Economics shapes the world we live in. From the gender pay gap to the causes of financial crashes, the impact of economics plays a critical role in all our lives.
On this course you will learn to analyse and measure real economic issues based on a knowledge of economic theory, develop an understanding of how economic policy is formulated and gain the analytical and critical evaluation skills to recognise how national and global issues affect the performance of a business.
You will study a range of areas, including Applied Techniques for Economists, Econometrics, Intermediate Micro and Macroeconomics and International Trade.
Our Trading Room will give you a simulated experience on the same information platform used by leading decision-makers in finance, business and government.
- Our graduates have gone on to careers in globally-renowned organisations, such as Business Analyst at Deutsche Bank, Audit Associate at KPMG, and Financial Analyst at PwC.
- Develop practical skills that are in demand by employers, such as mathematical and statistical analysis, problem-solving and the ability to explain and analyse complex data.
- Our DMU Works team will help you gain the skills and qualities that today’s employers are looking for through placement opportunities with local, national and global companies. Economics students have gone on to work for the Government Economic Service, the UK’s largest single employer of economists.
- Enjoy an international experience with DMU Global – on these trips you will visit sites like the Berlin Wall Memorial where you will gain an understanding of economics to explain current events, and to inform opinion on key European issues.
Structure and assessment
Teaching and assessment
You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, group work and self-directed study. Assessment is undertaken through a healthy mix of both coursework (presentations, essays and reports) and exams or tests.
Teaching contact hours
This is a full-time course and in total you should be prepared to devote approximately 38 hours a week to your studies. In the first year, you will typically have up to 14 contact hours of teaching most weeks. Teaching is through a mix of lectures, tutorials, seminars and lab sessions and the breakdown of these activity types is shown in each module description.
Other: In addition each module provides a two hour advice and feedback session each week for individual consultation with the lecturer. You will also have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor and careers and/or subject meetings scheduled throughout the year.
Self-directed study: In order to prepare for, and assimilate, the work in lectures and seminars you will be expected to use our on-line resources, participate in flipped or virtual classroom discussions on our virtual learning environment (VLE) and engage in personal study and revision for approximately 25 hours per week.
Subsequent years follow a similar pattern, however, the contact time will vary depending on your subject mix and options chosen, and the teaching methods appropriate to the module. Further details are contained in each module description.
Facilities and features
Hugh Aston Building
You will mainly be taught in the Hugh Aston Building, which was purpose-built at a cost of £35 million.
Students benefit from The Bloomberg Trading Room Comprising of 21 Bloomberg terminals, the Trading Room will provide simulation of what it is like to work in the financial industry and provide experience of a real life trading floor environment.
Facilities also include lecture theatres and classrooms with capacities ranging from 50 to 250 people, break-out spaces for group work, quiet study zones for individual work and a large number of high-spec IT labs, some of which are installed with professional software.
The Newarke café in Hugh Aston provides Costa Coffee as well a range of snacks and refreshments.
The main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year (other than in exceptional circumstances) and offers a huge range of online resources, all of which can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose.
The library is run by dedicated staff who offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching and reference management and assistive technology, and mathematical skills for non-maths students. There is also a Just Ask service for help and advice, available via email or telephone.
Our comfortable and well-equipped study areas provide a range of environments to suit your needs.
Our Learning Zones and The Greenhouse provide flexible spaces, whether you are working as a group, practising a presentation or working quietly on your own.
They feature workstations with power supplies for laptops, plus bookable syndicate rooms with plasma screens, laptops and DVD facilities. Wi-Fi is available across all campus locations.
Opportunities and careers
As part of this course you will have the option to complete a paid placement year which offers invaluable professional experience.
Our exciting careers programme #DMUworks can help you secure a placement through activities such as mock interviews and practice aptitude tests, and you will be assigned a personal tutor to support you throughout your placement.
We advertise posts in all locations in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors, including some international posts.
Our students have taken placements with companies including the Government Economic Service, Rolls Royce, Ernst & Young and TNT.
This is our innovative international experience programme which aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons — helping you to become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers across the world.
Economics students have recently visited the financial district of New York where they learned about the financial institutions there and went on an exclusive tour of the Bloomberg headquarters.
An Economics degree is ideal preparation for a career in business, finance and the civil service.
Since the global financial crisis of 2007/08, Economics has been at the centre stage of policy analysis, and the need for sound economic skills and competencies will be high for the foreseeable future.
Our graduates have gone on to careers in globally renowned organisations. Such as business analyst at Deutsche Bank, audit associate at KPMG, and financial analyst at PwC.
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