Studying Economics at Leeds University Business School

Welcome from the Programme Director

Peter Hughes

Hello, I'm Dr Peter Hughes and I am the Programme Director for BSc Economics.

The BSc Economics will provide you with an excellent foundation for your future career. This degree will provide you with the ability to analyse economic and business developments and to organise, interpret and present data. These are important skills that employers often demand of graduates and this is reflected in the high employment rates of Economics graduates from the University of Leeds. They are also skills that are particularly suited to a career in the financial services sector, where over half of our 2016 graduates found employment (according to the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey).

A degree in Economics also allows you to keep your career options open. Our graduates often choose to undertake further study after their undergraduate degree, deepening their understanding of economics or specialising in the study of finance or business at postgraduate level. 

The Economics degree at Leeds will help you develop the skills to understand how markets work, how businesses develop competitive strategies and the factors that drive changes in economic growth, inflation and trade. You will study the core principles of economic, mathematical and statistical analysis with a choice of optional modules in each year of study. 

There is support from your personal tutor and from the Business School to develop your employability and many of our students are successful in securing work placements or summer internships, in finance, consulting or governmental organisations.

BSc Economics

Develop a deep understanding of the factors that influence income, wealth and well being, 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.

Find out more about what you will study on the BSc Economics degree 

Speak with current students

If you would like to hear about other students’ experiences or have questions about being a student at the School and the University of Leeds you can connect with the Link to Leeds Ambassadors

You can chat online with students from Leeds University Business School or with students from your own country from a different faculty. You can also join a live online event on the practicalities of being a student covering topics like accommodation, student life, what's available on campus and the city of Leeds.  

Join our global community

The Business School has over 25,000 alumni in 136 countries around the world. We have a large number of profiles of alumni who have given us an insight into the opportunities that arose for them after studying at the Business School.

Our alumni are also very welcoming and we have a number of International Groups world-wide who would be happy to answer any questions that you may have about studying at the Business School. Once you have graduated you will join this global network and be able to take advantage of the alumni benefits we offer.

Due to my willingness to learn and make an impact I have engaged in quite a number of extracurricular activities, which has led to the development of key employability skills such as team working,...

Gertrude Asumadu, Ghana
BSc Economics
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Gertrude Asumadu

I've had a great career so far within Banking however there is still a long way to go and I will keep striving till I get there.

Moiz Chaudhary, Pakistan
BA Economics
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Alumnus Moiz Chaudhary BA Economics 2008