Develop a deep understanding of the factors that influence income, wealth and wellbeing, how scarce resources are allocated, distributed and utilised today and how they may change in the future.
Covering the core concepts, practices and techniques of economics, this course also allows you to develop the analytical, quantitative, computing, presentation and other transferable skills required by professional economists and employers in both the private and public sectors.
You'll gain in-depth knowledge of microeconomics and macroeconomics and build your mathematical skills. A wide range of optional modules give you the chance to explore specialist areas such as business economics, monetary policy, international trade or health or transport economics.
Taught by active researchers in Leeds University Business School, home of the Applied Institute of Research in Economics, you'll explore different and unconventional approaches to economics with access to the latest developments in the field.
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.
Year 1 will give you a firm foundation in economic theory and history, the structures and institutions of industry and debates surrounding economic performance. You'll also develop your mathematical and statistical skills to support the rest of your studies.
In the following year you'll build on your understanding of microeconomics and macroeconomics, as well as econometrics and theories surrounding economic growth and distributions. You'll continue to improve your skills in mathematics and statistics, and explore topics that suit your interests and career plans through your choice of optional modules. You could focus on industrial economics, ethical issues in the subject, or exciting applications of economics in relation to health or transport.
Your final year will give you the opportunity to deepen your understanding of more complex microeconomic and macroeconomic topics, while diverse optional modules mean you could focus on economic development, international banking and finance, public enterprise or environmental economics. You'll also apply the knowledge and skills you have gained to an independently researched dissertation 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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