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Economics

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,B

You should have at least Grade B/Grade 6 in GCSE Economics, Maths or Statistics.

Access to HE Diploma

D:30

Pass with 45 Level 3 credits including 30 Distinctions and a number of merits/passes in subject specific modules. You should have at least Grade B/Grade 6 in GCSE Economics, Maths or Statistics or equivalent.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

33

With three Higher Level subjects at 655. You should have at least Grade B/Grade 6 in GCSE Economics, Maths or Statistics or equivalent.

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H2,H2,H2,H2

You should have at least Grade B/Grade 6 in GCSE Economics, Maths or Statistics or equivalent.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DDM

You should have at least Grade B/Grade 6 in GCSE Economics, Maths or Statistics.

Scottish Advanced Higher

B,B,C

You should have at least Grade B/Grade 6 in GCSE Economics, Maths or Statistics or equivalent.

Scottish Higher

B,B,B,B,C

You should have at least Grade B/Grade 6 in GCSE Economics, Maths or Statistics or equivalent.

UCAS Tariff

120-136

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About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subject

Economics

Study economics for a constantly changing world. This degree offers you formal and rigorous training in economic theory with real-world applications, and allows you to specialise in a key area of the modern economy.

**Why study BA Economics at Goldsmiths**
- This degree is unique because it presents a pluralist view of the economy. We provide formal and rigorous training in economics and its many schools of thought, giving you a wider variety of perspectives than you will find elsewhere.

- We also offer something on top of that: an understanding of the real-world context of economics. So that you will be able to effectively use the economist’s toolbox to solve central problems faced by today’s economy.

- You will learn in small groups and will be assigned a personal tutor for the three years of your undergraduate degree. Your tutor will meet regularly with you, follow your progress, and will be your first point of contact in our programme.

- This degree will give you crucial skills for today’s competitive labour market. In recent surveys, employers said that on top of economics graduates’ analytical skills, graduates need a more pluralistic approach to economics. They would also welcome more awareness of economic history, of real-world contexts, and of the limitations of current economic models. They want economists to be able to better communicate their findings to non-specialists. Our degree provides exactly this mix of skills.

- Economics at Goldsmiths is ranked 3rd in London (20th across the UK) by The Guardian’s guide to the best UK universities (2021). London is the financial hub of the UK and you will have access to today’s best business leaders, economists, and policy practitioners.

- You will cover economic analysis, finance and accounting, maths and statistics, microeconomics, macroeconomics, quantitative methods, and communication and presentation skills. Also, you will be given a choice of modules across departments organised in five minor specialisations from your first year of study.

- To prepare for your future career, we run a wide array of activities to enhance your skills, network and job opportunities. These include mentorship schemes, competitive placements, CV and interview workshops, announcements of job opportunities. The department has a staff member fully dedicated to supporting students’ job market search.

- Our graduates start careers in a wide range of jobs in consultancy, finance, data analysis, and government. Recent employers include Lloyds Bank, Deloitte, KPMG, CapGemini, Public Health England, Civil Service Fast Stream, Department for Transport. They also go on to postgraduate studies at top institutions in the UK and abroad. Institutions include Cambridge, LSE, New York University, King’s College London and Imperial College.

- Through the new Turing Scheme, you can spend half of your third year at a university in Europe. You'll attend modules, experience a different culture and academic environment, and you'll have the option of learning or improving a foreign language.

- You'll be part of the Institute of Management Studies, which is highly interdisciplinary and has academics researching not only in Economics and Political Economy, but also in Consumer Theory, Management, Business Psychology, Strategy, Innovation and Entrepreneurship. The Goldsmiths research community that you will come in contact with is in fact even larger and includes leading experts from Sociology, Psychology, Computing, Media Studies, History, Politics, Design and other departments teaching optional modules for the BA Economics degree.

- We are proud to be associated with the Goldsmiths’ Library of Economic Literature, which is the main collection in economics literature in the Senate House Library. This is one of the most important libraries in the history of economics and business in the world.

Please note the BA Economics only accepts applications for first year entry.

Modules

This degree operates a formal system of minor specialisations, also called streams. The compulsory element of this degree, that all students have to take, are a number of modules that provide students with a comprehensive training in Economic theory and application.

The Economics modules that all students take are:
Year 1 (credit level 4)
Introductory Economics
Economic Reasoning
Perspectives from the Social Sciences
Mathematics for Economics and Business
Plus option modules

Year 2 (credit level 5)
Intermediate Microeconomics
Intermediate Macroeconomics
Quantitative Economics
Applied Quantitative Economics
History of Economic Ideas
Economic History
Plus option modules

Year 3 (credit level 6)
In your final year, you take three compulsory modules:
International Economics
Public Economics
Communications and Presentation Skills
You also take either:
Individual and Institutional Economic Behaviour
or
Manias, Bubbles, Crises and Market Failure
Plus option modules

You will also have a choice of optional modules up to the value of 60 credits. Modules from your chosen minor specialisation make up the remaining credits for each year of study.

Examples of optional modules in Economics include:
Finance and Accounting
Introduction to Economic Policy
Consumer Behaviour
Political Economy
Ethics and Economics of Environmental Protection
Finance and the Global Political Economy
International Political Economy 2
Econometrics
Advanced Econometrics
Further Mathematics for Economics
From National Statistics to Big Data
Topics in Mathematical Economics
Development Economics
Topics in Economic Policy
Money, Banking and the Financial System
Marketing Analytics

Choosing your Stream:
The unique feature of this degree is the choice between the different streams that you can take over your three years. These streams explore links between Economics and related disciplines, and different streams offer modules from the following subject areas: Management, Entrepreneurship, Computing, Psychology, History, Sociology, Media, Anthropology and the Arts.

Goldsmiths’ excellent reputation in all of these subject areas means you’re getting a unique educational experience and each year will provide you with a new level of learning that combines what you have learned previously in economics and in the interdisciplinary streams.

More specifically, in your first year you choose two ‘taster’ modules from two different streams to be taken in the second term of year one. These two modules will help you decide which of the streams you like best and wish to continue with for the next two years.

However, the programme continues to be flexible, as you are able to choose more economics modules from choices offered if you wish, or change streams up until the start of the third year, provided you have taken modules shared between the relevant streams. This means you do not need to worry about making the ‘wrong’ decision in your first year, as you do not choose your third year modules until the second term of your second year.

I: Communication and Technology
II: Markets and Organisations
III: Human Behaviour and Choice
IV: The Creative Impulse
V: Concepts, Ideas and Perspectives

Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.

Assessment methods

You’ll be assessed by a variety of methods, depending on your module choices. These include coursework, examinations, group work and projects.

The Uni


Course location:

Goldsmiths, University of London

Department:

Institute of Management Studies (IMS)

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

73%
med
Economics

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Economics

Teaching and learning

71%
Staff make the subject interesting
79%
Staff are good at explaining things
80%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
60%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

57%
Library resources
70%
IT resources
64%
Course specific equipment and facilities
64%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

88%
UK students
12%
International students
69%
Male students
31%
Female students
95%
2:1 or above
15%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
C

After graduation


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Social sciences

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£20,000
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Average annual salary
91%
low
Employed or in further education
61%
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Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

15%
Welfare professionals
12%
Welfare and housing associate professionals
11%
Other elementary services occupations

This is a degree in demand, as business increasingly needs workers who can examine and explain complex data. And yet the number of economics graduates fell by nearly 10% last year, which means demand is even greater. As so many economic grads go into banking and finance, it's not surprising that over half of all 2015's economics graduates who did go into work were working in London. And don't think it's just the finance industry that's interested in these graduates - there's a significant number who enter the IT industry to work with data as analysts and consultants. It's quite common for economics graduates to go into jobs such as accountancy and management consultancy which may require you to take more training and gain professional qualifications - so don’t assume you won’t have to take any more exams once you leave uni. And the incentive to take them, of course, is better pay, which will be on top of an already healthy average starting salary of over £30,000 for graduates working in the capital.

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