University of Reading cookie policy

We use cookies on reading.ac.uk to improve your experience, monitor site performance and tailor content to you

Read our cookie policy to find out how to manage your cookie settings

Your learning experience

We use a variety of teaching and learning methods to establish a strong theoretical foundation, developing your knowledge and ability to use tools for analysing real-world economic data.

You'll learn both mathematical and theoretical approaches to the subject, allowing you to become a well-rounded student of economics, with skills to get you ready for the job market. 

Our teaching methods

Our academic staff are ready to support your learning in the ways that best suit your individual needs and strengths. 

In addition to traditional lectures, you will enjoy small-group tutorials in which you can discuss and analyse both theory and practise through case studies, group presentations and open debate.

Practical Assessments

We use a range of assessment methods, from essays and exams, to policy brief writing, statistical briefing exercises and group projects.

Tutorials

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 discuss and analyse theory and practice through case studies, group presentations, debates and games.

Guest Lectures

We strengthen and explore our research through an active guest speaker programme. These speakers offer you a different perspective, whilst keeping you in touch with the latest global developments and challenges.

Previous visitors have come from universities including Oxford, Cambridge and the LSE, and economic institutions such as the Bank of England and the Office for National Statistics.

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

Placements

Boost your undergraduate degree by taking an integrated year in industry, a summer placement, or a two-week work experience, supported by our dedicated placement team.

Work placements allow you to gain relevant work experience and apply the theoretical and analytical skills you learn during your degree to the real world.

Our students have previously taken up placement opportunities with a range of companies, including Bottomline Technologies, Grant Thornton, the Walt Disney Company and RSM UK Tax & Accounting.

In addition to opportunities within the private sector, you may also apply for placements within the government. The Government Economic Service (GES) offers one-year and summer internships.

Find out from our students about what's it's like to go on a work placement, and it's many benefits.


Study abroad

Depending on your course, you could spend two weeks, a term, or an academic year abroad. 

This can be part of a standard three-year degree, an extended four-year degree, or a shorter length of time such as a summer school. 

We’ll help you decide where to go and for how long, guide you through the application process, and support you when you’re abroad. 

To find out more about the benefits of studying abroad, and discover where you could go, visit the Study Abroad website

As a result of my time at Rutgers State University of New Jersey, I feel I have a much broader understanding of current economic issues. I can't stress enough just how much I enjoyed my time spent in America and I would recommend the experience to every student.
Rebecca Pollitt, BSc Economics student  

Conversations in Economics

Extend your study beyond the classroom with our weekly ‘Conversation in Economics’. Students across year groups, from first-years to PhD, and staff, get together to discuss topical issues from an economic perspective.

We've had several discussions on the economics of Covid-19, and of course some lively discussions about Brexit, income tax, the economics of health, and feminism.

Experience the trading floor

The BSc Economics and Finance degree provides the possibility of using the simulated trading room and financial data feeds at our on-campus International Capital Market Association Centre (ICMA)

It's a great way for you to experience economics in practice within a true-to-life environment. We also have computer labs with software that economists commonly use in business.

Find out more about BSc Economics and Finance

Why study with us?

At Reading, we teach you the diversity of economics. It's your opportunity to explore the subject from a number of approaches and perspectives.

You'll apply what you learn to real-world issues, giving you the knowledge and skills you need to succeed in your future career.

Our research

Economics at Reading focuses on applied economic research directed towards improving the quality of life in the UK and around the world.

News and events

Find out more about what is happening at the  Department of Economics, including upcoming events and more.