Economics BSc (Hons) – 2016 entry

What you'll study

On our Economics programme, you will study the economic behaviour of individuals, firms and governments, which together make up our economic society. You will analyse in detail the separate activity of these components, as well as how they interact with one another, at both a national and an international level.

Through studying the programme, you will develop a wide variety of specialist skills and examine a range of topical questions that are central to the wellbeing and development of modern economies.

Programme overview

When you come to study economics at the University of Surrey, you will not only find a School of Economics that boasts an exceptional reputation and top-quality courses – you will also discover a thriving, vibrant environment in which to learn and develop.

You will build your analytical problem-solving abilities, develop quantitative and data analysis proficiency, improve your computing skills, and polish your written and oral presentation talents. These skills are highly sought-after in today’s challenging economic environment, as organisations strive to solve increasingly complex business problems.

Specialist modules are introduced in your second year, when you will build the foundation for your forthcoming Professional Training placement. You will start to consider your final-year options, as well as studying modules in the core principles of economic policy and working in a team to produce a report on an area of economic importance and interest.

Your final year blends compulsory modules with additional optional modules. These cover a range of approaches, allowing for specialisation. Some are theoretical, quantitative or technical, while others are more applied.

Across all our programmes, we pride ourselves on the levels of supervision you receive, creating a warm and friendly environment in which to study. The student experience at the School of Economics is vital to the success of our programmes and, through a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars and workshop sessions, you will be encouraged to express yourself and develop your full potential.

Read about the experience of Economics student, Thomas Speed

Programme structure

Year 1 (FHEQ Level 4)

You will be introduced to core principles of microeconomics and macroeconomics, and encouraged to discuss topical economic issues and practise giving presentations. Data Analysis, Statistics and Mathematics for Economics are also introduced. You can also study languages.

Compulsory modules:

  • Contemporary Issues in Economics
  • Economic Data Analysis
  • Introductory Economics
  • Mathematics for Economics
  • Principles of Macroeconomics
  • Principles of Microeconomics
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Statistics for Economics

Year 2 (FHEQ Level 5)

Compulsory modules:

  • Applied Economic Workshop
  • Economic Analysis with Matrices
  • Intermediate Econometrics
  • Intermediate Macroeconomics 1
  • Intermediate Macroeconomics 2
  • Intermediate Microeconomics 1
  • Intermediate Microeconomics 2
  • Introductory Econometrics

Professional Training and placements

Our Professional Training placement year offers you the opportunity to put your skills and understanding of economics into practice in a real-world environment, gaining invaluable experience for your future career. Placements are available in a range of organisations, from large corporations to City institutions or government departments.

Year 3 (FHEQ Level 6)

During Year 3, the programme blends compulsory modules with additional optional modules ranging from theoretical, quantitative and computer-oriented modules to those involving applications of economic theory in major areas of policy. They cover domestic, European and international topics, including those in business economics and finance. As such, they allow for either increased specialism or a more varied menu of subjects.

You may choose to write a 5,000-word project, allowing you to work intensively on a topic of particular interest and helping prepare you for the sort of activity you may be engaged in after graduation.

Compulsory modules:

  • Topics in Microeconomics
  • Topics in Macroeconomics

You will choose six modules from the following range of options:

  • 5,000-word Research Project
  • Energy Economics
  • Labour Economics
  • Time Series Econometrics
  • Industrial Organisation
  • Law and Economics
  • Games, Markets & Information
  • Public Economics
  • Economic Forecasting
  • Topics in Applied Econometrics
  • International Finance
  • International Trade
  • Natural Resource & Environmental Economics
  • Money and Banking
  • Family Economics and Policy

Graduate prospects

Recent graduates from the School of Economics have entered employment with organisations such as:

  • Coutts & Co
  • Gam Hedge Funds
  • HSBC
  • Lloyds TSB
  • State Street Bank


Teaching on the programme is by lectures, tutorials, seminars and workshop sessions, which absorb about 15 hours each week.

The purpose is to use, rather than just study, economics. In tutorials we encourage you to present your own ideas and to develop the verbal skills that will stand you in good stead for the future. Classes and workshops are practical sessions in which you will develop the ability to apply and use economics. For each hour of teaching, you are expected to spend two to three hours in private study. There are also modules where you are required to work in groups.

We pride ourselves on the levels of supervision you receive, creating a warm and friendly environment in which to study. The student experience at the School of Economics is vital to the success of our programmes and, through a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars and workshop sessions, you’ll be encouraged to express yourself and develop your full potential.


The final degree classification is based on your performance in the written examinations in Years 2 and 3 of the programme, in coursework and in a final-year project (if selected). Assessments taken in Year 1 do not count towards your final degree classification.

Satisfactory completion of all Year 1 assessments is necessary for entry into Year 2.

Performance in Years 2 and 3 contributes 35 per cent and 65 per cent respectively to your final degree award. Coursework is typically worth a minimum of 30 per cent of marks, and examinations 70 per cent.

Career opportunities

Economic decisions are at the heart of every society, shaping the future of individuals, organisations, regions and nations. This hints at the variety of careers available to economists and the range of skills you can expect to develop by studying one of our programmes.

Graduates from our programmes are highly successful in securing quality jobs. The ‘problem-solving’ nature of the subjects, the topical and applied focus of our programmes and the experience gained on your Professional Training placement greatly appeal to employers.

Global opportunities

We encourage you to add an international experience to your degree by studying overseas for one or two semesters during your second year (typically the autumn semester if only for one semester).

The School of Economics currently has 15 exchange agreements spanning four continents of the globe, including the University of Sydney in Australia, Brock University in Canada, and the University of Hong Kong. Our partners complement our commitment to excellence in teaching and research and enable students to enhance their international outlook. If you choose to study at one of the European partners, you will be eligible for an Erasmus grant.

Taking part in the exchange programme is an invaluable experience that will expand your knowledge of economics, broaden your horizons, enhance your CV and enrich your life on a personal and professional level.

In your third year you might then want to think about spending your Professional Training placement abroad. Students have worked in many places, both in Europe and beyond; if working in Europe you will again be eligible for an Erasmus grant. This is an excellent opportunity not only to acquire valuable work experience but also improve or learn another language. 

2016 Entry requirements

What qualifications do you need?


Grades required - AAA

We do not include General Studies or Critical Thinking in our offers.

BTEC (QCF Level 3) Extended Diploma

Grades required - D*DD

European Baccalaureate

78%-76% mark required

International Baccalaureate

36 points required

Other international qualifications

If you are an international student and you don’t meet the entry requirements to this degree, we offer the International Foundation Year.

Select your country:

Required subjects

GCSE English Language at grade C or above and GCSE Mathematics at grade A or above (or international equivalent – see relevant country page).

For applicants with Access, a supporting A-level in Mathematics is required.

Selection process

Offers are normally made in terms of grades. Suitable candidates may be invited to an Applicant Day. During the visit to the University the candidate can find out more about the programme and meet staff and students.

English language requirements

6.5 IELTS minimum overall

6.0 IELTS minimum in each sub-skill

If you are an international student and you are concerned that your English is not to the required standard, you may benefit from our International Foundation Year.

Please note that the University of Surrey offers English language programmes and is also an IELTS Test Centre.

Course Options

Qualification Course Length Professional Training UCAS code KIS code
BSc (Hons) 3 years L100 View KIS data set
BSc (Hons) 4 years L101 View KIS data set

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Fees for UK/EU students

Tuition fees are currently set at £9,000 per year for UK/EU undergraduates starting in 2016.

Fees for overseas students

Fees for students classed as overseas (for fees purposes) are set at £15,200 for 2016 entry to this programme.

The University will assess your fee status. If you are unsure whether you are likely to be considered a home, EU or overseas student for fees purposes, the UKCISA website offers more information.

Professional Training placement fees

Programmes marked with a tick in the table above include a Professional Training placement.

A reduced fee is charged for Professional Training placements.

Fees will not have to be paid up front for those eligible students who decide to take up the Government's loan for higher education fees. The Professional Training placement is a key factor in the high employability rates achieved by students with Surrey degrees.

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