Almost all issues of public and private policy involve economics, as do our personal decisions.
Is global warming the inevitable consequence of economic growth? Why are so many rich countries in debt? Does money bring happiness? Why do people migrate?Why are energy prices rising? Why are so many rich countries in debt? Does money bring happiness?
Economics helps provide answers. To do so, it works closely with a wide range of other subjects, including finance, history, politics, environmental sciences, mathematics and statistics. As well as standard topics of economic analysis, this interdisciplinary approach helps us explore a wide range of issues. There is little that an economist would regard as having no economic content.
The University is ranked 10th in the UK for our research impact for Business and Management Studies (Times Higher Education Institutions Ranked by Subject, 2014, based on its analysis of REF 2014). Our staff are active researchers who are experts in a wide range of fields in economics, with many involved in research that informs policy decisions by governments, major multinational organisations and international agencies like the UN.
In addition to traditional lectures, you will take part in small group tutorials in which you can discuss and analyse theory and practice through case studies, exercises, group presentations and open debate. You will have the opportunity to extend your study of economics beyond the classroom through our student-run Economics Society, which has arranged lectures from 'How happy are you?' to 'Are you a Marxist economist?' and weekly discussions on topical matters such as the economics of health and feminism.
A wide choice of modules covers the theoretical aspects of economics as well as its real-world applications. You also have the option to select modules from other subject areas, including history, politics and international relations.
You can extend your single honours degree by a year and study at one of our approved partner universities in the USA, Europe, Australia or Canada.