At a glance
- Tailor your course to your interests and career aspirations through our unusually broad range of modules
- Spend time studying abroad as part of your degree at the University's campuses in China or Malaysia or in locations such as Australia, Canada and Japan
- Study in a school ranked among the UK's top 5 economics departments in The Guardian University Guide 2018
What is economics?
Economics affects each and everyone one of us, regardless of where we live or what we do. At Nottingham, economists study a wide range of issues, including economic development, international trade, public policy, the environment, macroeconomics and behavioural economics.
The school also has research specialisms in globalisation, economic development, political economy, finance, credit and macroeconomics, 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, tutorials, seminars and computer laboratory classes. You will normally have around 12 contact hours each week in year one, including 8-10 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.
Studying economics at university is different; that's why we provide a core module in study skills in your first year, which provides useful information and advice on how to get ahead at university. First year students also take a careers skills module which aims to get you thinking about your future career and offers valuable information on applying for summer placements and internships.
The school is housed in the Sir Clive Granger Building, 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 300-acre parkland campus in Nottingham.
All our courses are three years full-time, with the exception of our 'economics with a modern language' courses, which are four years with the third year spent abroad.
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.
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. Most of our graduates go into finance, banking, business consultancy and accountancy.
Our degrees are highly rated by employers and recent graduate destinations include the Bank of America, Deloitte, EY, Goldman Sachs, HM Treasury, and the Home Office.
We work 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.
93.3% of undergraduates from the school who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £29,568 with the highest being £55,000.*
* Known destinations of full-time home undergraduates 2015/16. Salaries are calculated based on the median of those in full-time paid employment within the UK.
Students studying economics with a language will spend their third year abroad. Those on some of our other courses can apply to spend one semester at a partner university, or on one of our campuses in China or Malaysia.
Application and interview
Offers are made without interview.
Choosing where to study for the next few years of your life is a difficult decision. By coming to an open day you can see for yourself why Nottingham could be the place for you.
If you make an application to study at the University of Nottingham and are successful in being made an offer, you will receive an invitation to attend an offer-holder event. These events take place between February and April.