Our degree is your first step to a wide range of careers, from accountancy and banking, to national and local governments. We provide you with the tools that economists have developed for analysing real economic problems and the tools used in politics to the analysis of political ideas, practices and issues in the global arena.
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. The Politics and International Relations Society hosts public speaker events covering thought-provoking topics which allow the opportunity for discussion between members.
Reasons to study Economics at Kent
You'll satisfy your curiosity at a top 20 subject in The Guardian University Guide 2022 (Economics)You'll study in a supportive learning community, ranked 22nd for student satisfaction in The Complete University Guide 2023 (Economics)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.
What you'll learn
You’ll be introduced to economic theory and practice as well as the fundamentals of political science. There’s also an opportunity to choose specialist modules that suit your interests in topics such as financial crises, policy analysis, mathematical economics, political economy, and the politics of the European Union.
In your Year in Industry, you will enhance your CV and have the opportunity to apply your academic skills in a practical context.
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).
You are responsible for finding your placements, but the School offers structured support for the application process. You must pass Stage 2 of your degree before you can embark on the year in industry.Economics
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.
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.
The 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.
Our main teaching methods are lectures, seminars, working groups, PC laboratory sessions and individual discussions with your personal tutor or module teachers. Assessment is through continuous feedback, written examinations, assessed essays and oral presentations.
Politics Open Forum
We hold a weekly extra-curricular Open Forum organised by our School research groups, where students and staff have the opportunity to discuss and debate key issues of the day that affect higher education and politics in the world today.
Knowledge and understanding
For programme aims and learning outcomes, please see the programme specification for each subject below. Please note that outcomes depend on your specific module selection: