Department of Economics

Economics ranked ninth in two national league tables

Economics at the University of Bath has been ranked ninth in both the Guardian University Guide 2018 and the Complete University Guide 2018. For graduate employment prospects, it is first in the Guardian University Guide and second in the Complete University Guide.

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50 Years of Economics at Bath

Dr Colin Lawson, Honorary Reader and long-term member of the department staff, gives a personal account of how we have grown to become ranked in the top 10 in the UK for Economics.

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Use food subsidies as carrot to encourage healthier eating habits for obese

Subsidising healthy foods by up to 10 per cent would do more to shift the eating habits of overweight and obese people than a tax on unhealthy products, and could be cost effective.

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New MSc Applied Economics degree available

In this new course you will be able to choose from four specialist pathways, including: Banking & Financial Markets, Behavioural Science, Environmental Policy, and Public Policy.

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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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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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Economics Placement

Undergraduate students Christopher Leaney, Bradley Morely, Steven Newcombe and alumnus Christopher Gynn discuss their experience of the economics placement year.

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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