BSc Economics

Economics at Hull is ranked 1st in the UK for overall student satisfaction **

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Course length

3 years

Typical offer

120 points

A Level grades: BBB

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Course overview

This hands-on degree will ensure that you develop the professional skills and knowledge to prepare you for your future career.

Gain a thorough grounding in economics supported by an attractive combination of cutting-edge skills in handling economic data and analytics relevant to industry, society and government.

This programme is designed to be hands-on with real-world relevance – concentrating on critical global and regional economic challenges such as climate change, financial crises, healthcare and social development, growth and productivity – to ensure that you develop the professional skills and knowledge that will prepare you for your future career.

You’ll learn in industry-standard facilities like our Bloomberg suite, which offers real-time financial trading simulations – so you can practise in realistic scenarios before you go out there and do it for real.

Make connections with professional industry networks, like-minded entrepreneurs, and corporate partners in our newly enhanced Business Lounge. Conveniently located in the Business School, it’s a vibrant hub for organisations to collaborate and work creatively, as well as helping to build links with our programmes, including placement and live business project opportunities that are embedded throughout your studies. It’s also a great space for our students to meet, learn from, and make an impression on decision-makers, laying the foundations for your future career – all on campus.

In your final year, you will also have the chance to spend three months on an internship. This is in addition to the extra option of studying abroad or spending a year on placement in industry, with past placements taking place at global organisations such as HP, Volkswagen and GE Healthcare.

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Six reasons to study Economics at Hull

  1. 1st in the UK for overall student satisfaction**
  2. 100% employability rating*
  3. Ranked 2nd in the UK for the teaching on my course, learning opportunities, and learning resources.**
  4. Study at an AACSB accredited Business School
  5. Opportunity to take a one-trimester internship in your final year
  6. Access our Bloomberg Financial Markets Laboratory and vibrant Business Lounge

What you'll study

The course consists of 120 credits per year. Most modules are 20 credits, meaning you’ll study six modules each year. Some longer modules, such as a dissertation, are worth more (e.g. 40 credits). In these cases, you’ll study fewer modules - but the number of credits will always add up to 120.

First year modules

  • Compulsory

    Introduction to Economics

    This introduction covers both microeconomics (the affairs of individual consumers, firms and government) and macroeconomics (the study of the economy as a whole).

    Developing Self & Others

    Assessing your human skills and developing good habits is central to your professional development. This module allows you to gain a better understanding of what is needed from the wider business perspective and apply theories of positive habit development in practice. 

    Accounting and Finance

    Delve into topics such as financing decisions, cost behaviour, cost-volume-profit analysis, absorption costing, variance analysis and budgeting.

    The Economy, Society and Public Policy

    This module will empower you with an understanding of pressing social problems from the perspective of an economist.

    World Economy

    Study the changing world economy, developing insights into issues related to international trade, international finance, regional groupings and climate change.

    Quantitative Methods for Economics

    This module will equip you with the mathematical and statistical tools you will require later in your degree.

Second year modules

  • Compulsory

    Microeconomics in Context: Learning Through Games and Simulations

    Discover microeconomics: You’ll use games and simulations to understand the behaviour and interactions of individuals, businesses and the government.

    Understanding and Rethinking Political Economy

    Discover the history of ideas in political economy, and their modern relevance. You’ll explore the work of Karl Marx, John Maynard Keynes, Friedrich Hayek and Joseph Stiglitz.

    Computing Skills and Data Analysis for Economics

    You’ll learn a valuable range of data-handling, software and statistical skills that are relevant for obtaining, processing and presenting economic and business data.

    Macroeconomics: Managing the Economy

    You’ll learn the ways that government policy affects the course of the economy through its influence on the rate of inflation, economic growth, and the level of employment.

    Developing a Research Tool Kit for Economists

    Prepare and complete a small action research project. It’s hands-on learning about research methodology, data analysis and formulating research questions.

    Supply Chain Information Management and Big Data

    Discover the role of information management and big data in supply chains. Learn methods for big data, text mining and social media mining analysis.

Year abroad modules

Spend a year studying at one of our partner institutions in Europe, Asia, North America or Australia. This is an outstanding opportunity to broaden your horizons in a different culture and environment, learn new skills and develop valuable international contacts while continuing your studies.

Placement year modules

Your placement is your opportunity to get some real-world work experience under your belt.

Just like in the real world, you’ll be responsible for finding and applying for opportunities, with the added benefit of help and support from university services.

The Centre for Professional Success is a dedicated team within the faculty who provide tailored support to students who are seeking a placement or internship.   You'll also benefit from the University's Careers and Employability service based in Student Central.   

Final year modules

  • Compulsory

    Empirical Economics: Interpreting Economic Data

    Learn how to perform and interpret data analysis using a statistical software package.

    Forecasting Future Developments in the Economy

    You’ll learn from hands-on demonstrations and applications how to forecast future developments in the economy.

    Contemporary Debates in Macroeconomics

    This module is designed to advance your understanding of modern macroeconomic issues of contemporary interest. You’ll explore new areas of macroeconomics as well as further develop your analytical skills.

  • Optional

    One-Trimester Internship

    Apply knowledge learned on your degree in a real working environment on one of our unique internship opportunities - enhance your chance of getting a job at the same time.

    Economics Project

    You will complete a research project on a topic of interest to you under the direction of a member of staff.

    Health Economics and Health Policy

    Explore the challenges associated with health care systems, methods of economic evaluation, setting priorities using health economics and how policy makers influence healthcare practices and behaviours.

    Environmental Economics and Climate Change Policy

    This module will give you hands-on experience of how to look at important issues in environmental economics and will engage you in discussions on policy making.

    Economic and Social Inequality in the 21st Century

    You’ll learn about the causes and impact of inequality including how it shapes the economy and modern society. You’ll explore the role of public policy in reducing or exacerbating inequality.

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.

How you'll study

Throughout your degree, you’re expected to study for 1,200 hours per year. That’s based on 200 hours per 20 credit module. And it includes scheduled hours, time spent on placement and independent study. How this time’s divided among each of these varies each year and depends on the course and modules you study.

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Entry requirements

Typical offer

  • A level grades BBB

  • BTEC grades DDM

  • Points required 120

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Don't meet our requirements?

We offer a Foundation Year to boost your skills and knowledge – it’s a great way to make your way into higher education.

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Points can be from any qualification on the UCAS tariff, but must include at least 80 points from

  • A levels
  • BTEC Subsidiary Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • CACHE Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • Irish Leaving Certificate
  • Scottish Highers
  • Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma
  • or a combination of appropriate Level 3 qualifications

Applicants should also have

  • GCSE Maths at Grade 4 or C, or Level 2 Functional Skills in Maths

Alternative qualifications

  • IB Diploma: 30 points
  • Pass Access to HE Diploma overall with a minimum of 118 UCAS tariff points

Worried you don’t quite meet our entry requirements?

We consider experience and qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not exactly match the combinations above.

But it’s not just about the grades – we’ll look at your whole application. We want to know what makes you tick, and about your previous experience, so make sure that you complete your personal statement.

If you have any questions, our admissions team will be happy to help.


Don't meet our requirements?

We offer a Foundation Year to boost your skills and knowledge – it’s a great way to make your way into higher education.

Switch to the foundation year

If you require a student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires academic IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill. See other English language proficiency qualifications accepted by this University.

If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.

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Take a 360-degree look at our Bloomberg Suite where you'll have access to industry-standard software.

Fees and funding


£9,250 per year*


£15,400 per year

*The amount you pay may increase each year, in line with inflation - but capped to the Retail Price Index (RPI).

UK students can take out a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of their course and a maintenance loan of up to £9,978 to cover living costs.

Substantial discounts are available for International students.  

More information on fees can be found in the Money section of our website.

Your tuition fees will cover most costs associated with your programme (including registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examination).

There are some extra costs that you might have to pay, or choose to pay, depending on your programme of study and the decisions you make. The list below has some examples, and any extra costs will vary.

  • Books (you’ll have access to books from your module reading lists in the library, but you may want to buy your own copies)
  • Optional field trips
  • Study abroad (including travel costs, accommodation, visas, immunisation)
  • Placement costs (including travel costs and accommodation)
  • Student visas (international students)
  • Laptop (you’ll have access to laptops and PC’s on campus, but you may want to buy your own)
  • Printing and photocopying
  • Professional-body membership
  • Graduation (gown hire and photography)

Remember, you’ll still need to take into account your living costs. This could include accommodation, travel and food – to name just a few. 

An affordable city for students

From bills, to meals, to pints – you’ll find that your money goes a lot further in Hull.

Your future prospects

  • Economist
  • Data analyst
  • Financial risk analyst
  • Investment analyst
  • Statistician

Graduates will be well placed to enter the Government Economic Service, the UK's principal employer of economists. They will also be qualified for positions in economic consultancies or trade and representative bodies such as the CBI, as well as in industry and commerce.

Examples of firms which have taken on our graduates recently are Hull Trains, RWE, Npower, IBM, Young’s Seafood, BAE Systems, Deutsche Börse Group and Airbus.

Our graduates include Muhtar Kent, former CEO of The Coca Cola Company; Jeremy Darroch, Executive Chairman, Sky plc; Robert Elstone, Chief Executive, Super League Europe.

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* Number of students in work or further study 15 months after graduating: UK domicile full-time first degree leavers, Graduate Outcomes survey for the academic year 2018/19, published by HESA July 2021.

**National Student Survey (NSS) 2022, HEIs only