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BSc (Hons) Economics

Lay the foundation for a career with global impact

Year of entry: 2020
Show year of entry: 2019

UCAS code

L100

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 (2019/20)

International fees

£17,120 per year (2019/20)

Clearing and adjustment 2019

Seeking bright minds for 2019! We have limited places available on some of our courses.

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‌Economics is at play every day, in all areas of our lives.

Whether it’s the global implications of the Euro crisis, fluctuations in employment or even the price of milk in the supermarket, economics is the driving force.

Many of our lecturers are recognised for their ‘internationally excellent’ research into economics and its application to the real world. This research-led approach will give you a valuable insight into the ways in which financial decisions affect individuals, businesses and societies on a local and global level.

Ranked in the top 10 in the country, we have one of the best graduate employment records in the sector.

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

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 study modules which have been developed to give you a thorough understanding of the subject. They enable you to tailor your degree to meet 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, covering everything from small-scale economic decisions at an individual and local level, through to issues that impact upon the national and international economy.

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 allows you to explore areas of interest in greater detail through a combination of core modules and options.

Core modules

Option modules

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

Year 3

In the third year you will have free choice over all 120 credits. The wide range of specialist modules allows the flexibility to tailor the course to your future career path. Current options include:

Please note that some combinations of 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, 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 economic models.
  • Engage with, and draw on, academic and professional research in economics, 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

The fees and funding figures below are for 2019 entry. They will be updated with fees for 2020 as soon as they are available. If you take a year abroad or year in industry you'll pay a reduced rate of fees for that year.

Annual tuition fees

UK/EU International
£9,250 £17,120

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're still confirming opportunities for students joining us in 2020/21. More information will be available in the autumn.

Funding 2019/20

Here are some opportunities for students joining us this September. Similar opportunities will be available next 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

You will be encouraged to work creatively and independently but you won’t be on your own. Our expert tutors are available to offer guidance and support. 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 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 will gain 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.

Overall workload

As a guide, students on this course typically spend their time as follows:

Year 1Year 2Year 3
Lectures and seminars216 hours216 hours180 hours

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

The rest of your time on the course will be spent on independent study. This may include preparation for lectures and seminars, follow-up work, wider reading, practice completion of assessment tasks, or revision.

Everyone learns at a different rate, so the number of hours will vary from person to person. In UK higher education the expectation is that full-time students will spend 1,200 hours a year learning.

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%92%
Coursework0%5%8%
Practical exams4%0%0%

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

BSc Economics Teaching
I’d advise all students to get involved with student life. Aside from it being good for your employment prospects, it will also be a lot of fun. If you balance a serious society, like the debate club, with a more fun society, such as skydiving, you will mix with a wide variety of people and so you will be more adaptable in the future, this will certainly show up in interviews.
Wayne, Graduate, now working as an Economic Analyst.

Careers and skills

This flexible course has been developed to provide you with the skills to meet the needs of the business world. Whether you’re looking for a career in banking, finance, the public sector, an information organisation or in management consultancy, career prospects for graduates are excellent.

Following graduation around a third of our students go on to postgraduate study and 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
  • Jaguar Land Rover
  • Goldman Sachs
  • The European Parliament
  • Nestlé

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:

  • Analytical thinking
  • Empirical and interpretive skills
  • Communication skills
  • Problem-solving

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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