

You will have the opportunity to select modules from the School of Economics, or those offered within Political, Social and International Studies, Philosophy, and Language and Communication Studies.

Year 2

During your second year you will have the opportunity to tailor your degree programme according to your own interests, studying areas which you may find particularly relevant for your future career or further studies.

You will continue to develop your understanding of macro and microeconomics as well as skills in the collection and analysis of data. In ‘Introductory Econometrics’ you will build your statistical skills, which you will apply in the form of a practical project designed to answer a research question in the module ‘Econometrics Research Project’. This module is also designed to enhance the employability of our graduates.

Optional second-year modules cover areas including international trade, the European economy, strategy, behavioural economics, economic thought and mathematical economics.

Year 3

In your final year you will have an even broader range of optional modules to choose from, as you will be encouraged to pursue a curriculum of economic disciplines that match your own interests. Your final year provides the opportunity to further your study of macroeconomics, microeconomics and econometrics.

You will also choose further optional modules in economics and finance, which cover areas such as labour, public policy, corporate finance, financial markets, derivatives, risk management, history of economic thought, economics and business of sport, alternative investments, and environmental economics.

You will also have the option to take a dissertation during your final year.

Assessment

Assessment is carried out through examinations and a variety of forms of coursework, including essays, oral presentations, research exercises and group work.

  • Essays are used for testing general levels of understanding and ability to apply concepts
  • Course tests are used for checking on mastery of technical material
  • Econometric projects are used for testing ability to apply, interpret and assess statistical techniques
  • In some modules, teaching and assessment is supported by audience response system technologies, which help to establish a dialogue between teachers and students, and to convey useful feedback to students in real time
  • Critical review of an academic article is employed in order to test both understanding and the ability to critically assess
  • Examinations allow for open-ended treatment of material

What Next?

You will be well placed to choose from a wide range of career opportunities, including business, consulting, banking, politics, insurance, working in the Civil Service, business economics, personnel, accountancy, actuarial work, marketing, investment and financial risk analysis, and international organisations.

Many of our graduates go on to build careers in leading organisations, both nationally and internationally, such as:

  • Amazon
  • Aviva
  • Bank of England
  • Barclays
  • BDO
  • Deloitte
  • Ernst and Young
  • Goldman Sachs
  • Government Economic Service (such as HM Treasury and the Home Office)
  • Grant Thornton
  • HSBC
  • JP Morgan
  • KPMG
  • Lloyds
  • PwC
  • Santander

Economics graduates are also amongst the best paid: a HESA (2014) survey showed that economics sits just behind medical and engineering degrees at the top of the graduate salaries table. 

Course Modules 2017/8

Year 1

Compulsory Modules:

  • Introductory Macroeconomics
  • Introductory Microeconomics
  • Introductory Mathematics for Economists*
  • Introductory Statistics for Economists

Optional Modules:

  • The Economics of Society
  • Economics of Business Decision-Making
  • Introduction to Political Communication
  • Language choices including Chinese, French, German and Japanese

*This module is specifically for students without A level Mathematics (or equivalent). Students with A level Mathematics will take Mathematics for Economists, which covers the same topics as Introductory Mathematics but at a more advanced level.

Disclaimer

Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff or sabbatical leave. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

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Entry Requirements

  • A Level AAB excluding General Studies
  • International Baccalaureate 33 points
  • Scottish Advanced Highers AAB
  • Irish Leaving Certificate AAAABB OR 4 subjects at H1, 2 at H2
  • Access Course An ARTS/Humanities/Social Science pathway preferred. Pass with Distinction in 36 credits at Level 3 and Merit in 9 credits at Level 3
  • BTEC DDD
  • European Baccalaureate 80%

Entry Requirement

You are required to have English Language at a minimum of Grade C or Grade 4 or above and Mathematics at Grade B or Grade 5 or above at GCSE.

A GCE A-Level in General Studies and ifs Diploma are not accepted.

UEA recognises that some students take a mixture of International Baccalaureate IB or International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme IBCP study rather than the full diploma, taking Higher levels in addition to A levels and/or BTEC qualifications. At UEA we do consider a combination of qualifications for entry, provided a minimum of three qualifications are taken at a higher Level. In addition some degree programmes require specific subjects at a higher level.

Students for whom English is a Foreign language

We welcome applications from students from all academic backgrounds. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including writing, speaking, listening and reading):

•    IELTS: 6.0 overall (minimum 5.5 in any component)

We also accept a number of other English language tests. Please click here to see our full list.

INTO University of East Anglia

If you do not meet the academic and or English requirements for direct entry our partner, INTO University of East Anglia, offers guaranteed progression on to this undergraduate degree upon successful completion of a preparation programme. Depending on your interests and your qualifications you can take a variety of routes to this degree:

International Foundation in Business, Economics, Society and Culture

International Foundation in Mathematics and Actuarial Sciences

International Foundation in Computing with Management

International Year One in Business Management and Economics

Interviews

The majority of candidates will not be called for an interview and a decision will be made via UCAS Track. However, for some students an interview will be requested. You may be called for an interview to help the School of Study, and you, understand if the course is the right choice for you.  The interview will cover topics such as your current studies, reasons for choosing the course and your personal interests and extra-curricular activities.  Where an interview is required the Admissions Service will contact you directly to arrange a convenient time.

Gap Year

We welcome applications from students who have already taken or intend to take a gap year.  We believe that a year between school and university can be of substantial benefit. You are advised to indicate your reason for wishing to defer entry and to contact admissions@uea.ac.uk directly to discuss this further. 

Intakes

The School's annual intake is in September of each year
  • A Level AAB excluding General Studies
  • International Baccalaureate 33 If no GCSE equivalent is held, offer will include Mathematics and English requirements.
  • Scottish Advanced Highers BBC
  • Irish Leaving Certificate 4 subjects at H2, 2 subjects at H3
  • Access Course Pass the Access to HE Diploma with Distinction in 36 credits at Level 3 and Merit in 9 credits at Level 3
  • BTEC DDD BTEC Public Services is not accepted.
  • European Baccalaureate 80%

Entry Requirement

GCSE Requirements:  GCSE English Language grade 4 and GCSE Mathematics grade 5 or GCSE English Language grade C and GCSE Mathematics grade B.

UEA recognises that some students take a mixture of International Baccalaureate IB or International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme IBCP study rather than the full diploma, taking Higher levels in addition to A levels and/or BTEC qualifications. At UEA we do consider a combination of qualifications for entry, provided a minimum of three qualifications are taken at a higher Level. In addition some degree programmes require specific subjects at a higher level.

 

Students for whom English is a Foreign language

We welcome applications from students from all academic backgrounds. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including speaking, listening, reading and writing) at the following level:

  • IELTS: 6.0 overall (minimum 5.5 in any component)

We will also accept a number of other English language qualifications. Review our English Language Equivalences here.

INTO University of East Anglia 

If you do not meet the academic and/or English language requirements for this course, our partner INTO UEA offers guaranteed progression on to this undergraduate degree upon successful completion of a International Foundation or International Year One programme. Depending on your interests and your qualifications you can take a variety of routes to this degree:

INTO UEA also offer a variety of English language programmes which are designed to help you develop the English skills necessary for successful undergraduate study:

Interviews

The majority of candidates will not be called for an interview and a decision will be made via UCAS Track. However, for some students an interview will be requested. You may be called for an interview to help the School of Study, and you, understand if the course is the right choice for you.  The interview will cover topics such as your current studies, reasons for choosing the course and your personal interests and extra-curricular activities.  Where an interview is required the Admissions Service will contact you directly to arrange a convenient time.

Gap Year

We welcome applications from students who have already taken or intend to take a gap year.  We believe that a year between school and university can be of substantial benefit. You are advised to indicate your reason for wishing to defer entry and to contact admissions@uea.ac.uk directly to discuss this further. 

Intakes

The School's annual intake is in September of each year

Alternative Qualifications

Candidates with equivalent qualifications are encouraged to apply, or contact the Admissions Office for further information.

International candidates are also actively encouraged to access the University's International Students webpage.

Fees and Funding

Undergraduate University Fees and Financial Support

Tuition Fees

Information on tuition fees can be found here:

UK students

EU Students

Overseas Students

Scholarships and Bursaries

We are committed to ensuring that costs do not act as a barrier to those aspiring to come to a world leading university and have developed a funding package to reward those with excellent qualifications and assist those from lower income backgrounds. 

The University of East Anglia offers a range of Scholarships; please click the link for eligibility, details of how to apply and closing dates.

How to Apply

Applications need to be made via the Universities Colleges and Admissions Services (UCAS), using the UCAS Apply option.

UCAS Apply is a secure online application system that allows you to apply for full-time Undergraduate courses at universities and colleges in the United Kingdom. It is made up of different sections that you need to complete. Your application does not have to be completed all at once. The system allows you to leave a section partially completed so you can return to it later and add to or edit any information you have entered. Once your application is complete, it must be sent to UCAS so that they can process it and send it to your chosen universities and colleges.

The UCAS code name and number for the University of East Anglia is EANGL E14.

Further Information

If you would like to discuss your individual circumstances with the Admissions Service prior to applying please do contact us:

Undergraduate Admissions Service
Tel: +44 (0)1603 591515
Email: admissions@uea.ac.uk

Please click here to register your details via our Online Enquiry Form.

International candidates are also actively encouraged to access the University's International section of our website.

    Next Steps

    We can’t wait to hear from you. Just pop any questions about this course into the form below and our enquiries team will answer as soon as they can.

    Admissions enquiries:
    admissions@uea.ac.uk or
    telephone +44 (0)1603 591515