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The Department of Economics at Royal Holloway is one of the UK's top ten teaching and research centres in Economics. In the recent Research Assessment Exercise, the Department was rated third in London. Our intellectually stimulating and diverse programme of study is designed for students who like to question the status quo. Our degrees incorporate all of the major aspects of economic thought and are an excellent framework for pursuing employment in a range of industries and professions.

The Department offers several different types of degree course: single honours, joint honours, and programmes with Economics as a major or minor subject. All programmes in the Department of Economics contain a strong core of microeconomics, macroeconomics and quantitative methods, complemented by optional units in a number of specialist interest areas.

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BSc Economics 

A degree in BSc Economics provides an excellent background for starting a career or further study in the Economic field. The three year degree provides rigorous training in quantitative and economic analysis and is aimed at developing an all-round understanding of economics at all levels (Company, State and beyond).  

In the first year, all students take Principles of Economics, Quantitative Methods and the Economics workshop, plus another course unit within or outside of the department. The second year is more technical, with courses in Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Quantitative Methods and an optional course unit. The third year offers complete flexibility with students selecting all course units as well the option to do a dissertation.

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BSc Financial and Business Economics 

BSc Financial and Business Economics students will specialise in the areas of financial markets and economics. The degree focuses on quantitative and economic analysis within the financial markets.

In the first year, all students take Principles of Economics, Quantitative Methods and the Economics workshop, plus another course unit within or outside of the department. The second year is more technical, with courses in Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Quantitative Methods and an optional course unit. In the third year students have two compulsory units: Industrial Economics and Financial Economics, with the option of two course units within the department (including a dissertation) or one within the department and one in another department.

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What Students Say

 

Israel Akinrinsola"I was attracted to the course as Royal Holloway's ranking in Economics amongst London universities was good. I chose economics because it would give me a good grounding in understanding the issues that affect us all from government policy to corporate behaviour and politics. In comparison to a degree in Accounting & Finance for example, it wouldn't be as narrow but still provide me with the skills to succeed as a professional."

Israel Yemi Akinrinsola (BSc Economics, 2010)

 

BSc Economics & Management

The BSc Economics and Management degree combines the core programme of the Economics degrees with that of the Management degree. The two parts of the degree, while looking at similar subjects, use different methods to understand them. Economics uses primarily quantitative and formal analysis, while Management emphasises the case study approach.

In the first year, students will take Principles of Economics and Quantitative Methods from the Economics department and Management and the Modern Corporation and Accounting for Management from the School of Management.  In the second year, students take Microeconomics and Macroeconomics, and a compulsory Management course unit (Strategic Management) and get to choose one other Management unit.  In the final year students have to sit a compulsory Management course (Modern Business and Comparative Perspective) and choose another Management course unit, alongside two course units in the Economics third year options.

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BSc Economics & Mathematics

The BSc Economics and Mathematics degree combines the core programme of the Economics degrees with that of the Mathematics degree. This degree provides an excellent background for a career in business or finance, focusing on developing your quantitative and analytical skills. You will learn to understand and apply mathematical and statistical techniques to analyse and solve economic problems.

In the first year, students take Principles of Economics, Economics Workshop and two course units within Mathematics. In the second year, students take Microeconomics, Macroeconomics and choose a half unit course within the Economics department. Within the department of Mathematics in the second year students will take Statistical Methods and Graphs and Optimisation and choose a half unit course within Mathematics. In the final year, students have flexibility to choose two courses in each of the departments, including the option to do a dissertation.

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BSc Finance & Mathematics

The BSc Finance and Mathematics degree is a joint degree with the Department of Economics and the Department of Mathematics. This course provides the mathematical skills and the economic background needed, and gives insight into ideas such as risk and return, volatility and the sophisticated mechanisms observed in financial markets.

In the first year, students take Principles of Economics, Quantitative Methods and choose two course units within Mathematics. In the second year, students take Microeconomics, Macroeconomics and Financial Markets and Institutions within the Economics department and Statistical Methods and Graphs and Optimisation and choose a half unit course within the department of Mathematics. In the final year, students take Financial Economics from the Economics department and Mathematics of Financial Markets and Advanced Financial Mathematics from the Maths department. Students can then choose a full course unit within Economics or two half units within Mathematics.

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BSc Economics, Politics and International Relations

This joint degree combines the core programme of the Economics degree with foundation and option courses offered by Politics and International Relations. These disciplines have many natural affinities between them, and their synergies lend themselves well to students who are interested ultimately in pursuing careers in various policy fields as well as in the areas of politics/international relations and economics generally, in both the public and private sectors.

In the first year, students take Principles of Economics, Quantitative Methods from the department of Economics and Introduction to Politics and Government and Introduction to International Relations from the PIR department. In the second year, students take Microeconomics, Macroeconomics and choose two courses in their other department. In the final year, students have the flexibility to choose two courses in each of the departments, including a dissertation within the Economics department.

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BSc Accounting, Finance and Economics

This newly launched BSc programme combines the disciplines of Accounting and Economics and will demonstrate how the theoretical models used within accounting and economics can apply to current financial contexts and solutions.  If your goal is to work in the financial arena then this course will provide valuable context and skills that are directly applicable to organisations in the financial sector.

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What Students Say

Mica Townsend"After the economics talk we were able to walk around campus and talk to current students. I spoke to two girls who were so enthusiastic and after that I knew that it was the place that I wanted to be. In addition, the course has a great reputation and I was able to combine my interests in Management and Economics in a joint honours programme."

Mica Townsend (BSc Economics and Management, 2010)

Major Honours Degrees

For major honours, students follow the same pathway as single honours students except that one of their options is in another department. Major honours programmes that the Department of Economics offers are:

The degree combines the study of Economics with the options above, 75% of the course is in Economics and 25% is in the chosen programme. Each year you will take three course units in Economics and one in the chosen programme. In the first year, you will take Principles of Economics, Quantitative Methods in Economics and the Economics Workshop. These will provide the analytical framework of economics and the quantitative and statistical tools used in the field. In the second year, you will take Microeconomics, Macroeconomics and Quantitative Methods, and in the final year you will have the choice of three Economics course units, including an optional dissertation, giving you the opportunity to specialise. 

Minor Honours Degree

The Department offers one minor honours programme: BA Politics, Philosophy and Economics.

This exciting new course will provide students with the opportunity to study three disciplines that are crucial for an understanding of the complex dynamics of today’s world. The study of Politics will introduce you to political ideas throughout the world, the study of Philosophy will introduce you to the key forms of philosophical enquiry and the study of Economics will introduce you to the theories and methods of economics with a strong analytical focus. You will focus on the particulars of the three key disciplines, while developing a link across the three.

Students will take a common first year consisting of introductory course units in the Principles of Economics, Quantitative Methods, Politics and Government, and Fundamental Questions in Philosophy. In the second and third years students will have the flexibility to focus their course units towards one or two of the main disciplines, graduating with one of three possible degrees: a BSc Politics, Philosophy and Economics for students who take a sufficient number of advanced Economics course units; a BA Politics, Philosophy and Economics for students who take fewer advanced level Economics courses; and a BA Politics and Philosophy with Economics for students who do not proceed to advanced-level Economics. All students take a final year advanced seminar unit in Politics, Philosophy and Economics that culminates with a dissertation.

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A message from the Head of Department

Mike Spagat "In the next decade, the best education is not just about learning standard materials and preparing for standard examinations. Students will need to have a deeper understanding of the models and methods of Economics, and about how to apply those models in the real world. We think Royal Holloway is the ideal place for you to engage in that challenging, and exciting future."

Professor Michael Spagat
Head of Department
 

 
 
 
 

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