Economics - BSc (Hons)
with a Year Abroad

Examine some of today's profound issues, from poverty to environmental protection, financial and monetary crises. Develop the skills to analyse and discuss these crucial areas in an era of Big Data, new technologies and artificial intelligence, discovering the solutions to shape our world.

Overview

Immerse yourself in this exciting topic, joining our international community of staff and students. Learn from lecturers who advise UK and International organisations, expanding your global perspective and providing you with the tools to make a difference.

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.

Reasons to study Economics with a Year Abroad at Kent

  • You'll study in a supportive learning community, ranked 22nd for student satisfaction in The Complete University Guide 2023
  • You'll learn from inspiring lecturers who advise UK, European and international organisations
  • You'll gain ongoing support through our employability team, regular workshops and alumni talks, as well as our dedicated academic adviser and peer mentoring scheme.
  • You'll study in our new Kennedy building, home to our economics community, with excellent facilities, ideal for teaching analytic tools.

What you'll learn

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.

You can choose to specialise in areas such as international finance, industrial and monetary economics, and the economics of money and banking. 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.

Your Year Abroad will be spent studying at a partner university in France, Germany, Greece, Japan or Spain between the second and final year of your degree.

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Year abroad

On this programme you spend a year between Stages 2 and 3 at one of our partner universities in France, Germany, Greece, Japan or Spain. Places are subject to availability, language and degree programme. For more information on international study, please see Go Abroad.

Alternatively, you can take our three-year Economics degree, without a year abroad. For details, see Economics - BSc (Hons).

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Entry requirements

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.

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    A level

    BBB-BBC from three full A levels

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    Mathematics grade B / 5

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    The University welcomes applications from Access to Higher Education Diploma candidates for consideration. A typical offer may require you to obtain a proportion of Level 3 credits in relevant subjects at merit grade or above.

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    The University will consider applicants holding BTEC National Diploma and National Extended Diploma qualifications (QCF; NQF; OCR) on a case-by-case basis.

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    30 points overall or 15 points at HL, including Mathematics at 4

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    Pass all components of the University of Kent International Foundation Programme with a 65% overall average including 65% in the Economics module (plus 70% in LZ013 Maths and Statistics if you do not hold GCSE Maths at 7/A or equivalent).

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    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.

English Language Requirements

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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Course structure

Duration: 4 years full-time

The course structure below gives a flavour of the modules that will be available to you and provides details of the content of this programme. This listing is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year in response to new curriculum developments and innovation. 

Fees

The 2023/24 annual tuition fees for this course are:

  • Home full-time £9250
  • EU full-time £13500
  • International full-time £18000

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.* 

Your fee status

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.

Fees for Year in Industry

Fees for Home undergraduates are £1,385.

Fees for Year Abroad

Fees for Home undergraduates are £1,385.

Students studying abroad for less than one academic year will pay full fees according to their fee status.

Additional costs

Find out more about accommodation and living costs, plus general additional costs that you may pay when studying at Kent.

Funding

We have a range of subject-specific awards and scholarships for academic, sporting and musical achievement.

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Kent offers generous financial support schemes to assist eligible undergraduate students during their studies. See our funding page for more details. 

The Kent Scholarship for Academic Excellence

At Kent we recognise, encourage and reward excellence. We have created the Kent Scholarship for Academic Excellence. 

The scholarship will be awarded to any applicant who achieves a minimum of A*AA over three A levels, or the equivalent qualifications (including BTEC and IB) as specified on our scholarships pages.

Teaching and assessment

All of our modules are taught by a combination of lectures and small group sessions, which include seminars, computing practicals, problem sets, debates and role-play games. On average, you have an estimated 12-14 hours of lecture, seminar and other formal contact time per week.

The School of Economics is committed to making sure that you leave Kent with much more than just a degree in Economics. We put great emphasis on the development of transferable skills, including numeracy, analytical problem solving, data analysis, and written and oral communication, as well as subject-specific skills for further study at postgraduate level.

Some modules are assessed by continuous assessment of coursework throughout the year and an end-of-year exam in the final term. A number of modules at each stage are assessed solely through coursework.

Contact hours

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.

Programme aims

  • To provide a flexible and progressive curriculum that is suitable for students who have or have not studied Economics before.
  • To provide stimulating education and training in the principles of Economics and their application, in which high quality teaching motivates students to achieve their full potential.
  • To stimulate students intellectually through the study of economics and to lead them to appreciate its application to a range of problems and its relevance in a variety of contexts
  • To provide a firm foundation of knowledge about the workings of economic systems and to foster an understanding of alternative approaches to the analysis of economic phenomena
  • To provide students with the ability to abstract and to develop simplifying frameworks for studying the real world.
  • To develop in students, the ability to apply economic knowledge, analytical tools and skills across a range of theoretical, applied and policy problems.
  • To provide a range of options to enable students to study selected areas of Economics in depth, the teaching of which is informed by the research and scholarship of teaching staff.
  • To provide students with the knowledge and skill base from which they can proceed to further studies in economics, related areas or in multidisciplinary areas that involve economics.
  • To develop in all students, through the study of economics, a range of skills that will be of value in employment and self-employment.
  • To widen the student learning experience through the provision of a well-organised student exchange programme with high quality partner institutions abroad. To build on close ties within Europe and elsewhere, reflecting Kent’s position as the UK European University.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding

  • The main concepts, principles, theories, models and methods of modern economic analysis and their application in different areas of Economics.
  • The history and development of economic ideas and the differing methods of analysis that have been and are used by economists.
  • The analytical skills that allow students to formulate and consider a range of economic problems and issues.
  • The mathematical, statistical and computing methods used in Economics.
  • Economic data and methods used to analyse such data.
  • Economic analysis of policy. 
  • Specific problems, issues and policies in a range of areas in Economics.
  • Key concepts affecting decision-making.
  • Critical discussion of Economic problems, issues and policies in politics and media.
  • An economic topic chosen by the student and submitted as a supervised dissertation or extended essay in final year. 
  • Cultures, languages and societies of year abroad countries. 

Intellectual skills

  • Ability to abstract the essential features of a complex system.
  • Ability to think about what are the important variables and fixed parameters in solving a problem.
  • Ability to analysis complex issues using deductive and inductive reasoning.
  • Ability to organise and use information to analyse complex issues and test different hypotheses.
  • Ability to review critically alternative explanations and analyses of a problem.
  • Ability to manage a supervised final year dissertation or extended essay on an economic topic chosen by the student.
  • Ability to integrate into a different educational, cultural and social environment 

Subject-specific skills

  • Analytical skills in Economics. 
  • Ability to apply economic principles and analysis to a range of issues, problems and policies. 
  • Ability to abstract the essential features of an economic issue, problem or system.
  • Knowledge of the principal sources of Economic data and information and ability to use and present this information.
  • Be able to carry out economic/econometric analysis of economic data. 
  • Knowledge and ability to make and provide advice on how to make economic decisions. 
  • Ability to synthesise and compare critically different economic analyses of an economic issue. 
  • Ability to research the literature on an economic issue. 
  • Ability to apply economic skills to investigate a supervised final year project on an economic topic chosen by the student.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the cultures and societies where the year abroad is spent.

Transferable skills

  • Effective communication of analysis and ideas both orally, aurally and in written form 
  • Ability to assemble, analyse, use and present data.
  • Understanding and ability to use economic, mathematical and quantitative methods to analyse issues and problems.
  • Ability to analyse and make decisions, using economic concepts, e.g. opportunity cost and strategic behaviour.
  • Development of Information Technology skills through using statistical and econometric packages.
  • Independence in initiating and executing work.
  • Ability to think critically about proposed analyses and solutions to a problem or issue. 
  • Become responsible for managing own learning and academic performance. 
  • Manage a supervised final year dissertation or extended essay on an economic topic chosen by the student. 

Independent rankings

Economics at Kent was ranked 22nd for student satisfaction in The Complete University Guide 2023.

Careers

Graduate destinations

Our Economics graduates have developed careers in accountancy, banking and finance, journalism, management consultancy and business. Recent graduates have gone on to work for:

  • Deloitte
  • the Government Economic Service
  • HMRC
  • Citibank
  • KPMG
  • PwC
  • Bank of America
  • Schroders
  • Goldman Sachs
  • Barclays.

Help finding a job

The School of Economics supports and advises you in deciding what to do after your Economics degree. We offer:

  • one-to-one advice from a member of our employability team
  • employability workshops
  • talks from alumni and outside employers.

The University also has a friendly Careers and Employability Service which can give you advice on how to:

  • apply for jobs
  • write a good CV
  • perform well in interviews.

Work experience

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.

Career-enhancing skills

Alongside a thorough understanding of economic issues, you develop key transferable skills that will appeal to employers. These include the ability to:

  • think critically
  • communicate your ideas and opinions succinctly
  • work independently
  • use your initiative and be proactive
  • work as part of a team and independently
  • manage your time and plan effectively
  • problem solve.

You can also gain extra skills by signing up for one of our Kent Extra activities, such as learning a language or volunteering.

Apply for Economics with a Year Abroad - BSc (Hons)

If you are from the UK or Ireland, you must apply for this course through UCAS. If you are not from the UK or Ireland, you can apply through UCAS or directly on our website if you have never used UCAS and you do not intend to use UCAS in the future.

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