BSc

Economics

Economics Code L100

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The BSc Economics degree at Aberystwyth focuses on a wide range of issues impacting everyday life including the creation of employment, inflationary pressures, international trade issues, the process of business competition, innovation and growth, the development of emerging markets, the protection of natural resources, and government policy-making.

Course Overview

Why study Economics at Aberystwyth?

You will develop valuable analytical, numerical, data analysis and problem-solving skills, which will allow you to understand how people, businesses, institutions and governments make decisions, and the implications of such decisions on individuals and society.

The research conducted within Aberystwyth Business School informs 

our teaching on aspects relating to international trade and business, development economics and policy analysis, labour and regional economics, rural and agricultural economics, the economics of ecology and environment and applied econometrics, meaning that you will be taught the latest ideas and concepts.

Opportunities for Economics students at Aberystwyth include:

  • being taught by active researchers, ensuring that you are exposed to the latest theories and knowledge in the subject area
  • gaining real world industry perspectives through guest lectures by industry professionals
  • enhancing your career opportunities through our partnerships with business, industry and commerce
  • participating in business competitions.
Our Staff

Students at the Aberystwyth Business School are taught by lecturers and other teaching staff who are active researchers and expert practitioners in their chosen subject area.

Over 75% of full time members of teaching staff are qualified to PhD level. Most are currently research active, meaning that students benefit from being taught ‘new’ knowledge in their chosen field of study as well as recognized literature. The School also employs part-time and full time staff devoted purely to teaching. Many part-time staff combine teaching duties with consultancy and business activities, ensuring that students have access not only to up to date research but the latest applied knowledge.

Modules

Please note: The modules listed below are those currently intended for delivery during the next academic year and may be subject to change. They are included here to give an indication of how the course is structured.

Core

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Data Analytics AB15220 20
Fundamentals of Accounting and Finance AB11120 20
Fundamentals of Management and Business * AB15120 20
Understanding the Economy AB13120 20
Economic Theory and Policy AB13220 20

Core

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Econometrics AB23420 20
Macroeconomics: Theory and Policy Applications AB23220 20
Managerial Economics AB23320 20
Microeconomics Theory and Policy Applications AB23120 20

Core

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Contemporary Issues in Economics and Policy AB33120 20
Environmental Economics AB33220 20
Labour Economics AB33620 20
Trade and International Monetary Systems AB33520 20

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh

Careers

The BSc Economics degree provides opportunities in areas such as policy analysis or government administration in the public sector, banking and finance sector or within the private sector. Other career paths include non-government organisations (NGOs) and voluntary organisations. Our graduates have gone on to work in the Government Economic Services, HM Treasury, British Council, FDM Group, Nexus Financial Consulting, and Kiva.

Transferable Skills

Studying a degree in Economics will equip you with the following skills:

  • Understanding of organisational behaviour and structure
  • Improved numeracy skills and the ability to research, interpret and use business and financial data;
  • Deep understanding of the causes and effects of economic and other external changes
  • The ability to communicate clearly written and spoken
  • Effective problem solving
  • Analytical and creative thinking skills
  • Decision- making
  • The ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Time-management and organisational skills
  • Self-motivation and self- reliance.


Course Content

What will I learn?

Below is an indicative list of core modules that you may study on this course.

First year:

• Economic Theory and Policy

• Understanding the Economy *

• Fundamentals of Management and Business * 

• Fundamentals of Accounting and Finance *

• Data Analytics.

Second year:

  • Econometrics
  • Microeconomics Theory and Policy
  • Macroeconomics Theory and Policy
  • Managerial Economics
  • Research Methods *.

Final year:

  • Contemporary Issues in Economic Policy
  • Environmental Economics
  • History of Economic Thought
  • Trade, Development and Growth
  • Dissertation *.

* also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh.

How will I be taught? 

You will be taught through lectures, seminars and tutorials of which are in small groups. You will be required on some modules to deliver presentations, work effectively as part of a group and undertake any essays that are required from you.

At Aberystwyth University, all our modules are placed online for you to study further in the comfort of your room. We also have a wealth of printed texts which are available in our library and the National Library of Wales.

 The course is assessed by:

  • Examinations
  • Assessed essays
  • Projects
  • Presentations
  • Dissertation (certain modules).

You will be allocated a personal tutor for the duration of degree at Aberystwyth University. 

Student Testimonials

What I love about my course is its scope, broadness and the fact that there is probably no area which is not intertwined with it.

Patryk Szostak

I enjoy learning about how the economy works. How money isn't just printed out at any time, but is controlled by the government. Economics allows me to understand the fundamental problems that all societies face. Moreover, it focuses on the interaction of the market and people, how economic agents behave or interact, and how the economy works.

Fon Yih Young

Typical Entry Requirements

UCAS Tariff 120 - 96

A Levels BBB-CCC

GCSE requirements (minimum grade C/4):
English or Welsh, Mathematics

BTEC National Diploma:
DDM-MMM

International Baccalaureate:
30-26

European Baccalaureate:
75%-65% overall

English Language Requirements:
See our Undergraduate English Language Requirements for this course. Pre-sessional English Programmes are also available for students who do not meet our English Language Requirements.

Country Specific Entry Requirements:
International students whose qualification is not listed on this page, can check our Country Specific Entry Requirements for further information.

The University welcomes applications from students studying the Access to Higher Education Diploma. Our inclusive admissions policy values breadth as well as depth of study. Applicants are selected on their own individual merits, and offers can vary. If you are studying a qualification not listed on this page, please get in touch with the Undergraduate Admissions Office for further advice. For further information, contact ug-admissions@aber.ac.uk

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