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Economics (with placement year)

BSc (Hons)
Entry 2017: BBC / 112 UCAS points
Duration: 4 years
Attendance mode: Full-time
Award: BSc (Hons)
UCAS code: L104
Placement: Placement year available
Suitable for international students
Faculty of Management & Law
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The Economics course includes compulsory modules covering the main areas of economic theory, applied economics, and the quantitative aspects of economics, plus a range of option modules.

Our Economics degrees will develop your powers of analysis and critical thought, and build skills in communication, expression and rational argument that are highly sought after by employers.

Professional Accreditation/Recognition

Our degrees provide you with vocationally relevant knowledge and understanding, and, depending on modules taken, you will qualify for partial exemption from Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), and Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) examinations.

Why Bradford?

Our students are highly successful in securing both summer and year-long internships and placements with prestigious employers, including the competitive Government Economic Service placement scheme (e.g. Department for Work and Pensions, Department of Health and the Treasury), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, and a range of private sector companies involved in marketing, finance and the voluntary sector.

It is also possible to arrange a work placement in Europe through our Erasmus Exchange Programme, or study for a year at one of our partner institutions across Europe, North America, East Asia or Australia.

We have invested heavily in our learning and support services, and in Economics we utilise the latest computer packages to support your study including the Blackboard virtual learning environment, whilst MyEconLab is embedded across our core first and second year teaching. We have been praised for the quality of our Economics provision in national subject reviews of teaching quality, receiving top marks in the areas of student progression and achievement, student support and guidance, learning resources, and quality of management and enhancement. We have also performed well in student satisfaction surveys.

Entry requirements

Typical offer: BBC / 112 UCAS points

New UCAS tariff

We use the UCAS tariff system to help us compare different qualifications. For courses starting from September 2017 onwards, the way points are calculated is changing.

The number of points you get for each qualification and grade will be lower, for example, an A* grade at A level will be worth 56 points from 2017 onwards, instead of 140 in 2016. Despite the lower points, you will still need to achieve the same grades. The only exception to this is that AS Levels will now be worth 40% of an A Level, instead of 50%.

All qualifications that are currently on the UCAS Tariff will continue to attract points under the new system. More qualifications are also being brought into the UCAS tariff system for the first time, including Access to Higher Education courses.

Work out your UCAS tariff points using the UCAS Tariff Calculator (link opens in a new tab).

A levels:

There are no specific subject requirements.

BTEC Extended Diploma:

DMM — there are no specific subject requirements.

Applicants on Access Programmes:

Meet UCAS Tariff of 112 — there are no specific subject requirements.

Plus minimum of:

GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C or 4 (equivalents accepted).

Additional entry requirements:

If you do not meet the entry requirements for direct entry onto this course you may be interested in our Foundation Year in Social Sciences and Management or our International Certificate of Foundation Studies.

English language requirements:

Minimum IELTS at 6.0 or the equivalent.

If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course. See the Language Centre for more details.



Module name Type
Year 1
Critical Thinking and Presentation Skills for Economistscore
Economic Thought & Economic Developmentcore
Introduction to Financial Markets & Bankingcore
Principles of Economic Theorycore
Quantitative Methods for Economistscore
Year 2
Financial Markets core
Further Mathematics for Economistscore
Intermediate Economic Theorycore
Personal & Professional Skills Developmentcore
Research Skills & Econometrics core
Year 4
Advanced Economic Theorycore
Dissertation in Economicscore
Econometrics & Quantitative Economics core
Financial Economics & International Financecore
Business Economics & Industrial Organisationoption
Economics of Labour & Leisure option
Trade, Regionalism and Globalisationoption
University Electiveoption

Reading lists

All reading lists can be found here.


Our students are highly successful in securing yearlong placements with prestigious employers, including the highly competitive Government Economic Service placement scheme (e.g. Department for Work and Pensions, Department of Health and the Treasury), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and a range of private sector companies involved in marketing, finance and the voluntary sector.

Erasmus work placements

It is possible to arrange a work placement in Europe through the Erasmus Exchange Programme. You may be eligible for some financial support through the Erasmus grant if your work placement is related to the course you are studying, provided that it is for a minimum of 3 months and is authorised by the Division.

Study Abroad

Undergraduate Economics students can opt to spend your placement year (taken between stages 2 and 3 of your degree) studying at one of our partner universities.

The subjects you study will be agreed with the Division to ensure that they complement and extend your main degree.

Although courses in our partner universities are taught in English (apart from the University of Salamanca), studying abroad gives you the opportunity to improve your foreign language skills.

Career support and prospects

Career support

The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.

Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.

Employment statistics

96% of our 2015 graduates in Economics found employment or went on to further study within six months of graduating.

Career prospects

Evidence suggests economics degrees are particularly well rewarded in the labour market.

Our graduates go on to work in banking, finance, marketing, accounting and management, whilst there are opportunities to directly use your economics knowledge, particularly in the Civil Service, local government or teaching.

Salary expectations

The average starting salary for our 2015 Economics graduates was £17,250.


You will be taught by staff who are actively engaged in extending subject boundaries through research, in particular within the fields of trade, economic integration, macroeconomic policy, finance, labour markets, individual behaviour and social economics. This means that the teaching you receive benefits from cutting-edge research and stays at the forefront of latest thinking in the subject.

Fees, Finance and Scholarships

Tuition fees


  • Home/EU: £9,250*
  • Home/EU, sandwich placement year fee: 10% of the applicable full-time fee
  • International: £14,250
  • International, sandwich placement year fee: £1,430

* Home/EU fees will be subject to an annual increase, set in line with government policy. A percentage of any additional higher fee income will be used to support student opportunity through increased expenditure on access, student success and progression activities.

See our Fees and Financial Support website for more details.

Financial support

See our Fees and Financial Support website.

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