BSc Economics

Full Time
Degree of Bachelor of Science

UCAS Course Code
A-Level typical
AAB (2017/8 entry) See All Requirements
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The BSc (Hons) Economics is our core degree programme, covering all key areas of the economy. This degree is perfect if you wish to become a professional economist and want to understand how the economy works and how to improve it.

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.


The BSc Economics is our core degree programme, covering all key areas of the economy. This degree is perfect if you wish to become a professional economist and want to understand how the economy works how to improve it. You will have the chance to select from a broad spectrum 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. We also have a 100 per cent employability success rate (DLHE 2014/15).

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

Find out more about how Economics at UEA inspires ideascreates careers and invests in you.

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 module ‘Introductory Economics’. You will also take modules such as ‘Introductory Mathematics’ and ‘Statistics for Economist’s, 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 ‘Applied Economic Analysis’, you will build your statistical modelling skills, and apply them in the form of a practical project designed to answer a research question.

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. You will also undertake a module in Advanced Economics to complete your training in core micro and macroeconomics.


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
  • 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:

  • HSBC
  • Bank of America
  • Goldman Sachs
  • Government Economic Services
  • KPMG
  • JP Morgan
  • Grant Thornton
  • UN – United Nations
  • Santander
  • Citi Bank
  • Barclays
  • Lloyds
  • Bank of England
  • Aviva
  • PwC
  • Deloitte
  • BDO

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

Course Modules

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.


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.

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
  • 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 Level.

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

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



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 directly to discuss this further. 


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

Fees and Funding

Undergraduate University Fees and Financial Support: Home and EU Students

Tuition Fees

Please see our webpage for further information on the current amount of tuition fees payable for Home and EU students and for details of the support available.

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. 

Home/EU - The University of East Anglia offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships.  To check if you are eligible please visit the website.


Undergraduate University Fees and Financial Support: International Students

Tuition Fees

Please see our webpage for further information on the current amount of tuition fees payable for International Students.


We offer a range of Scholarships for International Students – please see our website for further information.

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 Office prior to applying please do contact us:

Undergraduate Admissions Office (Economics)
Tel: +44 (0)1603 591515

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.

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