BA (Hons) in Economics (With a Professional Placement Year)

University of Sussex Business School
4 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
September 2023

About this program

BA (Hons) in Economics (With a Professional Placement Year)

You focus on the practice of economics and policy-making to understand issues such as trade, labour markets, education, migration, poverty, development and health. By studying the principles of economics at microeconomic and macroeconomic levels, you learn how to analyse real-world issues and events.

You study issues such as international trade, global imbalances and the financial crisis, building your understanding of applied statistical techniques and their application to economic questions. Then you build your expertise by choosing from a range of specialist options including education economics, behavioural economics, financial economics or development economics. You will gain important quantitative skills through studying mathematical economics and statistics.

On the Economics BA you can choose to spend time exploring and studying different disciplines alongside your Economics degree, and you have the opportunity to apply for a year in industry and put your knowledge into practice. You also benefit from having an Academic Success Adviser who can help you with academic study skills including critical thinking, presenting, academic writing and note-making.

Our flexible degree means you can tailor it to your career path, whether you want to work in banking and finance, private companies, the civil service, or international organisations.

Admission requirements

UK requirements

Typical A-level offer: ABB-BBB

Contextual A-level offer: BBC-BCC

GCSEs: You must have GCSE (or equivalent) Mathematics, with at least grade 6 (or grade B).We will also consider applicants with grade 5 in Maths if you are taking A-level Accounting, Business, Chemistry, Economics, Maths, Physics, Psychology, an LIBF Diploma in Financial Studies or Level 3 Certificate in Core Maths (grade B). AAT accounting qualifications can be used as an alternative to the grade 6 GCSE Maths requirement.You should also have a broad range of GCSEs grade 9-4 (A*-C), including good grades in relevant subjects.

Extended Project Qualification: We take the EPQ into account when considering your application and it can be useful in the summer when your results are released if you have narrowly missed the conditions of your offer. We do not routinely include the EPQ in the conditions of your offer but we sometimes offer alternative conditions that include the EPQ.

International requirements

International Baccalaureate

Typical offer: 30 -32 points overall from the full IB Diploma.

European Baccalaureate

Typical offer: Overall result of at least 75% to 77%.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic)

6.0 overall, including at least 5.25 in each component

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

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Program content

Year 1

Core modules

Autumn teaching

  • Contemporary Economic Issues
  • Introduction to Economics
  • Introduction to Mathematics for Finance and Economics

Spring teaching

  • Introduction to Statistics
  • Macroeconomics 1
  • Microeconomics 1

Year 2

Core modules

Autumn teaching

  • Introduction to Econometrics (level 5)
  • Macroeconomics 2
  • Microeconomics 2

Year 3


Autumn teaching

  • Climate Change Economics
  • Economics of European Integration
  • Economics of Public Policy
  • Experimental Economics: Markets, Games And Strategic Behaviour
  • Financial Econometrics
  • Industrial Dynamics
  • International Trade
  • Labour Economics
  • Monetary Theory and Policy
  • Topics in Growth and Inequality

Autumn and spring teaching

  • Applied Economics Dissertation

Spring teaching

  • Applied Econometrics
  • Behavioural Economics
  • Economics and Data Science
  • Economics of Crime
  • Economics of Education
  • Economics of Sports
  • Financial Economics
  • The British Economy in the Twentieth Century
  • The Economics of Development

Scholarships & funding

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


Please visit the university website for more information about tuition fees



Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) for the purpose of exemption from some professional examinations through the Accredited degree accelerated route.

Career paths

You'll develop communication, analytical and numeracy skills. These skills mean you could go into graduate jobs in the Civil Service, banks, consultancies, insurance and accounting firms.

You are based in the University of Sussex Business School where you'll benefit from extensive career support and business connections, including mentoring, networking, guest lectures and the development of your workplace skills. You'll meet and hear from graduate employers and former Sussex students, find out more about graduate schemes and get help with preparing for selection tests and assessment centres. Economics students also run an active society that invites guest speakers and organises events, bringing together students from Economics courses as well as those from other courses who share an interest in economics.

The Business School is also home to the renowned UK Trade Policy Observatory (UKTPO), one of the most trusted voices in the analysis of the UK’s trading future. Facilities include the Bloomberg Lab where you can access real-time data from the Bloomberg Professional service platform.

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