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Examine some of today's profound issues, from poverty to environmental protection, financial and monetary crises. Learn how economists use mathematical and statistical models to make economic forecasts that inform policymakers’ decisions affecting households, firms and governments.
Our degree is your first step to a wide range of careers, from accountancy and banking, to journalism and business. We provide you with the tools that economists have developed in financial and money markets. Tools that will aid you in analysing real economic problems.
Shape your degree outside the classroom with our thriving student led societies. Kent Invest focusses on financial markets holding an annual trading competition. The Economics Society explores issues of the moment through the lens of the discipline, culminating in an annual networking conference.
You learn how economists think and develop the analytics skills to find solutions to shape our world. You’ll develop knowledge and understanding of crucial aspects of the subject, such as macroeconomics, microeconomics and quantitative economics.
Our wide range of modules allows you to tailor your degree to support your particular career ambitions; for example, you can choose modules that prepare you for life as a professional economist. The additional skills in mathematical and statistical modelling that you’ll learn will open up a broader range of opportunities too.
You have the option to take this programme with a year in industry. In previous years students have worked at:
You don’t have to make a decision before you enrol at Kent but certain conditions apply.
The Year in Computing and the Year in Journalism are both free-standing, self-contained years and can be taken after stage 2 or 3 (that is, between your second and final year, or after your final year). You can take a Year in Computing or a Year in Journalism if you are a current undergraduate student at the University of Kent, studying a non-computing or non-journalism degree programme respectively.
The University will consider applications from students offering a wide range of qualifications. All applications are assessed on an individual basis but some of our typical requirements are listed below. Students offering qualifications not listed are welcome to contact our Admissions Team for further advice. Please also see our general entry requirements.
BBC from three full A levels including A level Mathematics. Applicants who have not studied A level Mathematics but hold GCSE Mathematics at grade 6 or higher will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Access qualifications are not accepted for this programme.
BTEC qualifications are not accepted for this programme.
30 points overall or 15 points at HL, including HL Mathematics or Maths: Analytics and Approaches at 5.
Pass all components of the University of Kent International Foundation Programme with a 60% overall average.
The University will consider applicants holding T level qualifications in subjects closely aligned to the course.
If you are an international student, visit our International Student website for further information about entry requirements for your country, including details of the International Foundation Programmes. Please note that international fee-paying students who require a Student visa cannot undertake a part-time programme due to visa restrictions.
Please note that meeting the typical offer/minimum requirement does not guarantee that you will receive an offer.
Please see our English language entry requirements web page.
Please note that if you do not meet our English language requirements, we offer a number of 'pre-sessional' courses in English for Academic Purposes. You attend these courses before starting your degree programme.
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Duration: 3 years full-time
The following modules are indicative of those offered on this programme. This listing is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year in response to new curriculum developments and innovation.
On most programmes, you study a combination of compulsory and optional modules. You may also be able to take ‘elective’ modules from other programmes so you can customise your programme and explore other subjects that interest you.
The 2023/24 annual tuition fees for this course are:
For details of when and how to pay fees and charges, please see our Student Finance Guide.
For students continuing on this programme, fees will increase year on year by no more than RPI + 3% in each academic year of study except where regulated.*
The University will assess your fee status as part of the application process. If you are uncertain about your fee status you may wish to seek advice from UKCISA before applying.
For a student studying full time, each academic year of the programme will comprise 1200 learning hours which include both direct contact hours and private study hours. The precise breakdown of hours will be subject dependent and will vary according to modules. Please refer to the individual module details under Course Structure.
Methods of assessment will vary according to subject specialism and individual modules. Please refer to the individual module details under Course Structure.
The programme aims to:
You gain a knowledge and understanding of the following:
You gain the following intellectual skills:
You gain the following Subject-specific skills:
You gain the following transferable skills:
Economics at Kent was ranked 22nd for student satisfaction in The Complete University Guide 2023.
Our Economics graduates have developed careers in accountancy, banking and finance, journalism, management consultancy and business. The additional skills in mathematical and statistical modelling that you learn on this programme open up a broader range of opportunities, too. Recent graduates have gone on to work for:
The School of Economics supports and advises you in deciding what to do after your Economics degree. We offer:
The University also has a friendly Careers and Employability Service which can give you advice on how to:
Internships, either for a week or two or for the whole summer, can be a valuable addition to your studies. We provide guidance and assistance on where to look and how to apply.
Alongside a thorough understanding of economic issues, you develop key transferable skills that will appeal to employers. These include the ability to:
You can also gain extra skills by signing up for one of our Kent Extra activities, such as learning a language or volunteering.
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