This current and highly relevant degree gives you a broad understanding of economics and finance, focusing on the principles of macro- and microeconomics and econometrics and their impact on the world around us, from the individual to organisational level and on a global scale. The ongoing effects of the financial crisis means there has never been a more exciting time to be involved with this subject.
You will gain an extensive knowledge of economic and financial theory and will develop strong analytical, empirical and interpretive skills that are highly valued by employers and that will put you ahead of the game in terms of employability.
Taught by experts with significant industry and research experience, if you are interested in a future in the financial services industry – working in areas such as banking, accountancy, insurance and investment analysis or financial management – then this is the course for you.
Learn more about the study of finance at York.
This course is accredited by the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI). Our partner status ensures you can take CISI professional exams at a significant discount price. You'll be offered CISI free membership, membership events and resources, opportunities to network with CISI practitioners. We fully sponsors some students to take the CISI Level "L3 Introduction to Investment" exam. You can also compete in the UK universities competition: the CISI educational trust award.
We’re 14th in the UK for research - according to the Times Higher Education’s ranking of the latest REF results (2021).
The Department received an Athena SWAN Bronze Award in 2020 in recognition of our commitment to gender equality.
I'd advise economics students to apply for internships/work experience programmes. During my degree, I took part in the Deloitte Summer Vacation Scheme and as a result of this I secured a graduate job in the Mergers and Acquisitions tax department at Deloitte. I was recently head hunted through LinkedIn for a job at PwC.Emily
This popular degree enables you to learn about the rapidly developing subject of finance, within the broader study of economics. Based in one of the largest Economics departments in the UK with one of the highest proportions of research-active staff, you will benefit from learning with those at the cutting-edge of their subjects.
Our economics courses share a common first year in which we introduce the key areas that underpin the rest of the course. In Years 2 and 3 you will consolidate and expand upon this knowledge via a series of core and option 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.
There are opportunities for you to spend time abroad during your course:
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 national and international economies.
You will also study one option module. The options available to you will be confirmed later in the year. For further information please get in touch.
In addition to the above you will also need to complete our online Academic Integrity module.
This module covers some of the essential skills and knowledge which will help you to study independently and produce work of a high academic standard which is vital for success at York.
This module will:
The second year will allow you to explore areas of interest in greater detail through a combination of core and option modules.
You will also study two option modules. In previous years, options have covered topics such as:
The options available to you will be confirmed later in the year. For further information please get in touch.
In the third year you will dig deeper in core economic topics and explore areas of your interest in greater detail allowing you to tailor the course to your future career path.
You will also study three option modules. In previous years, options have covered topics such as:
The options available to you will be confirmed later in the year. For further information please get in touch.
Our modules may change to reflect the latest academic thinking and expertise of our staff.
Our course structures are changing in September 2023. Find out more about how this course may be affected.
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.
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The level of fee that you will be asked to pay depends on whether you're classed as a UK (home) or international student. Check your fee status.
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.
We'll confirm more funding opportunities for students joining us in 2023/24 throughout the year.
These scholarships are worth £3,000 each year to talented students from families of lower income.
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.
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.
At York we place a strong focus on applying theory to real-life situations and we incorporate practical work into our teaching to improve your planning, teamwork and research.
Our academics have links with industry and are responsive to developments in the sector, so you can be sure you will gain a well-informed account of the current issues and challenges facing organisations. In addition, each module has its own area on the virtual learning environment that provides easy access to supporting learning materials.
In your first year, you can expect:
|Lectures||8-9 hours per week|
|Seminars||1-2 hours per week|
|Workshops||0-2 hours per week|
|Practicals||0-2 hours per week|
These figures are representative of a typical 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.
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.
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 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.
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The figures above are based on data from 2016/17. Our course structures are changing in September 2023. Find out more about how this course may be affected.
Career prospects for York graduates are excellent. This flexible course has been developed to meet the needs of the business world and provide you with the skills you need to succeed.
We have one of the strongest graduate employment records in the sector with graduates going on to work in:
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:
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 acceptable 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 (either Analysis and Approaches or Applications and Interpretations).|
|T levels||We are currently not accepting T Levels for this course unless an additional A Level (or equivalent qualification) in Mathematics has been taken.|
|International foundation programme||Foundation Certificate from our International Pathway College or an appropriate alternative.|
|Other international qualifications||Equivalent qualifications from your country|
Meeting the following additional criteria may qualify you for an alternative offer.
|Widening participation||If you successfully complete one of the following programmes, you may be eligible for an alternative offer up to three A level grades (or equivalent) below our typical offer: Black Access Programme, Next Step York, Realising Opportunities, YESS, YorWay to York. More about widening participation.|
|Contextual offers||If you have experience of local authority care or live in an area with low progression to university, you may be eligible for an alternative offer up to two A level grades (or equivalent) below our typical offer. More about contextual offers.|
|EPQ||If you achieve A or higher at EPQ, you may be eligible for an alternative offer up to one A level grade (or equivalent) below our typical offer.|
If English isn't your first language you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. We accept the following qualifications:
|IELTS (Academic and Indicator)||6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in each component|
|C1 Advanced and C2 Proficiency||176, with a minimum of 169 in each component|
|Duolingo||120, minimum 105 in each component|
|GCSE/IGCSE/O level English Language (as a first or second language)||Grade C / Grade 4|
|PTE Academic/PTE Academic Online||61, with a minimum of 55 in each component|
|TOEFL||87 overall, with a minimum of 21 in each component|
|Trinity ISE III||Merit in all components|
For more information see our undergraduate 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 English language test 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.
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