You will take Economics plus two other subjects in Year 1. Economics may be studied as part of a General degree or to Honours level, either on its own or in combination with other subjects (see Combined Honours Degrees list below).
You will have numerous opportunities to develop appropriate work-related skills at every stage of your studies, culminating in the Professional Development and Practice module in Semester 8 which helps you prepare for entering the workplace.
Semesters 1 - 4
You will take the following core modules:
- Introductory Microeconomics: This module gives a broad introduction to microeconomics, which analyses how individual markets work – how prices are set and resources are allocated in an economy
- Introductory Macroeconomics: Macroeconomics is concerned with issues relating to the economy as a whole such as the general standard of living, unemployment and inflation
You will move on to study Intermediate Micro-economics and Intermediate Macroeconomics, which build on the work done in the introductory modules. You will also take Introduction to Quantitative Techniques for Economics in Semester 4.
Semesters 5 - 8
All Honours students take core advanced modules designed to develop their knowledge and understanding of the central methods of economic analysis and major policy issues.
- Using Economic Data
- Advanced Macroeconomics
- Advanced Microeconomics
- Economic Policy
In the final year, you will write a dissertation on a subject of your choice. The remainder of the course consists of a number of options, such as: Financial Economics; Monetary Economics and Environmental Economics. Combined Honours students take the same core modules as Single Honours students but replace some of the Economics options with modules in their other subject.
Teaching and assessment
There are typically two or three lectures per week on each module. You also attend a weekly meeting in a smaller group, either a tutorial or a seminar, for each module. Your final grade for each module is based on 40 percent for coursework and 60 percent for the examination. Usually the coursework consists of two class tests and some tutorial preparation. In the first two years, a good performance in your coursework gains you exemption from the examination.
(For a Combined Honours degree the higher entrance requirements of the subjects usually apply.)