Goldsmiths University of London Economics
Study economics for a constantly changing world. This degree offers you formal and rigorous training in economic theory and real world application, and allows you to specialise in a key area of the modern economy.
Today economics means change. New technologies constantly reconfigure how markets work. New emerging countries from around the world reshape the world economy. At Goldsmiths we encourage you to face these new and evolving challenges by thinking outside the box and marrying innovation with tradition.
- economic analysis
- finance and accounting
- maths and statistics
- quantitative methods
- communication and presentation skills
But your degree does not stop there. You will be given a choice of five minor specialisations. You can choose the one that best suits your interests and future plans. These minor specialisations are:
- Communication and Technology
- Markets and Organisations
- Human Behaviour and Choice
- The Creative Impulse
- Concepts, Ideas and Perspectives
This choice makes your degree unique. You’ll be given a wide variety of modules from world-leading departments around Goldsmiths for you to explore these topics and develop links that will give you a niche in today’s competitive labour market. Any generic economic degree gives you the training you need to be an economist. But here we provide something on top of that, an understanding of the wider social and business context of economics, so that you will be able to effectively use the economist’s toolbox to solve the problems that you find interesting.
Because we want to provide you with all the support for your future career you will be given the opportunity to apply for a limited number of placements that the College would source. These will occur at the end of your second year and would constitute a 15 credit option towards your degree. This will enhance your CV, bring theory and practical experience together, and help you develop industry contacts.
Through the Erasmus programme, you can spend half of your second year in a university abroad. You can choose modules there and immerse yourself in a different culture and academic environment, with the option of learning or improving a foreign language.
Why study economics at Goldsmiths?
Goldsmiths is the ideal environment to explore economics in new and imaginative ways informed by our current research. The Institute of Management Studies has academics doing research not only in Economics and Political Economy, but also in Consumer Theory, Management, Business Psychology, Strategy, Innovation and Entrepreneurship. But the research community with which you will come in contact with is much larger, as it includes leading experts from Sociology, Psychology, Computing, Media Studies, History, Politics, Design and other departments teaching courses in the relevant streams.
Furthermore, Goldsmiths has a centre for interdisciplinary research in Economics and Political Economy (PERC) that organises lectures, seminars and a host of other events bringing celebrated speakers into Goldsmiths from around the world. Through lectures in the IMS and PERC you’ll have access to today’s business leaders, economists and policy practitioners. Recent guest speakers have included renowned development economist and best-selling author Ha-Joon Chang, businesswoman Nicola Horlick, fashion designer Sir Paul Smith, and Nik Kinley, Director and Head of Talent Strategy at YSC.
Finally, Economics at Goldsmiths stands on the crossroad of two amazing gifts given by the Goldsmiths Company to the University of London. One is the College itself, which became a part of the University of London in 1904. The second is the Goldsmiths Library of Economics, bought by the Company from H.S. Foxwell in 1903, and housed, to this day, at Senate House Library. With more than 70,000 printed books, pamphlets, periodicals, manuscripts, broadsides and proclamations from the fifteenth to the twentieth centuries it is, together with the Kress Library at Harvard University, one of the two best known collections in the world on the history of Economics and Business. We are proudly celebrating being part of this tradition by introducing a 3rd year module in our BA Economics programme titled Manias, Bubbles, Crises and Market Failure. In this module we will discuss past economic crises by utilising the substantial resources of the Goldsmiths library and contrasting them with the current crisis. This will let you use this world-renowned collection, as the past can give us lessons on what led to the current crisis, how to overcome it, and how to avoid future ones.
Contact the department
If you have specific questions about the degree, contact Dr Constantinos Repapis