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Department of Economics

The University of Reading's Department of Economics has been established for more than half a century. An internationally renowned institution, we produce world-class research through the development of economic theory and use of advanced econometric modelling.


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 you to learn, debate and challenge your thinking. In addition to traditional lectures, you will take part in small-group tutorials. These enable you to 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 you 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 - careers workshops, guest lecturers and society events...the list is endless!"

Helen Bonney – BA Economics

Commitment to employability

Our dedicated placement officer is on hand to help you search for placement opportunities and build networks for your future career. Our degrees aim to equip you with a valuable set of transferable skills, from analysis and problem solving  to communication and presenting.

In economics, there are a variety of placement options to choose from. Whether you want to complete a year in industry, undertake a placement over the summer, or integrate a placement 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 both our undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. We address important and topical socio-political issues - including 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. Many are involved in research that informs policy decisions by governments, major multinational organisations, and international agencies such as the UN and the World Bank.

Our staff also do highly referenced research in the field of sports economics. Some of their latest work about the impact of coronavirus on the loss of the home advantage in football matches can be found here. You can also find coverage of this research from ESPN, The Times and The Guardian. Our economists also apply economic forecasting to sports, and one of BBC Sport's articles based on this research received over a million hits. You can find more news coverage on our staff’s Scorecasting research here

Our Reading Online Sports Economics Seminars (ROSES) also deliver ground-breaking research, often presenting work which has implications well beyond the sports industry, such as talks on how much sports events can spread COVID-19. The seminars are free to access, with renowned sports economists contributing, including: Dennis Coates (University of Maryland), Bernd Frick (University of Padeborn), Brad Humphreys (West Virginia University), Alex Krumer (Molde University College) and Stefan Szymanski (University of Michigan). These seminars are a great way to find out about the latest research going on in this area. You can check out some of the previous talks below, and see the upcoming programme here.

a strong community

Discuss up-to-date economic happenings and issues from around the world, with like-minded peers. Our Department offers plenty of opportunities to get involved in our supportive student-staff community; participate in weekly 'economics conversations' events, or join our active Economics Society.

visit us at our next open day

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.

Find out more information here.



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