Economics BSc

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UCAS code
L100
Start date
September 2024
Delivery type
On campus
Duration
3 years full time
Work placement
Optional
Study abroad
Optional
Typical A-level offer
AAA
Typical Access to Leeds offer
ABB
Full entry requirements

Course overview

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You’ll study your Economics degree at our world-renowned Leeds University Business School, home to the Applied Institute for Research in Economics.  

Within a challenging and supportive environment, you’ll explore a wide range of economic perspectives and approaches to real-world challenges. You’ll develop into a well-rounded economist with the skills that are sought after by top graduate employers. 

This course covers the core concepts, practices and techniques in economics. 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.

Through compulsory modules, you'll develop an in-depth understanding of the nature and methods of economic analysis, allowing you to gain insight into the factors that influence income generation, growth, distribution and individual and firm behaviour, together with policy options and dilemmas.

A range of optional economics modules will provide you with the opportunity to explore specialist areas such as business economics, behavioural economics, monetary policy, labour economics, international trade, and health.

Shape your learning with pathways

This course offers pathways which allow you to tailor your course to your specific interests or professional aspirations. The majority of the pathways start from year 2, once you have established the foundations of your subject. Pathway modules can be taken in particular areas and can be followed through to your final year. This unique level of personalisation and self-direction provides you with flexibility to meet your career goals, whilst helping you stand out from the crowd when you graduate. 

The pathways available on this course are: 

  • Finance
  • Enterprise and Innovation
  • Ethics and Sustainability

Leeds University Business School

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Course highlights

  • Choose to take an optional year in industry to gain valuable practical experience, or immerse yourself in a new culture by spending a year studying in a different country 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 data software 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.

  • Benefit from our pluralist approach, helping you gain broad insight into different theoretical perspectives on economic thinking and analysis.

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.

Read more about personal development support within the Business School. 

Specialist facilities

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. Read more about our Business School facilities.

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Accreditation

Leeds University Business School has triple accreditation from the three leading bodies AACSB, AMBA and EQUIS

Course details

Our degrees have a modular structure. This means that the theoretical and applied content within our compulsory modules provide you with the core knowledge and skills that you need. 

Alongside these compulsory modules, you’ll also have the opportunity to shape your course through optional, pathway and discovery modules. They’re a great way to tailor your study around your interests or career aspirations and help you stand out in a competitive job market. 

  • Optional modules are related to the field of economics enabling you to deepen your knowledge and skills within this area.  
  • Pathways are optional modules themed around key business disciplines, designed to complement your core knowledge and skills in economics and broaden your expertise. You’re able to study modules from only one pathway during each year, with the opportunity to continue, choose a different pathway* or return your focus to economics optional modules as you progress between years. 
  • Discovery modules give you opportunities to expand your intellectual horizons outside your subject area. They are categorised into 10 Discovery Themes ranging from arts to sciences, and from theory to practice.  

Whether you choose optional, pathway or discovery modules, you’ll be shaping your course to suit your personal interests and career aspirations. 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. 

*Subject to prerequisites in year 1 and/or year 2.

Year 1

In your first year you will gain a firm foundation in economic theory along with the mathematical and statistical tools to support the rest of your studies. You’ll also develop your academic, research and professional skills. You’ll have the opportunity to explore economic issues in more depth through your choice of optional economics modules or you can choose to study the finance pathway module or discovery modules from the wider University. 

Year 2

In the following year you’ll build on and enhance your understanding of microeconomics and macroeconomics. You will also develop your skills in research methods and quantitative methods via teaching in econometrics and mathematics. Optional economic modules will allow you to focus on topics such as labour, trade, ethics and industry. You’ll also have the opportunity to study pathway modules covering topics such as finance, enterprise and innovation and ethics and sustainability. A choice of discovery modules will be offered. 

Final year

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 economic modules, for example economic development, monetary economics, behavioural economics and the economics of business and strategy. You’ll also have the option to continue to study topics via pathway modules in finance, enterprise and innovation and ethics and sustainability. A choice of discovery modules will also be offered in your final year. You’ll apply the knowledge and skills you have gained during your course through the completion of a dissertation on a topic of your choice.

Course structure

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.

For more information please read Economics BSc in the course catalogue.

Year 1 

Compulsory modules 

  • 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) 

Optional modules 

  • Mathematics and Statistics for Economics and Business (10 credits) 
  • Economic Institutions - Labour (10 credits) 
  • Economic Institutions - Industry (10 credits) 

Pathway modules 

Finance pathway 

  • Introduction to Finance (20 credits) 

Year 2 

Compulsory modules 

  • 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) 

Optional modules 

  • 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) 

Pathway modules 

Finance pathway 

  • 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) 

Final year

Compulsory modules 

  • Advanced Microeconomics (10 credits) 
  • Economics Dissertation (40 credits) 
  • Advanced Macroeconomics (10 credits) 

Optional modules 

  • 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) 

Pathway modules 

Finance pathway 

  • 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)

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 course and modules.

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.

Assessment

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 a dissertation.

Entry requirements

A-level: AAA

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.

Alternative qualification

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.

BTEC

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.

Cambridge Pre-U

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 lubsugadmissions@leeds.ac.uk for further advice.

International Baccalaureate

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.

T-Levels

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.

Welsh Baccalaureate

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).

Alternative entry

We’re 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

International

We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. Read more about International Entry Requirements for Leeds University Business School on our Entry Requirements page.

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. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.


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.

Fees

UK: £9,250 (per year)

International: £26,500 (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 on our living costs and budgeting page.

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.

Applying

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 to our courses in Leeds University Business School. The number of applicants exceeds the number of places available so, to ensure that we treat all applications fairly and equitably, we wait until after the UCAS equal consideration application deadline has passed before making a final decision on applications.

If we put your application on hold for review after the UCAS application deadline, we will send you an email to let you know. Although you may have to wait longer than usual to receive a decision, you will hear from us by mid-May at the latest, in line with the deadline that UCAS sets universities for making decisions on applications submitted by the January UCAS deadline.

Offer decisions are made based on an overall review of applications including predicted grades, breadth of knowledge demonstrated through qualifications, personal statement, extra-curricular and work experience, and contextual information. We look for enthusiastic and talented students who have the potential to succeed in their studies with us and contribute to our community.

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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Career opportunities

Our Economics degree offers an excellent route into employment.

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Where will your Economics degree take you? 

Our graduates typically 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.

Careers support

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. Leeds University Business School is one of the few universities in the UK with a dedicated Employability and Opportunity team. You’ll be supported throughout your studies with one-to-one support, workshops and events from graduate employers, helping you develop the professional skills and experience that top employers are looking for.   

Nurturing Talent Mentor Scheme  

You’ll have the opportunity to apply for our competitive Nurturing Talent Mentor Scheme, exclusive for Business School students. We’ll connect you with an industry professional who will support you on your career path as you are mentored on a one-to-one basis for one academic year.  

Find out more about the Business School’s Employability and Opportunity support.  

During your time at Leeds, you’ll also have full access to the University Careers Service and Centre for Enterprise and Entrepreneurial Studies. The Careers Service 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.  

Study abroad and work placements

Study abroad

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.

Work placement

Work placements can help you decide on your career and improve your employability prospects. You’ll have the opportunity to put theory from your course into practice whilst gaining practical work experience and transferable skills sought after by graduate employers.

On this course you have the option to apply to spend a year in industry working within organisations across the public, private or voluntary sectors, in the UK or overseas. If you take this option, your degree will be extended to a four-year course with the third year spent on placement.

Support to find shorter summer internships is also available.

Learn more about work placements