As a Kent Economics student, you develop the skills to analyse and discuss these crucial areas and are challenged to contribute and defend your own theories and solutions.
The School of Economics is ranked highly among UK universities for graduate prospects. Our economists are internationally recognised for their research and are also exciting and innovative teachers who place a particular emphasis on making economics relevant to the real world.
The School provides outstanding academic support. Each student has a dedicated academic adviser and we also run a peer mentoring scheme where experienced final-year students offer advice and support to new students.
We are an international community with academic staff and students from many countries so you develop a global perspective on your subject.
Our degree programme
In your first year, you learn how economists think and become familiar with the tools they use for analysing real economic problems. You can also study modules in professional economics, as well as strategy and games.
In your second and final years, you study macroeconomics, microeconomics and quantitative economics. Optional modules cover areas such as international finance, industrial and monetary economics, and the economics of money and banking. Our wide range of modules means you can tailor your degree to support your particular career ambitions; for example, you can choose modules that prepare you for life as a professional economist.
Year in Industry
This programme includes an opportunity to spend a year working in industry between Stages 2 and 3. This greatly enhances your CV and gives you the opportunity to apply your academic skills in a practical context. In previous years students have worked at: Bank of England Government Economic Service (GES) Deloitte Ernst & Young PwC Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
We also offer a four-year Economics with a Year Abroad programme, where you spend a year at one of our partner universities in France, Germany, Greece, Japan or Spain. For more details, see Economics with a Year Abroad.
You may wish to join the following student-run societies:
the Economics Society, which organises lecturers and conferences, as well as social events Kent Investment Society, which focuses on the financial markets. It is made up of analysts, head analysts and committee members, who each cover a particular financial market. In previous years, the Society has organised an annual virtual trading competition.
The School of Economics also hosts events that you are welcome to attend. These include:
public lectures and seminars employability workshops networking events.
Many of our staff advise UK, European and international organisations. These include:
HM Treasury Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) Department for International Development (DFID)Bank of England European Commission European Central BankOrganisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)European Central Bank (ECB)United Nations Conference on
Trade and Development (UNCTAD).
These links mean we can bring real-life examples and scenarios into our teaching, ensuring it is up to date and relevant.
All of our modules are taught by a combination of lectures and small group sessions, which include seminars, computing practicals, problem sets, debates and role-play games. On average, you have a total of 12-14 hours of lecture, seminar and other formal contact time per week.
The School of Economics is committed to making sure that you leave Kent with much more than just a degree in Economics. We put great emphasis on the development of transferable skills, including numeracy, analytical problem solving, data analysis, and written and oral communication, as well as subject-specific skills for further study at postgraduate level.
Some modules are assessed by continuous assessment of coursework throughout the year and an end-of-year exam in the final term. A number of modules at each stage are assessed solely through coursework.
Knowledge and understanding
You gain a knowledge and understanding of:
- The working of a successful enterprise or organization.
- Practical experience of business, management and financial aspects of an industry (not necessarily all) and/or local, regional or national government.
- Applied aspects of economic analysis.
- The main concepts, principles, theories, models and methods of modern economic analysis and their application in different areas of economics
- The analytical skills that allow students to formulate and consider a range of economic problems and issues
- The 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
- 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 final year project
- The study of other social science subjects in the first year.
You gain the following intellectual skills:
- Abstract the essential features of a complex system
- Think about what are the important variables and fixed parameters in solving a problem
- Analyse complex issues using deductive and inductive reasoning
- Organise and use information to analyse complex issues
- Review critically alternative explanations and analyses of a problem.
You gain the following subject-specific skills:
- Analytical skills in economics that can be applied to business and organisational problems
- 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
- Ability to use and present numerical information
- Ability to carry out economic/econometric analysis of business/economic data.
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 of and ability to use economic, mathematical and quantitative methods to analyse business issues and problems
- Ability to analyse and make decisions using economic concepts, eg opportunity cost and strategic behaviour
- Skills associated with the chosen/specific industry
- Independence in initiating and executing work
- Ability to think critically about proposed analyses and solutions to a problem or issue
- Responsibility for managing your own performance.
The programme aims to:
- Provide structured developmental work experience in the industry
- Provide experience on working on a specified project in the industry
- Enable you to learn how to apply economic and business principles and analysis to a range of issues, problems and policies (this will not necessarily apply to all placement students)
- Develop appropriate skills relevant to the specific industry of the placement
- Develop management, communication, decision-making, creative, team working and reliability skills
- Develop skills of reflecting and evaluating your own work, and being able to communicate this reflection and evaluation
- Provide a well-developed structure to support your year in the industry
- Develop a range of skills that will be of value in employment and self-employment.