University of East London

BSc (Hons) Economics

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.

Entry Requirements


112 UCAS Points from

  • A LEVEL- Must include passes at A2 in at least two subjects.
  • BTEC- Extended Diploma or Diploma
  • INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE- Diploma with 25 points including a minimum of 15 points at Higher Level

Other entry routes

Access to HE Diploma (QAA approved) with 60 credits overall and 45 credits at Level 3

We will also consider the UEL New Beginnings pre-entry course.

English Language requirements

Overall Academic IELTS 6.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in Writing and Speaking; minimum 5.5 in Reading and Listening (or recognised equivalent).
If you do not meet the academic English language requirements for your course, you may be eligible to enrol onto a pre-sessional English programme. The length of the course will depend on your current level of English and the requirements for your degree programme. We offer a 5-week and an 11-week pre-sessional course. 

Alternative GCSE Qualifications

Level 2 equivalences such as Level 2 Functional Skills in English / Maths, Level 2 Key Skills in Communication / Application of Number and Level 2 Adult Literacy / Adult Numeracy course

Mature applicants and those without formal qualifications

As an inclusive university, we recognise that applicants who have been out of education for some time may not have the formal qualifications usually required for entry to a course. We welcome applications from those who can demonstrate their enthusiasm and commitment to study and have the relevant life/work experience that equips them to succeed on the course. We will assess this from the information provided in your application – in particular your personal statement - to help us decide on your eligibility for the course.

Career Prospects

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.

Course Details

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.

Year 1

Fundamentals of Economics
Business Statistics and Data Analysis
People and Organisations
Fundamentals of Business Accounting
Business Law
Mental Wealth 1: Academic and Digital Proficiency

Year 2

Intermediate Microeconomics
Intermediate Macroeconomics
Financial Economics
International Economics
Introduction to Econometrics
Mental Wealth 2: Graduate Employment Competencies

Year 3

Behavioural Economics
Applied Econometrics with Introduction to Programming
International Political Economy
Applied Economics Project
Corporate Social Responsibility and Ethics
Mental Wealth 3: Global Enterprise and Consultancy Practice

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