Undergraduate Economics Courses at Leicester

The Department of Economics at Leicester

Our department has an excellent reputation for teaching and research. Studying here will help prepare you for a wide range of career opportunities in government, business or the financial services sector, as well as for future study at postgraduate level.

Yours sincerely,

Dr Tania Oliveira
Director of Undergraduate Admissions

BA DegreesBSc Degrees
Economics BA Economics BSc
Business Economics BA Business Economics BSc
Financial Economics BA Financial Economics BSc
Banking and Finance BA Banking and Finance BSc
Erasmus/Study Abroad Programme (Available to all above degrees)
Year in Industry Programme (Available to all above degrees)
Foundation Course
International Foundation Programme
(via International Study Centre)

BA degreesStudent in Library Seminar Room

  • Focus on the development of your skills as an economist through their application to a wide range of real world issues.
  • For students who have achieved a grade B at GCSE level maths.
  • BA Admissions Tutor: Dr Martin Koppensteiner

BSc degrees

  • Will help you gain experience in the use of advanced mathematical and statistical techniques in economic analysis and its applications.
  • For students who have an A-level background in maths (Grade B or above).
  • BSc Admissions Tutor: Professor Ali al-Nowaihi

Joint degrees with Economics

We also offer several joint degrees with Economics

Mathematical Content

Economics is mathematical in nature. So, whether or not you have done A-level Mathematics, the Department of Economics will teach you all of the mathematics you will need to study our BA or BSc economics courses successfully. Nevertheless, it is worthwhile knowing a little bit about the level and type of mathematics that is central to much of modern economics.

Broadly speaking there are two strands of mathematics that you'll be learning about during your time at Leicester: calculus and optimisation and probability and statistics.

Calculus and Optimisation

The critical topics here are differentiation, integration, maximisation of functions of one and of many variables, and constrained optimisation.

You may have come across some of these methods before, particularly if you have studied A-level Mathematics, but don't worry if you haven't because we will teach them to you in your first year as part of your degree programme.

Probability and Statistics

The critical topics here are basic probability theory and distributions, inference, estimation, and hypothesis testing. Again, whether you have or haven't come across these topics before you will be taught them in your first year as part of your degree programme.

Which subject?

Economics degrees

Offer broad coverage of modern micro and macroeconomics with opportunities to specialise in chosen areas throughout the programme. Particularly suited to careers in management and finance.

Business Economics degrees

Examine contemporary economics and its application to business and financial decision making.

Financial Economics and Banking and Finance

Our Financial Economics degrees are designed for careers in banking and finance. The Financial Economics degrees explore modern economics and its application to national and international financial systems and institutions, whilst the Banking and Finance degrees specialise in financial intermediation and management.

Departmental Scholarships

Our generous scholarship arrangements for UK and EU students entering the University in 2014, reflect our aim of recruiting the brightest and best students regardless of background.

International Foundation Programme

The foundation year offers preparation for degrees in our department for international students who do not meet the requirements for direct entry to our first year. The foundation year is based in the International Study Centre on campus.

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Year in Industry degree programme

Extend your studies by undertaking a year of full-time work in a suitable internship between year 2 and year 3.

A Year in Europe

Extend your studies and language skills by spending a year studying at a European university

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