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BSc Economics / Course details

Year of entry: 2021

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Course description

The BSc Economics course is for quantitative economics specialists with a strong mathematical background.

You will discover a range of economics branches before specialising, benefitting from an engaging and interactive learning experience at one of the UK's most historic centres for economic study.

You also receive training for the compulsory stream units in economic principles, mathematical modelling and econometric techniques.

Modern professional economists need to have a clear understanding of economic principles in order to recognise and model relevant economic problems.

We ensure you are equipped with mathematical and econometric tools in order to solve and analyse such problems.

Our carefully designed degree combines compulsory units in core economics and quantitative methods and the opportunity to specialise in a particular area of interest through optional course units.

Employers look for candidates who can produce sound and clear reports that make sense of the available data using advanced quantitative skills in analysis and modelling.

The analytical reasoning, essay writing and quantitative techniques provided give you the best employment prospects and a healthy start in your career. These skills can be developed and sharpened by choosing an optional dissertation in Year 3.

Special features

Leading research

World-leading research and teaching in economics has been at the heart of higher education in Manchester since the early days of the University.

Manchester professor William Stanley Jevons (1835 to 1882) helped build the foundations of modern economics.

Three winners of the Nobel Prize in Economics have worked at Manchester:

  • Sir John Hicks (1904 to 1989) wrote his most important works on welfare economics during his time at Manchester.
  • Sir Arthur Lewis (1915 to 1991) for his pioneering work in development economics.
  • Joseph Stiglitz (Nobel Prize winner 2001) has led the Brooks World Poverty Institute.

We are proud to be a leading centre for economic research, scholarship and research-led teaching in all areas of the discipline, including microeconomics, macroeconomics, econometrics, financial economics, environmental and resource economics, development economics and industrial/business economics.

Study abroad

You can apply in Year 2. If you are successful, you will put together a package of course units at your host university in consultation with your Academic Exchange Advisor in Manchester.

Teaching and learning

Course units feature formal lectures supported by smaller tutorials or seminars where you explore the contents of lectures and recommended reading in depth.

Tutorials and seminars are key in improving your written and oral communication skills through group discussions, essay-writing, and presentations.

You are assigned an Academic Advisor who takes a friendly interest in your progress and can advise you on selecting course units and career opportunities.

Coursework and assessment

The range of methods is designed to promote in-depth learning and understanding, including:

  • essays, coursework and other mid-term evaluations;
  • dissertations;
  • presentations and group projects; and
  • exams.

Course content for year 1

Each year of study consists of 120 course credits. Each course unit is worth either 10 or 20 credits.

Course units for year 1

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Studying Economics ECON10011 10 Mandatory
Advanced Mathematics ECON10071 10 Mandatory
Advanced Statistics ECON10072 10 Mandatory
Applied Economics ECON10162 10 Mandatory
Principles of Microeconomic Theory 1: Consumers, Welfare, Production and Costs ECON10171 10 Mandatory
Principles of Microeconomic Theory 2: Markets, Prices and Strategy ECON10172 10 Mandatory
Macroeconomic Analysis 1 ECON10181 10 Mandatory
Macroeconomic Analysis 2 ECON10182 10 Mandatory
Introduction to Mathematical Economics ECON10192 10 Mandatory
Financial Decision Making BMAN10522 10 Optional
Fundamentals of Financial Reporting A BMAN10621A 10 Optional
Fundamentals of Management Accounting BMAN10632 10 Optional
An Introduction to Development Studies ECON10002 10 Optional
Computing for Social Scientists ECON10151 10 Optional
Economic History ECON10212 10 Optional
Geographies of Globalisation GEOG10101 10 Optional
Capitalism in Historical Perspective: 1700-1913 HIST10181 20 Optional
Critical Thinking PHIL10041 20 Optional
Introduction to Comparative Politics POLI10201 20 Optional
Introduction to Comparative Politics POLI10202 20 Optional
Introduction to International Politics POLI10601 20 Optional
Introduction to Political Theory POLI10702 20 Optional
Work, Organisations and Society SOCY10912 20 Optional
Measuring Inequalities (Unequal Societies) SOST10021 20 Optional
Applied Statistics for Social Scientists SOST10142 20 Optional
Displaying 10 of 25 course units for year 1

Course content for year 2

Year 2 focuses on developing your understanding of micro and macroeconomics principles, mathematical economics and econometrics.

Course units for year 2

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Econometrics ECON20110 20 Mandatory
Mathematical Economics I ECON20120 20 Mandatory
Microeconomic Analysis 3 ECON20501 10 Mandatory
Microeconomic Analysis 4 ECON20512 10 Mandatory
Macroeconomic Analysis 3 ECON20521 10 Mandatory
Macroeconomic Analysis 4 ECON20532 10 Mandatory
Investment Analysis BMAN20072 10 Optional
Financial Markets and Institutions BMAN21011 10 Optional
Foundations of Finance A BMAN23000 20 Optional
Foundations of Finance A BMAN23000A 20 Optional
Managerial Economics I ECON20001 20 Optional
Economic History ECON20212 10 Optional
Development Economics: Growth, Capital Accumulation and Structural Change ECON20321 10 Optional
Development Economics: Understanding Poverty ECON20332 10 Optional
Economics for Public Policy ECON20431 10 Optional
Economic Geography: Understanding the economy. creating economic spaces GEOG20101 20 Optional
Capitalism in Historical Perspective: 1700-1913 HIST21201 20 Optional
Market Research SOST20041 10 Optional
Applied Statistics for Social Scientists SOST20142 20 Optional
Displaying 10 of 19 course units for year 2

Course content for year 3

In Year 3, there are no compulsory units. You choose from a range of specialised course units, including the option to produce a dissertation in applied economics.

Course units for year 3

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
International Finance BMAN30060 20 Optional
Financial Derivatives BMAN30091 10 Optional
Advanced Corporate Finance BMAN30111 20 Optional
Financial Engineering BMAN30242 10 Optional
Corporate Contracting and Managerial Behaviour BMAN30702 10 Optional
Financial Market Microstructure BMAN31792 10 Optional
Applied Practical Investing BMAN32082 10 Optional
Advanced Microeconomics ECON30001 20 Optional
Advanced Macroeconomics ECON30002 20 Optional
Topics in Inequality & Poverty ECON30041 20 Optional
The Chinese Economy ECON30102 10 Optional
Natural Resource Economics ECON30232 10 Optional
Mathematical Economics II ECON30290 20 Optional
Micro Econometrics ECON30342 10 Optional
Mathematical Finance ECON30382 10 Optional
Financial Economics ECON30432 10 Optional
Topics in Development Economics ECON30451 20 Optional
Topics in Economic History ECON30511 20 Optional
Money, Banking & Financial Markets ECON30852 10 Optional
Managerial Economics II ECON31002 20 Optional
Advanced Econometrics ECON31031 20 Optional
Climate Change Economics and Policy ECON32111 10 Optional
Public Economics ECON32121 10 Optional
Behavioural Economics ECON32152 20 Optional
International Trade and Policy ECON32191 20 Optional
Health Economics ECON32202 10 Optional
Applied Economics Dissertation A (Semester 1) ECON32211 20 Optional
Applied Economics Dissertation B (Semester 2) ECON32212 20 Optional
Theory & Method in Demography SOST30012 20 Optional
Answering Social Research Questions with Statistical Models SOST30031 20 Optional
Displaying 10 of 30 course units for year 3

Scholarships and bursaries

Scholarships and bursaries are available to eligible home/EU students, including the Manchester Bursary .

Some undergraduate UK students will receive bursaries of up to £2,000 per year, in addition to the government package of maintenance grants.

You can get more information and advice on student finance to help you manage your money.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: dass@manchester.ac.uk