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BSc (Hons) Economics

University of York
Program overview
3 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Start dates
September 2022

September 2023

September 2024

About this program

BSc (Hons) Economics

Economics is at play every day, in all areas of our lives.

Whether it’s the global implications of the Euro crisis, fluctuations in employment or even the price of milk in the supermarket, economics is the driving force.

Many of our lecturers are recognised for their ‘internationally excellent’ research into economics and its application to the real world. This research-led approach will give you a valuable insight into the ways in which financial decisions affect individuals, businesses and societies on a local and global level.

Admission requirements

  • A levels: AAB including Mathematics
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma: 36 credits at Distinction and 9 at Merit or higher plus Level 3 units in Mathematics or in conjunction with an alternative Level 3 Mathematics qualification
  • BTEC National Extended Diploma: DDD including Mathematics or in conjunction with an acceptable alternative Level 3 Mathematics qualification
  • Cambridge Pre-U: D3, D3, M2 including Mathematics
  • European Baccalaureate: 80% overall including Mathematics
  • International Baccalaureate: 35 points with a minimum grade of 6 points in three Higher level subjects including Mathematics

English language

If English isn't your first language you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. We accept the following qualifications:

  • IELTS: 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in each component
  • PTE Academic: 61, with a minimum of 55 in each component
  • GCSE/IGCSE/O level English Language (as a first or second language): Grade C
  • C1 Advanced and C2 Proficiency: 176, with a minimum of 169 in each component
  • TOEFL: 87 overall, with a minimum of 21 in each component
  • Trinity ISE III: Merit in all components
  • Duolingo: 110 overall, with a minimum of 100 in each component
  • LanguageCert International ESOL SELT: B2 Communicator High Pass with a minimum score of 33/50 in each component

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Program content

Year 1

The first year provides a broad introduction, covering everything from small-scale economic decisions at an individual and local level, through to issues that impact upon the national and international economy.

Core modules

  • Microeconomics 1
  • Macroeconomics 1
  • Mathematics 1
  • Probability 1
  • Statistics 1
  • Economic Data Analysis­­ 1
  • Historical Perspectives

Year 2

The second year allows you to explore areas of interest in greater detail through a combination of core modules and options.

Core modules

  • Microeconomics 2
  • Macroeconomics 2
  • Econometrics 2
  • Economic Growth and Development
  • Mathematics 2

Option modules

You can tailor your course by choosing 30 credits from a list of options which may include:

  • Dynamic Modelling for Economists
  • Economics of Population
  • Econometric Theory 1
  • Development Economics
  • Making Poverty History?
  • Commodity Markets
  • Introduction to Accountancy
  • Cost-Benefit Analysis
  • Financial Economics and Capital Markets

Year 3

In the third year you will have free choice over all 120 credits. The wide range of specialist modules allows the flexibility to tailor the course to your future career path. Current options include:

  • Alternative Perspectives in Economics
  • Applied Econometrics
  • Applied Economics
  • Bubbles, Panics and Crashes
  • Econometric Methods for Research
  • Economics of Social Policy
  • Experimental and Behavioural Economics
  • International Economic Growth and Development
  • Health Economics
  • Industrial Economics
  • International Economics
  • Labour Economics
  • Macroeconomics 3
  • Mathematical Economics
  • Microeconomics 3
  • Monetary Economics
  • Political Economics
  • Principles of Corporate Finance and Derivative Security
  • Structure and Regulation of Financial Markets

Program delivery

3 years full-time (plus optional placement year)


  • UK (home) fees: £9,250 per year
  • International and EU fees: £18,350 per year


Transferable skills

Economics students graduate with a wide range of transferable skills. As well as developing your subject-specific knowledge, an economics degree will equip you with:

  • Analytical thinking
  • Empirical and interpretive skills
  • Communication skills
  • Problem-solving

Career paths

This flexible course has been developed to provide you with the skills to meet the needs of the business world. Whether you’re looking for a career in banking, finance, the public sector, an information organisation or in management consultancy, career prospects for graduates are excellent.

About this institute

University of York

Founded on principles of excellence, equality and opportunity for all, the University of York opened in 1963 with just 230 students. Since then we have become one of the world's leading universities, carving out a reputation as an academic powerhouse...

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Contact info

University of York

YO10 5DD York
United Kingdom


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