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Double Undergraduate Degree in BSc Economics or BSc Business Economics 

The Department of Economics at the University of Reading offers a double undergraduate programme with Nantong University (NTU).  

Students who have successfully completed two years at NTU, in a Bachelor of International Economics and Trade, can choose to study BSc Economics or BSc Business Economics to complete Part 2 and Part 3 at the University of Reading. Students who complete the partnership programme will gain a degree from each institution. 


Offered by the Department of Economics, our BSc Economics degree helps students develop the skills, knowledge and understanding required to become an economist or use economics in other careers. Students will develop a strong grounding in the conceptual underpinnings of economics as well as the mathematical approach to the subject and its methodology. Learn more about our BSc Economics degree

The Department of Economics also offers students the opportunity to study BSc Business Economics at the University of Reading, where students use economic theory and methods to investigate markets, business environments and industry. Students will develop a strong understanding of quantitative techniques, the conceptual underpinnings of microeconomic and macroeconomic theory, and how they can be applied to the analysis of business behaviour. Students cover topics including money and banking, industrial organisation and business history. Learn more about our BSc Business Economics degree.

Entry requirements 

Subject to entry requirements and on successful completion of the first two years at NTU, you can join the University of Reading Part 2 (i.e. Year 2) based on below agreed progression routes. 

UoR Programme Options

NTU Programme

Entry Requirements

BSc Economics

BSc Economics with Placement Year

BSc Business Economics

BSc Business Economics with Placement Year

BSc International Economics and Trade

To progress to UoR Part 2, students

a) must pass NTU Part 1 and Part 2 with at least the equivalent of a 2.2 (70% average); and

b) a minimum IELTS of 6.5 with no component less than 5.5, or equivalent.


Programme structure

You will study a Bachelor of International Economics and Trade at Nantong University for your first two years.  

You will transfer to the University of Reading to study either BSc Economics or BSc Business Economics for your next two years.  

Once you complete all four years at both institutions, you will receive a degree from each institution. 

How to apply

  1. Check you meet our entry requirements
  2. Submit your application: Students apply to UoR via direct entry by submitting a Direct UG Application Form which will be shared with you during your studies at NTU.
    A personal statement is required and included in the Direct UG Application Form. 
  3. Track your application: You can track the progress of your application using our applicant portal, Me@Reading. You will be able to log into this area once we’ve received your application.  

The international student experience 

We’ll help you to thrive in our lively academic environment developed from cross-cultural collaboration. Both our student and staff communities are made up of people from across the world. At Reading, we have students from around 160 countries studying with us. 

Our team of advisers are available to offer support on issues such as money matters, visa queries, accommodation and even help with defining words which might be unfamiliar to you. You can also benefit from the Reading University International Mentoring Scheme, matching you with a current student mentor at the University. Read more about how we support international students.

Fees discount:

  • Students from NTU are entitled to a 10% international tuition fee discount.   

Further information about English requirements and PSE: 

  • Students are welcome to attend pre-sessional courses at UoR. The 6-week / 10-week PSE courses are the most popular ones. More details about requirements.