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Economics (BSc)

Economics (BSc)


What if you could apply economics theory to the solutions of today's economic problems? Then you could go on to do great things nationally and internationally; working as a Government Policy Advisor for the Bank of England, an Economist for PwC or conduct research into econometrics as a postgraduate.

Key Information
  • UCAS Code: L100
  • Qualification: Bachelor of Science (BSc)
  • Duration: 3 years full time or 4 years full time (with Study Abroad year)
  • Start Date: 27 September 2021
Course Overview

This comprehensive degree will develop your skills in microeconomics, macroeconomics and econometrics. It will teach you to abstract and simplify economic problems, both empirically and theoretically, developing a deep knowledge of global and local economic trends, institutions and policies. The degree focuses on research-led teaching and so we will expose you to research from the very start.

The flexible degree structure means you can choose from many optional modules within our Department, and from outside departments. These include Law, Mathematics, Business and Languages.

Throughout the degree, you’ll have many opportunities to apply the principles of economics to practical study. This means that what you are learning is highly relevant to real-world issues. This is something we also emphasise through our 360 guest lecture series. This gives you the chance to engage with policymakers, practitioners and influential decision makers.

In your final year, you'll complete an undergraduate research project. You can explore a topic that particularly intrigues you, bringing together many of the tools and techniques you have learnt.

The Student Perspective

Hear Harry share his experiences of studying in the Department of Economics at Warwick.

Course Structure

The first year consists of four core modules and up to two options. The second year includes three core modules and up to two options. The third year comprises up to six options and a core Research in Applied Economics project.

Within your course regulations, we will permit you to choose modules from any department. This is subject to our approval and provided that you satisfy the pre-requisites or other requirements for that module and that the offering department permits you to take the module.

The final degree classification is determined by your second and final year marks and each contributes 50%.

Core Modules

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Optional Modules

If you have an interest in another subject, this degree gives you the opportunity to choose from a wide range of optional modules that allow you to pursue your interests and career goals.

Examples of optional modules that have been taken by current students include:

  • Environmental Economics
  • Behavioural Economics
  • Topics in Applied Economics
  • The Industrial Economy
  • Political Economy
  • World Politics
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Foundations of Finance
  • International Security
  • Languages
Research in Applied Economics (RAE)

Listen to our students discuss how they chose their dissertation subject, what they found interesting and what they ended up researching in their dissertations.

How will I learn?

You will have a combination of lectures, small group support and feedback classes.

Contact Hours

You will receive approximately 3 hours of contact time per day, making 15 hours on average per week.

Class Size

Your lecture size will naturally vary, especially for the optional modules, but also for core lectures. Some of the larger modules may have 200-450 students in them. You will then typically have weekly support and feedback classes with around 15-20 students.


You will usually have more formative assessments in year one than in years two and three.

The typical module in years one and two is based 20% on coursework and 80% on the final examination, but assessment weights and methods do still vary. This is even more the case for final year modules, where the assessment methods vary widely depending on the modules chosen.

We currently offer an exciting range of opportunities for you to spend a year abroad. You can study in a higher education institution either in Europe, at the University of Monash in Australia, or with our partners in China and Canada. Studying overseas can add immeasurably to your personal development, future study and career opportunities. It will also offer you an opportunity to experience an alternative university system.

If you’re successful in gaining a Study Abroad placement, your degree programme will become a four year programme and, assuming you pass sufficient modules whilst abroad, the title of your course changes to add the suffix 'with Study Abroad' to the existing title (e.g. 'BSc Economics with Study Abroad').

Typical Offers for 2022 Entry
Course A Level IB Contextual Offer
BSc Economics A*A*A
to include A in Mathematics

to include 6, 6, 6 in three Higher Level subjects including Higher Level Mathematics (either ‘Analysis and Approaches’ or ‘Applications and Interpretation’)

to include A in Mathematics

Please note: Our selectors value a breadth of subjects. You should therefore avoid subjects with significantly overlapping curricula where possible - for example, Economics and Business Studies. We also do not except Critical Thinking and General Studies.


We welcome applications from students taking BTECs alongside two A levels, including A level Mathematics.

Contextual Offers

Warwick may make differential offers to students in a number of circumstances. These include students participating in the Realising Opportunities programme, or who meet two of the contextual data criteria. Differential offers will be made for our programmes to AAA.

Find out more about contextual data offers for Economics.

International Students

We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications.

Find out more about international entry requirements.

Warwick International Foundation Programme (IFP)

All students who successfully complete the Warwick IFP and apply to Warwick through UCAS will receive a guaranteed conditional offer for a related undergraduate programme (selected courses only).

Find out more about standard offers and conditions for the IFP.

English Language Requirements

All students will also need to meet our English Language requirements.

Taking a gap year

Applications for deferred entry welcomed.


We do not typically interview applicants. Offers are made based on your UCAS form which includes predicted and actual grades, your personal statement and school reference.

Tuition Fees

Find out more about fees and funding.

Your Career

Graduates from these degrees have gone on to work for employers including:

  • Accenture
  • Amazon
  • Bank of America Merrill Lynch
  • Bloomberg
  • Centrica
  • Department for International Trade
  • HSBC
  • Investec
  • PwC
  • Santander UK
  • Teach First
  • UBS
  • Unilever

They have pursued careers such as: analysts; associate consultants; advertising accounts managers and creative directors; business and financial project management professionals; chartered and certified accountants; economists; finance and investment analysts and advisers; management consultants and business analysts; quality assurance technicians and taxation experts.

Find out more about career support within our Department.

Helping you find the right career

Our Department has a dedicated professionally qualified Senior Careers Consultant who can support you. They offer impartial advice and guidance together with tailored workshops and events throughout the year. Previous examples of workshops and events include:

  • Careers in Economics Event
  • Investment Banking Uncovered
  • Warwick careers fairs throughout the year
  • Mock Assessment Centre workshops
  • Manage your digital identity and use LinkedIn effectively

Find out more about careers support at Warwick.