The Economics Department has an international reputation both for its teaching and its research. The Quality Assurance Agency awarded a grade of 23 out of 24 for the teaching in the Economics and Accounting & Finance Departments. Courses are given by leading researchers who incorporate the very latest ideas into their teaching. The result is a lively and challenging educational environment.
As an undergraduate studying one of the School’s eleven degree programmes in economics, you will benefit from excellent teaching and learning support. We provide you with small-group tutorials (about 12 students to a class) as well as large-group lectures and exercise lectures, a range of teaching styles supporting a range of learning styles. The amount and nature of contact time varies from one unit to another, depending upon what we find works best for different subjects. Feedback on your progress is provided throughout the year, so you won't get left behind and help is always there when you need it.
All our undergraduate units make use of a virtual integrated online learning environment called 'BlackBoard', from which you can download course materials, practice questions online and make use of discussion boards. Wherever you are, if you have web access you will be able to keep track of course announcements, communicate with other students taking the course, receive news about the latest developments in the course and view lecture slides.
Some universities admit people onto degree programmes with the expectation that a certain number will fail and drop out after the first year. We do not. Our target is a zero drop-out rate; if we have given you a place on one of our programmes then it's because we judge from your application and exam results that you have the potential to achieve a good degree here. Occasionally people do need to leave at the end of the first year, but in the vast majority of cases this is because they have not taken their studies seriously during the year then have come unstuck at exam time.