School of Economics


An economics degree from Nottingham really will give you a head start in your career. Employers find that our graduates have a strong academic foundation and excellent transferable skills.

A recent report concluded that economics graduates from Nottingham can expect a significant boost to their average earnings and the University of Nottingham is consistently one of the top choices for graduate recruitment among UK employers in the annual High Fliers report.

Transferable skills

The growth of economic awareness has increased the demand for economics graduates. At Nottingham, you will acquire a strong academic foundation and a range of excellent economic and transferable skills, such as the ability to study independently and communicate effectively. You will also have the capacity to grasp complicated economic concepts, whether they are mathematical or philosophical in nature.

Internships and placement options

Our courses do not involve an integrated year in industry (with the exception of students undertaking economics with a language). However, many of our students take up summer internships at the end of the second year and 'spring weeks' or insight days in their first year. You also have the opportunity to take an optional placement year at the end of your penultimate year of study.

A successful summer internship or placement year can often lead to a graduate job offer, meaning that many of our students have secured a graduate job before they begin their final year.

Graduate destinations

Our graduates opt for a wide variety of careers, including investment banking, accountancy, tax consultancy, working in government offices, auditing, derivatives trading, management consultancy, mergers and acquisitions, and many more.

94.5% 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 £28,000 with the highest being £60,000.*

The School of Economics ranked 2nd in the UK for boosting graduate salaries, with graduates earning an average of £8,810 more than expected five years after graduation.**

* Known destinations of full-time home undergraduates 2016/17. Salaries are calculated based on the median of those in full-time paid employment within the UK.
** The Economist British university rankings, 2017.

Careers and Employability Service

The Careers and Employability Service offers excellent careers guidance, information and resources, and holds workshops on CV writing, completing application forms and interview techniques. As a University of Nottingham graduate, you can receive lifelong support from the service.

Find out more about careers in economics.

The Nottingham Advantage Award

The award-winning Nottingham Advantage Award recognises and rewards your extracurricular activities. With a choice of over 200 modules across all our campuses, you can hone the key skills employers want and unlock your potential. You will leave university with demonstrable experience that sets you apart from your competitors.


Graduate employers

Recent graduate destinations have included:

  • Accenture
  • Bank of America
  • Barclays
  • Berenberg
  • Bloomberg
  • BT Chevron
  • Credit Suisse
  • Deloitte
  • Deutsche Bank
  • EY
  • Goldman Sachs
  • HM Treasury
  • Home Office
  • Miele
  • Mott MacDonald
  • Schroders
  • Telefonica
  • UBS


School of Economics

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University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

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