Department of Economics
Established more than half a century ago, the University of Reading Economics Department is internationally renowned for producing world-class research through the development of economic theory and use of advanced econometric modelling.
JOIN ONE OF THE UK'S LEADING ECONOMICS DEPARTMENTS
We are one of the top 25 highest-ranking UK universities for Economics and Econometrics (QS World University Rankings 2019) with 100% of both our research impact and research environment judged to be world-leading or internationally excellent (Research Excellence Framework, 2014).
Innovative teaching and learning
Modules that relate to the real world are delivered through informal hands-on teaching, helping students learn, debate and challenge their thinking. In addition to traditional lectures, you can take part in small-group tutorials in which you can discuss and analyse both theory and practice through case studies, group presentations and open debate. Guest speakers from outside the University bring subjects to life, keeping our students in touch with the latest global developments and challenges
"Studying at Reading is everything I had hoped for and more. I have made some amazing friends and the staff are simply excellent. There are unlimited opportunities to get involved and develop your skills - from careers workshops, guest lecturers and society events...the list is endless!"
Commitment to employability
Our dedicated Placement Officer is on hand to help search for placement opportunities and build networks for your future. Our degrees aim to equip students with a valuable set of transferable skills, including analysis and problem solving, communication and presenting.
In Economics, there are a variety of placement options to choose from. Whether you want to take a year in industry, complete a placement over the summer or integrate it into your studies as a two week 'taster', there are plenty of ways to enrich your learning.
research that pushes boundaries
Our research has real-world applications and feeds into the teaching of our undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. We address important and topical socio-political issues, such as UK housing reform and the gender wage gap, from an economic perspective, creating research outputs that have been used by governmental departments. 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 and the World Bank.
a strong community
Discuss up-to-date economic happenings and issues from around the world with likeminded peers. Our Department offers plenty of opportunities to get involved in our supportive student and staff community; whether through our weekly economics 'conversations' events or by joining the active Economics Society.
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Discover what the Department of Economics has to offer. Our friendly staff will be on hand to answer your questions.
The Department of Economics at the University of Reading is internationally renowned for producing world-class research through the development of economic theory, use of advanced econometric modelling, and application to a wide range of public policy areas.
Our research has real-world applications and feeds into the teaching of our undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. We address important and topical socio-political issues, such as UK housing reform and the gender wage gap, from an economic perspective, creating research outputs that have been used by governmental departments.
Join one of the UK's leading economics departments
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), with 100% of both our research impact and research environment judged to be world-leading or internationally excellent. (Research Excellence Framework, 2014).
Many congratulations to Geoff Meen, who has been awarded Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences
Prof Geoff Meen is one of 69 leading social scientists to be conferred as a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences. He is recognised as "a leading specialist in the economic and policy analysis of housing markets from the local to the national levels".
Find your degree
Choose from our wide range of undergraduate or postgraduate degrees, and learn from expert academics who inform policy decisions and apply their research and knowledge to the real world.
Research with international impact
In the Research Excellence Framework 2014, 32% of our research was rated as world-leading (four stars), 49% as internationally excellent (three stars) and 17% as internationally recognised (two stars).
Latest news and upcoming events
Find out more about upcoming events and the latest successes of students and staff within the Department.
Student Research Fellowship Programme
The Department is launching the Student Research Fellowship Programme, for students who are completing their Part 2 studies this year and will be in Part 3 in the 2018-19 academic year. If you are interested in developing your research skills, including research communication and management, this might be the right programme for you.