School of Economics

Frequently Asked Questions

We have compiled this list of frequently asked questions to help applicants. You might also find it useful to visit the University's frequently asked questions page.

Undergraduate FAQs

How much maths does the course involve?

As much or as little as you choose, beyond the compulsory Quantitative Economics or Mathematical Economics modules in the first two years. Although economics necessarily contains an element of mathematics, you can choose the more applied modules to make up your 120 credits if you wish.

I am not taking either maths or economics at A level. Will that affect my chances of an offer?

Other than for study of BSc Economics and Econometrics, we do not ask students to have either maths or economics at A level. However, maths is our preferred subject and as we are over-subscribed, this is one of many factors we take into account when distinguishing between applicants, therefore having maths A level can strengthen an application.

Apart from grade predictions at A level, what else do you look for in an applicant?

We take many other factors into consideration. We pay particular attention to (in no particular order): A level subject choice; grades in non-A level qualifications including GCSEs, extra-curricular activities, and school responsibilities.

What happens if I receive an offer, and then decide I want to defer?

If you have good reasons for deferring, for example, a relevant work placement or a valuable experience abroad, then we would usually allow deferral.

What if I have a disability?

The school welcomes students with disabilities or special needs (such as dyslexia) and considers their applications on the same academic grounds as those of other students. The school has a Disability Liaison Officer and a range of support services designed to help you during your studies.

Once I have chosen my course, is there any chance of changing it if I find it's not the right one?

It is almost always possible to change course within the School of Economics if you have good reason to do so (however the University does not recommend that applicants register for a course with the expectation of being able to change, due to the number of possible restrictions).

For example, some students begin on BSc Economics and switch into specialist degrees such as the BSc Economics and Econometrics after the first year (you would need an A level in maths in order to do this though). Providing that you have taken the required modules, transfer is usually possible. However, transfer from another department can be considered but is not guaranteed.

Is a year in industry part of the course?

We do not offer a year in industry as part of our courses. However, many of our students take up internships for the summer vacation at the end of the second year, and many large city firms will come to Nottingham each year to recruit our students for this.

The Careers and Employability Service run job fairs and have lots of information on this available to students throughout the year. It is possible to arrange your own placement year and extend your degree by one year.

Will I have the chance to study abroad as part of my course?

There are several ways to spend a semester abroad, such as through Universitas 21, and at our own campuses in Malaysia and China. Selection depends mainly on your performance in year one.

If I choose a course with very few students on it, will I only get to meet a few people?

Because all economics students take the same core modules, you will all have lectures together, so there might be 250-300 students in the lecture theatre. Optional modules will have fewer people in the lectures, and tutorials are smaller still, so there are plenty of opportunities to work in small groups.

Who will help me if I have any problems at university?

There is a lot of help available should you need it. Within the school, you will be allocated a personal tutor in the first few days. You will usually keep the same tutor for the whole of your course who will help you with any pastoral or academic concerns. There is also a team of friendly and helpful admin staff who will be happy to help with any problem.

Outside the school, there is a University Counselling Service, trained to help you with any problems you may have. The University of Nottingham Health Service, with which you will register when you arrive, provides full dental and medical services.

What can I do if I don't get the grades you have asked for?

If you have just missed the grades, it is always worth phoning us on results day to see what our situation is. Even if we have no places left available, we may be able to offer advice about what to do next.



Postgraduate FAQs

What are the course fees?

Tuition fees can be found on the Student Fees and Finance website.

When are the course start dates?

There is one entry date per year in late September.

How long does the personal statement need to be?

The personal statement is usually less than an A4 side; it includes any additional information that you feel is pertinent to your application.

Once an application has been submitted, how long does it take to receive a decision?

In order for an application to be assessed, we need to see at least one academic reference, complete transcripts and, if applicable, your English Language qualification. Once all of these documents have been received, it usually takes approximately one week to make a recommendation.

Once an offer is made this is sent to our Admissions Office as they confirm all offers and then send out the offer documentation (this can take up to a further two weeks).

Is there any funding available for masters study?

Each year the School of Economics offers some funding for masters offer holders; this is advertised on the school's website in December/January each year.

The University also has a range of  international scholarships.

What careers do students with a masters in economics go into?

Our graduates have a very successful career history and a wide range of careers are available to them, including PhD opportunities.

Is an integrated placement part of the course?

Our courses do not involve an integrated placement option. However, students have the opportunity to apply for internships and placements through the Postgraduate Placements Nottingham (PPN) scheme and the Faculty of Social Sciences placements scheme.





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