BSc (Honours) Economics

Year of Entry 2024/25
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BSc (Honours)

Economics

Full-time Economics

Explore economic policy, theory and practice in state-of-the-art facilities, developing critical thinking and analytical skills to prepare you for the world of professional economic analysis.

Everything you need to know...

What is the fee? Home: £9,250 per year (£1,200 for placement year)
International/EU: £16,655 per year (£1,200 for placement year)
How long will I study? 3 / 4 Years
Where will I study? City Campus
What are the entry requirements? 112-120 UCAS points
What is the UCAS code? L1L1
When do I start? September 2024
Placement year available? Yes

Employability

94% of our graduates are in work or further study fifteen months after graduating, with 94% in highly skilled employment or further study (2020/21 Graduate Outcomes Survey).

Course summary

  • Gain a solid foundation in economics and evaluate the impact of economic policies.
  • Learn to analyse social issues such as inequality and environmental sustainability.
  • Develop analytical, critical thinking and problem-solving skills you can apply to the economy.
  • Enhance your professional communication and teamwork skills.
  • Gain work-ready experience with real-life projects and placements.

Studying marketing and economic theories, you’ll build your decision-making skills by using real-time analysis of global market data. You’ll apply the most current economic theories to real-world challenges – using quantitative data, statistical tools and advanced econometric software. You’ll graduate with a comprehensive understanding of economics, finance, financial markets, and the far-reaching impacts of public policy.


Sheffield Business School accreditation

Sheffield Business School is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), placing us in the top 5% of business schools globally.

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How you learn

Watch lecturer Dr Alexander Tziamalis talk about this course.

All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive.

You’ll study BSc (Hons) in Economics in our Sheffield Business School, rated in the top 5% globally for excellence in teaching and research. Here, you’ll join a global community where business leaders, researchers and 7,000 business students all come together to solve problems and make things better. 

Our academics are highly skilled professionals, bringing their cutting-edge knowledge and diverse experience into the classroom. Not only are they academically qualified – they’ve also worked in various industries, with some actively engaged in current research. You’ll be taught by people who shape national debates, appear on educational TV and radio programmes and are published in top research journals. 

You learn through:

  • Lectures  
  • Tutorials  
  • IT sessions 
  • Regular formative feedback  
  • Teamwork and group-based learning  
  • Practice-based applied learning 
  • Authentic learning experiences  
  • Engagement with guest lectures 
  • Discussions  
  • Self-managed study

Key Themes

This course starts by helping you develop a strong understanding of economics and the practical skills you’ll use to evaluate the impact of economic policies on financial markets and businesses. You’ll develop your understanding of how and when to use appropriate theories, analytical techniques and software to analyse economic data and financial information. You’ll then be able to evaluate market trends, make informed economic decisions and develop strategies that maximise returns while minimising risk.  

As you progress, you’ll further build on and refine your knowledge and analytical skills through real-world projects, collaborating in teams to create reports, presentations and recommendations inspired by real industry challenges. This hands-on approach and our award-winning supportive learning environment will prepare you for careers in professional economic analysis, business, finance, and consultancy – as well as many other sectors of the economy where analytical reasoning and economic knowledge are needed. 

Towards the course's conclusion, you'll undertake a consultancy project for a real organisation, guided by a dedicated project supervisor. In this capstone project, you'll conduct research and apply the knowledge and skills you’ve acquired throughout your studies.

The combination of teaching methods throughout the course means you’ll gain in-depth knowledge and a diverse skill set through practical implementation, problem-solving, teamwork and self-development activities.

Course Support

You’ll be supported in your learning journey towards highly-skilled, graduate-level employment. This includes:  

  • Access to our student support triangle to help with your personal, academic and career development.
  • Access to our Skills Centre for support with one-to-ones, webinars and online resources, where you can get help with planning and structuring your assignments and assessment preparation.
  • Industry-specific employability activities, including work placements, live projects, simulated learning environments, and networking opportunities.

Course leaders and tutors

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Dr Amr Saber Algarhi
Senior Lecturer in Economics

Dr Algarhi is currently a Lecturer in Business Economics at Sheffield Business School. He teaches Econometrics, Advanced Topics in Macroeconomics and Maths for Econo … Read more

Applied learning

Live Projects

In your final year of the course, you'll engage in real client-based projects, performing research and analysis to generate findings and recommendations that address client business problems. You’ll present these findings to the client, gaining valuable experience of professional practice.

Previous students have undertaken projects for HSBC, the Bank of England, Costa, Coca-Cola Enterprises, General Motors, Hay, IBM UK, Lloyds Banking Group, Marks & Spencer, the Metropolitan Police, Microsoft, the NHS, Royal Bank of Scotland, TNT Express and Vauxhall Motors.

Additionally, many smaller organisations have also benefited from our students' contributions. It's worth noting that students have often secured placements as a direct result of the outstanding work they've performed on these live projects with host companies.

Work Placements

Between your second and third years of the course, you'll have the opportunity to embark on a sandwich placement – a vital step in preparing for your future career within the industry you've been studying.

During this placement, you'll gain practical skills, including proficiency in new software, managing marketing campaigns, developing pricing strategies, optimising business processes, achieving sales targets and crafting financial reports. This hands-on experience will equip you with valuable workplace insights to enhance your readiness for your future career – as well an Applied Professional Diploma to add to your CV.

Our dedicated placement team will provide guidance and support at every stage, from your initial application to the successful completion of your placement.

Previous students have secured positions at organisations such as Investec, Lloyds Bank, PwC, HSBC and Santander.

Networking Opportunities  

Throughout the course there are numerous opportunities for you to engage with career planning and development, career fairs and workshops, employer presentations, visits to places of current and historical economic interest, and professional career advisers.  

These are all great chances to enhance your confidence, skills development and future employability.


Future careers

This course prepares you for a career in:  

  • Economics 
  • Business Consultancy 
  • Business Management  
  • Financial Consultancy  
  • Public services

Previous graduates of this course have gone on to work for: 

  • PwC
  • GE
  • Lloyds Bank
  • The Civil Service (e.g. Department for Work and Pensions)
  • Investec
  • HSBC
  • Santander
  • Marks & Spencer 
  • The Metropolitan Police
  • Microsoft 
  • The NHS 
  • Royal Bank of Scotland 
  • TNT Express 
  • Vauxhall Motor

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus through a structured mix of lectures, seminars and practical sessions as well as access to digital and online resources to support your learning.

City Campus

City Campus is located in the heart of Sheffield, within minutes of the train and bus stations.

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Equipment and facilities

Construction of the new Sheffield Business School is underway – providing state-of-the-art teaching and learning facilities and social space to students. 

On this course, you’ll have access to: 

  • Our virtual learning environment – Blackboard sites 
  • Updated office software 
  • Accounting software  
  • Bloomberg terminals 
  • Our financial trading floor  
  • A physical and online library with databases and digital books, journals, newspapers, and magazines

Entry requirements

All students

UCAS points

  • 112-120

This must include at least 64 points from 2 A Levels or equivalent BTEC qualifications. For example:

  • BBC-BBB at A Level
  • DDM in BTEC Extended Diploma
  • Merit overall from a T level qualification
  • A combination of qualifications, which may include AS levels, EPQ and general studies

GCSE

  • English language or literature at grade C or 4
  • Maths at grade D or 3

GCSE equivalents

  • Level 2 Literacy or Functional Skills Level 2 English
  • Level 2 Numeracy or Functional Skills Level 2 Maths

You can find information on making sense of UCAS tariff points here and use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your points.

• Access - an Access to HE Diploma with at least 45 credits at level 3 and 15 credits at level 2. At least 15 level 3 credits must be at merit grade or above, from a QAA-recognised Access to HE course, or an equivalent Access to HE certificate.

• entry with prior credit - we consider applications for direct entry to the final year from those holding Higher National Diplomas or equivalent qualifications

If English is not your first language, you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills, or equivalent. If your English language skill is currently below IELTS 6.0 we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English score.

We welcome applications from people of any age. We may be flexible in our normal offer if you can show a commitment to succeed and have the relevant skills and experience. This must show that you will benefit from and finish the course successfully.

Additional information for EU/International students

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page.

For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.


Modules

Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.

You will be able to complete a placement year as part of this course. See the modules table below for further information.

Year 1

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Data Analysis For Economics And Business Credits: 40 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Finance For Economics Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Maths For Economics Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Principles Of Micro And Macro Economics Credits: 40 Assessment: Coursework
Elective modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Asset And Portfolio Management Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Practical
Module: Foreign Language (French,Spanish,Italian,Chinese) Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Foundations Of International Business Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Year 2

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Economic Analysis And Policy Credits: 40 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Economics Of Risk And Return Credits: 40 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Introduction To Econometrics Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Elective modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Alternative Perspectives In Economics Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Banking And Fintech Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Fraud Analytics Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Year 3

Optional modules
Module Credits
Module: Placement Year Credits: -

Final year

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Advanced Issues In Economics Credits: 40 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Applied Econometrics Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Behavioural Economics Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Consultancy Project Credits: 40 Assessment: Coursework

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2024/25 is £9,250 per year. These fees are regulated by the UK government and are therefore subject to changes in government policy. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

International students

Our tuition fee for International/EU students starting full-time study in 2024/25 is £16,655 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

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Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

Additional costs for Economics courses (PDF, 196.9KB)

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Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and Student Regulations.

 

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