This course explores how rigorous economic theory is applied to develop an understanding of the economic environment within which businesses operate.
You'll cover the core concepts, practices and techniques in economics and combine this with gaining analytical, quantitative, computing, presentation and other transferable skills required by employers in both the private and public sectors. A wide range of optional modules will also allow you to explore the topics that suit your interests and career plans, from the wider business environment to banking and finance and health, labour or transport economics.
With access to the world-leading research and expertise within the Applied Institute of Research in Economics (AIRE), you'll learn from experts in a Business School known for its forward-thinking, diverse approach to economics. You'll be well prepared for a variety of stimulating careers.
Our degrees have a modular structure. This means that compulsory modules provide you with the core knowledge and skills that you need, while optional and discovery modules allow you to shape your course to suit your personal interests and career aspirations.
Compulsory modules in Year 1 will give you a good grounding in economic theory and history, as well as the mathematical and statistical skills you'll need throughout your studies. You can explore economic issues in more depth through your choice of optional modules or, study topics like finance or organisational behaviour.
Year 2 allows you to develop this knowledge in different aspects of economics, including industrial economics, econometrics and microeconomics and macroeconomics. You'll also gain specific knowledge related to business economics, including why firms exist, corporate governance and what makes people work. In addition, you'll choose from a wider range of options, which include topics like macroeconomic policy and theories of economic growth.
The knowledge and skills you gain will provide the starting point for your final year, where you'll look at public enterprise, regulation and the economics of business strategy alongside diverse options from environmental economics to international trade. You'll also showcase your research and analytical skills through your dissertation - a major independent research project on a topic of your choice.
These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
Entry requirements, fees and applying
GCSE: Mathematics grade A/7 and English Language grade B/6 or equivalent, or an appropriate English language qualification.
An economics degree can open a variety of doors for you. Over the last few years we have seen graduates go into a wide variety of careers including roles such as Portfolio Manager, Insolvency Case Officer, Management Consultant, Financial Advisor, Commercial Analyst, Teacher, Investment Manager, and Risk Analyst. Individuals also progress into graduate study.
Find out more about Careers and Employability in Leeds University Business School
You will be supported throughout your studies by a dedicated employability team in the Business School who will help you develop and demonstrate the professional skills and experience that top employers are looking for through one-to-one support, workshops and lectures from employers such as L'Oréal and Unilever.
The team also works with a large network of experienced professionals from companies such as HSBC, M&S and KPMG, who take part in our innovative Nurturing Talent Mentor Scheme. With around 140 places available, this scheme offers Business School students the chance to receive free one-to-one advice and mentoring for a year during their studies.
In addition, Leeds University Business School students also have full access to the University Careers Centre and Centre for Enterprise and Entrepreneurial Studies. Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.
Study abroad and work placements
On this course you have the opportunity to apply to spend time abroad, usually as an extra academic year. The University has partnerships with more than 400 universities worldwide and popular destinations for our students include Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, South Africa and Latin America.
Read more about Study Year Abroad
Practical work experience can help you decide on your career and improve your employability. On this course you have the option to apply to spend a year on placement with organisations across the public, private and voluntary sectors, in the UK or overseas.
Read more about the Year in Industry
EU students with a viable business plan have the opportunity to apply for a year in enterprise as part of this course. During this year you will start your own business with support from the University including advice, office space and living costs allowance.
Read more about the Year in Enterprise
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