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Economics, BSc

Lancaster University
3 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
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Program description

Economics, BSc

An understanding of economics gets to the heart of how the world works. Through our flexible program, embedded within our wide-ranging Management School and delivered by high-quality researchers recognised for their teaching with the TEF Gold accreditation, you will tackle important questions: How do countries fund their emergency services? Why do celebrities get paid so much?

Economics is highly-prized by employers in the private and public sectors, and we provide you with both the theoretical knowledge and practical application you need for your future career. Our degree weaves theory and evidence into policy analysis, allowing you to understand fundamental issues and topical concerns in the real world. Our place within the Management School provides a close relationship with other business disciplines and access to businesses and employers in the business world.

You do not need Economics A level, as all first years study the Principles of Economics and Quantitative Methods for Economics, covering mathematics and statistics. The flexible degree structure means you can choose another subject such as Accounting and Finance, International Relations or Marketing as a minor subject, which you can continue to study throughout your degree.

You are taught by expert researchers working at the cutting-edge of the field. In the second year, in addition to core modules such as Micro and Macroeconomics, you choose from specialist topics, including Game Theory; and your final year sees you choosing up to eight modules, including Public Economics, International Trade and Health Economics. The range of topics allows you to tailor your studies to suit your aspirations. High-performing students can choose to write a dissertation. Many of our best graduates go on to study a Masters degree. We are proud of our aspiring economists and aim to nurture your potential. You will have support from our careers team, which includes a dedicated departmental

Admission requirements

Grade Requirements

  • A Level AAB
  • Required Subjects A level Mathematics grade B
  • GCSE Mathematics grade B or 6, English Language grade C or 4
  • IELTS 6.5 overall with at least 5.5 in each component.

Other Qualifications

  • International Baccalaureate 35 points overall with 16 points from the best 3 Higher Level subjects including 6 in HL Mathematics (either analysis and approaches or applications and interpretations)
  • BTEC May be considered alongside A level Mathematics or Further Mathematics with at least grade B

We welcome applications from students with a range of alternative UK and international qualifications, including combinations of qualifications.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Year 1


  • Career and Employability I
  • Principles of Economics A
  • Quantitative Methods for Economics

Year 2


  • Career and Employability II
  • Intermediate Macroeconomics I
  • Intermediate Macroeconomics II
  • Intermediate Microeconomics I
  • Intermediate Microeconomics II
  • Introduction to Econometrics
  • Mathematics for Economics


  • Applied Economics
  • Environmental Economics and Policy
  • Game Theory

Year 3


  • Career and Employability III


  • Advanced Macroeconomics
  • Advanced Microeconomics
  • Applied Economics
  • Behavioural and Experimental Economics
  • Development Economics
  • Dissertation Module
  • Econometrics
  • Game Theory
  • Health Economics
  • Industrial Organisation
  • International Trade
  • Labour Economics
  • Mathematical Economics
  • Monetary Macroeconomics
  • Public Economics

Tuition fees

  • For UK students: £9,250 per year
  • For International students: £20,440 per year

Career opportunities

Our degrees are designed to prepare you for a career in industry, business, finance, consultancy or government. Recent Economics graduates have joined banks and financial consultancies such as HSBC and Deloitte, while others have been employed on graduate schemes with major companies, including BAE and the Swire Group.

Many of our Economics students have gained places on postgraduate courses at top institutions and then pursued specialised careers as economists – for example, at the Bank of England, the Institute for Fiscal Studies, and in academia.

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Lancaster University is located in the northwest of England near the major cities of Manchester and Liverpool. It was established in 1964 as a collegiate university with a reputation for innovation. Lancaster is one of the few UK universities to...

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Lancaster University is among the best in the UK, in the top 10 in The Guardian University Guide 2021 and The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021. We also have a TEF Gold rating for teaching and we're highly ranked in international league tables such as the QS World Rankings. We're proud to have been named International University of the Year by The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020.

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