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BSc (Hons) Economics and Econometrics

Develop the analytical skills to unlock value in economic data

Year of entry: 2020

UCAS code

L144

Institution code

Y50

Length

3 years full-time (plus optional placement year)

Typical offer

AAB (full entry requirements)

Start date

September 2020 (term dates)

UK/EU fees

£9,250 per year (2020/21)

International fees

£17,890 per year (2020/21)

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Interested in finding out more about the national economy and the economic decisions made by organisations? Enjoy testing theories, identifying patterns and finding solutions?

Economies across the world are changing at a rapid rate. This course will teach you the methods used for analysing economic data and equip you with the mathematical and statistical skills to advise businesses on economic policies, predict patterns of behaviour and reduce the risks involved in financial decision making.

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.

Great propsects

95.3% of York Economics graduates were employed or in further study six months after graduation.
Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey 2016/17 (HESA) (Full-time UK students)

Course content

By combining the study of economics with the mathematical and statistically focused area of econometrics, you will learn about current issues in modern-day economic forecasting and analysis whilst developing the analytical, problem-solving and quantitative skills to understand and interpret economic indicators.

Our economics courses share a common first year in which we introduce the key areas that underpin the rest of the course. Years 2 and 3 consolidate and expand upon this knowledge via a series of core and optional study modules which have been developed to give you a thorough understanding of the subject and enable you to tailor the degree to fit your academic and career interests.

Study abroad

There are opportunities for you to spend time abroad during your course:

Year 1

The first year provides a broad introduction to all areas of economics, from small scale economic decisions at an individual and local level through to issues that impact upon national and international economies.

Core modules

Academic integrity module

In addition to the above you will also need to complete our online Academic Integrity module.

Year 2

The second year will advance your analytical skills and techniques.

Core modules

Option modules

You can tailor your course by choosing 30 credits from a pathway style list of options which may include:

Year 3

In third year you will take two core econometric-based modules and choose 80 credits worth of option modules. This approach allows you to personalise your degree to match your interests and career goals.

Core modules

Option modules

Please note that some combinations of option modules are not permitted. 

Please note, modules may change to reflect the latest academic thinking and expertise of our staff.

Learning by design

Every course at York has been designed to provide clear and ambitious learning outcomes. These learning outcomes give you an understanding of what you will be able to do at the end of the course. We develop each course by designing modules that grow your abilities towards the learning outcomes and help you to explain what you can offer to employers. Find out more about our approach to teaching and learning.

Students who complete this course will be able to:

  • Identify issues and situations in society where economic concepts and principles can provide insight, and confidently apply those concepts and principles as appropriate.
  • Apply flexibly the methods of logical and mathematical reasoning used by economists and econometricians, including within formal models, with an understanding of the purpose and scope of such models.
  • Independently locate, compile and present social, economic and financial data, with an understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of such data.
  • Use proficiently statistical, econometric and computer-based techniques for analysing data, including in applying and testing models or in economic and financial forecasting.
  • Engage with, and draw on, academic and professional research in economics and econometrics, with an ability to distinguish different themes within it, and to synthesise ideas from it.
  • Recognise contemporary and historical economic episodes and phenomena, and confidently analyse their causes and significance.
  • Analyse and critically evaluate economic and financial policies, of government and/or other institutions.
  • Clearly present, explain and communicate their analysis in a variety of modes including verbal/written and technical.

Fees and funding

Annual tuition fees

UK/EU International
£9,250 £17,890

UK/EU or international fees? The level of fee that you will be asked to pay depends on whether you're classed as a UK, EU or international student.

Fees for subsequent years

  • UK/EU: further increases within the government fee cap will apply in subsequent academic years. We will notify you of any increase as soon as we can.
  • International: fees for international students are subject to annual increases. Increases are currently capped at 2% per annum.

More information

For more information about tuition fees, any reduced fees for study abroad and work placement years, scholarships, tuition fee loans, maintenance loans and living costs see undergraduate fees and funding.

Funding

We'll confirm more funding opportunities for students joining us in 2020/21 throughout the year.

Nigel Thompson Memorial Scholarships

These scholarships are worth £3,000 each year to talented students from families of lower income.

Living costs

You can use our living costs guide to help plan your budget. It covers additional costs that are not included in your tuition fee such as expenses for accommodation and study materials.

Teaching Excellence Framework Gold Award

“Students from all backgrounds achieve consistently outstanding outcomes”

The TEF Panel, Office for Students, June 2018

Our Gold Teaching Excellence Framework award demonstrates our commitment to the delivery of consistently outstanding teaching and learning for our students.

Teaching and assessment

You’ll study and learn with academics who are active researchers, experts in their field and have a passion for their subjects. Our approach to teaching will provide you with the knowledge, opportunities, and support you need to grow and succeed in a global workplace. Find out more about our approach to teaching and learning.

Teaching format

All teaching takes place within a large and active department, led by a specialist team of research-active teaching staff. Modules are taught via a series of lectures supported by discussion group seminars and practical classes. We place a strong focus on applying academic theory to real-life situations so, wherever possible, we find ways to incorporate practical work into our teaching to improve planning, teamwork and research skills.

Our academics have links with industry and are knowledgeable about emerging developments in the sector, so you can be sure you’re gaining a well-informed account of the issues and challenges facing the field of economics. In addition, each module has its own area on the virtual learning environment that provides easy access to supporting learning materials.

Timetabled activities

In your first year, you can expect:

Lectures8-9 hours per week
Seminars1-2 hours per week
Workshops0-2 hours per week
Practicals0-2 hours per week

These figures are based on an average student in an average week. Your contact hours will vary throughout the year due to your module choices, non-compulsory classes, exam periods and changes to scheduled activities.

Outside your timetabled hours, you'll study independently. This may include preparation for classes, follow-up work, wider reading, practice completion of assessment tasks, or revision.

In the UK, full-time students are expected to spend 1,200 hours a year learning. That's about 40 hours of classes and independent study each week during term time. Everyone learns at a different rate, so the number of hours you spend on independent study will be different to other students on your course.

Teaching location

You will be based in the Department of Economics and Related Studies on Campus West. Your teaching will take place in a variety of locations on Campus West.

About our campus

Our beautiful green campus offers a student-friendly setting in which to live and study, within easy reach of the action in the city centre. It's easy to get around campus - everything is within walking or pedalling distance, or you can always use the fast and frequent bus service.

Assessment and feedback

Assessment varies from module to module and includes a combination of exams, written essays and project work.

Your tutors will give feedback in a variety of forms depending on the specific needs of the module. This may consist of written feedback, in-class discussion, model answers, one-to-one discussions or online responses.

Percentage of the course typically assessed by coursework and exams

Year 1Year 2Year 3
Written exams96%95%100%
Coursework0%5%0%
Practical exams4%0%0%

The figures above are based on data from 2016/17.

Careers and skills

This flexible course has been developed to provide you with the business skills to specialise in economic forecasting and statistical analysis as well as branching out into the wider world of economics. So whether you’re looking for a career in banking, finance, research or management consultancy, career prospects for graduates are excellent.

Following graduation around a third of our students go on to postgraduate study. Many progress to an MSc here at York. The Department of Economics has one of the largest graduate schools in the country for training and research.

Career opportunities

In recent years graduates have gone on to work with:

  • KPMG UK
  • The World Food Programme
  • Ernst and Young
  • Goldman Sachs
  • The European Parliament
  • Multinationals (in finance, strategy and data analysis)

Transferable skills

Economics students graduate with a wide range of transferable skills. As well as developing your subject-specific knowledge, an economics degree will equip you with:

  • Logical thinking
  • Quantitative skills
  • Problem-solving
  • Communication skills

Entry requirements

Qualification Typical offer
A levels

AAB including Mathematics

Access to Higher Education Diploma 36 credits at Distinction and 9 at Merit or higher plus Level 3 units in Mathematics or in conjunction with an alternative Level 3 Mathematics qualification
BTEC National Extended Diploma DDD including Mathematics or in conjunction with an alternative Level 3 Mathematics qualification
Cambridge Pre-U D3, D3, M2 including Mathematics
European Baccalaureate 80% overall including Mathematics
International Baccalaureate 35 points with a minimum grade of 6 points in three Higher level subjects including Mathematics

English language

If English isn't your first language you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. We accept the following qualifications:

Qualification Minimum requirement
IELTS 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in each component
PTE Academic 61, with a minimum of 55 in each component
GCSE/IGCSE/O level English Language (as a first or second language) Grade C
C1 Advanced and C2 Proficiency 176, with a minimum of 169 each component
TOEFL 87 overall, with a minimum of 21 in Listening, 21 in Reading, 21 in Speaking, 21 in Writing
Trinity ISE III Merit in all components

For more information see our undergraduate English language requirements.

If you've not met our English language requirements

You may be eligible for one of our pre-sessional English language courses. These courses will provide you with the level of English needed to meet the conditions of your offer.

The length of course you need to take depends on your current IELTS scores and how much you need to improve to reach our English language requirements.

After you've accepted your offer to study at York, we'll confirm which pre-sessional course you should apply to via You@York.

Applying

To apply to York, you will need to complete an online application via UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service).

Accepted applicants will be invited to visit between November and April. You'll meet our current students and staff, which may include a one-to-one conversation with a member of academic staff.

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