University of Birmingham Economics

University of Birmingham Economics

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This programme is an exciting chance to explore some of the increasingly prominent economics issues affecting 21st century political and current affairs. Economics is an intellectually challenging discipline that builds important skills and techniques in using maths and applying statistical data, as well as wider transferable skills, all of which will make you a highly sought-after graduate with a significant advantage in the employment market.

  • 91% Overall student satisfaction
  • 91% Intellectually stimulating course
  • 94% Students in work / further study (Employability stats – 6 months after graduating)
  • Average starting salaries for our graduates of £26,000
  • Taught by leading economists and with an impressive faculty alumni – we’re renowned for producing high-calibre graduates

Course details

Economics BSc at Birmingham Business School is a very popular degree course and it is recommended to apply early for this highly sought after single honours degree. You will be taught by leading economists and we’re renowned for producing high-calibre graduates with an impressive faculty alumni.

  • 94% of our graduates are now in work or further study
  • 91% student satisfaction i.e. students satisfied with the overall quality of this course
  • 91% of our students state that this is an intellectually stimulating course
  • Average starting salaries for our graduates of £26,000

The BSc Economics degree is a solid foundation and gateway to many career options and our extensive range of module choices enables you to develop a degree shaped by your interests and skills.

This flexibility means that on completion of your degree, you’ll be in high demand by employers in diverse sectors, such as financial management and accountancy, government services, investment and retail banking, teaching, insurance, general management, personnel and journalism.

Interested in combining your studies?

You can also study Economics with a range of modern languages, spending one of your years of study abroad. There is also the option of combining your studies with Geography, Political Science, Russian Studies or Urban and Regional Planning.

Find out more about our joint honours courses.

First year

You will be introduced to the core areas of the subject: statistics microeconomics and macroeconomics to ensure you have the right foundations for your degree.You will also learn about computer-based methods for analysing economic data and explore topics in applied economics. There are modules on Economic History along with a Mathematics for Economics course for students looking for a higher level of technical skill.

Second year

Your second year will allow you to  focus on consolidating the main areas of the subject, whilst enabling you to begin to explore the many optional modules on offer. You might opt for theoretical or mathematical economics or study more applied topics.

Third year

The emphasis in your final year shifts towards applying economic theory and how this impacts on policy-making. You will also write an extended essay drawing on your developed communication skills.

If you want to take advantage of a unique opportunity to be supported with a work placement opportunity as part of your final year, this course includes the opportunity to undertake a ‘Professional Development‘ module as part of your optional module choices.