Economics BSc, 3-4 years

Start date:

2019
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 research, statistical forecasting and econometrics. This degree will advance your knowledge, and give you skills needed to make your mark out in the field.

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Typical offer
ABB (including Maths)
UCAS code
L102
Department
School of Business

Admissions enquiries
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Course description

Course description

An Economics BSc is for you if you want to build on the foundation of a Mathematics A-level and gain specialist knowledge in the application of mathematics and statistics to core areas of economics.

On a daily basis, economic issues occupy the news and capture our attention. The thorough understanding of economics that this course offers will enable you to better understand these issues and the world around you.

The first year of this degree is shared with the following BSc degrees:

This means that you will have the option to switch to any of our economics BSc degrees at the end of your first year.

This course will prepare you for a career in economic research, statistical forecasting and econometrics, as well as traditional areas of economics such as management, finance and accountancy. Your time here will also equip you with research techniques that are vital to postgraduate study.

Our staff are internationally renowned 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.

The close relationship between research and teaching is one of the great advantages of studying with us, and welcome talented students from countries all over the world.

Our dedicated trading room hosts 12 Bloomberg terminals and helps you develop the skills that leading employers ask for, as well as letting you see how traders work.

What's the difference?

The Economics BSc differs from the Economics BA in the topics that you will study, as well as the entry requirements.

For the BSc:

  • You will need to have achieved an A-level in Maths - at least grade B.
  • You will gain experience in the use of advanced mathematical and statistical techniques in economic analysis and its applications.

For the BA:

  • You will need to have achieved a GCSE in Maths - at least a grade B.
  • You will focus on the development of your skills as an economist through their application to a wide range of real world issues.

Please note: From September 2020, the current Economics BSc will be replaced by the new Economics and Econometrics BSc, while the current Economics BA will be replaced by a new Economics BSc.

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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 2019

  • £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 2019

  • £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.

Course structure

Year 1

Year 1

In your first year, you will be introduced to the core areas of microeconomics, macroeconomics and the economic application of advanced mathematical and statistical techniques to the solution of economic problems.

Modules

First year modules are shared with the following BSc degrees: Banking and Finance BSc, Business Economics BSc, Economics and Accounting BSc or Financial Economics BSc. There is flexibility to switch between these degrees at the end of your 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

You will develop the skills acquired during your first year and study how economic factors have shaped history whilst continuing to strengthen your ability to analyse economic data. A focus on econometrics will teach you the application of mathematics and statistics in economics.

Modules

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

In your final year there are four compulsory modules, including your econometrics project - an empirical project undertaken to provide skills in econometric research. You will also choose from a range of option modules, giving you the chance to shape your degree around your interests.

Core modules

Option modules

Choose two option modules from:

Then choose two option modules from:

Plus your Applied Econometrics Project

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?

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

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

Our five BA degrees all have the same first year so you can switch your course at the start of Year 2. The same is true of our five BSc degrees.

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

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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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