Economics graduate destinations

Many Economics, Finance and Management graduates go into career areas directly reflecting the skills they have gained through studying the subject. These graduates are a target group for many major graduate employers and are high on their recruitment schedule.

Data obtained from

  • Single and joint honours Economics courses (BSc), including those with study abroad
  • Graduates from the UK 

Responses were received from 189 UK graduates from 2016/17; this is a response rate of 77.8%


Most important activityPercentage of graduates
Full-time work 63%
Part-time work 4%
Due to start work 3%
Full-time study 12%
Part-time study 0%
Travel 13%
Something else 1%
Unemployed 4%

Sector information

The sectors to which Bristol students have traditionally applied include finance, accountancy, investment banking, management consultancy and other City and commercial careers.

Employment sectorNumber of graduates
Finance and insurance 39
Accounting and management consultancy 31
Recruitment 9
Other sectors (14 sectors) 41

There are also a number of Economics, Finance and Management graduates who do not enter careers directly related to the content of their studies. Instead, these graduates may choose from the huge range of occupations that do not require a specific degree (approx. 70% of all advertised vacancies) and that are open to graduates of any discipline.

Employers and occupations

Examples of employers

  • Civil Service
  • Lloyds Banking Group
  • EY
  • Hargreaves Lansdown
  • RBS

Examples of occupations

  • Analyst
  • Audit Assistant
  • Corporate Finance Analyst
  • Economist
  • Actuarial Consultant

Further study

Of those graduates entering further study in the six months after graduation, most were undertaking postgraduate programmes relating to Economics (e.g. Economics (MPhil), Finance (MSc), Economic History (MSc) and Financial Statistics (MSc)).

Qualification typeNumber of graduates
Postgraduate research degree 3
Postgraduate taught degree 16
Postgraduate certificate 0
First degree 0
Other certificate 0
Professional qualification 3
Other qualification 0
No qualification aim 0

Many graduates also opted to complete professional qualifications (e.g. ACA, CIMA, Fellowship of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries) alongside their employment. Graduates who have studied Economics may gain exemptions from the first year professional exams of the various accountancy bodies who validate the professional training.

Explore your career options

You can explore specific sectors and career options on the Prospects website: What can I do with my degree?

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