Queen Mary University of London Economics

Queen Mary University of London Economics

Queen Mary University of London Economics

Economics

L100 BSc (Econ) (Hons) 3 years

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Overview

Our Economics degree is about the real world: about how people respond to incentives, and the production and allocation of resources. Think how many news items involve economics: the global recession, tax, interest rates, prices, and the job market.

There are two major strands in our economics degree: Microeconomics which looks at the individual firm and consumer, attempting to understand their behaviour and motivations, and; Macroeconomics which focuses on the economy as a whole, covering major themes like taxation, investment, inflation and so on.

This degree offers professional training in economics, providing an excellent basis for employment in the private or state sector and for further academic study. The first two years cover a core of macroeconomics, microeconomics and the quantitative techniques used in economic analysis and investigation. The final-year enables you to apply this core knowledge to a variety of specialised areas.

Why study an Economics degree at Queen Mary?

The quality of teaching and research within the School of Economics and Finance at Queen Mary has been widely acknowledged. In the 2015 National Student Survey (NSS) 94% and 96% of our students expressed a high level of overall satisfaction with the quality of teaching and support provided for their course, for economics and finance respectively. In terms of Research, Economics at Queen Mary has been ranked 10th in the UK for research power in the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014). We are a young and international School with staff from all over Europe and beyond, who have links to important institutions in the City and further a-field.

You will be able to choose from a wide range of study options and benefit from a varied programme of visiting speakers. Our established exchange programme allows you to spend either a year in the USA, Australia, Singapore or China or a semester through the Erasmus scheme either in Italy or Spain.

The School offers excellent resources to its undergraduate students as part of their degree. Economics students have the exclusive use of two computer labs and ten Bloomberg terminals which give students access to the financial software used in the banking and finance industry. We also subscribe to the major statistical databases, and software packages such as those used by economists in finance or in government for data analysis and simulation.

The School strongly believes that education, personal and professional development also takes place outside the classroom through structured extracurricular activities. Examples of such extracurricular activities organised by the School and open to all students include the research assistant scheme, the maths and book clubs, economics debates, imagery and essay competitions, football and tennis tournaments. The School also actively support the work of two societies, the Economics Society and the Trading and Investment Society.

Every year the School of Economics and Finance organises various guest speaker lectures. So, you will be able to attend a varied programme of lectures and talks. Some of the invited speakers in the past include Tim Harford, John Roemer, Lord Meghnad Desai, Charles Goodhart, Rt Hon Roy Hattersley, Dan Corry, Robert Peston, Scott Page, Frank Allen, Lord Sebastian Coe, Richard Lipsey, Richard Layard, and Sanjeev Goyal.

Study abroad

You can choose to apply for a four-year version of this degree with a full year abroad. We have links with universities around the world, including Europe, North America, Australia, and Asia (specific partnerships for each programme may vary).

While there are no extra tuition fees associated with these placements abroad, you will need to cover the cost of your transport to your destination and your living expenses, including accommodation.

Find out more about study abroad opportunities at QMUL.