This Economics BSc Honours degree has real-world relevance and focuses on developing your quantitative skills, as well as a thorough understanding of global economics, so you leave University a sought-after graduate.
You will focus on the fundamental concepts, analytical tools and quantitative techniques that are essential to understand modern economics.
You'll gain an in-depth knowledge of global economics, studying theory and policy with topics such as:
- the global economy
- micro and macro-economic analysis
- economic modelling
You'll become a confident economics expert, able to identify problems, predict outcomes and evaluate policies, using skills that are highly valued by professionals and industry experts, and ready to pursue your career in economics.
Please rest assured we make all reasonable efforts to provide you with the courses, services and facilities described. However, it may be necessary to make changes due to significant disruption, for example in response to COVID-19.
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Your course during COVID-19
Whilst things will not be the same when you join us in September, this course page is intended to give you insight into what to expect from your course and your learning experience for the duration of your degree.
We have updated all course information where there are specific changes in the first semester.
Most of our student services are now available online. As COVID-19 restrictions lift, we'll be opening up our on-campus facilities as soon as it is safe to do so, so that you can get the best out of your studies.
Your learning experience
Your teaching will be a mixture of online and in-person on-campus teaching. In semester one, as a result of physical distancing requirements, all lecture materials will be delivered online along with many tutorials, workshops and labs.
Our aim, if Government guidance allows us, is to deliver up to three hours of labs, seminars and tutorial teaching in-person on campus where this is possible and safe to do so. We'll review this regularly and plan to return to full in-person, on-campus teaching in semester two if restrictions allow.
In semester one, we will not be running face-to-face, on-campus examinations. We will instead use different approaches to assessment. These will test and support your learning.
We will be running some but not all of our planned field trips. Some of those that do run, will be run virtually. For those that do not run, we will be offering alternative learning activities. These learning activities will give you the opportunity to achieve the same learning.
Terms and conditions and student complaints
The University has terms and conditions which create a positive environment for learning and academic achievement.
Our COVID-19 Study page gives more information about your Newcastle University 2020 study experience.
Given the changing nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, the commitments outlined are subject to the guidelines that may be in place at the time.
Quality and ranking
- 5th in the UK for graduate prospects in Economics – The Complete University Guide 2021
- top 175 – Business and Economics category – Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject 2020
Modules and learning
The information below is intended to provide an example of what you will study.
Most degrees are divided into stages. Each stage lasts for one academic year, and you'll complete modules totalling 120 credits by the end of each stage.
Our teaching is informed by research. Course content may change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback.
Optional module availability
Student demand for optional modules may affect availability.
Full details of the modules on offer will be published through the Programme Regulations and Specifications ahead of each academic year. This usually happens in May.
To find out more please see our terms and conditions.
You will be introduced to the main economic issues that confront the British, European and world economies, as well as core economic topics within micro and macroeconomics.
You'll be introduced to key mathematical and statistical techniques used in economic analysis, and develop a variety of IT and quantitative skills, which will be of use both within and beyond your degree.
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|Introduction to Accounting and Finance (for Business School Students)||20|
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You will build on your knowledge and skills with modules in macroeconomics, microeconomics and econometric analysis, giving you a deeper insight into methods used by economists to analyse the modern economy.
A module in applied economics engages you in group work and develops key skills, such as the ability to present and defend arguments on topical economic issues.
Your remaining topics are optional and cover areas such as international economics and mathematical economics.
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Two compulsory modules in advanced economic theory are complemented by a choice of optional topics including: labour economics; behavioural economics; advanced econometric analysis; public economics; financial economics and industrial economics.
You may also complete a dissertation, giving you the chance to undertake original research and apply your economic knowledge to a topic of particular interest to you.
Teaching and assessment
Your modules are taught via lectures and seminars.
You'll be assessed through a combination of:
Dissertation or research project
Examinations – practical or online
Skills and experience
You have the opportunity to undertake an independent research project in your final year, which allows you to apply the tools of economic analysis you've learned throughout your degree.
You'll apply your economic knowledge to an area you're particularly interested in, gaining a grasp of cutting-edge research methods in economics, under the supervision of a University member of staff.
Get career ready with a work placement and leave as a confident professional in your field. You can choose to spend 12 months working in any organisation in the world, and receive University support from our dedicated team to secure your dream placement. Work placements take place between stages 2 and 3.
You'll gain first-hand experience of working in the sector, putting your learning into practice and developing your professional expertise.
Our current placement students are in roles such as:
- consulting intern
- management trainee
- customer analyst
- research assistant
They are working on the following projects:
- assisting with bespoke economic consultancy projects at Oxford Economics
- providing internal and external audit services to a variety of clients at PwC
- aiding innovation through research and application of solutions for clients at Deloitte
If you choose to take a work placement, it will extend your degree by a year. Placements are subject to availability.
Experience life in another country by choosing to study abroad as part of your degree. You’ll be encouraged to embrace fun and challenging experiences, make connections with new communities and graduate as a globally aware professional, ready for your future.
You may choose to spend a year abroad as part of your degree in one of our partner institutions.
Alternatively, you may apply to spend Stage 2 studying economics at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands for a year.
Facilities and environment
This degree is run by our triple-accredited (AACSB, EQUIS, AMBA) Newcastle University Business School, based in the Newcastle Helix development – Newcastle's emerging business district.
You’ll benefit from a world-class business education and leave as a socially responsible graduate, ready to challenge conventional business thinking.
Each degree offers you a stimulating curriculum and a supportive teaching and learning environment.
Our teaching and learning is supported by Canvas, a virtual learning environment that allows you to access your courses, groups, receive notifications and messages, and submit your assignments.
Throughout your studies, you’ll also have access to support from peers, academics and our University Student Services Team:
- An academic member of staff will be your personal tutor throughout your degree. They can help with academic and personal issues.
- Peer mentors will help you in your first year. They are fellow students who can help you settle in and answer any questions you have.
Join a network of successful graduates
Our economics graduates are highly employable when they graduate from Newcastle University.
96% of our graduates were in work or further study within six months of completing their degree*, taking on roles within economics and finance sectors, with organisations such as:
- the Financial Conduct Authority
- Hargreaves Lansdown
- Department for Work and Pensions
- Goldman Sachs
*Destinations of (undergraduate, UK and EU) Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2016/2017
Economics graduates are highly employable. As well as a specific understanding of the subject, they have excellent numeracy, analysis and communication skills.
Graduate destinations vary widely in terms of the range of roles, employers, and sectors.
Whilst only a few economics graduates may be expected to become professional economists, many find it an excellent base for entry into a rewarding career in finance – including accounting, insurance, tax and banking, or management.
Make a difference
Our Careers Consultants are available to offer one-to-one support via our Employability Hub located in the Business School foyer as well as online. Whether you're preparing for your graduate career, going on to further study, or starting your own business, you can access guidance on a range of topics including:
- CV and application advice
- support for placements, internships and international experiences
- further study queries
- how to plan your career
- how to balance work and study
- entrepreneurial advice on a new business venture from the University START UP team
You can also take part in:
- our Future Focus Careers Conference
- LinkedIn Learning with access to over 15,000 courses
- a variety of workshops relating to the Future of Work and Leading on Leadership
Our award-winning Careers Service is one of the largest and best in the country, and we have strong links with employers. We provide an extensive range of opportunities to all students through our ncl+ initiative.
All candidates are considered on an individual basis and we accept a broad range of qualifications. The entrance requirements below apply to 2020 entry.
Other UK qualifications (and PARTNERS)
Qualifications from outside the UK
English Language requirements
Through our PARTNERS programme, you could receive an offer up to three grades lower than the typical requirements, and get support throughout the application process. To apply through PARTNERS, you must be based in the UK and meet our eligibility criteria.
Entrance courses (INTO)
International Pathway Courses are specialist programmes designed for international students who want to study in the UK. We provide a range of study options for international students in partnership with INTO.
This policy applies to all undergraduate and postgraduate admissions at Newcastle University, including Newcastle University London. It is intended to provide information about our admissions policies and procedures to applicants and potential applicants, to their advisors and family members, and to staff of the University.
Tuition fees and scholarships
Tuition fees for 2020 entry (per year)
Home Fee Students
International Fee Students
The maximum fee that we are permitted to charge for UK students is set by the UK government.
As a general principle, you should expect the tuition fee to increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation.
You will be charged tuition fees for each year of your degree programme (unless you are on a shorter exchange programme).
The tuition fee amount you will pay may increase slightly year on year as a result of inflation.
Year abroad and additional costs
For programmes where you can spend a year on a work placement or studying abroad, you will receive a significant fee reduction for that year.
Some of our degrees involve additional costs which are not covered by your tuition fees.
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Open days and events
The situation with Covid-19 means that we're unable to hold Open Days on campus. However, you don’t have to visit in person to experience Newcastle.
From the comfort of your sofa you'll be able to:
• explore our beautiful campus
• find out about our vibrant city
• discover what students think about studying at Newcastle
You'll also have the opportunity to speak to academic staff and find out more about the subjects you're interested in.
How to apply
Apply through UCAS
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- the UCAS name and institution codes for Newcastle University (NEWC/N21)
- the UCAS code for the course you want to apply for
- the UCAS 'buzzword' for your school or college
If you are applying independently, or are applying from a school or college which is not registered to manage applications, you will still use the Apply system. You will not need a buzzword.Apply through UCAS
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