This course is for students who want to explore current economic theory and the sheer scope of its relevance and application in today’s world. With a focus on the practical link between theory and real-world application, this degree will help you to understand economics in theory and practice and learn the mathematics and statistics that underpin economics. You will also develop the quantitative and analytical skills to evaluate the economic dimension of wider social and political issues, such as the impact of immigration on natives, the organisation of healthcare systems, the negotiation of free-trade agreements or financial regulation.
This flexible degree has been designed for students who are interested in a broad range of future careers and postgraduate study options in the areas of economics, business and finance. Studying with experts in the field, in a dynamic, supportive environment, you will develop highly transferable skills that will be of value in postgraduate study, employment and self-employment.
This stimulating degree enables you to study core economic principles and issues. You will develop a broad understanding of the subject – from microeconomic issues of decision and choice and the production and exchange of goods, through to the interdependency of markets and economic welfare. You will also explore macroeconomic issues, such as employment, national income, the balance of payments and distribution of income, inflation, growth and business cycles, money and finance.
This stimulating degree will introduce you to the broad scope of economics, exploring key questions such as: how do its theories apply to the production, distribution, and consumption of services and goods, such as food and fuel? What are the economic aspects of social and political issues?
With a focus on real-world application, this flexible degree, will prepare you for a range of career and post-graduate opportunities. You will develop highly transferable skills much favoured by today’s employers, such as problem solving, a deep understanding of economic ideas and theory, and their real-world application. Our graduates are in high demand, with alumni from our programmes currently working at organisations such as KPMG, Bloomberg, PwC, Deloitte, HM Treasury, Ernst & Young, the Department for Transport and Goldman Sachs.
To help you fulfil your future ambitions and stand out from the crowd, you will have the opportunity to broaden your horizons with our European exchange and placement year schemes and by participating in our student-led Economics Society.
We welcome Access course applications from 'mature' students. These applicants will be considered on the basis of their own merits. 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.
A typical offer for an Access applicant would be: Pass 60 credits, 45 Level 3 including at least 27 at distinction and the remaining 18 at merit. The Access qualification should be supplemented by at least a grade 6 (B) in Mathematics and grade 4 (C) in English Language at GCSE.
If you do not qualify for direct entry, you may wish to take a foundation programme first. These programmes are designed to prepare students for entry to City's undergraduate courses.
INTO City, University of London offers pathway programmes in a range of academic subjects and English language to help you prepare for degree-level study at City. You’ll learn from experienced teachers in a dedicated international study centre.
INTO City courses are validated by City, University of London providing assurance of the quality and standards of education.
City works in partnership with KIC London to provide a range of preparatory courses for international students. KIC London courses offer comprehensive support to students - including regular one-to-one tuition. Students who successfully complete the KIC London Foundation course at the required level have a guaranteed progression route to City, University of London degree courses.
If you wish to apply for second-year entry please be aware that you must:
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 of 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:
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 Diploma with a minimum of 30 points overall, including 5,5,5 from three Higher Level subjects.
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 70% in a programme verified by City, for an applicant to be made an offer.
Don't meet the entry requirements? INTO City, University of London offers a range of academic and English language programmes to help prepare you for study at City, University of London. You'll learn from experienced teachers in a dedicated international study centre.
These programmes are designed for international students who do not meet the required academic and English language requirements for direct entry. To prepare for this degree course, learn more about the International Foundation programme in Business and Economics with Accounting. and the International Foundation programme in Business and Economics with Society and Culture
The School of Arts and 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 International 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:
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 score.
If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, our partner, INTO City, University of 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.
If you are not from the European Economic Area / Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa or entry clearance to come to the UK to study.
The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course. There are different rules for:
For more information see our main Visa page.
Applications for degree courses must be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). You can apply through your school or college using the Apply system, which enables you to submit your application directly to the UCAS website.
You can apply to up to five universities or institutions on the form. The UCAS code for City University London is C60.
Please take care to enter the correct course code when applying, particularly for subjects with a Foundation year or with BEng (Hons) and MEng (Hons) or BSc (Hons) and MSci (Hons) options.
UCAS has implemented an ‘invisibility of choices’ policy so that, on the initial application and while you are receiving decisions, each institution can see only their entry and not those of other institutions you have chosen. This ensures that your application for a course at City is considered solely on your academic and personal qualities.
You should submit your completed application form to UCAS with a £23 application fee. If you want to apply to City, University of London only, you can make a single choice application at a reduced rate of £12.
Your application for entry in September 2020 should arrive at UCAS between September 2019 and 15th January 2020. Applications that arrive after 15th January 2020 will be considered only at City’s discretion.
When your application is acknowledged by UCAS, you will be sent a personal identification number so that you can access your records via Track on the UCAS website.
For general enquiries about the admissions process at City, please contact our Admissions Office:
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7040 8716.
If your enquiry is about admission to a particular course, please use the contact details provided on the course page.
Address: Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), Rosehill, New Barn Lane, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL52 3LZ
Telephone: from inside the UK 0871 468 0468; from outside the UK +44 (0)871 468 0468
For callers with hearing difficulties: from inside the UK use the Text Relay service on 18001 0871 468 0468; from outside the UK dial +44 151 494 1260 (text phone) and then ask the operator to dial 0871 468 0468.
* The fee for this course is £9,250 for each year of study.
** In 2020/21 the fee is £16,450 for the first year of study. The institution reserves the right to increase your tuition fees annually to take account of the institution's increased costs of delivering educational services. The increase will normally be 2% but this is kept under review with reference to the RPI. If the institution intends to increase your tuition fees you will be advised of this alongside the published entry fee.
With a wide variety of funding sources and options available, whatever your background, the economics degree at City is an affordable option. Plus, our Student Centre provides award-winning financial advice and support.
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BSc (Hons) graduate Amit shares why he chose City and what he most enjoyed about the course.
Your Economics BSc (Hons) degree is geared towards real-world application and helping you prepare for a rewarding future. That is why at City, we offer you the opportunity to put your skills into practice and gain some invaluable experience with a one-year work placement between years two and three of your degree.
If you chose to complete a placement during your degree, you will graduate with a BSc in Economics with Integrated Professional Training.
Our expert Careers Service and academic staff will work with you to find a placement that meets your area of interest and career ambitions. You will stay in close contact with your personal tutor throughout your placement year, including a visit to your place of work.
Our recent economics undergraduate students have undertaken placements at a number of high-profile organisations, including:
Of course, at City we are committed to providing you with a world-class degree. However, our commitment to you goes beyond that. We also want to see you succeed after graduation. That is why our careers service helps you find work placements, provides CV support and hosts networking events to enable you to meet potential new employees and alumni.
When you graduate from City, you join a global alumni network of thousands, which may be invaluable for your future.
Thanks to our central location, we have a fantastic relationship with the City of London, placing you in the heart of the capital’s financial and business centre.
At City, we want to help you fulfil your ambitions and broaden your horizons. That is why, during your degree, you will have the option to study for one or two terms at a partner institution in Barcelona, Konstanz, Madrid, Rotterdam or Toulouse through the British Council Erasmus scheme. There are also opportunities for you to study abroad at partner institutions in Australia, Boston, Istanbul and Seoul.
As a student at City, you will not only study for a world-class degree at our modern central London campus, you will also have access to a variety of subject-specific facilities and resources. The aim of the course is to be relevant to the modern world and the applied theories of economics. That is why we make sure you have access to the industry standard tools and resources used by professionals, including:
We operate a Guarantee Scheme for first year undergraduates which means you will be offered place in one of City's affiliated Halls if you meet the Scheme's criteria.
Our Accommodation Service can also help you find private accommodation.
We offer a free language course for City, University of London students.
Course timetables are normally available from July and can be accessed from our timetabling pages. These pages also provide timetables for the current academic year, though this information should be viewed as indicative and details may vary from year to year.
Please note that all academic timetables are subject to change.
We offer an extensive support network during your time here at City, University of London – from Learning Support (including disability support) and counselling to financial and career advice – leaving you free to enjoy every opportunity campus life has to offer.
Chat to our current students and read their blogs to gain an insight into studying at City and learn more about our undergraduate and postgraduate courses.
The Economics BSc (Hons) at City is a versatile, wide-ranging degree, designed to give you a solid understanding of the economics discipline and its far-reaching relevance and application. You will learn with dynamic academic staff in a highly energetic and supportive department. Our economics staff covers a broad range of disciplines within economics. Thanks to the sheer diversity of the expertise that makes this course stand out, you will benefit from a range of economic perspectives.
You will learn the basic theoretical or technical points relevant to each module through a fascinating series of inspiring lectures. Seminars will then enable you to actively explore and develop your understanding of the topics through thought-provoking discussion, problem-solving, computer exercises and presentations.
The programme is studied full-time over three years. However, it may be taken over four years in the case of a sandwich degree. Where a year's placement is included, the title of your degree will be BSc in Economics with Integrated Professional Training.
Assessment is based mainly on coursework and unseen examination. Your coursework may consist of:
The balance of assessment by examination, practical examination and assessment by coursework will to some extent depend on the optional modules you choose. The approximate percentage of the course assessment, based on 2018/19 entry is as follows:
The structure of our degree allows for a thorough grounding of applied economic theory and analysis in your first year, which is then built upon throughout your second year. Our third year allows you to pick from a wide variety of electives modules, meaning you can tailor your studies alongside your career path.
Mathematics and data analysis play a fundamental role in understanding economic principles. Our course builds upon your previous level of mathematics, whether that is GCSE or 'A' Level.
The first year lays the analytical and conceptual foundations of economics with examples of real-world application of economics to important fundamental problems. Year one is made up of 120 credits which consists of six core modules and two elective modules.
Year two consists of modules that make up 120 credits.
The second year builds on year one, with six intermediate-level core modules. You will also discover how economics is applied to your areas of interest by choosing two elective modules from a range of options in global financial markets, international trade, intermediate mathematical methods and public economics.
Year three consists of modules that make up 120 credits.
In the final year, you will take two core modules, and have the opportunity to consolidate quantitative foundations and define your fields of interest within economics by choosing 90 credits of elective modules.
The programme specification contains more information on how the course is organised, the requirements for progression for each part and credits required for awards.
Each module has a credit value of 15 or 30 credit points. Each credit point represents approximately 10 hours of student learning and assessment. A 15 credit module would typically consist of 2 weekly lectures and one weekly class for ten weeks, giving a total of 30 taught hours, plus 120 hours of independent study, giving a total learning time of 150 hours.
The approximate percentage of the course assessment, based on 2018/19 entry is as follows:
This degree will equip you with a strong theoretical and practical understanding of the economics discipline, enabling you to develop highly valuable, transferable skills that will prepare you for a wide range of career and study options.
Our economics graduates are in high demand, offering the professional skills and experience that today’s employers are looking for. In 2015, the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey showed that 95% of City's Economics graduates in employment six months after graduating were in professional or managerial roles. Economics graduates enter professions such as:
Our graduates often secure positions in high-profile organisations, such as:
Many successful graduates go on to further study at institutions such as King’s College London, the LSE, and SOAS. Others take up positions as trainee chartered accountants working for professional qualifications with bodies such ACCA and CIMA.