Economics and Econometrics BSc, 3-4 years

Start date:

2020

How do we tackle economic issues through mathematics and statistics? Economists with more quantitative backgrounds come into their own in specialist areas such as statistical forecasting and econometrics.

Department
School of Business

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Course description

Course description

Please note, this course is being advertised subject to approval.

On a daily basis, economic issues occupy the news, capture our attention and affect our everyday lives. This course offers a comprehensive and critical understanding of the ideas, concepts and issues central to economics. Therefore, it enables you to better understand these issues and the world around you, while it helps you investigate in depth the application of mathematics and statistics to core areas of economics. We will also foster your analytical abilities and critical appraisal skills, which are particularly useful transferable skills for graduate employment and will prepare you for a career in the public or private sector, whether that be in economic research, statistical forecasting, financial services or the Government Economic Service. Your time here will also equip you with the research techniques that are vital to postgraduate study.

The close relationship between research and teaching is one of the great advantages of studying with us, and we welcome talented students from countries all over the world. Our staff are active researchers of international renown, and have acted as advisers and consultants to many international and national organisations, including the European Central Bank, the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, the Central Bank of Poland, the Central Bank of Greece and a number of UK Government departments.

  • NB. This course replaces the old Economics BSc. The current Economics BSc is a replacement for the old Economics BA.

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

  • A/AS-levels: ABB including Maths at Grade B or above. Two AS-levels considered in place of one A-level. General Studies or Critical Thinking not included. Own language may be considered.
  • EPQ with A-levels: BBB + EPQ at grade B. A-level subjects to include Maths at grade B.
  • GCSE: English Language grade C (4)
  • Access to HE Diploma: Pass relevant diploma with 45 credits at Level 3, including 30 at Distinction and credits equivalent to A-level grade B in Maths. 
  • International Baccalaureate: Pass Full Diploma with 30 points, including a minimum of 16 points at HL and including 5 in HL Maths. 
  • BTEC Extended National Diploma: DDD in Business diploma with strong GCSE background and A-level Mathematics at grade B. 

Other national and international qualifications considered.

Second Year Entry may be possible with suitable qualifications.

Selection Process

When considering your application, we will look for evidence that you will be able to fulfil the objectives of the course and achieve the standards required. We will take into account a range of factors including previous exam results.

Applicants are not normally interviewed. If you receive an offer you will be invited to visit the School of Business.

English Language Requirements

IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard.

International Qualifications

Find your country in this list to check equivalent qualifications, scholarships and additional requirements.

Countries List

Fees and funding

Fees and funding

UK and EU Students

Starting in 2020

Tuition fees for 2020/21 are yet to be confirmed.
As an indication of what you might pay, the fees for students who started equivalent courses in 2019/20 were:

  • £9,250 in your first year. Tuition fees are subject to government regulations and may change in future years
  • Year Abroad: your fee will be £1,250 for that year
  • Year in Industry: your fee will be 15% of the full-time tuition fee that applies in that year

Find out more about scholarships and funding.

International Students

Starting in 2020

Tuition fees for 2020/21 are yet to be confirmed.
As an indication of what you might pay, the fees for students who started equivalent courses in 2019/20 were:

  • £16,700 per year
  • Year Abroad: £4,175, which is 25% of the full-time tuition fee
  • Year in Industry: £2,505, which is 15% of the full-time tuition fee

Find out more about scholarships and funding.

Careers and employability

Careers and employability

An economics degree from the University of Leicester will provide you with numerous career opportunities. Alongside your academic work we recognise that it is also important that you gain experience and develop your skills. You have the chance to undertake project work with student societies and employer-led organisations.

The School’s dedicated in-house Career Development Manager works closely with the University’s Career Development Service to make sure you get support to achieve your aspirations.

Studying here will help prepare you for a wide range of career opportunities in government, business or the financial services sector, as well as for future study at postgraduate level. Typical job roles our graduates have entered have included; Marketing Executive, Business Development Consultant, Trading Assistant, Risk Analyst, Tax Associate etc. Past employers of our graduates have included; Next, NHS, Mazars, Deloitte, Jaguar etc.

Our Career Development Service is here to support you, with advice on interviews, CVs, work experience, volunteering and more. From Freshers’ Week to Graduation and beyond, they are here to help you reach your professional goals.

Related courses

Related courses

Course structure

Year 1

Year 1

  • Microeconomics
  • Macroeconomics
  • Calculus and Optimisation
  • Linear Algebra
  • Probability and Probability Distributions
  • Statistical Inference
  • Contemporary Issues in Economics, Finance and Business (double module) (including Leicester award)

Our two Econometrics courses share the exact same first year. This means that you can switch to the Financial Economics and Econometrics BSc at the end of your first year.

(It is not possible to switch to any of our other Economics courses as those have a different first year.)

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Year 2

Year 2

Core modules

  • Intermediate Microeconomics
  • Intermediate Macroeconomics
  • Econometrics 1
  • Econometrics 2 (including Leicester Award Gold)
  • Firms, Markets and Welfare
  • Game Theory

Option modules

Choose two option modules from:

  • Money and Central Banking
  • Environmental and Resource Economics
  • Labour Economics
  • Economic History

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Year in Industry or Abroad (optional)

Year in Industry or Abroad (optional)

You have the option of spending a year studying abroad at one of our partner institutions or working in industry. Alternatively, you can opt to continue studying at the University and complete your degree in three years.

Year in Industry

A Year in Industry is a fantastic opportunity to gain experience of a working environment within the sector of your choice. It is normally a paid position, more than offsetting the additional cost of your extra year.

Eligibility is dependent on your academic performance in Years 1 and 2. If you are accepted onto the programme you will be responsible for securing your own placement, with support from the School. Please note that being accepted onto the programme does not guarantee you a placement.

During your Year in Industry you will be supported by the School of Business Careers Team. This will include communication with you and your manager and a visit to your place of work. You will also undertake written work to capture your learning from your experience which will include reflection on your personal and professional development and your academic understanding. This work will be assessed to allow you to gain recognition for your Year in Industry.

You will be supported through guided sessions in Years 1 and 2, including:

  • Introduction to the Year in Industry programme
  • Researching opportunities
  • Making successful applications
  • Effective interview techniques
  • Preparing for my Year in Industry

A Year in Industry is an excellent opportunity to learn more about the types of professions you can choose after you graduate, and can also point you towards postgraduate studies that may help you on the path to your chosen career.

Year Abroad information

If you want to, you can spend your third year studying abroad at one of our partner institutions (eligibility is dependent on your academic performance in Years 1 and 2).

Studying abroad is not just for people who are interested in travelling and meeting new people. It is about acquiring life skills that are becoming increasingly significant for a wide range of jobs in our modern globalised society. Whether you go on to work in the private sector, the state sector, a non-governmental organisation or become self-employed you will find the experience invaluable. Find out more from our Global Opportunities team.

Please note that a year spent abroad still incurs a tuition fee, but this is much lower than for a normal year at Leicester. See our Fees and Funding section for details.

The School of Business has links with several European universities, administered through the Erasmus+ scheme. If you are eligible for a loan from Student Finance you can apply for a travel grant from them. Languages courses, at both beginners and advanced level, are available through the University’s Languages at Leicester scheme.

  • For the latest information on the future of the Erasmus+ scheme at UK universities please see our Brexit microsite 

We have links with the following universities:

We also have links with some universities outside Europe. If you are receiving financial assistance from Student Finance your support will continue and you may also be eligible to apply for additional travel grants or scholarships. We have links with the following universities:

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Final Year

Final Year

Core modules

  • Advanced Microeconomics
  • Advanced Macroeconomics
  • Econometrics 3

Plus your Applied Econometrics Project

Option modules

Choose one option module from:

  • Industrial Economics
  • Managerial Economics
  • Development Economics
  • International Trade

Then choose three option modules from:

  • Behavioural Economics
  • Public Economics
  • International Finance
  • Economics of Education*
  • Economics of Health*

You cannot choose both the modules marked *.

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Why Leicester

Check out all the Bloomberg terminals in our dedicated trading room. These will give you a direct connection to global financial markets.

The School of Business has a dedicated Careers and Employability Team who work closely with the University’s Career Development Service to provide you with personalised support in finding your future.

We have recently invested nearly £16 million in a new campus for the School of Business: great facilities in a great environment.

Job prospects are excellent: 95% of our economics students are employed (or studying for a Masters degree) six months after graduating. (DLHE)

Economics at Leicester

Kajal’s journey at Leicester helped her make decisions about what she wants to do with her future.

Teaching and learning

During your first year you will have 9-10 hours each week of timetabled sessions. These typically consist of 6 hours of lectures and 3-4 hours of seminars or small group work.

A variety of teaching methods are used with the aim of creating a stimulating environment in which you are encouraged to develop your learning skills and to actively participate in the learning process.

Assessment varies from one module to another and ranges between a mixture of coursework and examination in some modules, to others that are 100% coursework or project-based.

We are a vibrant and reflective School and the enthusiasm you will find in the lecture theatre and seminar room comes from our commitment to our subject and our attempts to develop and energise it.

Independent learning

When not attending lectures, seminars or other timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for exams. To help with your independent learning, you can access the Library and our social study spaces in halls of residence.

Your contact hours will depend on the option modules you select. You can see details of the contact hours on individual module pages.

Academic support

Our Student Learning Development Team provides help in the following areas:

  • study and exam skills
  • academic writing
  • presentations
  • dissertations
  • numerical data skills
  • referencing sources

Our AccessAbility Centre offers support and practical help for students with dyslexia or other specific learning difficulties, including physical, mental health or mobility difficulties, deafness, or visual impairment.

Teaching staff

You will be taught by an experienced teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. PhD research students who have undertaken teacher training may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader. Our teaching is informed by the research we do. You can learn more about our staff by visiting our staff profiles.

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