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Undergraduate study

Undergraduate study

Our courses are for students who want to make a difference.

The Department of Economics is a friendly, diverse, and dynamic place to work and study, and is one of the leading departments in the UK for combining high quality teaching with excellence in research.

Single Honours Degrees

Our single honours degrees offer flexibility and prepares you for making a difference beyond your higher education.  

BSc Economics BSc Financial and Business Economics BSc Economics and Data Science (NEW!)

The single honours degrees offer the opportunity to follow your interests by offering a wide range of options including development economics, the economics of banking, the economics of education, machine learning and data mining, corporate finance, and financial econometrics and many more!

Course Structure

The first year is common across the three single-honours courses, offering maximum flexibility to follow your interests as they evolve.

Joint Honours Degrees

We also offer a wide range of joint-honours degrees, including:

Browse all Economics courses on offer to find your preferred course.


A Year-in-Business between years 2 and 3 can be added to most of our degrees. This offers an excellent opportunity to gain work experience and make connections to prospective employers.  Find out more!

Open Day

If you want to find out more visit us on an Open Day. For more information, go to our Open Day page 


How do I apply?

If you want to inquire further, or you wish to apply for a course, find out what to do next here

Why Economics at Royal Holloway?

The links between teaching and research are important for any contemporary course environment. As a leading department for economic research and teaching, we have an strong reputation for being research that speaks to the global challenges of our time and for being able to incorporate our expertise into our teaching to deliver courses that are engaging, relevant, skill-emphasizing, and that ready our students for making a difference in the world!

Students have returned consistently positive results about the teaching environment within the department, and flourish in their studies year on year. 

We're careful to listen to what you have to say about the department, and are always looking to improve the student experience. On the basis of previous results from the NSS, we have responded by introducing new initiatives, such as the Student Mentoring Scheme to support first years more effectively, and the Economics@Work programme to enhance our students' employability post-graduation.

Your future beyond graduation is what we're always building towards, and we take preparing you for the workplace or further study very seriously. In addition to the Careers Centre on campus, as a department we oversee an Economics@Work programme which gives students the chance to network with professionals, receive presentations from experts in various fields and gain more of an insight into their area of particular interest.

For in-depth information about our Careers and Employability resources, have a look at our careers page.

All our single-honours courses share a common first year. This offers maximum flexibility to follow your interests by moving between courses and tailoring your degree as you progress.

Each undergraduate course is structured through a system of ‘course modules’, some of which are compulsory and some optional. The individual modules comprise a range of teaching methods, including lectures, seminars, tutorials and practicals. Assessment methods also vary from written exams, to problem-solving exercises, presentations and portfolios.


Royal Holloway benefits from a diverse student body and provides a friendly and community-orientated environment that naturally brings together staff and students, forging strong working relationships. See here for information on the RHUL student population.

The beautiful, leafy Surrey campus is a great place to work, study and socialise, with great links to Southwest London, London Waterloo, Windsor and Reading.

Facilities in the Economics department are state-of-the-art with the construction of a brand new Data Science lab within our very own Horton Building that will benefit all our students.

A virtual tour of our beautiful campus can be found here

What our students say

"Studying Economics at Royal Holloway has given me the technical and soft skills to approach complex questions in my local community, in the UK and across the world."

"The environment here is great; staff from the Department are very supportive and welcoming, Professors are always available to clarify doubts and they are very passionate about their subjects."     

"All the lecturers are very approachable and always willing to listen and help should you need advice. The very supportive atmosphere of the Economics Department has really helped me develop my skills and knowledge, both academic and personal."

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