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Our BSc Economics equips you with the right skills to tackle the different challenges you’ll face in the ever-changing business world.

This professionally recognised course (CISI), ensures that you graduate with the skills that employers need, delivered by leading experts in the field that care passionately about their subject.

You will gain an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the methods, theory and applications of economic science and finance, as well their functions in the contemporary business world.

Alongside essential academic theory, this course will develop your problem-solving, technical and analytical skills as you apply economic analysis to real-life issues, based on case studies from our major business links.

The course has a strong emphasis on the world of work, so you’ll benefit from skills and enterprise workshops, and we’ll help you to find work experience through our network of connections in busy Stratford, iconic Canary Wharf and beyond. Through your understanding of key developments in the global business environment, you will be prepared for a career as an economist as well as a skilled manager, researcher, analyst or strategist working in finance, banking, business management, consulting, commerce, the public sector and voluntary organisations.

Our extended Foundation course is perfect if you want a degree in Economics but you don’t have the standard entry requirements. We prepare you for your degree during the Foundation year, bringing you up to speed with academic skills and a firm grounding in the subject. You can then go on to study the full undergraduate degree.

What makes this course different

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Exceptional rate of graduate employment

As many as 80% of our students went into employment or further education after graduation (DLHE 2017)

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Top 3 London Ranking

We are ranked 3rd amongst post-1992 institutions in London and 44th in the UK (Guardian League Tables, 2019)

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Full marks for overall satisfaction

According to the National Student Survey (NSS 2019) 100% of our students were satisfied overall. We continue to work hard to achieve a high standard of student satisfaction by investing in our facilities, delivering up-to-date and professionally accredited courses and offering superb teaching year on year.


Whether or not you’ve studied the subject before, we’ll give you a thorough introduction to the science of economics, and the business environment in which economies and economic decisions operate.

The course will help you to understand business behaviour in the context of financial institutions and markets, underpinned by a good knowledge of economic theory and policies.

You’ll take a module in Quantitative Methods for Economics and Finance, learn about econometrics, welfare economics, economics of development, international trade, the political economy and how to manage an investment portfolio.

In your second and third years you’ll have a choice of nine optional modules, including Economics of Business Strategy, Behavioural Economics, and Monetary Economics, Macroeconomic Modelling and Analysis and Corporate Governance, so you can really customise your learning. 

This highly popular course will also help you develop valuable transferrable skills, including problem-solving, technical and analytical skills. You’ll learn how to solve financial problems; use our award-winning Bloomberg terminals to source information and perform portfolio analysis; communicate effectively; manage a project and work as part of a team.


  • Core Modules

    Developing Academic Skills

    The main aim of this module is to equip you and develop the academic skills necessary to study at an HEI. This includes an introduction to the structure of higher education and also the learning and study skills necessary to produce quality pieces of work.


    Developing Academic Literacy

    The aim of this module is for you to develop confidence and autonomy through ‘learning by doing’ process. It will help you develop your academic literacy, appropriate academic voice and skills and to express argument(s) by using credible academic sources. Additionally, it helps you to apply theoretical concepts/positions in their coursework and also to demonstrate these properly in written form. It is also designed to ensure you understand the concept of academic integrity and associated protocols and the use of Word and referencing tools such as Endnote.


    Inside Business

    This module is designed to give you a broad introduction to the main functions within a business, and assess how associated decisions are made. The aim is to provide you with an understanding of the relevance of these key topics in preparation for future studies in Business or its associated specialisms.


    The Global Business Enterprise

    This module aims to offers you with a sound base in business and enterprise and support further studies. The module is built around developing your knowledge of the environment within which business, enterprise and entrepreneurship operate and will give you a solid scaffolding for expanding their knowledge of the area.


    Connecting to Business and Employment through Volunteering

    This module provides you with the opportunity to engage in an activity as a volunteer in a social enterprise or charity. The experience will enable you to witness business processes practice and enables you to identify and try different styles of work. The activity itself will offer you with valuable networking opportunities, the development of employability skills, and experience that can enhance your CV.

  • Core Modules

    Fundamentals of Economics

    The module aims to enable you to develop an understanding of the basic economic concepts, theories, ideas and tools and their real-world application.


    People and Organisations

    This module will introduce you to the variety of work organizations. You will also understand and explore the psychological, sociological and economic explanations of human behaviour in organisations.


    Fundamentals of Business Accounting

    This module will develop and prepare you for entry into the professional workplace or further studies in accounting and finance. As part of this module, you will learn and develop a sound basis of theory and principles, accounting techniques and skills necessary as a foundation for further study and practical experience in accounting.


    Business Law

    This module will provide you with knowledge of the constitution and forms of business entities. You will understand the relevant principles of UK law and the legislation governing the formation, structure, and operation of a business and its obligations. As part of the module, your will explore the legal obligations of a professional practitioner and of a professional practice in respect of employees. As you study the module and attend the law clinic, you will be able to analyse problems confronting a business, identify applicable legislation and apply appropriate legal principles.


    Mental Wealth 1: Academic and Digital Proficiency

    The module will equip you to succeed in both your studies and subsequent career. This includes the development of individual non-cognitive intelligence; digital proficiency; and cultural intelligence.

  • Core Modules

    Intermediate Microeconomics

    This module will deepen students’ understanding of economic concepts in the areas of microeconomics. This module introduces tools that are fundamental to all the various forms and extensions of economics and is extremely useful for making decisions in business, government, and everyday life.


    Intermediate Macroeconomics

    This module will deepen your understanding of economic concepts in the areas of macroeconomics. This module introduces tools that are fundamental to all the various forms and extensions of economics and is extremely useful for making decisions in business, government, and everyday life.


    Financial Economics

    This module considers the main theoretical and applied aspects of the finance discipline. The main aim is to deepen your understanding of the workings of national and international capital markets and the interaction between such markets and economic units, such as households, firms, financial institutions.


    International Economics

    This module is designed to expand your knowledge of contemporary developments over trading relations in an international sphere, with emphasis on different theoretical approaches as well as contemporary developments in the global financial system.


    Introduction to Econometrics

    The module aims to provide a good understanding of the theoretical foundations of econometrics, and to equip you with the statistical tools to analyse empirical data.

    Mental Wealth 2: Graduate Employment Competencies

    This module will provide you with the opportunity to document the development of core employability skills and allow students to acquire tangible evidence to support your employability narrative at interviews.

  • Core Modules

    Behavioural Economics

    The aim of this module is to present you with the principles and methods of behavioural economics, contrasting them with those of standard models. The module will also critically examine the rapidly growing literature in behavioural economics and explain the policy implications of behavioural approaches.


    Applied Econometrics with Introduction to Programming

    The aim of this module is to deepen your knowledge of how to predict macroeconomic and financial variables such as inflation, growth, consumption, and return on financial assets, and to create econometric models and programmes that can be used to forecast responses to economic and business policy. This course complements the knowledge acquired in the introductory course in data analysis and econometrics.


    International Political Economy

    The module will develop a critical appreciation of issues related to globalization, European integration and the power-shift to Asian economies, such as China and advance an understanding of monetary and financial institutions in macroeconomics and the way in which they interact with sovereign executives and democratic politics.


    Applied Economics Project

    This module will develop your knowledge and understanding of research methods, with a focus on the economics domain. The heterogeneous nature of academic approaches deployed in these fields is explored, and various research methods and methodologies are examined and situated within an explicatory framework.


    Corporate Social Responsibility and Ethics

    The aims of the module are to develop a critical appreciation of the key principles of business ethics, corporate responsibility/citizenship and sustainability, and the relation of these to the workplace and encourage you to critique theories of management and leadership from the perspective of ethics.


    Mental Wealth 3: Global Enterprise and Consultancy Practice

    This module will develop core employability skills and allow you to develop and demonstrate skills in (i) the analysis of a problem (ii) planning and organising a task, including time management (iii) exercising judgement in the light of observed and published data (iv) compiling a report, (v) teamwork and collaboration and (vi) use of appropriate technologies.


Economics is a dynamic subject, and we will help you learn in a variety of ways that will stimulate your interest and motivate you. Some of these include: 

  • Lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshops. 
  • Independent study, supported by our specialist business library and a selection of digital materials, databases, handbooks, notes and other resources. 
  • In teams, to share ideas and insights with other students. 
  • Field trips, to see how economic theory is put into practice. 
  • From guest speakers representing a cross-section of business, economics, finance and banking expertise. 
  • Practical tasks - for instance, playing an investment game using our industry-standard Bloomberg trading platform. You’ll learn how to trade stocks and shares in capital and financial markets and develop sought-after investment management skills, that will positively impact your CV. 

Teaching staff on this programme are passionate subject matter experts. Through ongoing support, there will be lots of opportunity to meet with personal tutors for advice on how to work through a problem or assignment, providing regular consultation and feedback. 


We’ll assess you in a way that will mirror some of the tasks you will be expected to carry out during your career.

These include preparing and delivering reports and presentations, producing a portfolio of work, delivering a business pitch, analysing a case study, doing a literature review, conducting a business simulation or producing a financial analysis and plan.


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The teaching team includes qualified academics, practitioners and industry experts as guest speakers. Full details of the academics will be provided in the student handbook and module guides.

Dr Shazaib Butt

Dr Shazaib Butt is a lecturer in Economics, Finance and Risk

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Michael Harrison

Michael is lecturer in Finance and FinTech and is the Programme Leader for Undergraduate Economics Programmes in the Royal Docks School of Business and Law. His teaching spans modules in Economics, FinTech and Econometrics. He is research active in the area of High Frequency Trading and Market Microstructure.

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Our students and academics are more critically engaged and socially conscious than ever before. Discover some of the positive changes our students, alumni and academics are making in the world.

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One of my highlights of studying at UEL has been the ability to learn by doing. As a business student I have been provided unlimited access to the Bloomberg suite at UEL, which has allowed me to develop a strong knowledge of industry leading software and gain a Bloomberg Market Concepts professional qualification.

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According to the higher Education Statistical Agency (2015), graduates of Economics-related courses enjoy starting salaries that are 21% higher than the average starting salary of university graduates. 

This course provides an excellent pathway for a career as an economist in financial institutions and banking, business management, consulting, commerce, the public sector and voluntary organisations. 

Economists are in high demand in both the private and public sectors. They can become skilled managers, researchers, analysts and strategists. Graduates may also choose to progress on to postgraduate study. 

Some of our graduates have gone on to work for Nomura, IAG Cargo, Macquarie, HSBC, Barclays, Wells Fargo and Metro Bank. Those that have gone on to postgraduate studies secured admission into UCL, LSE, and Queen Mary. 

If you are aiming to start your own business, our state-of-the-art Business Centre can offer office accommodation, IT and access to business advisers and mentors, to help you get started.  

Whatever direction you wish to go, our dedicated Careers and Student Employability team will provide you with all the practical help - and you can use their services even after you've graduated, for no extra cost. 

Explore the different career options you can pursue with this degree and see the median salaries of the sector on our Career Coach portal.