BA Economics

BA Economics is an undergraduate degree course in the Department of Economics, designed for students who have or have not studied business, economics or a related subject previously.

BA Economics produces graduates with a wide knowledge of a range of subject areas and a working appreciation of both core theory and its practical applications, with a particular appreciation of policy related matters, including social policy.

Understand and engage with the political, economic, social and other factors that influence our daily lives and explore how and why key policy decisions are made, and the subsequent impact.

What is the difference between the BA and the BSc?

BA Economics is designed to suit those interested in focusing on the application of theory and the factors which influence key decisions and policy making. BSc Economics takes a more technical approach to the subject with a greater mathematical and statistical focus.

Programme content

Each academic year you are required to complete 120 credits. Each module usually accounts for between 10-30 credits. See more on how we teach you.

library picPart 1

  • Introduction to economic institutions & policy
  • Introductory quantitative techniques
  • Mathematics for economics: Introductory maths techniques 
  • Principles of macroeconomics
  • Principles of microeconomics

Part 2

  • Career management skills
  • Economic history
  • Economics of social policy
  • Economics of the environment and energy
  • Intermediate microeconomics 
  • Intermediate macroeconomics 
  • Introductory econometrics  

Part 3

  • Applied economics projects
  • Further microeconomics and macroeconomics
  • History of economic thought

Optional modules within BA Economics include:

Economics of development, Economics of labour, Environmental economics, European economic integration, European urban & regional economics, International economics, Money & banking, Processes of long term political & economic change and Public economics.

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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Economics brochure

           Undergraduate Economics brochure

Programme details

UCAS code:

  • L101 (Programme) 
  • READG R12 (University)

Length: 3 years full-time

Entry requirements:

  • ABB A2 Levels
  • GCSE Mathematics Grade B and English Grade C or above are also required.

Programme director:

Deferred entry: Yes

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