BSc Economics 2017

3rd in the UK for Economics

The Guardian University Guide 2017

Key facts

UCAS Code:
3 years full time
Typical A Level offer:
AAA Full entry requirements.
UK/EU fees:
See fees section below
International fees:
£17,500 (per year)
Study abroad:
Work placement:

Develop a deep understanding of the factors that influence income, wealth and wellbeing, how scarce resources are allocated, distributed and utilised today and how they may change in the future.

Covering the core concepts, practices and techniques of economics, this course also allows you to develop the analytical, quantitative, computing, presentation and other transferable skills required by professional economists and employers in both the private and public sectors.

You’ll gain in-depth knowledge of microeconomics and macroeconomics and build your mathematical skills. A wide range of optional modules give you the chance to explore specialist areas such as business economics, monetary policy, international trade or health or transport economics.

Taught by active researchers in Leeds University Business School, home of the Applied Institute of Research in Economics, you’ll explore different and unconventional approaches to economics with access to the latest developments in the field.

Course content

Our degrees have a modular structure. This means that compulsory modules provide you with the core knowledge and skills that you need, while optional and discovery modules allow you to shape your course to suit your personal interests and career aspirations.

Year 1 will give you a firm foundation in economic theory and history, the structures and institutions of industry and debates surrounding economic performance. You’ll also develop your mathematical and statistical skills to support the rest of your studies.

In the following year you’ll build on your understanding of microeconomics and macroeconomics, as well as econometrics and theories surrounding economic growth and distributions. You’ll continue to improve your skills in mathematics and statistics, and explore topics that suit your interests and career plans through your choice of optional modules. You could focus on industrial economics, ethical issues in the subject, or exciting applications of economics in relation to health or transport.

Your final year will give you the opportunity to deepen your understanding of more complex microeconomic and macroeconomic topics, while diverse optional modules mean you could focus on economic development, international banking and finance, public enterprise or environmental economics. You’ll also apply the knowledge and skills you have gained to an independently researched dissertation on a topic of your choice.

Course structure

These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

Year 1
  • Compulsory modules

  • Personal Tutorials for Economics 10 credits
  • Mathematical Economics 10 credits
  • Economics and Global History 10 credits
  • Economic Institutions (Industry) 10 credits
  • Research Skills for Economists 10 credits
  • Economic Theory and Applications 1 20 credits
  • Statistics for Economics and Business 1 10 credits
  • Mathematics for Economics and Business 1 (for those without A-level Mathematics) 10 credits
  • Optional modules

  • Economic Institutions (Labour) 10 credits
  • Economic Controversies 10 credits
Year 2
  • Compulsory modules

  • Theories of Growth, Value and Distribution 10 credits
  • Intermediate Microeconomics 10 credits
  • Mathematics for Business and Economics 2 10 credits
  • Applied Economics 10 credits
  • Introduction to Econometrics 10 credits
  • Intermediate Macroeconomics 10 credits
  • Statistics for Business and Economics 2 10 credits
  • Optional modules

  • Introduction to Health Economics 10 credits
  • From Study to Work 10 credits
  • Industrial Economics 10 credits
  • Macroeconomic Policy and Performance in Britain 10 credits
  • Explanation in Economics 10 credits
  • The International Economic Environment 10 credits
  • Business Economics 10 credits
  • Labour Economics 10 credits
  • Economics of Innovation 10 credits
  • How to be a Successful Policy Economist 10 credits
  • Ethics and Economics 10 credits
  • Transport Economics 10 credits
  • Project Appraisal 10 credits
Year 3
  • Compulsory modules

  • Advanced Microeconomics 10 credits
  • Economics Dissertation 30 credits
  • Advanced Macroeconomics 10 credits
  • Optional modules

  • Introduction to the Economic Evaluation of Health 10 credits
  • International Trade 10 credits
  • Contemporary Issues in Economic Growth 10 credits
  • International Banking and Finance 10 credits
  • Transnational Corporations in the World Economy 10 credits
  • Economic Development 20 credits
  • Economics of Famines 20 credits
  • Environmental Economics 10 credits
  • Applied Econometrics 10 credits
  • Modern Theories of Money and Monetary Policy 10 credits
  • Public Enterprise and Regulation 10 credits
  • Global Economic Coordination and Governance 10 credits
  • Current Topics in European Integration 10 credits
  • Economics of Labour-Managed Firms 10 credits
  • The Economics of Unions 10 credits
  • The Political Economy of Work 10 credits
  • Economics of Business and Corporate Strategy 20 credits

For more information on typical modules, read Economics BSc in the course catalogue

Broadening your academic horizons

At Leeds we want you to benefit from the depth and breadth of the University's expertise, to prepare you for success in an ever-changing and challenging world. This course gives you the opportunity to broaden your learning by studying discovery modules. Find out more on the Broadening webpages.

Learning and teaching

You’ll be taught using a range of methods including lectures, tutorials, seminars and workshops. The rest of your time will be spent in independent learning, which allows you to develop your skills in research and analysis. Our Virtual Learning Environment will help to support your studies: it’s a central place where you can find all the information and resources for the School, your programme and modules.

You’ll also benefit from dedicated academic counselling from your Head of Year, a lecturer in your subject area who will meet you individually during the year and act as a personal tutor.


We use a variety of assessment methods to help you develop a range of transferable skills that you’ll need in professional life, These are likely to include coursework, exams, oral presentations, group reports and dissertations.

Entry requirements, fees and applying

Entry requirements




Mathematics grade A and English Language grade B or equivalent, or an appropriate English language qualification.

Read more about UK and Republic of Ireland accepted qualifications for this course.

Alternative Qualifications

Access to HE Diploma

We consider the Access to Higher Education Diploma to be suitable for mature UK/EU applicants (21+) who have been out of full-time education and have had no previous access to higher education. Applicants must complete a Business-related diploma of 60 credits with 45 credits at level 3. At least 30 level 3 credits must be at Distinction and 15 at Merit. All applicants taking this qualification will be interviewed.


We will consider BTEC qualifications alongside academic A-levels. Read more about our BTEC entry requirements.

Cambridge Pre-U

D3,D3,M1, excluding the Cambridge Pre-U certificate in Global Perspectives and Independent Research.

International Baccalaureate

35 overall (17 higher), including 5 in Mathematics at studies, standard or higher level and English at standard or higher level. For those candidates who meet our Mathematics and English requirements through another qualification, 5 points will not be required within the IB Diploma. We are unable to accept Literature and Performance in place of English.

Irish Highers (Leaving Certificate)

AAAAAA. Mathematics and English Language will be accepted at ordinary level on a grade for grade basis.

Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers

AAAAAA OR AAABB (A at advanced level) OR AABBB (AA at advanced level) OR AAA at advanced level. Intermediate 2 / National 5 Mathematics and English are acceptable in lieu of GCSE requirements on a grade for grade basis.

Alternative entry

We’re committed to identifying the best possible applicants, regardless of personal circumstances or background.

Access to Leeds is an alternative admissions scheme which accepts applications from individuals who might be from low income households, in the first generation of their immediate family to apply to higher education, or have had their studies disrupted.

Find out more about Access to Leeds and alternative admissions.


We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications.

Foundation year

If you have the ability to study for a degree but don’t have the qualifications to enter directly to level one, you might consider studying a foundation year. We have formal links with the following foundation year programmes:

University of Leeds International Foundation Year (IFY)

Northern Consortium of UK Universities (NCUK)

Study Group Leeds International Study Centre (LISC)

If you are applying from an alternative foundation year provider, please contact our admissions team to find out if your qualification is suitable for entry to our courses.

English language requirements

IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

International students who do not meet the English language requirements for the programme may be able to study an English for Academic Purposes pre-sessional course with a progression route to the degree programme. For information and entry requirements, read Pre-sessional programmes.

How to apply

Apply to this course through UCAS. The institution code for the University of Leeds is L23. Check the deadline for applications on the UCAS website.

The deadline for international students to apply to Leeds University Business School courses is 30 June.

International students apply through UCAS in the same way as UK/EU students. Our network of international representatives can help you with your application. If you’re unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.

Admissions policy

Leeds University Business School Undergraduate Admissions Policy 2017


UK/EU: See fees section below

International: £17,500 (per year)

For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2017, the fee for 2017/18 will be £9,250. 

The fee may increase in future years of your course in line with inflation, and as permitted by law. For example, the increase of 2.8% for 2017/18 was based on the government’s forecast for the RPI-X measure of inflation.

The UK government has confirmed that non-UK EU students starting in 2017 will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans for the duration of their course. Read the full government statement

If you take a study abroad or work placement year, you’ll pay a reduced tuition fee during this period. For more information, see Study abroad and work placement tuition fees and loans.

Read more about paying fees and charges.

Additional cost information

There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs

Scholarships and financial support

If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There is help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more in our Undergraduate funding overview.

Career opportunities

An economics degree can open a variety of doors for you. Over the last few years we have seen graduates go into a wide variety of careers including roles such as Portfolio Manager, Insolvency Case Officer, Management Consultant, Financial Advisor, Commercial Analyst, Teacher, Investment Manager, and Risk Analyst. Individuals also progress into graduate study.

Find out more about Careers and Employability in Leeds University Business School

Careers support

You will be supported throughout your studies by a dedicated employability team in the Business School who will help you develop and demonstrate the professional skills and experience that top employers are looking for through one-to-one support, workshops and lectures from employers such as L’Oréal and Unilever.

The team also works with a large network of experienced professionals from companies such as HSBC, M&S and KPMG, who take part in our innovative Nurturing Talent Mentor Scheme. With around 140 places available, this scheme offers Business School students the chance to receive free one-to-one advice and mentoring for a year during their studies.

In addition, Leeds University Business School students also have full access to the University Careers Centre and Centre for Enterprise and Entrepreneurial Studies. Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.

Placement opportunities

Study abroad

On this course you have the opportunity to apply to spend time abroad, usually as an extra academic year. The University has partnerships with more than 400 universities worldwide and popular destinations for our students include Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, South Africa and Latin America.

Read more about Study Year Abroad.

Year in industry

Practical work experience can help you decide on your career and improve your employability. On this course you have the option to apply to spend a year on placement with organisations across the public, private and voluntary sectors, in the UK or overseas.

Read more about the Year in Industry

Year in enterprise

EU students with a viable business plan have the opportunity to apply for a year in enterprise as part of this course. During this year you will start your own business with support from the University including advice, office space and living costs allowance.

Read more about the Year in Enterprise

The facilities, especially in the Business School, were excellent and the staff were always enthusiastic and happy to help in any way that they could.

Alex Lozowski, United Kingdom
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I really enjoy the variety that my course provides, and the manner in which through electives and optional modules you can really make the course fit your interests.

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