As well as outstanding teaching quality, the University puts an emphasis on fantastic placement opportunities that prepare you for life after graduation.
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 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.
You will develop your analytical problem-solving abilities, build quantitative and data analysis proficiency, develop your computing skills, and polish your written and oral presentation talents. Throughout our programmes, we place an emphasis on you being able to apply the theoretical knowledge you gain. 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.
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.
Year 2 continues these core themes, as well as emphasising computer-aided data analysis. Specialist modules are introduced and you will also gain a foundation for professional placement and for choosing your final-year options.
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.
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.
You will choose six modules from the following range of options:
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.
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.
Recent graduates from the School of Economics have entered employment with organisations such as:
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 nine exchange agreements spanning four continents of the globe, including the University of Queensland in Australia, North Carolina State University in the US, Hong Kong University and the University of Mannheim in Germany. 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 the USA, Hong Kong, Dubai and other parts of Europe. If working in Europe you will be eligible for an Erasmus grant.
GCSE English Language at grade C or above and GCSE Mathematics at grade A or above (or equivalent).
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.
6.5 IELTS minimum overall
6.0 IELTS minimum in each sub-skill
|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|
We're committed to making sure that we offer support for students who might need it.
Tuition fees are currently set at £9,000 per year for UK/EU undergraduates starting in 2015.
Fees for 2015 entry students classed as overseas for fees purposes are being reviewed and will be available in late summer 2014.
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.
Programmes marked with a tick in the table above include a Professional Training placement.
A reduced fee is charged for Professional Training placements. Details will be available in late summer 2014.
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.
Experienced staff in our International Student Office are available to help from the moment you consider studying at the University. We offer professional advice on immigration, visa issues, entry qualifications, pre-departure information, employment regulations and international student welfare.
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The School of Economics at the University of Surrey has climbed the rankings in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2014, rising by 3 places to 10th in the annual league tables.
For the third year in a row, our exciting programmes in the field of Economics have secured a place in the Guardian’s top ten.
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