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Choosing your undergraduate economics course at Bath

Explore our economics degrees and find the right one for you. Our courses combine economics with subjects like maths, politics and international development.

An economics degree to match your ambitions

Compare our courses and find out what makes each one unique. They all aim to prepare you for a range of careers, as well as postgraduate study that could lead to academic research or teaching.

BSc (Hons) Economics

  • Develop the skills required to resolve a variety of complex economic issues
  • Use economic theory to understand factors that influence people’s real-world decision-making
  • Future career opportunities include: banking, finance and insurance; governments and public sector; technology sector; accounting and consultancy

BSc (Hons) Economics and Mathematics

  • Gain a rigorous grounding in economic theory, as well as the statistical tools needed for the critical analysis of economic and financial data
  • Learn the advanced mathematical techniques used in several key areas of finance, such as portfolio management, risk management, and derivatives pricing
  • Future career opportunities include: accountancy; actuarial science; banking, finance and insurance; management consultancy

BSc (Hons) Economics with Politics

  • Delve into the complex connections between society, the government, and the economy
  • Study a wide range of the economic and political theories to enhance your understanding of the causes and effects of regional, national, and global challenges
  • Future career opportunities include: banking and finance; governments and public sector; technology sector; accounting and consultancy

BSc (Hons) Politics with Economics

  • Combine the study of political and economic theory to increase your understanding of how and why some of the biggest global decisions are made
  • Learn about relevant societal challenges like climate change, inequality and international conflict
  • Future career opportunities include: banking and finance; government and public sector; international political organisations; think tanks; NGOs

BSc (Hons) International Development with Economics

  • Become a social scientist equipped with key economic knowledge
  • Learn about some of the most urgent challenges facing our changing world - poverty, inequality, climate change, conflict and migration – with the overall aim of improving people’s lives
  • Future career opportunities include: United Nations agencies, inter-governmental agencies, international consulting firms, and NGOs or INGOs

Why Bath for economics?

We are known for our strong graduate prospects, as well as excellence in teaching and research. Our degrees are designed to give you the skills that can open up a wide range of opportunities.

Boost your experience with a professional placement

All of our economics degrees are available as a four-year option with a professional placement.

Professional placements are your chance to work within a real-world business or organisation and use the skills you'll gain during your studies in a practical setting.

They allow you to try a career path you're interested in and enhance your employability. Employers often value placements, so you could gain an advantage in the job market.

You’ll develop skills in areas like planning, problem-solving, decision making and project management. Sometimes you can gain professional qualifications, particularly in accountancy, during placements.

If you choose to do a placement, you’ll receive dedicated support from our placements team 1.

Why doing a placement may give you an advantage

Experience a different culture by studying abroad

Studying abroad gives you the opportunity to experience a new culture and build your experience.

We offer this option on these courses:

  • BSc (Hons) Economics
  • BSc (Hons) Economics and Mathematics
  • BSc (Hons) Economics with Politics
  • BSc (Hons) Politics with Economics

If you do study abroad, you'll spend your time with one of our partner institutions. These are in countries like Canada, Hong Kong, Italy, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea or the United States 2.

You will study units that complement your chosen Bath degree to deepen your knowledge and gain new skills.

We offer support and guidance to help you make the most of your study abroad time.

Explore why studying abroad might be right for you
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Study in a safe, student-friendly city

Our campus is located just on the edge of what is affectionately known as one of the most beautiful cities in the UK. Bath is also the 2nd safest university town or city in England and Wales.

You’ll be surrounded by beautiful Georgian buildings and Roman history, as well as a thriving café culture with plenty of restaurants. There's also a great range of shops, music venues, museums, and a huge number of festivals planned throughout the year.

Most of Bath's key locations are in walking distance of the city centre. You can travel between the city and the campus easily by foot, bike, car, or bus.

Local transport links mean you'll be:

  • 80 minutes from London and its international airports
  • 15 minutes from Bristol
  • 2 hours from Birmingham
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  1. Placement opportunities can’t be guaranteed - it is the student's responsibility to secure a placement. However, you will receive tailored support from our dedicated placement team and benefit from our established relationships with placement providers (some of which work exclusively with the University of Bath to offer placements).  

  2. Exact study abroad locations may vary from year-to-year and are dependent on the availability of suitable units. Study abroad opportunities are dependent on suitable academic performance in Year 1 and may be limited as they are subject to availability at our partner institutions.