Economics

Economics at Bristol is taught in a technically rigorous way. You will develop skills in using economic concepts and formal models to understand the world around you.

You will also learn to use econometric tools to test behavioural predictions using real-world data.

Why study Economics at Bristol?

Our department is among the best in the country; we deliver research-led teaching that exposes you to cutting-edge ideas and methods.

Together with UCL and Oxford we have pioneered an innovative approach to first-year teaching, 'core econ', which reconnects the study of economics with experience of real life. Our degrees emphasise empirical analysis and data with a final-year option of your own economics research project.

Students rate our courses as intellectually stimulating and challenging. We are proud of the quality of our teaching and the way it equips students with the confidence to tackle unfamiliar problems.

Our economics courses include optional units in management, accounting and finance, allowing you to study a broad range of topics. You can also combine a degree in economics with another discipline, including management, accounting, finance, politics, philosophy and maths. Through our Study in Continental Europe and Study Abroad degrees you have the opportunity to study for a year abroad in English or in a foreign language.

What kind of student would this course suit?

Economics is a broad subject covering the macro-economy, trade, financial markets, globalisation and economic development, labour markets, social policy and behavioural economics.

As an academic discipline, economics appeals to people who enjoy and are good at mathematics and who want to apply their mathematical skills to the real world. It appeals also to people who are interested in social science but want a more technical and quantitative approach.

Every day my inbox is flooded with opportunities – internships, research projects, extra-curricular activities – all of which are the University getting students involved. The University is constantly updating its facilities, which reinforces its friendly and inclusive environment.

Alexandra, Second year, LLB Law

How is this course taught and assessed?

We teach using a variety of methods, including lectures, exercise lectures, drop-in classes and small-group classes. We use both traditional, presentation-style teaching and discussion, and activity based learning, designed to encourage deep learning and enhance your skills of inquiry.

You will prepare assignments during the year and receive feedback on them but they will not all count directly to your final mark for the course. Your marks at the end of each semester are determined predominantly through exams in January and in May and June, although there are some units where coursework will also count towards the final assessment. For example in your final year you can put your econometrics skills into practice in a tutor-assisted dissertation which will count for 20% of your degree.  This dissertation is optional for students on BSc Economics, and compulsory for those on BSc Economics and Econometrics and BSc Economics and Finance.

What are my career prospects?

Our graduates have among the best employment prospects in the UK. Around one third of our graduates who enter employment choose careers in finance, such as investment banking, and one third go on to train as professional accountants or management consultants.  The remaining third choose a variety of careers; recent roles include strategic business consultant, financial and economic analyst, and mathematics teacher.

Read more about what students from Economics go on to do after graduation.

Did you know?

  • Students from more than 180 countries study with us, and we share more than 150 exchange links with institutions worldwide.
  • Our Students' Union has over 200 student-run societies, and the Richmond Building, home to the Students' Union, is undergoing a £30-million renovation.
  • 11 Bristol graduates and members of staff have been awarded Nobel prizes.

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Download the Economics leaflet 2017 (PDF, 398kB)

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