The majority of teaching is delivered through lectures, tutorials, seminars and computer laboratory classes. You will normally have around 12 contact hours each week in year one, including eight to ten hours of lectures. Outside taught hours, you will be expected to spend time reading and researching for written assignments. Independent study is a fundamental part of an economics education.
Study and careers skills
Studying economics at university is different; that's why we provide a compulsory module in Writing Economics in your first year, which provides useful information and advice on how to get a head start at university.
First year students also take a compulsory careers skills module, which aims to get you thinking about your future career and offers valuable information on applying for summer placements and internships.
At the end of each semester you will be examined on the modules you have taken. All modules have some exam-based assessment, with the exception of a dissertation in the third year, and some modules also contain seminar or essay-based elements. The final degree classification is based on marks gained for the second and subsequent years of study.
Most exams consist of compulsory and optional questions. Compulsory questions allow you to write for either 15 or 30 minutes on a particular topic, briefly defining or explaining a concept or theory. Long answers allow you 45 to 60 minutes (depending on the module) to write an essay on a particular issue.
The school operates a system of workshops for quantitative modules. These are generally larger in size than tutorial groups (typically 18 students) and are intended to act as a means of working through set exercises and problem sheets with your module tutor.
What makes our degrees stand out from those at many other institutions is the flexibility we allow our students - you can tailor-make your own degree right from year one.
All students must complete modules totalling 120 credits each year. Modules range from 10-20 credits each. All economics degrees have the same core compulsory economics modules, but for single honours courses you will have plenty of flexibility and choice.
With your non-compulsory credits you can either choose to take more modules from the School of Economics, or you can select modules from virtually any school in the University. This means you can broaden your knowledge and skills by, for example, learning or extending your fluency in a foreign language.
In the final year, you will normally take all your credits within the school in modules reflecting specialisms of the academic staff.