Economics BSc (Hons)

4 years including combined placement and study year abroad, starting in September 2018

Gain the skills you need to solve a variety of complex economic issues. You’ll learn core economic theory and become acquainted with chosen specialist areas.

In this degree, you will study the foundation of economic theory and its application decisions to the real world. You’ll explore the connections between economic issues, such as business and rational human behaviour.

The course will teach you how to manipulate economic theory, enabling you to solve complex economic problems. You’ll develop your knowledge of UK and global economics which will enable you to understand how economic decisions and policies are made.

Your first year is concerned with key concepts in microeconomic and macroeconomic theory. You’ll further your skills in core mathematics, statistics and data analysis. In Year 2, you’ll build on this through intermediate study of economic theory. The study of econometrics will enable you to understand economic systems. The final year will teach you advanced economic theory. A selection of optional units will enable you to tailor your expertise.

You’ll learn from academics with expertise across the breadth of economics. Their international collaborations and research activities feed into undergraduate teaching and contribute to your learning experience.

Our computer network enables you to access the up-to-the-minute data on economics. You will use the latest economics based software to improve your ability to conduct analysis.

Our economics graduates are very successful in today’s competitive labour market. They pursue a range of careers in both the private and public sectors.

Many of our graduates work as economists, financial or business analysts, researchers, accountants and tax professionals. They have worked for organisations such as:

  • Deloitte
  • Google
  • Bank of England
  • Morgan Stanley
  • AXA

Find out what our graduates go on to do.

Course structure

This course lasts 4 years. It starts in September 2018 and ends in 2022. Induction week starts on 24 September 2018.

Occasionally we make changes to our programmes in response to, for example, feedback from students, developments in research and the field of studies, and the requirements of accrediting bodies. You will be advised of any significant changes to the advertised programme, in accordance with our Terms and Conditions.

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Combined placement and year abroad
  • Year 4


As part of your course, you will take compulsory units covering key concepts. You may also be able to take optional units which assist you in developing your own interests.

You need to take 60 credits in each year of your course (usually split equally into 30 credits for each semester), so the number of optional units you can take depends on the number of compulsory units in each year of the course.

Six credits are the equivalent of at least 120 hours of study, including contact time with staff and independent study.

Compulsory course units

These compulsory units are currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new units.


The placement year is an opportunity for you to use the theory you have learnt in a practical context. You will learn about an organisation and its area of work. This is an excellent opportunity to test potential career paths. Sometimes permanent jobs are offered to our students. You'll develop skills such as teamwork, planning, problem solving, decision making and project management.

Employers value a year of professional work and you'll gain an advantage in the job market. Sometimes it is possible for you to acquire additional professional qualifications, particularly in accountancy, whilst on placement.

Our students have taken placements in a wide range of organisations in the public and private sectors.

Private sector:

  • Morgan Stanley
  • Goldman Sachs
  • HSBC Investment Bank
  • Amazon
  • BP
  • Microsoft
  • NGOs
  • International development consultancies
  • LMC International

Public sector:

  • Bank of England
  • House of Commons
  • NHS England
  • Welsh Assembly
  • HM Treasury
  • Transport for London
  • Cabinet Office
  • Ministry of Justice

Placement opportunities may not be guaranteed. Read more about placements or view an overview video.

Year abroad

You will have the opportunity to study abroad at an approved highly ranked partner institution. You could combine study abroad with an international work placement. This opportunity will enhance your skills and prepare you for employment in the competitive global graduate market. The study abroad option is currently available in Singapore, Hong Kong and South Africa and we seek to expand these. Study abroad opportunities are limited and are subject to availability at our partner institutions.

Learning and assessment


  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Workshops


  • Coursework
  • Dissertation
  • Multiple choice examination
  • Written examination

Typical assessment breakdown

This average assessment breakdown is based on a typical choice of optional units. Your specific unit choices will determine the actual breakdown of assessment methods that you will experience.

% written exam % practical exam % coursework
Year Written Exam Practical Exam Coursework
Year 1 69% 0% 31%
Year 2 68% 0% 32%
Year 3 0% 0% 100%
Year 4 83% 0% 17%

Typical contact time breakdown

This average contact time breakdown is based on a typical choice of optional units. Scheduled learning and teaching may include: lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshops. Your optional unit choices will determine your actual personal contact hours.

% time in scheduled learning and teaching % time in independent study % time in placement/year abroad
Year Scheduled Independent Placement
Year 1 24% 76% 0%
Year 2 25% 75% 0%
Year 3 0% 0% 100%
Year 4 28% 72% 0%
“I would thoroughly recommend doing a placement, it’s a great opportunity for any student.”
Steven Newcombe

BSc Economics with placement year (2017)

Entry requirements

Your application, especially your personal statement, should demonstrate your enthusiasm for your chosen degree. This might include relevant reading, involvement in political or debating societies, other extra-curricular or co-curricular activities, work experience or activism for a political party or an NGO.

You do not need to have studied Economics or Business before to be suitable for this course. You will need a strong performance in Mathematics as part of your entry qualifications.


Select the country where your qualification comes from.

United Kingdom qualifications

Typical offer A level


A*AA in three A levels including Mathematics

We may be unable to consider an A level in your own language (unless it is English or Welsh). We do not accept A levels in General Studies. If you are taking a GCE A level in a science subject, you will need to pass any separate science practical endorsement.

Alternative offer A level


AAA including Mathematics plus one of:

  • grade A in an EPQ
  • grade B in the Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate
  • grade M1 in Cambridge Pre-U Global Perspectives

If you receive an offer for this course and are studying one of these qualifications you will be given both the typical and alternative offer.

Typical offer International Baccalaureate Diploma

36 points

36 points overall and 7, 6, 6 in three Higher Level subjects including Mathematics.

We have a strong preference for applicants who are studying Higher Level Mathematics. If you are studying Standard Level Mathematics we may be able to consider you. In this case the typical offer is 36 points overall and 7, 6, 5 in three Higher Level subjects plus 7 in the Standard Level Mathematics.

Typical offer BTEC and Cambridge Technical


D*D*D* in the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF), BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (RQF) or Cambridge Technical Level 3 Extended Diploma plus A in A level Mathematics.

We prefer the above qualifications in Business in combination with A level Mathematics. We can also consider BTEC or Cambridge Technical qualifications in Engineering or Science, but we would expect you to demonstrate evidence of strong essay-based skills, such as strong GCSE performance in English and humanities subjects.

See the ‘Combinations of qualifications’ section for information about combinations of A level and BTEC qualifications that we can consider.

Typical offer Cambridge Pre-U

D2, D3, D3

D2, D3, D3 in three principle subjects including Mathematics.

Alternative offer Cambridge Pre-U

D3, D3, D3

D3, D3, D3 including Mathematics plus one of:

  • grade M1 in Cambridge Pre-U Global Perspectives
  • grade A in an EPQ
  • grade B in the Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate

If you receive an offer for this course and are studying one of these qualifications you will be given both the typical and alternative offer.

Typical offer Scottish Highers

AA in Advanced Highers

AA in two Advanced Highers including Mathematics plus AAAAA in five Scottish Highers.

Typical offer Access to HE Diploma

39 credits at Distinction

A pass in the Access to HE Diploma with at least 39 credits achieved at Distinction including 12 credits from Mathematics units at Distinction.

We are looking for you to be studying a suitable level of Mathematics as part of your Access course (at least 12 units of Level 3 Mathematics) to be able to succeed on our course. However, due to the time-limited nature of Access programme delivery, you will be expected to have also completed a significant level of independent study to further develop and refine these Mathematical skills.

Typical offer Open University credits

Pass units worth 120 credits, including a minimum of a Pass 2 with 80% in a relevant Level 2 Mathematics unit worth at least 30 credits.

Typically, we would be looking for you to have studied units worth at least 120 credits, including at least 30 credits at Level 2 in Mathematics. We would ideally be looking for you to be taking units including MST124: Essential Mathematics 1 and MST224: Mathematical Methods.

This information is a guide and all students applying with Open University Credits will be considered on a case-by-case basis. We will consider your application carefully and take note of any previous qualifications or relevant work experience. We may be able to consider alternative units to those listed. Please contact us at to discuss your profile.

Taking OU credits may be counted as degree-level study by the Student Loans Company and therefore may be counted as previous study and have an impact on your ability to access student loans/grants for the entirety of your chosen degree. We recommend that you discuss this in detail with the SLC before following this progression route to the University of Bath.

Typical offer Combination of qualifications

Your application will be considered individually based on the particular combination of qualifications and subjects that you are taking.

We can consider combinations of accepted qualifications, such as A levels and a BTEC.

  • A*A at A level including Mathematics, plus D in the BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (QCF)/National Extended Certificate (RQF) OR the Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma (QCF)/Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate (RQF)
  • A* in A level Mathematics plus D*D in the BTEC Diploma (QCF)/National Diploma (RQF)
  • A*A at A level plus D3 in a Pre-U Principal Subject including Mathematics
  • A*A at A level plus 6 in an IB Higher Level (HL) Certificate including Mathematics. While we do not consider the IB Careers Programme for entry, we are able to consider the combinations of components that are typically offered by this route, such as BTEC and IB HL Certificate combinations
  • A*A at A level including Mathematics and excluding Accounting, plus A in the IFS Diploma in Financial Studies

We can also consider combinations that are not listed and that do not include A levels. You should read the information about essential and preferred subjects and subject combinations. We cannot consider different qualifications in the same subject area.

United States of America qualifications

Advanced Placement Tests

5, 5, 5 in 3 APs including Calculus BC.

We cannot consider Calculus AB as one of these 3 subjects.

You will also need to pass your High School Diploma and achieve an ACT score of 30 or SATR scores of 740 in both Mathematics and Evidence based Reading and Writing.

SAT Subject Tests

We do not accept SAT Subject Tests for direct entry to our degrees.

India qualifications

Higher Secondary School Certificate (12th Standard)

Average of 85% across 4 subjects with 85% in Mathematics.

We do not accept Physical Education as one of these 4 subjects.

These requirements are for the CBSE, HSSC and ISC boards. Please contact us if you are taking this qualification with a different board.

European Baccalaureate qualifications

European Baccalaureate

85% overall with 8.5 in Mathematics (5 periods).

France qualifications

French Baccalaureate

16 overall with 15 in Mathematics.

Option Internationale du Baccalaureat (OIB)

15 overall with 15 in Mathematics.

Hong Kong qualifications

Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education

5*55 in 3 elective subjects plus 5* in core Mathematics and 5 in the Algebra and Calculus extended paper.

Ireland qualifications

Irish Leaving Certificate

H1, H1, H1, H2, H2, H3  in 6 Irish Leaving Certificates with H1 in Mathematics.

Singapore qualifications

Singapore A levels

AAA in 3 H2 level subjects including A in Mathematics .

Polytechnic Diploma (3 years)

3.5 overall with a minimum B+ in all Mathematics modules.

Turkey qualifications

Lise Bitirme Diplomasi

CGPA of 85% with 85% in Calculus or Mathematics from the final year.

Greece qualifications


19 in the Apolytirion plus A*A in two A levels including Mathematics .

We cannot accept the Apolytirion unless it is studied alongside A levels. We do not accept Pan Hellenic examinations in place of an A level.

Spain qualifications

Titulo de Bachiller

A score of 9 overall with 9 in Mathematics.

Germany qualifications


1.3 overall with 13 in Mathematics in your final examinations.

Cyprus qualifications


19 in the Apolytirion plus A*A in two A levels including Mathematics .

We cannot accept the Apolytirion unless it is studied alongside A levels.

Fees and funding

Payment options

You can pay your tuition fees by Direct Debit, debit card, credit card, cheque, bank transfer or cash. You may also be eligible for a student loan to help you pay your fees.

Read more about your payment options


Your tuition fees and how you pay them will depend on whether you are a Home, EU, Island or Overseas student.

Learn how we decide fee status

Tuition fees

See the most recent fees for undergraduate courses.

Placement fees

Placement fees vary

You will normally pay a reduced tuition fee while on a placement period or studying abroad. Find out more about placement fees and study abroad fees.


You will need to budget at least £100 for the cost of photocopying, printing and binding. You will also need to budget for the cost of text books.

Some courses involve visits away from campus and you may be required to pay some or all of the costs of travel, accommodation and food and drink.

If you’re on a placement, you’re responsible for your own travel, accommodation and living costs. You should also consider the financial implications if you go on an unpaid or overseas placement.

Application information

  • Course title
  • Final award
    BSc (Hons)
  • Mode of study
  • Course code
  • Institution code
  • UK/EU application deadline
    30 June 2018
  • Overseas deadline
    30 June 2018
  • Application eligibility
    UK and Overseas students are eligible to apply
  • Regulator

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