BSc Economics with a Placement Year

Full Time
Degree of Bachelor of Science

UCAS Course Code
A-Level typical
AAB (2019/0 entry) See All Requirements
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How do the choices of individuals and firms combine to drive the modern global economy? And how can this economy be best aligned with human goals? By asking these questions you will get under the skin of business and politics. You'll develop an understanding of what makes the world tick. You'll discover how economic policy can affect social change. And you'll start to form your own ideas about how to make our world a better place.

An economics degree is ideal for you if you have a curious and questioning nature. You will enjoy working with numbers, but at the same time, you’re fascinated by human behaviour. You might know exactly what career you want to go into – or you may know that an economics degree keeps your options open, possibly more than any other.

On this course you will spend 9-12 months of your third year in a full-time placement, gaining invaluable working experience and employability skills in a relevant area of your choice.


Learn how the economy works and how to improve it with our flagship degree programme. This course is your chance to question everything and challenge yourself to not just analyse the ideas of others, but to come up with and defend your own theories too.   

You will explore all areas of the economy, from microeconomic and macroeconomic perspectives. You will also learn quantitative methods, economic modeling techniques, and how to collect and analyse data.

Most importantly, you will discover what really excites you about economics, and you’ll be able to take your studies in the direction you choose.

Economics touches many other subjects, so alongside your core subjects you’ll also be able to enhance your studies with classes from UEA’s School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies.

In this way you can build your degree to suit your developing interests and ambitions and ensure you leave UEA with a degree that matches your goals.

Course Structure

In this three-year course you’ll explore the diversity of economics and direct your own learning through a varied choice of modules.

Year 1

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

You will also have the opportunity to select modules from the School of Economics, as well as selected modules from within the School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies.

Year 2

Your second year gives you the opportunity to tailor your degree programme according to your own interests, studying areas that you find particularly relevant for your future career or further studies.

Whether you’re fascinated by corporate finance, international trade, the European economy, strategy, behavioural economics, economic thought or mathematical economics – you’ll find modules to suit you.

You’ll also continue to develop your understanding of macro and microeconomics, whilst gaining skills in the collection and analysis of data. In ‘Introductory Econometrics’ you will build your statistical skills. In the module ‘Econometrics Research Project’ you’ll then apply those skills with a practical project addressing a research question. This module is also designed to boost your employability even further.

Year 3

In your third year you will spend 9-12 months in a full-time placement.

Year 4

Your final year brings with it an even wider range of optional modules – and we will encourage you to follow your own interests.

You will also have the opportunity to continue your study of macroeconomics, microeconomics and econometrics.

And you’ll choose further optional modules in economics and finance – covering areas such as industrial organisation, labour, public policy, 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.

Teaching and Learning


You will be taught by a lively, friendly research-oriented team who are committed to teaching excellence.

We have an international reputation in many key areas, including economic theory and applied subjects. Our research interests include behavioural economics, competition economics, environmental policy, conflict, contests and corporate behaviour, finance and financial markets, labour market studies in education, family and welfare, and cultural and creative industries.

Independent study

You can deepen your understanding and experience by taking part in various student-led initiatives. The Economics Society is the perfect place to network and socialise with fellow students with shared interests.

There’s also the Norwich Economic Papers – a scholarly journal run by a Student Editorial Board. This is your chance to publish academic work, write discussion pieces and enter essay competitions.

Academic support

To make sure you get the most from your studies and help you reach your full potential, our Learning Enhancement team, based in Student Support Services, are on hand to help in the following areas:

  • Study skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills)
  • Writing skills (including punctuation and grammatical accuracy)
  • Academic writing (including how to reference)
  • Research skills (including how to use the library)
  • Critical thinking and understanding arguments
  • Revision, assessment and examination skills (including time management)

If you have additional needs due to disabilities such as sensory impairment, or learning difficulties such as dyslexia, please talk to our Student Support Services about how we can help.


You will be assessed through exams and different types of coursework, includingessays, presentations, research exercises and group work.

Each type of assessment plays its part – for example:

  • Essays will test your general levels of understanding and ability to apply concepts
  • Course tests will check you have mastered the technical material
  • Exams will provide the opportunity for open-ended treatment of material
  • Econometric projects will test your ability to apply, interpret and assess statistical techniques
  • Critical reviews of academic articles will check your understanding and ability to critically assess.

In some modules we use audience response system technologies, which help to establish a dialogue with your teachers and give you feedback in real time.

Optional Study abroad or Placement Year

On this course you will spend 9-12 months of your third year in a full-time placement, gaining invaluable working experience and employability skills in a relevant area of your choice.

After the course

Economics careers are among the most wide-ranging. Highly numerate graduates with skills in problem solving, communication and decision-making are highly sought after in every sector and you could go on to work in business, consulting, banking, politics, insurance, the Civil Service, business economics, personnel, accountancy, actuarial work, marketing, investment and financial risk analysis, and international organisations.

Career destinations

Career destinations related to your degree include:

  • Actuarial analyst
  • Data analyst
  • Economist
  • Financial risk analyst
  • Investment analyst
  • Statistician

Course related costs

You are eligible for reduced fees during your placement year. Further details are available on our Tuition Fee website.

There may be extra costs related to items such as your travel and accommodation, which will vary depending on location.

Please see Additional Course Fees for details of other course-related costs.

Course Modules 2018/9


Year 1

Students with A-level Maths or equivalent will be enrolled on ECO-4003A Mathematics for Economists instead of ECO-4001A Introductory Mathematics for Economists.

Compulsory Modules:

Name Credits Module
Introductory Mathematics For Economists 20 ECO-4001A
Introductory Microeconomics 20 ECO-4005B
Introductory Macroeconomics 20 ECO-4006Y
Introductory Statistics For Economists 20 ECO-4001B


Optional Range A:

Students will select a minimum of 20 and a maximum of 40 credits from the following modules. Students will select either ECO-4002A or 40 credits of language (PPLB) from the modules identified below. (Students choosing a language option are expected to study the same language in semester one and semester two). If you wish to study a modern foreign language which is not listed, please discuss this with your course director as we are unable to list every potential language module here.

Name Credits Module
The Economics Of Society 20 ECO-4002A
Beginners' French I 20 PPLB4013A
Beginners' French II 20 PPLB4014B
Beginners' German I 20 PPLB4018A
Beginners' German II 20 PPLB4019B
Beginners' Chinese I 20 PPLB4034A
Beginners' Chinese II 20 PPLB4035B


Optional Range B:

Students will select a minimum of 0 and a maximum of 20 credits from the following modules. Students who select ECO-4002a (from option range A) will select 20 credits from the following modules.

Name Credits Module
The Economics Of Business Decision-Making 20 ECO-4002B
Introduction To Political Communication 20 PPLM4002A
Modern Readings In Philosophy 20 PPLP4002A

Year 2

Compulsory Modules:

Name Credits Module
Introductory Econometrics 20 ECO-5006A
Intermediate Microeconomics 20 ECO-5007A
Intermediate Macroeconomics 20 ECO-5007B
Econometrics Research Project 20 ECO-5008B


Optional Range A:

Students will select a minimum of 20 and a maximum of 20 credits from the following modules.

Name Credits Module
Mathematical Economics 20 ECO-5003A
Strategic Thinking 20 ECO-5004A
International Trade and Integration 20 ECO-5005A


Optional Range B:

Students will select a minimum of 20 and a maximum of 20 credits from the following modules.

Name Credits Module
Behavioural Economics 20 ECO-5005B
The European Economy 20 ECO-5006B
History of Economic Thought 20 ECO-5009B
The Economics of Corporate Finance 20 ECO-5010B


Year 3

Compulsory Modules:

Name Credits Module
Placement Year 120 ECO-5006Y



Year 4

Optional Modules:

Students will select 120 credits in total across option ranges A & B. Students will select no more than 70 credits in any semester. Students may only select 20 credits of ECO-5* modules in their final year.


Optional Range A:

Students will select a minimum of 40 and a maximum of 60 credits from the following modules.

Name Credits Module
Further Econometrics and Data Analysis 20 ECO-6003A
Advanced Topics in Microeconomics 20 ECO-6005A
Advanced Topics in Macroeconomics 20 ECO-6005B


Optional Range B:

Students will select a minimum of 60 and a maximum of 80 credits from the following modules.

Name Credits Module
Mathematical Economics 20 ECO-5003A
Behavioural Economics 20 ECO-5005B
History of Economic Thought 20 ECO-5009B
Labour Economics 20 ECO-6001A
International Macroeconomics 20 ECO-6001B
Development Economics 20 ECO-6002A
Derivatives and Financial Risk Management 20 ECO-6002B
Economics of the Environment 20 ECO-6003B
Business and Economics of Sport 20 ECO-6004A
The Economics of Alternative Investments 20 ECO-6004B
Industrial Organisation and Business Strategies 20 ECO-6006A
Competition in the Digital Age 20 ECO-6006B
The Economics of Financial Markets 20 ECO-6007A
The Economics of Corporate Finance 20 ECO-6007B
Government, Welfare and Policy 20 ECO-6008A
Political Economy 20 ECO-6008B
Economics Dissertation 20 ECO-6009Y


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. In some cases optional modules can have limited places available and so you may be asked to make additional module choices in the event you do not gain a place on your first choice. 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 BBC
  • Irish Leaving Certificate 4 subjects at H2, 2 subjects at H3
  • Access Course Distinction in 36 credits at level 3 and Merit in 9 credits at Level 3
  • BTEC DDD (excluding Public Services and Business Administration)
  • 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. Please click here for further information.

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 onto this undergraduate degree upon successful completion of a foundation 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 Science

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:

Pre-sessional English at INTO UEA

English for University Study at INTO UEA

Gap Year

We welcome applications from students who have already taken or intend to take a gap year.

We also welcome applications for deferred entry, believing 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 may wish to contact the appropriate Admissions Office directly to discuss this further.


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.


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

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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