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Economics BSc Honours

  • UCAS code: L100
  • Full time
  • 3 years

This economics degree will prepare you for a career in this globally relevant field, with skills valued by employers and a thorough knowledge of modern and international economics.

You are currently viewing course information for entry year: 2024


Next start date:

  • September 2024

Fees (per year)

  • Home: £9250
  • International: £21600

Entry requirements and offers

  • A-Level: AAA
  • IB: 36 points

UCAS Institution name and code:

  • NEWC / N21

Course overview

Our Economics BSc Honours degree has real-world relevance. The course focuses on developing your quantitative skills and giving you a thorough understanding of global economics. You'll leave University as a sought-after graduate.

You will focus on the fundamental concepts, analytical tools and quantitative techniques. These will help you understand modern economics.

You'll gain an in-depth knowledge of global economics, studying theory and policy with topics such as:

  • international economics
  • micro and macro-economic analysis
  • development economics

You'll become a confident economics expert who can identify problems, predict outcomes and evaluate policies. You'll also gain skills that are highly valued by professionals and industry experts. You'll graduate ready to pursue your career in economics.

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Professional accreditation and recognition

All professional accreditations are reviewed regularly by their professional body.

Modules and learning

Modules

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.

To find out more please see our terms and conditions.

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.


You will be introduced to the main economic issues that confront the British and world economies. You'll also learn about core economic topics within micro and macroeconomics.

You'll also be introduced to key mathematical and statistical techniques used in economic analysis. You will develop a variety of IT and quantitative skills, which will be of use both within and beyond your degree.

Modules

Compulsory Modules Credits
Statistical Methods for Economics 20
Mathematics for Economics 20
Economic History 20
Economic Analysis 30
Economic Applications 10
Introductory Mathematical Methods for Economics 0
Academic Tutoring 0
Optional Modules Credits
Introduction to Accounting and Finance (for Business School Students) 20
Introduction to Management and Organisation 20
Introduction to Marketing 20
Placement and Study Abroad Info Sessions (Stage 1) 0

You will build on your knowledge and skills with modules in macroeconomics, microeconomics and econometric analysis. This will give 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 economics of evaluation and investment.

Modules

Compulsory Modules Credits
Econometric Analysis 20
Applied Economics 10
Microeconomic Analysis 30
Macroeconomic Analysis 30
Optional Modules Credits
International Economics 10
Economics of Regulation 10
Economic Evaluation and Investment 20
Mathematical Economics 10
Python Programming for Economists 10
British Economic History, 1780-1979 10
Ecological Economics and Environmental Policy 10
Economics of Inequality and Disadvantage 10
Placement and Study Abroad Info Sessions (Stage 2) 0

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
  • monetary economics
  • industrial economics

You may also complete a dissertation. This gives you the chance to undertake original research and apply your economic knowledge to a topic of particular interest to you.

Modules

Compulsory Modules Credits
Advanced Microeconomics 20
Advanced Macroeconomics 20
Optional Modules 

EITHER  

A 40 credit dissertation consisting of:  

Advanced Econometric Analysis (10 credits)  

OR 

Advanced Time Series Econometrics (10 credits)  

  

Dissertation Part 1 (10 credits)  

Dissertation Part 2- Independent Research Project (20 credits)  

Plus 40 credits from the optional list below. 

  

OR 

Plus 80 credits from the optional list below (excluding the dissertation modules).

 

Optional Modules Credits
Labour Economics 20
Behavioural Economics and Experimental Methods 20
Economics of Banking 10
Advanced Econometric Analysis 10
Monetary Economics 10
Public Economics 20
Advanced Time Series Econometrics 10
Financial Economics 10
Dissertation Part 1 10
Economics of Risk and Uncertainty 10
Health Economics 10
Industrial Economics and Policy 20
Dissertation Part 2- Independent Research Project 20
Game Theory 10
Happiness Economics 10
Microeconometrics 10
Development Economics 10
Environmental Economics 10

Teaching and assessment

Teaching methods

Your modules are taught via lectures and seminars.

Assessment methods

You'll be assessed through a combination of:

  • Dissertation or research project

  • Essays

  • Examinations – practical or online

  • Group work

  • Presentations

  • Projects

  • Reports

Skills and experience

Research skills

You have the opportunity to undertake an independent research project in your final year. This will allow 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. You'll gain a grasp of cutting-edge research methods in economics, under the supervision of a University member of staff.

Opportunities

Work placement

Get career ready with a work placement and leave as a confident professional in your field. You'll spend 9 to 12 months working in an organization either in the UK or internationally. You'll receive University support from our dedicated team to help you apply for work placements. 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.

Recent placement students are in roles such as:

  • consulting intern
  • associate
  • management trainee
  • customer analyst
  • research assistant
  • student economist
  • business analyst
  • hedge fund research intern
  • credit risk analyst

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 and must be sourced by the student.

Find out more about work placements

Study abroad

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. If you choose to study abroad, it will extend your degree by a year.

Alternatively, you may apply to spend Stage 2 studying economics at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands for a year.

Find out more about study abroad

Facilities and environment

Facilities

Newcastle University Business School is one of the largest Schools in the University. We have over 3,500 students representing over 80 nationalities. This valuable network extends beyond our current students to include:

  • regional, national and international leaders
  • over 34,000 alumni in our network, spanning over 150 countries
  • leading professionals and practitioners from industry

The Business School is the gateway to Newcastle Helix - an innovation hub and community that brings together industry leaders, businesses and top researchers.

Our facilities include:

  • flexible conference room with panoramic views across the city
  • Wi-Fi enabled connectivity throughout the building, including three computer clusters housing over 120 PCs
  • four large lecture theatres and over 25 seminar and teaching spaces, providing comfortable teaching and group study space
  • dedicated Student Hub and Quiet Space, providing a balanced mix of study space for group work or quiet, individual study
  • contemporary café
  • employability hub to support your career aspirations
  • Bloomberg Room to give you a real feel for the trading room floor
  • Experimental and Behavioural Economics Lab, a state-of-the-art research facility for conducting studies in experimental economics and economic psychology

This is in addition to our Frederick Douglass Centre at Newcastle Helix, which offers further study and learning spaces including a 750 seat auditorium – the largest in the University.

Find out more about Newcastle University Business School

Support

Each degree offers you a stimulating curriculum and a supportive teaching and learning environment.

You will have an academic member of staff as a 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.

Your future

Join a network of successful graduates

Our economics students are highly employable when they graduate from Newcastle University.

Our graduates took on roles within the economics and finance sectors, with organisations such as:

  • KPMG
  • the Financial Conduct Authority
  • Deloitte
  • Santander
  • Hargreaves Lansdown
  • Department for Work and Pensions
  • Goldman Sachs

Economics careers

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.

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Careers support

You'll have access to a wealth of resources and support to enhance your employability, including:

  • the annual Future Focus: Careers Conference, tailored to different industry areas
  • interwoven employability provision
  • access to a dedicated placement officer within the Business School who can help you find a work placement in your area of interest
  • specialist careers and business start-up support from the University's award-winning Careers Service and the Business School's careers consultants
  • career management sessions with a careers consultant
  • work experience opportunities while studying with us
  • Business School summer internship scheme

We're also one of 140 business schools worldwide to be accredited by the EQUIS scheme for our managerial and entrepreneurial skills development.

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.

Visit our Careers Service website

Recognition of professional qualifications outside of the UK

From 1 January 2021 there is an update to the way professional qualifications are recognised by countries outside of the UK

Entry requirements

All candidates are considered on an individual basis and we accept a broad range of qualifications. The entrance requirements and offers below apply to 2024 entry.

A-Level
International Baccalaureate

Other UK and the Republic of Ireland qualifications

Contextual Offers

Through one of our contextual routes, you could receive an offer of up to three grades lower than the typical requirements.

What is a contextual offer? Find out more and if you’re eligible for this or our PARTNERS Programme supported entry route.

Qualifications from outside the UK

English Language requirements

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. 

Find out more about International Pathway Courses

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This policy applies to all undergraduate and postgraduate admissions at Newcastle University. 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.

Credit transfer and Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) can allow you to convert existing relevant university-level knowledge, skills and experience into credits towards a qualification. Find out more about the RPL policy which may apply to this course.

Tuition fees and scholarships

Tuition fees for 2024 entry (per year)

Qualification: BSc Honours

Home students

full time 3 years

Tuition fees (per year)

9250

International students

full time 3 years

Tuition fees (per year)

21600

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.

Scholarships

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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.

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