Economics at Bristol is taught in a technically rigorous way. You will develop skills in using economic concepts and formal models to understand the world around you and learn to use econometric tools to test behavioural predictions using real-world data.

Why study Economics at Bristol?

As one of the leading departments in the UK, we offer innovative teaching and challenging programmes that reconnect the study of economics with real life. Our courses are exciting and current, informed by renowned research which achieved 100 per cent world-leading 4* rating for research impact (REF 2014).

While our course is technically rigorous and emphasises statistical analysis you will also benefit from a broader range of study that includes optional units in management and 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.

Alongside your studies, our Professional Liaison Network involves professional mentoring schemes giving you the opportunity to link up with professionals working as economists, while 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 the macro economy, trade, financial markets, globalisation and economic development, labour markets, social policy and behavioural economics.

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 inquiry.

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 in January and in May and June, although there are some units where coursework will also count towards the final assessment. For example in your final year you can put your econometrics skills into practice in a tutor-assisted dissertation which will count for 20 per cent of your degree. This dissertation is optional for students on BSc Economics, and compulsory for those on BSc Economics and Econometrics and BSc Economics and Finance.

What are my career prospects?

Bristol economics graduates are in demand and employers particularly welcome the quantitative skills that our graduates possess. Around one third of our graduates who enter employment choose careers in finance, such as investment banking, and one third go on to train as professional accountants or management consultants. The remaining third choose a variety of careers; recent roles have included strategic business consultant, financial and economic analyst, and mathematics teacher. Recent graduates have entered jobs with Accenture, Deloitte, EY, IBM and O2, and in sectors including property, publishing and advertising.

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


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