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.
Our 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
Our Financial Economics degree introduces you to the tools that economists have developed in financial and money markets. This work has been enormously influential in contributing to the development of financial instruments used by households, firms and governments when making decisions about saving or borrowing. The use of real-world examples is a particular feature of this course.
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 take compulsory modules in macroeconomics, microeconomics, quantitative economics, the economics of money and banking, and the economics of finance, together with a number of specialised optional modules. 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
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.
You may wish to join the following student-run societies:
the Economics Society, which organises lecturers and conferences, as well as social eventsKent 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 seminarsemployability workshopsnetworking events.
Many of our staff advise UK, European and international organisations. These include:
the Treasury (UK)Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) (UK)Bank of EnglandEuropean CommissionEuropean Central BankOrganisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)European Central Bank (ECB)
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.
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.
Knowledge and understanding
You gain a knowledge and understanding of:
- The main concepts, principles, theories, models and methods of modern economic analysis and their application in different areas of Economics and Finance.
- 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 finance problems and issues.
- The mathematical, statistical and computing methods used in Economics and Finance.
- 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 Finance.
- Key concepts affecting decision-making.
- Critical discussion of economic problems, issues and policies in politics and media.
- An economic or finance 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 and Finance.
- Ability to apply economic principles and analysis to a range of issues, problems and policies in economics and finance.
- Ability to abstract the essential features of an economic or finance issue, problem or system.
- Knowledge of the principal sources of economic and financial data and information and ability to use and present this information.
- Be able to carry out economic and/or econometric analysis of economic and/or financial 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 or finance issue.
- Ability to research the literature on an economic or finance issue.
- Ability to apply economic skills to investigate a supervised final year project on an economic or finance 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, 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 or finance 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 or finance before.
- To provide a stimulating education in the principles of economics and finance along with their application to the real world, 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 provide a range of options to enable students to study selected areas of economics and financial 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 employment in a related area to economics and finance or further study in economics and/or finance.
- To develop in all students, through the study of economics and finance, a range of skills that will be of value in future employment; for example, working in the City of London.
- To develop in all students, through the study of economics, a range of skills that will be of value in employment and self-employment.