Economics

Economics at Bristol is taught in a technically rigorous way. You will become skilled in understanding economic concepts and applying formal models and econometric tools to test behavioural predictions using real-world data.

Why study Economics at Bristol?

We offer innovative teaching and challenging programmes that reconnect the study of economics with real life. Our courses are exciting and current, informed by our research, which achieved 100 per cent 4* ‘world-leading’ rating for research impact (REF 2014).

While our courses are technically rigorous and emphasise statistical analysis, you will also benefit from a broader range of study that includes optional units in management, accounting and finance, enabling you to tailor your studies to match your career ambitions. You can also combine a degree in economics with finance, accounting, management, mathematics, politics or philosophy.

Our Professional Liaison Network provides the chance for you to be mentored by a professional economist. In 2017/18, mentors were drawn from a wide range of organisations including the Bank of England, the Behavioural Insights Team, the Institute for Fiscal Studies, Lloyds Bank and the Office for National Statistics. Our Inside Track lecture series gives insights into careers in a range of relevant sectors.

What kind of student would this course suit?

Economics is a broad subject covering behavioural economics, education, environmental policy, financial markets, firms and strategic behaviour, globalisation and economic development, health, labour markets, trade, unemployment and welfare.

As an academic discipline, economics appeals to people who enjoy and are good at mathematics and who want to apply their mathematical skills to the real world. It appeals also to people who are interested in social science but desire a more technical and quantitative approach.

How is this course taught and assessed?

We teach using a variety of methods, including traditional lectures, exercise lectures, drop-in classes and small-group lessons. We use both presentation-style teaching and discussion and activity-based learning, designed to encourage deep learning and enhance your skills of enquiry.

You will prepare assignments during the year and receive feedback on them but they will not all count directly to your final mark for the course. Your marks at the end of each semester are determined predominantly through exams, although there are some units where coursework, such as a tutor-assisted dissertation, will also count towards the final assessment.

What are my career prospects?

Bristol economics graduates are in demand and employers particularly welcome the quantitative skills that our graduates possess.

Among the most popular career destinations for our recent graduates, one third entered finance and investment and over one quarter entered accounting and management consultancy.

The remaining third chose a variety of careers. Recent graduate roles have included economic advisers in central and local government, strategic business consultant, financial and economic analyst and mathematics teacher, and recent destinations have included the Government Economic Service, Accenture, Deloitte, EY, IBM and O2.

Read more about what students from Economics go on to do after graduation.

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