Department of Economics

Opinion: Unpicking the Budget Challenges

The sudden turnaround in Government finances should emphasise just how difficult making economic policy is and how cautious we should be on any economic pronouncement with respect to either the future, or indeed the present.

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Study reveals long-term detrimental education effects of Spanish and French colonial systems

Even in the recent past, the colonial legacy has had a large negative impact on education in the former colonies of both Spain and France, according to a new study from our Department.

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Three ways international finance could enforce a Paris climate deal

Professor Michael Finus comments on the climate negotiations in Paris and proposes how international finance could help.

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Subprime 2: the return of the killer mortgage

The subprime mortgages which plunged the world into financial chaos a decade ago are beginning to appear again. Just how scared should you be?

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REF2014 results recognise world-leading research environment

The results of the REF2014 confirm the excellence of the research carried out at Bath.

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Research impact

Our research has made a significant impact within society and furthered our understanding of various key economic issues.

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Undergraduate placement year

The University’s year-long placement scheme provides a fantastic opportunity to explore possible careers and boost your CV.

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Tom Gallagher (BSc Economics)

"The selling point for me was the opportunity to undertake an industrial placement. I knew that due to the competitive job market in this field, the placement would be vital in allowing me to pursue a career in finance."

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New postgraduate taught funding available!

We are offering a number of funding opportunities for new taught masters students.
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Undergraduate study

Studying with us

Prof John Sessions and students Joan Green, Mohammad Lone and Ludi Wang talk about the undergraduate economics courses

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Our students

Laura Tingle

The experiences, opportunities and training I received during the placement year have been really useful in my final year as well as for interviews and jobs in the future.

- Laura Tingle
Placement at Bank of England

Postgraduate study

Postgraduate courses

Our Masters courses will give you a competitive edge in an increasingly challenging employment market.

Our students

Peter Sellen

The course has thoroughly tested and expanded my abilities as an economist and I have found living in Bath a great experience due to its attractive and relaxed environment.

- Peter Sellen (MSc Economics)

MSc Economics & Finance

Director of Studies Dr Kerry Papps outlines the MSc Economics & Finance. Pepe Teoli, Xiaxi Li and Serdarguly Mamedgulyyev talk about their experience as students on the course.

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Research degrees

Research degrees

We have opportunities for students interested in undertaking a research degree.

Our staff conduct research within the disciplines of econometrics, economic theory, labour economics, macroeconomics, finance, and environmental economics.

Research student insights

Alaa Al Khourdajie

Alaa is investigating policy options for welfare-enhancing joint climate and trade agreements.

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PhD Postgraduate study

Dr Edmund Keogh and Dr Jill Porter with students Arash Heydarian Pashakhanlou and Natalie Booth discuss the PhD experience.

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International Centre for Sustainable Energy and the Environment (I-SEE)

International Centre for Sustainable Energy and the Environment

I-SEE brings together experts from the fields of engineering, technology, physical sciences, social sciences and economics.

Quantitative Easing - a very large gamble?


Quantitative Easing is a key financial lever in the US and UK, but does it actually work?

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Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences