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About the Department of Economics

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About Us

We are an inclusive, diverse community committed to the highest quality research which informs our teaching on our undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. Many of our experts are leaders in their field.

Our Reputation

Since our founding in 1965, the Department has rocketed to the forefront of both economic research and education in the UK and beyond, ranking consistently in the top 5 in leading UK subject league tables for a number of years.

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We focus on

Our current strategic priorities focus on five important areas of our work:

  • delivering innovative research that extends the frontiers of the discipline
  • producing policy-relevant research that enhances well-being
  • delivering outstanding teaching and learning that benefits society
  • building a diverse and inclusive community in which all students and staff can reach their full potential
  • creating an environment based on respect, integrity and accountability for one's actions.
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Our research aims to generate knowledge that can be used to strengthen economies and benefit societies around the world. Our lively research environment is built around seminars and workshops covering a wide range of disciplines within economics organised into six distinctive Research Groups:

Development and History
Econometrics and Labour
Experimental and Behavioural Economics
Macroeconomics and International Economics
Political Economy and Public Economics

We host a number of prominent research centres that reflect our breadth of study: CAGE, CRETA, DR@W and QAPEC.

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We have a diverse community of around 1200 undergraduate, 250 MSc and approximately 90 research students. We attract students from all around the world due to our reputation for offering rigorous and exciting training, and the fact that many employers actively seek to employ our graduates.

Our innovative curriculum across both our undergraduate and postgraduate courses provides outstanding training in economics which is intellectually challenging and prepares our students for entering the graduate job market with professional skills and confidence.

Our Programmes

Postgraduate Taught
Postgraduate Research
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Diversity and Values

Our key principles are Respect, Integrity and Accountability

We continue to build a community of staff and students where differences in culture are celebrated, differences of opinion is welcomed and respected and where prejudices and socially unacceptable behaviours of any kind are never tolerated. Find out more about our efforts to embed our key principles into our work and study environments on our webpage.

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