Welcome from the Head of School
The School of Economics is one of Europe's top economics departments and we combine excellence and innovation in teaching with an international reputation for rigorous and topical research of the highest quality.
Economics affects each and every one of us, regardless of where we live or what we do. Concerned with how we use our resources, trade internationally, manage our economic growth and thrive as a society, economists analyse a wide variety of issues. They question the male/female pay gap; identify how government policies affect us; ask why some countries grow faster than others; and examine the everyday choices we make. That is why we are passionate about the subject.
As one of the UK's largest economics departments, we offer broad programmes of study, combining all of the core analytical and quantitative techniques required by modern economics graduates. We aim to provide a stimulating environment for learning, without losing the friendly and informal atmosphere for which Nottingham is renowned. We are proud to attract some of the best students that the UK and wider world has to offer, and are committed to presenting them with a wide range of specialist and applied options across all areas of economics.
We are proud of our high rankings across league tables including:
- consistently placed in the world's top 50 economics departments and at 6th in the UK by the Tilburg University rankings
- 1st in the Russell Group in the National Student Survey with a result of 96% for overall satisfaction
- 4th in the UK for economics in The Guardian University Guide 2018
- 5th in the UK for economics in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017
- 7th in the UK for economics in the Complete University Guide 2018
- 6th in terms of research power in the latest Research Excellence Framework
Our academics are experts in their respective fields and have considerable research and policy experience. Our research is incredibly important to us and underpins everything we do. It's recognised on an international scale: our seven research centres are currently conducting influential studies across the discipline, with hubs in China and Malaysia, and having an impact on the decisions of policy makers around the world.
The Nottingham Centre for Research on Globalisation and Economic Policy for example, is one of the largest of its kind in the world - its academics are devoted to analysing the impact of globalisation and economic policy and advise the Treasury, World Bank and World Trade Organization.
A Nottingham economics graduate is highly sought after in the job market, and well-placed to progress to graduate study. The University of Nottingham is consistently one of the top choices for graduate recruitment among UK employers in the annual High Fliers report and by studying, researching or working with the School of Economics, you'll be following in the footsteps of some truly exceptional alumni.
Our alumni include Sir Clive Granger, who won a Nobel Prize for his contribution to the econometric analysis of time series data; Sir Andrew Witty, current CEO of GlaxoSmithKline; and Jeff Randall, a financial journalist who enjoyed a media career spanning more than three decades (including his own business and politics show with Sky News).
Please do take the time to explore our website, read about our research projects, take a look at some student profiles, and get a feel for what you could achieve on one of our courses.
If you have any questions, don't hesitate to get in touch.
Professor Kevin Lee
Head of School and Professor of Economics