Economics BSc

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  • Academic Title
    Economics BSc
  • Course description
    Economics graduates are in great demand in professions such as accountancy, stockbroking, management consultancy, banking and insurance, as well as teaching and the Civil Service. City’s programme has an excellent employment record.

    You will develop a wide range of skills: the ability to criticise and discuss well-known theories; the ability to organise and interpret economic data; and the ability to apply mathematical and statistical skills to economic problems.

    The focus of City’s programme is real-world problems, not just economic theory. Areas of specialism include finance, health, labour, industrial and international economics, and economics of competition policy.

    Economics is an extremely popular field of study and covers the broad areas of production, distribution, and consumption of goods and services. In our degree course the subject is further broken down into specific economic concepts and theories and provides you with an opportunity to study more specialised subject areas as you advance into your final year. Whilst studying this course you will develop a wide range of skills and knowledge within the realms of economics and be taught by leading experts in the field.

    From our suite of economics courses, this degree will provide the greatest flexibility in terms of future choices regarding career and postgraduate study. Its structure and content have been thoroughly redesigned and updated to strengthen your understanding of key concepts and tools and to highlight the practical link between theory and real-world applications. Like our other degrees, it provides you with opportunities to broaden your horizons by taking advantage of our European exchange and placement year schemes and through participation in the activities of our student-led Economics Society.

    Modules: BSc Economics

    Year 1

    The first year of study is designed to provide all students with a thorough grounding in the principles and applications of economics, and in mathematics and statistical methods. You will study seven core modules and one mathematics module.

    Core modules include:

        * EC1008 Introduction to Microeconomics
        * EC1009 Introduction to Macroeconomics
        * EC1003 Topics in Applied Microeconomics
        * EC1004 Topics in Applied Macroeconomics
        * EC1010 Data Analysis 1
        * EC1011 Data Analysis 2

    Choose ONE of the following options:

    OPTION A - Students with GCSE Mathematics only.

        * MA1653 Post GCSE Mathematics 1
        * MA1654 Post GCSE Mathematics 2
        * MA1659 Mathematics for Economists Post A-Level 2

    OPTION B - Students with A-Level Mathematics

        * MA1658 Mathematics for Economists Post A-Level 1

    Year 2

    In the second year the core skill areas are developed further by comprehensive, advanced training in economic theory and in econometrics

    Core modules include:

        * Intermediate Microeconomics 1 and 2
        * Intermediate Macroeconomics 1 and 2
        * EC2017 Introductory Econometrics

    Year 2 students will also be able to take three of the following list of electives:

        * EC2019 Global Financial Markets
        * EC2009 International Trade
        * EC2012 Scope and Methods of Economics
        * EC2010 Money and Banking
        * EC2011 Health Economics
        * EC2018 Intermediate Mathematical Methods
        * EC2020 Public Economics

    Year 3

    In the final year, all students will take a core module to advance their understanding of econometrics through the study of applications. BSc Economic students will also undertake a supervised Research Project on a topic to be selected from a list of suggestions put forward by the teaching staff.

        * EC3017 Applied Econometrics
        * EC3009 Economics Project

    In addition, they may choose five of the following list of electives:

        * EC3013 Financial Economics
        * EC3010 Corporate Finance
        * EC3012 International Finance
        * EC3011 Introduction to Financial Derivatives
        * EC3014 Monetary Economics
        * EC3015 Regulation and Competitio
        * EC3019 Labour Economics
        * EC3020 The Economics of Addiction
        * EC3021 Development Economics
        * EC3023 History of Economic Thought
        * EC3026 Economics of European Integration

    Duration of course

    3 years; 4 years with a year abroad or professional placement.


    Teaching involves lectures and small group seminars in which you have the opportunity to discuss the content of lectures or coursework with a member of staff. You will also have a personal tutor to help you with any academic or personal issues that arise.


    You will be assessed throughout the programme by coursework and by examinations. In the final year there is also an assessed research project. Your final degree classification will depend on results from coursework and examinations in your first, second and final years.

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