The Economics BSc will help you gain the professional skills and experience employers demand, putting you ahead of the competition in the graduate job market. You can apply for an optional one‐year work placement, and many students undertake summer internships in the City.
Recent placements have included: HM Treasury; RBS; GlaxoSmithKline; Foreign and Commonwealth Office; PriceWaterhouseCoopers; Department for Work and Pensions; Ministry of Defence; Goldman Sachs; Financial Ombudsman Service.
In addition to the Economics BSc, we also offer:
What is special about Economics at City?
In this short video, Dr Javier Ortega (Associate Head of Department) explains why City is different from other universities offering Economics.
- 'A' Levels: 360 UCAS tariff points (typically AAA at 'A' Level, or AAB with an additional 'AS' Level at grade B or higher
- IB: 35 points
- GCSE: English Language and Mathematics at grade B (or equivalent)
- Full-time EU: £9,000
- Full-time Non EU: £12,000
23 September 2013
360 UCAS tariff points. Typically gained from AAA at A-level. Other qualification combinations achieving 360 UCAS tariff points will be considered.
A-Level General Studies and A-level Critical Studies are not accepted.
GCSE: grade B or equivalent in English Language and Maths or Statistics
Access to Higher Education
We welcome Access course applicants from 'mature' students. These applicants will be considered on the basis of their own merits.
A typical offer for an Access applicant would be: Pass 60 credits, 45 of which at Level 3. These Level 3 credits must include at least 27 at distinction and 18 at merit.
It is essential the Access course qualification is supplemented by at least a grade B in Maths and English Language at GCSE.
Please be aware that Access students are often asked for further information to supplement their application, this is normally in the form of a questionnaire.
Other UK qualifications accepted include:
- BTEC National Diploma (DDD required, plus B in Maths and English at GCSE)
- Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects
- Advanced Diploma (plus appropriate A-levels)
- Scottish Advanced Highers
- Welsh Diploma (plus appropriate A-levels)
Second-year transfer applicants
If you wish to apply for second-year entry please be aware that you must:
- have achieved grades equal to the entry requirements for first-year entry (A Levels, foundation years, access courses, etc.)
- have covered sufficiently similar content to that covered by our first-year students
- be gaining or have gained at least a 2:1 in every module in your current first year. You must provide official documentation of this as evidence (e.g. university transcript).
If you feel you meet these requirements then please apply through UCAS as early as possible (transfer students normally apply when their first semester exam results are published) and we can then assess your eligibility. Please be aware you will need to select your 'point of entry' as year two.
Please note: For direct second-year entrants the overall degree classification will be based on the marks obtained at City University London only, with the weighting of 33/67 between the second and third year. Marks previously obtained will not be used in the degree classification.
If you choose to apply, please make sure you include the following information on your application:
- the exact name of the degree you are studying towards
- the institution at which you are studying
- the modules you have taken
- any scores you have achieved
This information will enable us to make a more informed decision as to whether the content that you have studied is to an appropriate level for level-two entry.
Please be aware that you must meet all of the above requirements, otherwise your application is unlikely to be successful.
International Baccalaureate (IB)
35 points (Maths is required at Higher Level only for BSc Financial Economics)
International Foundation Programme
The entry requirements for applicants applying having completed such programmes varies in relation to the specific programme completed. Typically, we would ask for applicants to have achieved at least 65% in a programme verified by the university, for an applicant to be made an offer.
The School of Social Sciences accepts students from across the globe. Qualifications from where we receive most of our international applications are shown below. If your qualifications are not listed here, we may still accept you, so please feel free to contact our UG admissions team for advice.
Please be aware you can apply for a course here before you sit your school leaving qualifications. Any offer we decide to make you will be conditional on you achieving the appropriate score in your school leaving qualifications, in conjunction with your English language qualification. This can be done from September the year before the programme to which you are applying.
Accepted qualifications include:
- Australian school leaving certificates. (Offer typically made on the basis of a score of 90%)
- Bulgarian Diploma za Sredno Obrazovanie (Offer typically made on the basis of a score of at least 5.8)
- Canadian school leaving certificates. (Offer typically made on the basis of a score between 80-90%)
- China (School leaving qualifications are not accepted. Applicants would need to complete a satisfactory International Foundation Programme to be accepted. See below for details)
- Cypriot Apolytirion (Require a score of at least 19. Combined with two relevant A-levels)
- Czech Matura (Offer typicall made on the basis of 1.0 overall, including 1.0 in Maths)
- French Baccalauréat (Offer typically around 14.5/20)
- German Abitur (Offer typically around 1.8)
- Greek Apolytirion (Require a score of at least 19. Combined with two relevant A-levels)
- Hong Kong Advanced Level (AAB)
- Indian HSC/ISC/SSC grade XII (Offer typically made on the basis of 90% average, including 90% in mathematics)
- Italian Esame di Stato (Offer typically made on the basis of a score of 90% with a grade of 8/10 in mathematics)
- Israeli Bagrut (Offer typically made on the basis of a score between 85-90%)
- Lithuanian Brandos Atestatas (Offer typically made on the basis of an average score of 9/10 from all A and B subjects)
- Malaysian Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan (STPM AAA)
- Norwegian Vitnemål (Offer typically made on the basis of a score of at least 5.0)
- Pakistani A-levels (offer in line with UK A-levels. Typical offer AAA)
- Polish Matura (Offer typically made on the basis of an applicant achieving at least 85% across three extended level subjects)
- Russian (The Atestat is not sufficient for direct entry on to our undergraduate degree. Applicants would have to complete a satisfactory International Foundation Programme, please see below for details)
- Singapore/Cambridge GCE Advanced Level (AAA at Higher 2)
- Spanish Título de Bachillerato (Offer typically made on the basis of the applicant achieving between 8-9/10)
- Sri Lankan General Certificate of Education (Advanced Level) - Any offer typically made on the basis of AAA.
- Turkish Lise Bitirme Diplomasi (Most students from Turkey will be required to take an International Foundation Programme, but students from selected schools may be able to apply for direct entry to an undergradute degree. To enquire about your eligibility, please use the link provided below)
- USA Advanced Placement (Offer typically made on the basis of an applicant achieving at least 15 (5,5,5) from three approved subjects).
Please contact the department for further guidance, if required.
All applicants whose education is not in English will be required to achieve the appropriate IELTS/TOEFL score.
Other Suitable Qualifications
Undergraduate Preparatory Courses for International Students
If you do not qualify for direct entry, INTO City University London offers an International Foundation Programme. This course offers a route to City University London through an excellent teaching and learning experience located in purpose built study facilities. Successful completion of the International Foundation Programme at INTO City University London to the standard required provides guaranteed progression to this degree.
- Grade B in GCSE (or International GCSE)
- Cambridge ESOL CPE grade C or above
- IELTS 6.5
- TOEFL (internet based): 100 - 105
- TOEFL (computer based): 250
- TOEFL (paper based): 600
INTO English Language ProgrammesIf you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, INTO City University London offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to this degree.
Please click the links below for more information:
City University London retains Highly Trusted Status from UKBA, enabling us to sponsor international students to study in the UK.
The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course at City, there are different rules for:
- Students on courses of more than 6 months
- Students on courses of less than 6 months
- Students on a pre-sessional English Language course
For more information see our main Visa page.
- Start Date:
- 23 September 2013
- Full-time – three years or four years (including an optional year abroad or professional placement)
Economics is an extremely popular field of study and covers the broad areas of production, distribution, and the consumption of goods and services.
In this degree course, we further break down the subject into specific economic concepts and theories and provide you with an opportunity to study more specialised subject areas as you advance into your final year.
Of the three undergraduate economics courses we offer at City, this degree gives you the greatest flexibility in terms of future choices regarding career and postgraduate study.
Its structure and content have been designed and updated to strengthen your understanding of key concepts and tools to highlight the practical link between theory and real-world applications.
In addition, it provides you with opportunities to broaden your horizons by taking advantage of our European exchange and placement year schemes and through the activities of our student-led Economics Society.
The first year is designed to provide you with a thorough grounding in the principles and applications of economics, and in mathematics and statistical methods. You study seven core modules and one mathematics module.
Core modules include:
- Introduction to microeconomics
- Introduction to macroeconomics
- Topics in applied microeconomics
- Topics in applied macroeconomics
- Data analysis 1&2
And choose one of the following options:
Option A - Students with GCSE Mathematics only.
- Post GCSE Mathematics 1
- Post GCSE Mathematics 2
Option B - Students with A-Level Mathematics
- Mathematics for economists Post A-Level 1
- Mathematics for economists Post A-Level 2
In the second year, we develop your core skills areas further through comprehensive, advanced training in economic theory and in econometrics
Core modules include:
Introductory econometrics electives include:
- Global financial markets
- International trade
- Money & banking
- Health economics
- Intermediate mathematical methods
- Public economics
In the final year, you take a core module to advance your understanding of econometrics through the study of applications.
You also produce a supervised Research Project on a topic to be selected from a list of suggestions put forward by the academic staff.
- Applied economics
- Economics research project
You also choose five of the following list of electives:
- Financial economics
- Corporate finance
- International finance
- Introduction to financial derivatives
- Monetary economics
- Regulation & competition
- Labour economics
- The economics of addiction
- Development economics
- History of economic thought
- Economics of European integration
- Industrial organisation
Teaching and Assessment
We teach the basic theoretical or technical points relevant to the module, through lectures and seminars which enable you to actively explore and develop your understanding of these points by means of discussion, problem-solving, computer exercises, and presentations.
Facilities and resources
Our students have access to a variety of facilities and resources, including:
- Bloomberg and Datastream real-time data
- Elsevier's extensive Handbooks in Economics series
- Free copies of the Financial Times
- Free subscriptions to The Economist.
Assessment in most cases is by means of coursework and unseen examination. Coursework may consist of standard essays, individual and group presentations, group reports, classwork, unseen tests, and problem sets.
- Full-time EU: £9,000
- Full-time Non EU: £12,000
UK/EU students - The fees for UK/EU students rise each year by the rate of the cost of living in the UK and are set by the UK Government.
Non-EU international students - There is a small percentage increase, usually between 3% and 5%, each year on these fees.
ScholarshipsNew for 2013 entrants: Up to £2,000 cash each year for at least three years for students on this course. Read more here to see if you might qualify.
You have the opportunity to undertake a one-year work placement during your Economics degree at City. Our Careers Service will work with you to identify the best means of finding a placement.
Students on the Economics undergraduate programme undertook placements at the following organisations in the 2010/11 academic year:
- HM Treasury (3 students)
- Department for Work and Pensions
- Ministry of Defence
- Goldman Sachs
- Financial Ombudsman Service
Economics graduates are in great demand in professions such as banking, insurance, accountancy, fund management, management consultancy, development consultancy, telecommunications, the Civil Service, teaching, central banks such as the Bank of England and international bodies like the United Nations, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.
Read an interview with Gary Argent (City's Director of Careers & Skills Development Service) about how undergraduates can improve their job prospects in today's workplace.
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universities you have chosen. This ensures that your application for a course at City University London is considered solely on your academic and personal qualities. You should submit your completed application form to UCAS with a £21 application fee. If you want to apply to City only, you can make a single choice application at a reduced rate of £11. The UCAS code for City University London is C60.
When to apply
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