What students say about economics
A great subject with interesting and career-leading modules, split fairly evenly between lectures, seminars, workshops and private study. Candidates will learn the basics required in many financial and banking industries (as I have experienced first hand). Principles, mathematics and statistics will ensure foundations are set for other first year modules, such as data analysis and economic institutions and the profession, and the second year. A number of projects and essays are required to gain grades, all of which are marked and returned with fairly helpful comments within a standard time frame.1st year, University of Kent
I study economics and I was surprised at how varied the course actually is. There is a huge range of optional modules to choose from - in the first year I had four optional modules, which is great because you can choose other subjects you've enjoyed learning in the past, or new subjects that you'd like to try and have never done before. We also get four compulsory modules which are the principles/foundations of economics. The workload was a big jump from A-levels, but much more interesting.1st year, University of Southampton
I am studying economics and had an average of thirteen hours of contact time each week (a mix of lectures and tutorials). I enjoyed studying finance and accounting in two separate modules in the first and second semester. I found these modules to be challenging in comparison to the other parts of my course as they were new topics for me. Another aspect of my course was business enterprise and its environment. While I didn't find this course as interesting as my macro and micro economics courses or the finance modules, I enjoyed learning in a different way through a group project in which we had to create a business plan.1st year, Heriot-Watt University
What you need to get on a course
Subjects you need
A-levels (or equivalent) usually required
Useful to have
- Further maths
Here's a guide to what to expect from the application process - also check individual university entry requirements, as these may differ.
- January application
- October application
- Personal statement
- Entry test
- Work experience
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- Business, research and administrative professionals
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Longer term career paths
Jobs where this degree is useful
- Chartered accountant
- Management consultant
Other real-life job examples
- Investment banker
- Policy adviser
What employers like about this subject
A degree in economics will give you a range of subject-specific skills from statistical analysis and an understanding of economic theory and modelling approaches to the ability to apply economic reasoning to policy issues in a critical manner. You'll also gain a whole suite of sought-after transferable skills including numeracy, communication, data handling and problem-solving skills. These are in demand from many employers including government departments and thinktanks, banks, universities, consultancies and insurance and accountancy firms.