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Undergraduate Handbook

Welcome from the Department of Economics

The University of Warwick offers you an excellent undergraduate education in Economics. We attract students from all around the world due to our reputation for offering rigorous and exciting training, and the fact that so many employers are keen to work with our graduates.

Our aim is to ensure that you will graduate with a degree from one of the best Economics departments in the UK, and that you will reach your full potential during your time here.

As well as being taught by top-class teachers and researchers, we work hard to make your experience memorable. We want to provide you with valuable opportunities to enhance your CV, giving you a flying start to your career.

In less than 50 years we established ourselves at the forefront of both economic research and education in the UK and beyond. Our research is continuing to yield new and cutting edge insights to enhance growth, opportunity and wellbeing worldwide. Our innovative curriculum across both our undergraduate and postgraduate programmes provides an outstanding training in economics which is both intellectual and professional. Our research rankings underscore our rapid ascent into the top tier of the discipline’s research engines in the UK. In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF), we were ranked joint second nationally for the percentage of research classified as either ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’, and this world-leading research informs our undergraduate teaching.

Recently we were ranked third out of all UK university economics departments in The Complete University Guide 2017, and achieved a score of 93% for overall course organisation and management in the 2016 National Student Survey. We were also ranked 25th in the world in the Times and Sunday Times World Subject Rankings 2017.

We offer an undergraduate education which is distinctive in many ways. In particular, we offer excellent opportunities to develop research skills and to combine your studies in Economics with modules from other disciplines, particularly social sciences. We are also very proud of our global outlook, which informs the subject matter of much of our teaching. From your first year you will receive lectures from world-leading researchers.

Welcome from the Director of Undergraduate Studies

Welcome to Economics at Warwick. I very much hope that you find your degree course interesting, challenging and rewarding.

As Director of Undergraduate Studies in Economics, my aim is to ensure that our courses are designed and delivered to the very highest standards in all dimensions of teaching, learning, development, assessment and feedback. As a member of the academic staff, I feel very fortunate to be teaching at Warwick — in large part because of the calibre of our undergraduate students, whose energy, brightness and creativity continue to inspire (and challenge!) us as lecturers and supervisors.

I believe that Warwick provides an excellent environment for learning and for personal, professional and intellectual development. Teaching is informed by the very latest developments in research, and optional modules provide a great breadth of choice across fields of Economics and other disciplines. The level of support available to you is something we are proud of and through exciting projects such as our Personal Development Module and Economic Briefings Project, we are aiming to give you a competitive advantage when you graduate. It is little wonder that Warwick Economics students are so sought after by graduate recruiters.

One of the secrets of our success is that we are never complacent. We recognise that we live and work in a global and dynamic environment — we could hardly not, given how international we are in the topics we teach and in terms of the rich diversity of both our students and our staff. So a key aspect of my role as Director of Undergraduate Studies is to seek to enhance all aspects of our programmes and thereby create the best possible conditions in which you can thrive and gain value from your time at Warwick. A key input into this process is you! So I am always eager to receive comments and feedback from you — either individually or through the Student-Staff Liaison Committee (SSLC) — on where and how we can improve further. Please don’t hesitate to approach me with your thoughts, reflections and suggestions either by email or in my office hours.

I wish you the happiest and most rewarding of times during your studies with us at Warwick.

Professor Elizabeth Jones
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Department of Economics
University of Warwick


Classes: 'Classes,' 'module Support and Feedback classes', 'seminars,' 'tutorials' and 'supervisions' are all different names for essentially the same thing; compulsory teaching in small groups. Classes allow for more informal, less scripted interaction and are a prime opportunity for you to receive support and feedback.

Course: Coherent programme of study leading to a named qualification/award. Includes degrees, diplomas and certificates. Courses are made up of modules.

Module: Smallest unit of learning recognised in the University's approval processes and records systems.

Monitoring Points: The University operates a scheme for monitoring the attendance and progress of all students. Under the University's monitoring scheme, attendance is monitored by means of specific 'monitoring points' using Tabula.

Programme: Has the same meaning as a course.

Seminar: A compulsory class in which a topic is discussed by a teacher and small group of students. The same as our Support and Feedback classes.

Student-Staff Liaison Committee (SSLC): The SSLC is made up of students and staff. SSLCs provide an accessible arena for you to discuss any concerns you have with teaching, learning and student support services with the Department's academic staff. They also provide an opportunity for the Department to receive feedback from you. This is the strongest mechanism for getting involved with how your academic life at Warwick is shaped.

Tabula: An online tool used to enhance and support the administration of teaching and learning. It helps academic and administrative staff manage your information, such as personal profiles, class allocation, personal tutor/supervisor allocations and meetings, attendance recording and marks management.