BA Economics

BA Economics is an undergraduate degree course in the Department of Economics, the design of this programme is partly motivated by recent concerns expressed in some quarters regarding an excessive emphasis on theoretical abstraction and technical analysis in the training of economists. The BA Economics programme exploits some modules taught on our BSc degrees but also includes others with a strong emphasis on more applied and practical analysis. The mathematical and statistical content is kept to a minimum, although these topics are not completely absent. In addition, the programme makes available selected modules from the Department of Politics. The intention is that these modules, and modules examining UK and European economic systems & economic institutions and the policy process, will provide students with a broader contextualisation for their study of economics. Moreover, this range of modules helps to emphasize the importance of other influences in shaping economic systems' relations to society, markets and business. This allows the development of an appreciation of both the strengths and the limits of the discipline of economics. The degree develops the practical skills needed to conduct economic analysis in the private and public sectors and includes the opportunity of a placement year between parts 2 and 3.

Programme Content 

Each academic year you are required to complete 120 credits. Each module usually accounts for between 10-20 credits. See more on how we teach you.

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Part 1

  • Introductory Macroeconomics 
  • Introductory Microeconomics
  • Introductory Quantitative Methods in Economics and Business
  • Introductory Mathematics for Economics
  • Introduction to Economic Institutions and Policy
  • British and European Economies Since WW2

With optional modules to total 40 credits (including Politics module).

Part 2

  • Intermediate Macroeconomics
  • Intermediate Microeconomics
  • Empirical Methods for Economics and Social Sciences
  • Economics of Social Policy

With optional modules to total 40 credits (including Politics modules).

Part 3

  • Further Macroeconomics and Microeconomics
  • Dissertation

With optional modules to total 80 credits (including Politics module).


A selection of optional modules within BA Economics include:

Business economics, Environment and energy, Public economics, History of economic thought, European economic integration, Processes of long term political & economic change, Economics of labour, International political economy, Behavioural economics, Business history, Money and banking and Industrial organisation.


Key Information Set (KIS)

In Autumn 2012, you will see that every UK college and university is providing a Key Information Set (KIS) on their full time undergraduate course web pages.

This information is intended to help you make an informed decision about the Institutions you are interested in applying to by presenting a quick snapshot of standard course information. A direct link to the Unistats website will take you to the full list of key information for that course.

Find out more about KIS.


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Programme details

UCAS code:

  • L101 (Programme) 
  • READG R12 (University)

Length: 3 years full-time

Entry requirements:

  • ABB A2 Levels
  • GCSE Mathematics Grade B or above is also required.

Programme director:

Deferred entry: Yes

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