Our degree is your first step to a wide range of careers, from accountancy and banking, to journalism and business. We provide you with the tools that economists have developed in financial and money markets. Tools that will aid you in analysing real economic problems.
Shape your degree outside the classroom with our thriving student led societies. Kent Invest focusses on financial markets holding an annual trading competition. The Economics Society explores issues of the moment through the lens of the discipline, culminating in an annual networking conference.
Reasons to study Economics with Econometrics at Kent
You'll satisfy your curiosity at a top 20 subject in The Guardian University Guide 2022You'll study in a supportive learning community, ranked 5th for student satisfaction in The Complete University Guide 2022You can increase your career prospects through a Year in Industry, gaining real-world experience. Recent graduates have gone on to work at Deloitte, PwC and Goldman Sachs. You'll learn from inspiring lecturers who advise UK, European and international organisationsYou'll gain ongoing support through our employability team, regular workshops and alumni talks, as well as our dedicated academic adviser and peer mentoring scheme.You'll study in our new Kennedy building, home to our economics community, with excellent facilities, ideal for teaching analytic tools.
What you'll learn
You learn how economists think and develop the analytics skills to find solutions to shape our world. You’ll develop knowledge and understanding of crucial aspects of the subject, such as macroeconomics, microeconomics and quantitative economics.
Our wide range of modules allows you to tailor your degree to support your particular career ambitions; for example, you can choose modules that prepare you for life as a professional economist. The additional skills in mathematical and statistical modelling that you’ll learn will open up a broader range of opportunities too.
Year in Industry
You have the option to take this programme with a year in industry. In previous years students have worked at:
Bank of EnglandGovernment Economic Service (GES)DeloitteErnst & YoungPwCOrganisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
You don’t have to make a decision before you enrol at Kent but certain conditions apply.
Year in Computing / Year in Journalism
The Year in Computing and the Year in Journalism are both free-standing, self-contained years and can be taken after stage 2 or 3 (that is, between your second and final year, or after your final year). You can take a Year in Computing or a Year in Journalism if you are a current undergraduate student at the University of Kent, studying a non-computing or non-journalism degree programme respectively.
You can only apply for a Year in Computing or a Year in Journalism once you are a student at Kent.
Knowledge and understanding
You gain a knowledge and understanding of the following:
- The main concepts, principles, theories, models and methods of modern economic and econometric analysis and their application in different areas of Economics.
- The history and development of economic ideas and the differing methods of analysis that have been and are used by economists.
- The analytical skills that allow students to formulate and consider a range of economic and econometric problems and issues.
- The econometric mathematical, statistical and computing methods used in Economics.
- Economic data and methods used to analyse such data.
- Economic analysis of policy.
- Specific problems, issues and policies in a range of areas in Economics and Econometrics.
- Key concepts affecting decision-making.
- Critical discussion of Economic problems, issues and policies in politics and media.
- An economic topic chosen by the student and submitted as a supervised dissertation or extended essay in final year.
You gain the following intellectual skills:
- Ability to abstract the essential features of a complex system.
- Ability to think about what are the important variables and fixed parameters in solving a problem.
- Ability to analysis complex issues using deductive and inductive reasoning.
- Ability to organise and use information to analyse complex issues and test different hypotheses.
- Ability to review critically alternative explanations and analyses of a problem.
- Ability to manage a supervised final year dissertation or extended essay on an economic topic chosen by the student.
You gain the following Subject-specific skills:
- Analytical skills in Economics.
- Ability to apply economic principles and analysis to a range of issues, problems and policies.
- Ability to abstract the essential features of an economic issue, problem or system.
- Knowledge of the principal sources of Economic data and information and ability to use and present this information.
- Be able to carry out economic and econometric analysis of economic data.
- Knowledge and ability to make and provide advice on how to make economic decisions.
- Ability to synthesise and compare critically different economic analyses of an economic issue.
- Ability to research the literature on an economic issue.
- Ability to apply economic skills to investigate a supervised final year project on an economic topic chosen by the student.
You gain the following transferable skills:
- Effective communication of analysis and ideas both orally, aurally and in written form
- Ability to assemble, analyse, use and present data.
- Understanding and ability to use economic, econometric, mathematical and quantitative methods to analyse issues and problems.
- Ability to analyse and make decisions, using economic concepts, e.g. opportunity cost and strategic behaviour.
- Development of Information Technology skills through using statistical and econometric packages.
- Independence in initiating and executing work.
- Ability to think critically about proposed analyses and solutions to a problem or issue.
- Become responsible for managing own learning and academic performance.
- Manage a supervised final year dissertation or extended essay on an economic topic chosen by the student.
The programme aims to:
- To provide a flexible and progressive curriculum that is suitable for students who have or have not studied Economics before.
- To provide a stimulating education in the principles of Economics and Econometrics and their application, in which high quality teaching motivates students to achieve their full potential.
- To stimulate students intellectually through the study of economics and to lead them to appreciate its application to a range of problems and its relevance in a variety of contexts
- To provide a firm foundation of knowledge about the workings of economic systems and to foster an understanding of alternative approaches to the analysis of economic phenomena
- To provide students with the ability to abstract and to develop simplifying frameworks for studying the real world.
- To develop in students the ability to apply economic knowledge, analytical tools and skills in a range of theoretical, applied and policy problems.
- To develop students understanding of econometric theory and carry out applied econometric investigations using appropriate software.
- To provide a range of options to enable students to study selected areas of economics in depth, the teaching of which is informed by the research and scholarship of academic staff
- To provide students with the knowledge and skill base from which they can proceed to further studies in economics, related areas or in multidisciplinary areas that involve economics.
- To develop in all students, through the study of economics, a range of skills that will be of value in employment and self-employment.