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Economics - BSc (Hons)

Why study this course?

Explore debates on economic growth, sustainability, banking and financial crises, and prepare for your career with a work placement. You will learn from international economists, recognised for their research, and staff who are expert advisers to major financial institutions, and hear the latest thinking in your field.

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Exploring current thinking on world economic growth, the course examines the development and sustainability of the international economy.

This includes the world of finance, as well as patterns of international trade and global inequality. The course also covers everyday economics issues such as work and profit, income and saving, congestion, unemployment, inflation and exchange rates.

You will have the opportunity to undertake a work placement as a credited part of your course and to study in other European countries or the US.

Many of our staff have worked as advisers to organisations such as the European Commission, the UK Treasury, the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) and the UK and Italian governments.

We will encourage you to research, reason, question, debate and to reach your own conclusions and with your strong training, combined with opportunities to specialise in areas such as finance and international business, you will become proficient in your field, and gain skills required by employers such as networking, presentation, team working, and time management.

Students come from all parts of the UK and from over 70 countries and there will be opportunities to exchange ideas, build lasting friendships and develop global networks.

The course helps you to develop your talent, prepare for high-level employment and build a successful career at the very top of your field. We can help you search and apply for short and long accredited work placements and posts in a variety of organisations.

Our teaching is student-centred and highly rated. Economics scored 80 per cent for overall student satisfaction in the National Student Survey of 2015 and previous students have gone on to work in banking and finance, international corporations, management, government and consultancy and research.

Assessment

Our students develop their learning through a variety of activities including interactive large group sessions, workshops, and assessments. These include:

  • industry projects
  • case studies
  • executive summary reports
  • computer-based projects
  • group presentations
  • scenario simulations
  • seen/unseen exams

This variety enables our students to demonstrate all their strengths.

In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should have:

  • 280 or more UCAS points, including at least 180 from two or more A levels (or equivalent, eg BTEC National, OCR Diploma or Advanced Diploma) in academic or Business subjects.
  • English Language and Mathematics GCSE at grade C or above (or equivalent) are also required.

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

Accelerated study

If you have relevant qualifications or credit from a similar course it may be possible to enter this course at an advanced stage rather than beginning in the first year. Please note, advanced entry is only available for September start. See our information for students applying for advanced entry.

Our degrees are designed with flexibility so you have some options to change your second and final year course. 

Year 1 topics include:

  • Principles of Economics
  • Economics and Society
  • Quantitative Methods for Economics
  • Accounting, Financial Markets and Institutions

Year 2 topics include:

  • Microeconomics
  • Macroeconomics
  • Empirical Methods for Economics and Finance
  • The European Economy (option)
  • Economics and Ethics (option)
  • Work Placement or Language (option)

Year 3:

  • Global Economic Issues and Research Methods
  • Industrial Economics and Regulation (option)
  • Development Economics and Emerging Markets (option)
  • International Finance and Trade (option)
  • Economics of Human Resources (option)
  • Economics of Multinational Business (option)
  • Public Economics (option)
  • The World Economy: Growth and Crises since 1870 (option)
  • Work Placement or Language (option)

"The lecturers are really helpful. They are always available when you need them, even outside office hours. One of the best things London Met offers is its employability scheme. This provides well-paid, part-time jobs, placements and intern jobs for students."

"Access to the Bloomberg facility of market data, news and analysis, is amazing. The course also provides a huge range of books. For the most part, teachers welcome communication from students and respond to emails relatively quickly. They help resolve issues promptly. The teachers are friendly and easy to approach about any issues or queries."

Economics graduates are among the highest paid. A degree in economics can give your career a major head start.

Our graduates pursue diverse career routes in banking and finance, international corporations, management, government, consultancy and research.

Others progress to postgraduate study at leading universities around the world.

The course helps you to develop your talent, prepare for high-level employment and build a successful career are at the very top of your field

We can advise and support you with making career choices, and provide training in searching for roles, applying for positions, and preparing for interviews. 

Find out how we helped economics graduate Tim Armitage to become vice chancellor of investment management firm, Black Rock.

A work placement is available as an accredited option on the course. You can get help from our Placements and Employability Unit to locate and seek posts in financial, commercial and non-profit organisations. To widen your experience you will also engage in extra-curricular activities including: volunteering, student societies, and national business competitions.

Studying abroad enables you to gain international experience and study in leading European universities including in France, Sweden and the Netherlands, where teaching is in English.

Between 2016 and 2020 we're investing £125 million in the London Metropolitan University campus, moving all of our activity to our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching location of some courses will change over time.

Whether you will be affected will depend on the duration of your course, when you start and your mode of study. The earliest moves affecting new students will be in September 2017. This may mean you begin your course at one location, but over the duration of the course you are relocated to one of our other campuses. Our intention is that no full-time student will change campus more than once during a course of typical duration.

All students will benefit from our move to one campus, which will allow us to develop state-of-the-art facilities, flexible teaching areas and stunning social spaces.

Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.

Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.

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How to apply

UK/EU students wishing to begin this course studying full-time in September 2016 should apply by calling the Clearing hotline on .

Applicants from outside the EU should refer to our guidance for international students during Clearing.

Part-time applicants should apply direct to the University online.

If you're a UK/EU applicant applying for full-time study you must apply via UCAS unless otherwise specified.

UK/EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University.

Non-EU applicants for full-time study may choose to apply via UCAS or apply direct to the University. Non-EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University, but please note that if you require a Tier 4 visa you are not able to study on a part-time basis.

All applicants applying to begin a course starting in January must apply direct to the University.

When to apply

The University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) accepts applications for full-time courses starting in September from one year before the start of the course. Our UCAS institution code is L68.

If you will be applying direct to the University you are advised to apply as early as possible as we will only be able to consider your application if there are places available on the course.

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