Our Economics degree at Leeds will allow you to explore a wide range of economic perspectives and approaches to real-world challenges. You’ll develop into a well-rounded economist with the important skills that are sought after by graduate employers.
This course covers the core concepts and techniques in economics, where you will gain analytical, quantitative, computing, presentation and other transferable skills, preparing you for a variety of exciting careers in the private and public sector.
You’ll develop a deep understanding of the factors that influence income, wealth and wellbeing, how scarce resources are allocated, distributed and utilised today, and how they may change in the future.
Throughout the course you’ll build in-depth knowledge of microeconomics and macroeconomics and build your mathematical, data analysis and research skills.
You’ll explore a range of different approaches to economics in a challenging and supportive environment at our world-renowned Business School, home to the Applied Institute for Research in Economics.
This programme offers pathways from Year 2 which will allow students to tailor their course to their specific interests or professional aspirations. The pathways will provide modules that can be taken in particular areas and followed through to their final year. This allows a level of personalisation and self-direction not previously available on this programme, providing students with a degree of flexibility to meet their own needs.
The pathways available on this programme are:
- Enterprise and Innovation
- Ethics and Sustainability
Choose to take an optional year in industry gaining practical experience or spend a year studying in another culture at one of our many partner universities across the world.
Regular opportunities to network with guest speakers from industry and politics at our ‘Lunch with Economists’ series, featuring debates, discussions and presentations. A great way to develop your professional communication skills and gain insights for your future career.
Develop practical data analysis skills that graduate employers look for, using software such as Microsoft Excel to understand and solve real-world economic problems.
Build understanding of a range of contemporary economic issues and competing perspectives, and the resulting implications for economic policy.
Develop important research and analytical skills and apply these in your final year to a year-long project on a topic of your choice. For example, you may decide to investigate a particular area of economic development or conduct your own research into the impacts of social and environmental factors on the economy.
Supporting your personal development
Throughout your studies, you'll benefit from the support of your Academic Personal Tutor who will work in partnership with you to maximise your personal and professional development.
You’ll also have access to support from the Business School’s Employability and Opportunity team who will help you explore opportunities to develop your professional network and gain work experience.
At Leeds University Business School, you’ll have access to specialist facilities including state-of-the-art lecture theatres, collaborative learning and teaching spaces with the latest interactive technology and modern study spaces with dedicated computer clusters.
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Our degrees have a modular structure. This means that compulsory modules provide you with the core knowledge and skills that you need, while optional and discovery modules allow you to shape your course to suit your personal interests and career aspirations.
You will study core theoretical and applied content throughout the course and have the option to choose modules in economics that are of interest to you. In all years, you will be able to choose from a selection of modules that reflect the research interests and expertise of staff at Leeds.
In your first year you will gain a firm foundation in economic theory and the mathematical and statistical tools to support the rest of your studies. You’ll also develop your academic, research and professional skills during this time. You can explore economic issues in more depth through your choice of optional modules or you can choose to study other subjects available in Leeds University Business School and the wider University.
In the following year you’ll build on and enhance your understanding of microeconomics and macroeconomics. You will also develop research and data analysis skills to carry out your own research through teaching in econometrics and mathematics. You’ll also explore topics that suit your interests and career plans through your choice of optional modules, for example labour, health, trade, ethics and industrial organisations.
In your final year you will deepen your understanding of microeconomics and macroeconomics. You will also be able to choose from a diverse list of optional modules, for example economic development, monetary economics, behavioural economics and environmental economics. You’ll also apply the knowledge and skills you have gained through completion of a dissertation on a topic of your choice.
The list shown below represents typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our terms and conditions.
Most courses consist of compulsory and optional modules. There may be some optional modules omitted below. This is because they are currently being refreshed to make sure students have the best possible experience. Before you enter each year, full details of all modules for that year will be provided.
- Academic, Professional and Research Skills for Studies in Economics (20 credits)
- Mathematics and Statistics for Economics and Business 1B (10 credits)
- Economics and Global History (10 credits)
- Economic Perspectives and Controversies (20 credits)
- Economic Theory and Applications (30 credits)
- Mathematics and Statistics for Economics and Business (10 credits)
- Economic Institutions - Labour (10 credits)
- Economic Institutions - Industry (10 credits)
Introduction to Finance (20 credits)
- The Evolution of Economic Ideas (10 credits)
- Intermediate Microeconomics (10 credits)
- Mathematics for Business and Economics 2 (10 credits)
- Economics Research Methods (10 credits)
- Statistics and Econometrics (20 credits)
- Intermediate Macroeconomics (10 credits)
- Introduction to Health Economics (10 credits)
- From Study to Work (10 credits)
- Industrial Economics (10 credits)
- Macroeconomic Policy and Performance (10 credits)
- International Economics (10 credits)
- Business Economics (10 credits)
- Labour Economics (10 credits)
- How to be a Successful Policy Economist (10 credits)
- Ethics and Economics (10 credits)
- Transport Economics (10 credits)
- Project Appraisal (10 credits)
Corporate Financial Management (20 credits)
Enterprise and Innovation pathway
- Entrepreneurship in Theory and Practice (10 credits)
- New Enterprise Planning (20 credits)
Ethics and Sustainability pathway
- Leadership Ethics (10 credits)
- Contemporary Industrial Relations (10 credits)
- Corporate Social Responsibility (10 credits)
- Advanced Microeconomics (10 credits)
- Economics Dissertation (40 credits)
- Advanced Macroeconomics (10 credits)
- Introduction to the Economic Evaluation of Health (10 credits)
- Contemporary Issues in Economic Growth (10 credits)
- Economic Development (20 credits)
- Economics of Famines (20 credits)
- Environmental Economics (10 credits)
- Applied Econometrics (10 credits)
- Behavioural Economics (10 credits)
- Modern Theories of Money and Monetary Policy (10 credits)
- Public Enterprise and Regulation (10 credits)
- International Economics: Integration and Governance (20 credits)
- The Economics of Unions (10 credits)
- The Political Economy of Work (10 credits)
- Economics of Business and Corporate Strategy (20 credits)
- Behavioural Finance (10 credits)
- Financial Derivatives (10 credits)
Enterprise and Innovation pathway
- Critical Perspectives in Enterprise and Entrepreneurship (20 credits)
- Innovation Thinking and Practice (10 credits)
Ethics and Sustainability pathway
- Gender and Equality at Work in Comparative Perspectives (20 credits)
- Diversity Management (20 credits)
Throughout your degree you will benefit from a range of opportunities to expand your intellectual horizons outside or within your subject area.
This course gives you the opportunity to choose from a range of discovery modules. They’re a great way to tailor your study around your interests or career aspirations and help you stand out from the crowd when you graduate. Find out more about discovery modules on our Broadening webpages.
Learning and teaching
You’ll be taught using a range of methods including lectures, tutorials, seminars and workshops. The rest of your time will be spent in independent learning, which allows you to develop your skills in research and analysis. Our Virtual Learning Environment will help to support your studies: it’s a central place where you can find all the information and resources for the School, your programme and modules.
You’ll also benefit from dedicated academic counselling from your Head of Year, a lecturer in your subject area who will meet you individually during the year and act as a personal tutor.
On this course you’ll be taught by our expert academics, from lecturers through to professors. You may also be taught by industry professionals with years of experience, as well as trained postgraduate researchers, connecting you to some of the brightest minds on campus.
We use a variety of assessment methods to help you develop a range of transferable skills that you’ll need in professional life. These are likely to include coursework, exams, oral presentations, group reports and dissertations.
GCSE: 5 GCSEs at grade C/4 or higher including Mathematics grade A/7 and English Language grade B/6 or equivalent, or an appropriate English language qualification.* *If you have a B/6 in GCSE English Literature we will accept a Grade B/5 or C/4 in GCSE English Language.
Other course specific tests:
Read more about UK and Republic of Ireland accepted qualifications for this course.
Access to HE Diploma
Typically, we consider the Access to Higher Education Diploma to be suitable for UK/EU applicants who will be assessed on a case by case basis. Applicants must complete a Business-related diploma of 60 credits with 45 credits at Level 3. A minimum of 30 Level 3 credits must be awarded at Distinction level and 15 at Merit. Applicants are expected to meet the GCSE Maths and English Language minimum requirements for their chosen degree programme.
Please note that applicants presenting this qualification may be called for interview (where they must also present a recent piece of academic writing for review) - this requirement is assessed upon receipt of the application.
We will accept the RQF BTEC National Extended Diploma in Business with Distinction* Distinction Distinction (an academic A Level is not required). For the QCF BTEC National Extended Diploma in Business, or other BTEC qualifications alongside academic A-levels, please see our BTEC entry requirements.
D3, D3, M1. Please note that this requirement excludes the Cambridge Pre-U Certificate in Global Perspectives and Independent Research. We also consider applicants who offer a combination of Pre-U and A-Level qualifications. Please contact email@example.com for further advice.
35 points overall including 5 in Standard level Maths courses or 4 in Higher level Maths courses, and 5 in English (Standard or Higher Level), with 17 points from Higher Level subjects.
For those candidates who meet our Maths or English requirements through another qualification, these minimum points for Maths or English in the IB Diploma do not apply. If you are presenting Literature and Performance as one of your International Baccalaureate subjects, you will need to present a separate English qualification.
Irish Leaving Certificate (higher Level)
Applicants must obtain 6 H2 grades in the Irish Leaving Certificate (Higher Level). Maths and English Language will be accepted at Ordinary level in lieu of GCSEs. A grade of O2 is required for GCSE A/7, and a grade of O3 is required for GCSE B/5 (Maths) or GCSE B/6 (English).
Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers
Scottish Highers and Scottish Advanced Highers are acceptable for entry onto our degree programmes in the following combinations: six Highers at AAAAAA or one Advanced Higher at A with five Highers at AAABB, or two Advanced Highers at AA with five Highers AABBB. We will also accept three Advanced Highers at AAA. Intermediate 2 / National 5 Maths and English are acceptable in lieu of GCSE requirements on a grade for grade basis.
We welcome applications from candidates offering T levels. Applicants would be expected to achieve an overall Distinction from one of these subjects; Digital Business Services, Digital Support and Services, Accounting, Finance, or Management and Administration (the subject Human Resources may be considered in the future).
Applicants are expected to meet the GCSE Maths and English Language minimum requirements for their chosen degree programme.
Applicants offering the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (SCC) must obtain a grade A alongside AA at A level (excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking).
Were committed to identifying the best possible applicants, regardless of personal circumstances or background.
Access to Leeds is an alternative admissions scheme which accepts applications from individuals who might be from low income households, in the first generation of their immediate family to apply to higher education, or have had their studies disrupted.
Find out more about Access to Leeds and alternative admissions.
Typical Access to Leeds offer
A level: ABB
GCSE: 5 GCSEs at grade C/4 or higher including Mathematics grade A/7 and English Language or English Literature grade C/4
Access to Leeds: Pass
To study at the University of Leeds, you’ll need to have a recognised English language qualification.
Read more about recognised English Language Requirements for Leeds University Business School on our Entry Requirements page.
For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.
IELTS requirements for this course are listed below.
International Foundation Year
International students who do not meet the academic requirements for undergraduate study may be able to study the University of Leeds International Foundation Year. This gives you the opportunity to study on campus, be taught by University of Leeds academics and progress onto a wide range of Leeds undergraduate courses. Find out more about International Foundation Year programmes.
English language requirements
IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component.
Improve your English
If you're an international student and you don't meet the English language requirements for this programme, you may be able to study our undergraduate pre-sessional English course, to help improve your English language level.
UK: £9,250 (per year)
International: £24,000 (per year)
Tuition fees for UK undergraduate students starting in 2023/24 and 2024/25
Tuition fees for UK full-time undergraduate students are set by the UK Government and will remain capped at £9,250 for 2023/24 and 2024/25. The fee may increase in future years of your course in line with inflation only as a consequence of future changes in Government legislation and as permitted by law.
Tuition fees for international undergraduate students starting in 2023/24 and 2024/25
Tuition fees for international students for 2023/24 and 2024/25 are available on individual course pages.
Tuition fees for a study abroad or work placement year
If you take a study abroad or work placement year, you’ll pay a reduced tuition fee during this period. For more information, see Study abroad and work placement tuition fees and loans.
Read more about paying fees and charges.
There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs.
Scholarships and financial support
If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There is help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more in our Undergraduate funding overview.
Leeds University Business School awards a generous range of scholarships.
Apply to this course through UCAS. Check the deadline for applications on the UCAS website.
The deadline for international students to apply to Leeds University Business School courses is 30 June.
This course is not accepting applications for deferred entry.
We typically receive a high number of applications for this course. To ensure we treat all applications fairly and equitably, we review applications after the UCAS deadline before making a final decision. All applications received before the UCAS deadline are guaranteed equal consideration. Please see our How to Apply page, under “Application decisions” for details.
International students apply through UCAS in the same way as UK students. Our network of international representatives can help you with your application. If you’re unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.
Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.
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Our Economics degree offers an excellent route into employment. Over the last few years, we have seen graduates go into a wide variety of careers including roles such as Professional Economist, Government Economist, Portfolio Manager, Corporate Finance Analyst, Management Consultant, Financial Advisor, Commercial Analyst, Investment Manager, and Risk Analyst. Some also choose to undertake further study at graduate level.
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We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.
You will be supported throughout your studies by the Business School’s dedicated Employability and Opportunity team who will help you develop and demonstrate the professional skills and experience that top employers are looking. You'll benefit from one-to-one support, workshops and events from graduate employers.
In addition, Leeds University Business School students also have full access to the University Careers Centre and Centre for Enterprise and Entrepreneurial Studies.
The Careers Centre work with a large network of experienced professionals from companies such as Santander, M&S and KPMG, who volunteer as mentors on our Nurturing Talent Mentor Scheme. Applying for the scheme is a competitive process and it offers Business School students a wide range of benefits as they are mentored on a one-to-one basis for one academic year.
Study abroad and work placements
On this course you have the opportunity to apply to spend an additional academic year studying abroad. The University has partnerships with more than 300 universities worldwide and popular destinations for our students include the USA, Canada, Australia, countries in Asia and countries in Europe.
You can also apply to take part in a short-course summer school at one of our overseas partner institutions. A summer school can be taken as part of a three-year degree, or in addition to a study year abroad or year in industry.
Read more about studying abroad.
Practical work experience can help you decide on your career and improve your employability.
On this course you have the option to apply to spend a year in industry with organisations across the public, private and voluntary sectors, in the UK or overseas. If you take this option, your degree will be extended to a four-year programme with the third year spent on placement.
Support to find shorter internships is also available.
Read more about work placements.