BSc Economics (L100)

2017 entry

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UCAS code L100
Application method UCAS/Common Application
Course duration 3 year(s) full-time
Location of course Clifton campus
Part-time study Part-time study is not available on this course
Number of applicants accepted for 2015/16 220 overall for L100, L140 and L101

About BSc Economics

We are pioneers of the innovative "core econ" approach to teaching Economics, which seeks to reconnect the study of economics with our experience of real life.

A broad range of units give you the opportunity to study varied areas such as:

  • environmental economics
  • game theory
  • globalisation and development
  • the history of economic thought
  • industrial economics
  • international economics
  • labour economics
  • macroeconomic theory and policy
  • courses from other departments within the school.

In each year of study the available topics include econometrics, which involves the analysis of economic relationships using empirical data. Econometrics builds on ideas taken from statistics, maths and economic theory and is a key part of all our degrees.

In 2015 (the most recent graduation cohort), 89% of students on our Economics degrees graduated with a 2.1 or better, well above the national average of 74% (source: Higher Education Statistics Agency, 2015). 31 per cent achieved a First.

More about Economics

Find out more about studying Economics at Bristol including career prospects and how the course is taught and assessed.

Course structure

First year

  • Economic Principles 1
  • Economic Principles 2
  • Mathematical and Statistical Methods 1
  • Mathematical and Statistical Methods 2
  • 40 credit points of options (usually 2 subjects)

Second year

  • Intermediate Economics 1
  • Intermediate Economics 2
  • Econometrics
  • 60 credit points of options (usually 3 subjects)

Third year

  • Applied Econometrics
  • Applied Econometrics Dissertation or the combination of Advanced Microeconomics and Macroeconomic Theory and Policy
  • 60 credit points from a wide range of options which we vary from time to time according to current developments in economics. For example, in the 2015/16 academic year we offered units in:
    • Current Economic Problems
    • Economics of Developing Countries
    • Financial Crises
    • International Economics
    • Labour Economics
Further details about the course structure for Economics

Typical offer for BSc Economics

(including international A-levels)
A*AA  including Mathematics
(including international A-levels)
(contextual offer)
AAB including A in Mathematics
IB Diploma 38 overall to include 18 points at Higher Level with 6 in Higher Level Mathematics or 7 in Standard Level Mathematics (but not Mathematical Studies)
IB Diploma
(contextual offer)
34 overall to include 17 points at Higher Level with 6 in Higher Level Mathematics or 7 in Standard Level Mathematics (but not Mathematical Studies)
Cambridge Pre-URequirements are as for A-levels, where Grade A* is D2, A is D3, B is M2, and C is M3
AccessPass Access to HE Diploma with at least 30 credits at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit. A minimum of 15 credits in Maths are required with 12 of these, including Further Calculus, at Distinction.
BTEC D*DD including Distinction in Maths for Engineering Technicians and Distinction in Further Maths for Engineering Technicians; or D*DD plus grade A in A-level Mathematics
SQASH: AAAAA and AH: AA including Mathematics
Welsh BaccRequirements are as for A-levels where you can substitute the same non-subject specific grade for the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Level Core grade
EB88% overall with 8.5 in Mathematics
International qualificationsQualifications, scholarships and local information sources for your country
English language requirements Profile B
Further information about English language requirements
Subjects required at GCSE or equivalent:no specific subjects required.

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Fees and funding

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International students

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This course is recognised by the following organisations:

The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) for the purpose of exemption from some professional examinations through the Accredited degree accelerated route.

The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) for the purpose of exemption from some professional examinations.

Key information about this course

Did you know?

  • Students from more than 180 countries study with us, and we share more than 150 exchange links with institutions worldwide.
  • Our Students' Union has over 300 student-run societies and sports clubs. The Richmond Building, home to the Students' Union, recently underwent a £30-million renovation.
  • 12 Bristol graduates and members of staff have been awarded Nobel prizes.


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