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    Deepen your knowledge through visiting practitioners, open debates and our student society

How you'll learn

In addition to traditional lectures, you will enjoy small-group tutorials in which you can discuss and analyse both theory and practice through case studies, group presentations and open debate. There are also plenty of opportunities to enjoy the study of economics beyond the classroom.

This diverse approach to the study of economics will ensure you develop a well-rounded skill set and a range of transferable skills that prepare you for your future career.

“You learn both mathematical and theoretical approaches to the subject, which is unique to the University. Therefore, you have a grasp of a wide range of skills (numeracy skills, use of statistical software and essay writing techniques), which prepare you for a variety of careers.”

Anisa Butt

Former undergraduate and master's student

Approach the study of economics in a variety of innovative ways

Every week you get to take part in a tutorial; a dedicated time where you can explore and critically analyse concepts and topics in greater depth, through both individual and group work. You will work on projects that cover a wide range of topics. Past projects in the Department have focused on the gender wage gap, crime, housing, inequality, forecasting and macroeconomics.

Through debates, experiments, games, group exercises, and PC classes in which you learn data skills, you will develop a deep understanding of the increasingly critical economic and related issues that dominate the news agenda and shape the world in which we live.

Be a part of the conversation

Our weekly "Economics Conversations" concept brings students and staff together to discuss topical issues that matter to them. It's an opportunity for you to suggest topics and explore real world examples in lectures and tutorials, especially in core modules such as macroeconomics and microeconomics.

“Conversations in Economics provides a great way of learning how to apply economics to the real world without the pressure of it counting towards your degree. I have found them to be a good way to relax and learn at the same time. ”

Megan Sullivan – MSc Economics

Learn from experts in the field

Lectures from guest speakers from the world of economics and beyond give you the opportunity to hear from the very people who are putting economic principles into practice every day. Some recent guest speakers have included:

  • John Redwood (Conservative MP)
  • Jonathan Portes (Chief Economist at the Department for Work and Pensions, and Chief Economist at the Cabinet Office)
  • Joe Grice (Chief Economic Advisor for the Office for National Statistics)
  • Sam Juthani (former Labour parliamentary candidate)
  • Clare Macallan (Bank of England).

Join our Economics Society

Run by students, for students, the Economics Society offers a variety of engaging workshops including a lecture series that features three lectures each term on relevant and topical economics issues.

The society has a mentoring scheme between students at different stages of their degree and regularly runs social events with academics, allowing you to enhance your understanding and knowledge in a more relaxed environment.

Technology enhanced learning

Through the Socrative learning platform you will be able to visualise concepts in an innovative way and check your understanding of theory against other students on your course. A dedicated Economics social media page allows you to share ideas, discuss topical issues and organise social events.

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