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Goldsmiths, University of London

Economics

UCAS Code: L1M9

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,B

You should have at least Grade B in GCSE Economics, Maths or Statistics.

Access to HE Diploma

D:30

Pass with 45 Level 3 credits including 30 Distinctions and a number of merits/passes in subject specific modules. You should have at least Grade B in GCSE Economics, Maths or Statistics or equivalent.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

33

With three Higher Level subjects at 655. You should have at least Grade B in GCSE Economics, Maths or Statistics or equivalent.

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H2,H2,H2,H2

You should have at least Grade B in GCSE Economics, Maths or Statistics or equivalent.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DDM

You should have at least Grade B in GCSE Economics, Maths or Statistics.

Scottish Advanced Higher

B,B,C

You should have at least Grade B in GCSE Economics, Maths or Statistics or equivalent.

Scottish Higher

B,B,B,B,C

You should have at least Grade B in GCSE Economics, Maths or Statistics or equivalent.

UCAS Tariff

120-136

We’ve calculated how many Ucas points you’ll need for this course.

84%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2018

Subject

Economics

Study economics for a constantly changing world. This degree offers 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.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 skillsBut 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. Youll 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 todays 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 economists toolbox to solve the problems that you find interesting.**Placements**Because we want to provide you with all the support for your future career you will be given the opportunity to apply for a limited number of placements that the College would source. These occur at the end of your second year and constitute a 15-credit option towards your degree. Placements enhance your CV, bring theory and practical experience together, and help you develop industry contacts.Students are also able to undertake a work placement or traineeship abroad in a wide variety of organisations. As a student at Goldsmiths, you could receive an Erasmus+ grant for a traineeship at a company, organisation or university in Europe.**Why study economics at Goldsmiths?**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 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, youll have access to celebrated economists, business leaders, and policy practitioners.Please note the BA Economics only accepts applications for first year entry.

Modules

You'll cover: economic analysis, finance and accounting, maths and statistics, microeconomics, macroeconomics, quantitative methods, communication and presentation skills. You'll also be given a choice of five minor specialisations choosing 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 also provide an understanding of the wider social and business context of economics, so that you'll be able to effectively use the economist’s toolbox to solve the problems that you find interesting.

Assessment methods

Assessment is by a variety of essays, reports, exams and projects.

Tuition fees

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Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£13,910
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Goldsmiths, University of London

Department:

Institute of Management Studies (IMS)

TEF rating:

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What students say


How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Economics

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

90%
UK students
10%
International students
57%
Male students
43%
Female students
76%
2:1 or above
14%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
C

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Economics

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£20,000
med
Average annual salary
91%
low
Employed or in further education
100%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

15%
Welfare professionals
12%
Welfare and housing associate professionals
11%
Other elementary services occupations
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

This is a degree in demand, as business increasingly needs workers who can examine and explain complex data. And yet the number of economics graduates fell by nearly 10% last year, which means demand is even greater. As so many economic grads go into banking and finance, it's not surprising that over half of all 2015's economics graduates who did go into work were working in London. And don't think it's just the finance industry that's interested in these graduates - there's a significant number who enter the IT industry to work with data as analysts and consultants. It's quite common for economics graduates to go into jobs such as accountancy and management consultancy which may require you to take more training and gain professional qualifications - so don’t assume you won’t have to take any more exams once you leave uni. And the incentive to take them, of course, is better pay, which will be on top of an already healthy average starting salary of over £30,000 for graduates working in the capital.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Economics

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£18k

£18k

£22k

£22k

£23k

£23k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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