Immerse yourself in this exciting topic, joining our international community of staff and students. Learn from lecturers who advise UK and International organisations, expanding your global perspective and providing you with the tools to make a difference.
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 a Year in Industry 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 22nd for student satisfaction in The Complete University Guide 2023You'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.
You can choose to specialise in areas such as international
finance, industrial and monetary economics, and the economics of money and
banking. 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.
Year in Industry students have previously worked at: Bank of
England; Government Economic Service (GES); Deloitte; Ernst & Young; PwC;
and Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
See what modules you'll study
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 EnglandGovernment Economic Service (GES)DeloitteErnst & YoungPwCOrganisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
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.