Published: 09 November 2018

Five reasons to study economics at Surrey

Subject leaders for our economics programmes reveal what makes our degrees in economics different, and the secret behind our graduates’ success.

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1. Taught by world-leading experts

The School of Economics consists of an international community of world-leading researchers. All academics within the School of Economics are research active and some are advisers to world-renowned organisations. Our research is at the forefront of the field and informs our teaching, ensuring that what you learn is topical, relevant and has practical implications.

The School was also ranked 6th for Economics research in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (2014).

This research excellence is evidenced throughout our programmes, with world-renowned economists, bringing their research and expertise to lectures, teaching on subjects they’re passionate about and providing you with the chance to link economic theory to current and real-world examples. This also means that in your third year, you’ll be able to choose from a variety of research-based modules, such as Behavioural Economics, International Trade, Economics of Corruption and Economics of the EU and Brexit, reflecting the diverse range of research carried out by our staff.


2. Employability and Professional Skills and a Professional Training placement scheme

Our Economics courses provide you with a wide range of valuable transferable skills to prepare you for your future career. You will develop analytical, problem-solving and critical thinking skills, acquire proficiency in quantitative and data analysis.

These skills make our graduates highly employable across a broad range of industries and organisations, spanning both the public and private sectors. Our Economics courses are also ranked in the top five in the UK by The Economist, 2017 for 'value added' by a university, which gives graduates higher salaries than would otherwise be expected.

Many of our students also choose to take part in Surrey's renowned Professional Training placement scheme, which enables them to gain a year of valuable work experience and insight through a job role aligned with their interests. We draw from a large network of placement organisations, such as the Bank of England, Ericsson, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Microsoft and Morgan Stanley. The professional training year provides an excellent head start in choosing a career and many students go on to receive a graduate job offer from their placement company.


3. Join a friendly community of staff and students

Studying at the Surrey School of Economics puts you at the heart of a friendly, international community of staff and students. The student experience at the School of Economics is vital to the success of our courses, and you will be encouraged to express yourself and develop your full potential. We encourage a two-way dialogue with our students, reflecting on input from our students to help shape the way our courses are delivered.

We pride ourselves on the levels of supervision you will receive, creating a warm and dynamic environment in which to study. Our academic staff are hands-on with their teaching and the School is focused on supporting you throughout your learning both during and outside of lectures. You’ll also benefit from a personal tutor, providing one-on-one academic and pastoral support through your programme.


4. Flexibility in a common first year

Choosing the right Economics degree can be difficult, and sometimes things become clearer once you've started studying at university. Whether you opt for Economics BSc (Hons), Business Economics BSc (Hons) or Economics and Finance BSc (Hons), you'll study a common first year, building up a broad groundwork of economic theory. This means that after your first year, you'll still have the flexibility to switch to a different degree pathway, ensuring that you're specialising in the areas that best suit you.*

If you opt for the Economics and Mathematics BSc (Hons) you will be able to transfer to another Economics programme at the end of the first year.

*Please be aware that due to the large number of core mathematics subjects taught in the first year, you will not be able to transfer to the BSc Economics and Maths programme from another Economics programme.


5. Graduate Destinations

Studying Economics at Surrey opens up a wide range of career opportunities in areas such as accountancy, economics, financial consultancy, investment analysis and actuary. Graduates of our courses are highly successful in securing quality jobs. The problem-solving nature of the subject, the highly relevant and applied focus of our courses, as well as the potential for experience gained from your Professional Training placement is attractive to employers.

Our recent Economics graduates have gone on to work for organisations such as the Bank of England, Ernst & Young, Deloitte, the Home Office, and Efftel.

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