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Undergraduate study

What is the course like?

Why study here?

As one of the largest economics departments in the UK we offer a great diversity of research expertise and research-led teaching. Our academic community of staff, students and visitors is both intellectually vibrant and international in perspective. Read more

Professor Jo Swaffield
Head of Department 


Scholarships which recognise talented students from families of lower income.

Studying at York

Our distinctive approach to teaching and learning challenges you to work creatively and independently.


Student blogs

“To be perfectly honest, choosing where to study was a really tough call...”

Elise, BSc Economics and Finance

Open Days

Meet our staff and students at a University Open Day.

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Essential information

1st for employment

We're the leading Russell Group economics department for sustained graduate employment after five years.
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Top 10 for research

We were ranked in the UK top 10 for research impact in the Times Higher Education's ranking of the latest Research Excellence Framework assessment (2014).

Leading alumni

Our alumni include the former President of Portugal Professor Anibal Cavaco Silva, and former Prime Minister of South Korea Han Seung-Soo, as well as many leading figures in business, finance and academia.

Student societies

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With over 180 student societies and more than 60 sports clubs, you're sure to find people who share your passion:

  • Economics Society
    One of the largest societies on campus, EconSoc organises social events, guest lectures, visits and more.
  • The Griff Investment Fund
    The UK’s first student-run equity portfolio, managing part of the University’s endowment.
  • The Investment & Finance Society
    The IFS provides information and hands-on experience for students interested in careers in finance.
  • York Community Consulting
    A student-run pro-bono consultancy organisation offering services to charities, student start-ups and local government.



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Take advantage of opportunities to meet and network with prospective employers. Gain skills and experience that help you stand out from the crowd.