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Economics (BSc) (Course full)


Please note: this course is full for 2019 entry.


Full-time 2019 entry, A*AA, IB 38

This comprehensive course 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.

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The flexible course structure means you can choose from many optional modules within our Department, and from outside departments such as Law, Mathematics, Business and Languages. Throughout the course, 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 – something we also emphasise through our 360 guest lecture series, which gives you the chance to engage with policymakers, practitioners and influential decision makers. In your final year, you’ll complete an undergraduate research project, meaning you can explore a topic that particularly intrigues you.

The first year consists of four core modules and one option, the second year three core and two options and the thrid year is six options and a research project. Within your course regulations, we will permit you to choose any year-specific option offered by any department in the University, 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%.

Combination of lectures and small group Support and Feedback classes.

Class size

Lecture size will naturally vary, especially for the optional modules, but also for core lectures. Some of the larger modules may have 200-450 in them and you will then typically have weekly Support and Feedback classes where class size typically averages around 15-20.

Contact hours

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

Typically in year 1, you will have more formative assessments than in years 2 and 3, with a typical module being based 20% on coursework and 80% on the final examination. This varies across each year, as will the types of assessments. The final degree classification is determined by your second and final year marks and each contributes 50%.

We currently offer an exciting range of opportunities for you to spend a year abroad studying 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).

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A level: A*AA to include A in Mathematics

  • IB: 38 to include 6 in Higher Level Mathematics

    You will also need to meet our English Language requirements.

    Contextual data and differential 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 one or two grades below Warwick’s standard offer (to a minimum of BBB).

  • Access Courses: Access to HE Diploma (QAA-recognised) including appropriate subjects with distinction grades in level 3 units, and grade A in A level Mathematics or equivalent.
  • 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). For full details of standard offers and conditions visit the IFP page.
  • We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more information please visit the international entry requirements page.
  • Further Information

  • Taking a gap year Applications for deferred entry welcomed.

    Interviews 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.

    Open Days All students who have been offered a place are invited to visit. Find out more about our main University Open Days and other opportunities to visit us. We want to make our admissions process as straightforward as possible, so find out more about how to make an application, alongside the latest entry requirements.

Year 1
Macroeconomics 1

You will consider the fundamental determinants of national income, employment, price level and the foreign balance in the short- and long run within a framework of active learning of economic theory and modelling. By the module’s end, you should have become familiar with a range of macroeconomic issues, including topics as varied as data sources, theories of consumption and investment, government finances, the Phillips curve, and international markets. You will be able to use the correct terminology and measurement practices of macroeconomics. There will be opportunities to apply your learning by devising simple structural models, including definitions, assumptions and the behavioural characteristics of key agents, using both mathematical and graphical techniques.

Microeconomics 1

On this module, you will gain a thorough grounding in the basic principles of microeconomics and study several applications of theory, with the aim of being able to demonstrate your knowledge of major topics, including supply and demand, consumer theory and behavioural economics, competition, profit maximisation and cost minimisation, oligopoly and collusion, and the work of the major theorists Bertrand, Cournot and Stackelberg, including game theory. You will learn to use appropriate terminology in a wide range of more advanced topics relevant to microeconomics, such as Nash equilibria, asymmetric information and moral hazard.

Quantitative Techniques

The World Economy: History and Theory

Have you ever considered how the global economy got to be where it is today? On this module, you will acquire a broad understanding of the development of the world economy over the last millennium, focusing on the success and failure of several key countries and regions. You will take the long view of changes in global income and population, and critically examine the forces that explain the success of leaders and the obstacles that have hindered economic advance. You will scrutinise the interaction between rich countries and the rest of the world, and consider the role of domestic issues and foreign policy on economic outcomes. Our aim is that you will complete this module with a strong understanding of the historiography of the evolution of the world economy and the ability to apply key macroeconomic theories on growth, trade and business cycles. There are also opportunities to pursue areas of individual interest.

Plus up to two optional modules

Year 2
Macroeconomics 2

On this module, you will learn to understand and apply the core theoretical models used in macroeconomics, for both closed and open economies, in order to enhance your comprehension of real-world macroeconomic experiences, especially involving macroeconomic policy. By the end of your course, you should be able to present clearly and methodically your understanding of a variety of common theoretical models and their inter-relationships, including through the use of equations and graphics. We will typically cover all major areas, including but not limited to, flexible pricing and sticky-price models; consumption and growth; wage-setting and unemployment; fiscal and monetary policy; international trade and exchange rate systems; and international financial markets.

Microeconomics 2

You will gain a solid understanding of intermediate and some advanced principles of microeconomics and be exposed to a range of applications of theory. You will spend time on the use of mathematical concepts in the field for analysis, and cover important principles of general equilibrium and social welfare, market failure, choice and uncertainty, and static and dynamic games of complete and incomplete information.


You will be equipped with important skills of both academic and vocational value, being an essential part of the intellectual training of an economist and also useful for your future career. This includes an awareness of the empirical approach to economics; experience in analysis and use of empirical data; understanding the nature of uncertainty and methods of dealing with it; and using econometric software packages as tools of quantitative and statistical analysis. With the required necessary skills and knowledge to critically appraise work in applied economics, you will have a good grasp of the dangers, pitfalls and problems encountered in applied modelling.

Plus up to two optional modules

Year 3
Research in Applied Economics

You will have the opportunity to deepen and consolidate your knowledge by applying your understanding of economic theory to a research question that arouses your curiosity. You will use a combination of economic analysis and statistical and econometric techniques to formulate and pursue your research interest, supported by lectures on research methodology and supervision by a member of academic staff, who will support your research towards an independent project. The work will increase your confidence in formulating economic questions, and the scientific method of developing a suitable approach, conducting a literature review and data searches, identifying and testing hypotheses and using your findings to construct coherent, persuasive scholarly arguments, presented in both written and oral form..

Plus up to six optional modules

Selection of optional modules that current students are studying
  • Environmental Economics
  • Behavioural Economics
  • War and Economy
  • Economics of Money and Banking
  • Industrial Economics
  • Political Geography
  • Barclays Investment Bank
  • Bank of America Merril Lynch
  • Mars
  • Ministry of Defence
  • Office for National Statistics
Job titles
  • Auditor
  • Business Modelling Analyst
  • Teacher
  • Management Consultant
  • Economic Consultant

Entry Requirements

A level: A*AA to include A in Mathematics

IB: 38 to include 6 in Higher Level Mathematics


Degree of Bachelor of Science (BSc)

3 years Full Time

Start date

24 September 2019

Location of study
University of Warwick, Coventry

Tuition fees
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Other course costs
It may be necessary to purchase additional books for this course.

This information is applicable for 2019 entry.

Given the interval between the publication of courses and enrolment, some of the information may change. It is important to check our website before you apply. Please read our terms and conditions to find out more.