BSc Psychology with Economics

University of Essex
3-4 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
October 2023

About this program

BSc Psychology with Economics

Why do people get into debt? How do interest rates, tax and government spending affect us? How does human psychology guide people to make economic decisions? At Essex you understand how and why individuals make economic decisions and errors.

Satisfy your curiosity by learning from innovative researchers at the cutting edge of psychological science. At Essex we take a multi-method approach, working beyond traditional boundaries to combine different expertise and share fascinating techniques and intriguing theories.

You study both psychology and economics, developing parallel methods of analysing decision making and cognition. Blending insights of psychology and economics provides valuable knowledge as to why individuals are not always behaving in their own best interests. Understanding this and the frameworks of behavioural economics can help policymakers create environments that nudge people towards making wiser decisions and healthier lives. Over the past 20 years, economics has developed a rich literature on human behaviour.

Admission requirements

Clearing entry requirements

Specific entry requirements for this course in Clearing are not published here but for most of our degree courses you will need to hold a Level 3 qualification. If you are interested in applying and have already received your results, use our Clearing application form to apply for 2022 entry and find out if you are eligible. You will be asked to provide details of your qualifications and grades.

English language requirements

English language requirements for applicants whose first language is not English: IELTS 6.0 overall. Different requirements apply for second year entry, and specified component grades are also required for applicants who require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK.

Other English language qualifications may be acceptable so please contact us for further details. If we accept the English component of an international qualification then it will be included in the information given about the academic levels listed above. Please note that date restrictions may apply to some English language qualifications

If you are an international student requiring a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK please see our immigration webpages for the latest Home Office guidance on English language qualifications.

If you do not meet our IELTS requirements then you may be able to complete a pre-sessional English pathway that enables you to start your course without retaking IELTS.

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

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Program content

Year 1

  • Understanding our place in the world
  • Growing in the world
  • Experiencing Emotion
  • Thinking and the Mind
  • The Social World
  • The Social Brain
  • Introduction to Economics

Year 2

  • Statistics for Psychologists, 2nd Year
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Social Psychology
  • Enhancing employability and career planning
  • Brain and Behaviour
  • Personality and Individual Differences

Final Year

  • Psychology Project
  • Advanced employability skills and career progression
  • Introduction to Behavioural Economics
  • Experimental Methods in Economics

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

Program delivery

BSc Psychology with Economics: 3 years

BSc Psychology with Economics (Including Year Abroad): 4 years

BSc Psychology with Economics (Including Placement Year): 4 years

  • A typical timetable includes around eight to fourteen one-hour lectures per week with associated classes or laboratories
  • We combine small and large-group teaching with regular laboratory-based research exercises


  • Home/UK fee: £9,250
  • International fee: £20,050

Career paths

  • A psychology degree, especially one accredited by the British Psychology Society, will provide you with the foundations needed for specialising in diverse areas, including clinical and educational psychology.
  • Many of our psychology graduates choose careers outside traditional psychology fields. The skills you learn during your degree opens doors to careers in market research, human resources, and people-focussed careers such as a high-intensity therapist or special educational needs.
  • Our psychology graduates have progressed in diverse careers across the public, private and third sectors, including working for the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust, and Prison and Probation Service, mental health charity MIND, and organisations like the BBC.

About this institute

University of Essex

We are Essex: home to the ambitious and the inquisitive. We are proud to be top 39 in the Complete University Guide (2022), a past University of the Year (THE) and internationally recognised for Social Sciences. We're committed to two...

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Contact info

University of Essex

Wivenhoe Park
CO4 3SQ Colchester

Phone no: +44 (0) 1206 873333


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