What is economics?
At Nottingham, economists analyse issues such as economic development, international trade and public policy, including health, labour markets, food and the environment, the macroeconomy and the European Union. The School also has research specialisms in economic theory and econometrics and hosts Europe's largest group of researchers in experimental and behavioural economics.
How will I study?
The majority of teaching is delivered through lectures, supported by a tutorial programme and seminars and computer laboratory classes. You will normally have eight to 10 hours of lectures and one or two tutorials each week. Outside taught hours, you will be expected to spend time reading and researching to develop your understanding as preparation for written assignments.
Studying economics at university is different; that’s why we provide a compulsory module in study skills in your first year, which provides useful information and advice on how to get a head start at university. Second year students also have a compulsory careers skills module which aims to make you more employable.
The School is housed in the Sir Clive Granger Building, so named in honour of the winner of the 2003 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences, a former student and member of academic staff at Nottingham. The building is in the heart of University Park, a beautifully landscaped 330-acre parkland campus in Nottingham.
All our courses are three years full-time, with the exception of Economics with a language, which is four years with the third year spent abroad. Each year is divided into two semesters with exams at the end of each semester. You must pass the first year in order to progress into the second year. Exams in the second year make up 40 per cent of the total degree, with 60 per cent in the final year. All assessment is exam-based apart from some assessment of presentations and a dissertation in the third year.
Students studying economics with a language will spend their third year abroad. Further information can be found on our study abroad web pages. Students on some of our courses can apply to spend one semester in a partner university or on one of our own campuses in China or Malaysia.
Career prospects and employability
The growth of economic awareness has increased the demand for economics graduates. At Nottingham you will acquire a range of economic and transferable skills, enabling you to enter careers such as those in government, international agencies, private sector organisations and education. Employers rate our degrees highly and companies that have recently recruited our graduates include the Bank of England, Barclays Capital, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, Goldman Sachs, the Government Economic Service, the International Monetary Fund and PwC.
We work actively with the University’s Careers and Employability Service to help you develop skills for future employment. We also run a programme of employability skills sessions and employer and graduate presentations. Starting salaries are among the highest in the University.
In 2012, 92.1% of first-degree graduates in the School of Economics who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £28,568 with the highest being £70,000.*
* Known destinations of full-time home and EU graduates, 2011/12.
Application and interview
Offers are made without interview.
Visit days for students offered a place are normally held in February and March. You are welcome to visit at other times – please contact us or for details of University-wide open days, see www.nottingham.ac.uk/opendays