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Economics (Hons), B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
University rank #351 (WUR) London, United Kingdom
Study economics for a constantly changing world. This Economics (Hons) degree, offered by Goldsmiths, University of London, gives you formal and rigorous training in economic theory and real world application, and allows you to specialise in a key area of the modern economy.

Overview

Today economics means change. New technologies constantly reconfigure how markets work. New emerging countries from around the world reshape the world economy. At Goldsmiths we encourage you to face these new and evolving challenges by thinking outside the box and marrying innovation with tradition.

You'll cover:

  • economic analysis
  • finance and accounting
  • maths and statistics
  • microeconomics
  • macroeconomics
  • quantitative methods
  • communication and presentation skills

But your degree does not stop there. You will be given a choice of five minor specialisations. You can choose the one that best suits your interests and future plans. These minor specialisations are:

  • Communication and Technology
  • Markets and Organisations
  • Human Behaviour and Choice
  • The Creative Impulse
  • Concepts, Ideas and Perspectives

This choice makes your degree unique. You’ll be given a wide variety of modules from world-leading departments around Goldsmiths for you to explore these topics and develop links that will give you a niche in today’s competitive labour market. Any generic economic degree gives you the training you need to be an economist. But here we provide something on top of that, an understanding of the wider social and business context of economics, so that you will be able to effectively use the economist’s toolbox to solve the problems that you find interesting.

Why study Economics (Hons) at Goldsmiths, University of London?

  • Goldsmiths is the ideal environment to explore economics in new and imaginative ways informed by our current research. We teach economics in a pluralist way that takes account of the different traditions and schools of thought within economics. 
  • We have a very active team of academic economists who publish articles, books and online material for researchers, students and the public. A recent project is Economics: Past, Present and Future, an online resource produced and maintained by Economics at Goldsmiths and used across universities in the UK. On this website, students can find a series of interviews of celebrated economists such as Sheila Dow, Geoff Harcourt, Charles Goodhart, Tony Lawson, Julie Nelson and Ha-Joon Chang.
  • The Institute of Management Studies is highly interdisciplinary and has academics researching not only in Economics and Political Economy, but also in Consumer Theory, Management, Business Psychology, Strategy, Innovation and Entrepreneurship. The Goldsmiths research community that you will come in contact with is in fact even larger, and includes leading experts from Sociology, Psychology, Computing, Media Studies, History, Politics, Design and other departments teaching optional modules for the BA Economics degree.
  • Goldsmiths has an active centre for interdisciplinary research in Economics and Political Economy (PERC), which brings celebrated speakers into Goldsmiths from around the world, and also runs an economics seminar series. Through these events, you’ll have access to celebrated economists, business leaders, and policy practitioners.
  • Economics at Goldsmiths stands on the crossroad of two exceptional gifts given by the Goldsmiths Company to the University of London. One is the College itself, which became a part of the University of London in 1904. The second is the Goldsmiths Library of Economics, bought by the company from HS Foxwell in 1903, and housed, to this day, at the Senate House Library. With more than 70,000 printed books, pamphlets, periodicals, manuscripts, broadsides and proclamations from the fifteenth to the twenty-first century it is, together with the Kress Library at Harvard University, one of the two best-known collections in the world on the history of economics and business.
  • We are proudly celebrating being part of this tradition by running a third-year module in our BA Economics programme, Manias, Bubbles, Crises and Market Failure. In this module, we discuss past economic crises by utilising the substantial resources of the Goldsmiths library, as the past can give us lessons on how to deal with and overcome future crises.

Careers

The pioneering element of this degree is that it allows you to choose the minor stream that will help you find your niche in the labour market. This niche will be useful for gaining employment with the traditional employers of economists, which are:

  • Government departments
  • National and regional development agencies
  • Economic Consultancies
  • International and supranational organisations such as the United Nations and the European Union
  • Commercial and Investment Banks
  • Insurance Companies

It'll also give you a competitive edge over candidates that have only developed an economist's viewpoint in jobs where knowledge in the other aspects - creative, entrepreneurial, psychological, and social - of market activity are important.

The following two examples will give you an idea of how the streams can add to your economics training by adding further skills:

  • Markets and Organisations stream: you will gain an understanding of how firms behave in real market scenarios. Employers in a variety of business fields ( e.g. management, consultancy, retail, insurance, sales, etc.) want graduates that have a good background in economics but also an understanding of management, accounting, marketing, strategy or/and applied consumer choice
  • Communications and Technology stream: this will give you an understanding of the use of technology in disseminating information. This is an essential skill for anyone working in financial journalism, company and government press offices, newspapers, sales and marketing teams, or in policy oriented ‘think tanks’

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:
    • You can still apply up to 30 June
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Credits
    360 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Introductory Economics
  • Economic Reasoning
  • Perspectives from the Social Sciences
  • Mathematics for Economics and Business

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:

    6

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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General Requirements

  • A-level: BBB
  • BTEC: DDM
  • International Baccalaureate: 33 points overall with Three HL subjects at 655 
  • Access: Pass with 45 Level 3 credits including 30 Distinctions and a number of merits/passes in subject-specific modules
  • Scottish qualifications: BBBBC (Higher) or BBC (Advanced Higher)
  • European Baccalaureate: 75%
  • Irish Leaving Certificate: H2 H2 H2 H2

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Tuition Fee

  • International

    14330 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14330 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9250 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for London

  • 1137 - 2160 GBP/month
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