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.
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.
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.
86.8% of undergraduates from the School of Economics secured graduate level employment or further study within 15 months of graduation. The average annual salary for these graduates was £34,120.*
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.**
* HESA Graduate Outcomes 2019/20 data published in 2022. The Graduate Outcomes % is derived using The Guardian University Guide methodology. The average annual salary is based on graduates working full-time within the UK.
** The Economist British university rankings, 2017
Recent graduate destinations have included:
- Bank of America
- Credit Suisse
- Deutsche Bank
- Goldman Sachs
- HM Treasury
- Home Office
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 may 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.
Please be aware that study abroad, compulsory year abroad, optional placements/internships and integrated year in industry opportunities may change at any time for a number of reasons, including curriculum developments, changes to arrangements with partner universities or placement/industry hosts, travel restrictions or other circumstances outside of the university's control. Every effort will be made to update this information as quickly as possible should a change occur.
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.