At a glance


What is economics?

Economics affects each and everyone one of us, regardless of where we live or what we do.

The School of Economics has research specialisms in globalisation, economic development, political economy, finance, credit and macroeconomics. We also host Europe's largest group of researchers in experimental and behavioural economics.

Studying with us provides an opportunity to learn from researchers pushing forward the boundaries of the discipline.

Economics students share their reasons for choosing the University of Nottingham.


How will I study?

Most  teaching is delivered through lectures, tutorials, seminars and computer laboratory classes. You will normally have around 8-10 hours of lectures and one or two tutorials each week. Outside taught hours, you'll 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. 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.

Each year is divided into two semesters, with exams at the end of each semester and some presentations. In year three, you will showcase your economics knowledge through a dissertation, with support including one-to-one academic supervision. 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 economist-specific and transferable skills, enabling you to enter careers 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, Ernst & Young, Goldman Sachs and HM Treasury.

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.

94.5% of undergraduates from the School of Economics had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £28,000 with the highest being £60,000.*

* Known destinations of full-time home undergraduates who were available for work 2016/17. Salaries are calculated based on the median of those in full-time paid employment within the UK.

The University of Nottingham is consistently named as one of the most targeted universities by Britain’s leading graduate employers
(Ranked in the top ten in The Graduate Market in 2013-2017, High Fliers Research).


Study abroad

On our courses, you can apply to spend a semester studying abroad. at the University's campuses in China or Malaysia, or at one of our partner institutions in locations such as Australia, Canada and Japan.

You will get the opportunity to broaden your horizons and enhance your employability by experiencing another culture. You can choose to study similar modules to your counterparts back in Nottingham or expand your knowledge by taking other options. Teaching is typically in English; however, there may be opportunities to study in another language if you are sufficiently fluent.

Students studying economics with a modern language will spend their third year in France, Germany, Portugal, Spain or Russia. Teaching is typically in the relevant language.


Application and interview

Offers are made without interview.


Open days

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.

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