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Economics BSc(Hons)

2024-25 (also available for 2025-26)

Places available in clearing. Find out more.
Places available in clearing. Find out more.

Start date

16 September 2024

Duration

3 years full-time
4 years inc. placement year

About the course

Reasons to study

  1. Study at an AACSB International-accredited Business School. Globally, fewer than six per cent of institutions offering business degrees achieve this accreditation.  
  2. Economics at Huddersfield is top in Yorkshire for learning experience, learning opportunities, academic support and more (National Student Survey 2023) 
  3. In your third year of the course, you’ll have the opportunity to apply your classroom knowledge to an optional work placement in your area of interest.  

In an increasingly globalised world, a solid understanding of how economic systems, markets and organisations work can set you apart as a knowledgeable leader in a variety of industries. An Economics BSc(Hons) degree can take you far, setting you up for many potentially rewarding and exciting careers in the private and public sectors, including stockbroker, data analyst, investment analyst, or economist.

This course aims to equip graduates with integral skills and knowledge of Economics. You’ll learn about the science of decision making, as well as how resources are allocated to meet the needs of the population. You’ll be prepared to face and address pressing global problems, such as poverty, unemployment, inequality, and pollution.

Why study Economics BSc(Hons)

You can look forward to a high-quality education here, as Economics at Huddersfield is top in Yorkshire for learning experience, learning opportunities, academic support and more (National Student Survey 2023). You’ll also be studying at an AACSB International-accredited Business School. Globally, fewer than six per cent of institutions offering business degrees achieve this accreditation.

On campus, you’ll study a wide range of subjects including:

  • microeconomics and macroeconomics
  • mathematics and statistics for social sciences
  • econometrics

You’ll also learn how to use industry-standard databases and software packages, such as Datastream, Stata, R and Eviews.

Away from campus, you’ll gain relevant real-world experience. After the second year of the course, you’ll put your knowledge and skills to the test in an optional 48-week work placement in your area of interest, in the UK or abroad, utilising our links with local, national, and international companies throughout many industries.

This course will prepare you for a variety of potentially exciting careers in a range of fields in the industry. You could work as an auditor, commercial finance analyst or finance officer. You can even go on to work for non-profits, government agencies, banks or even insurance companies.

Course detail

Core modules:

Introduction to Macroeconomics

This module helps to develop an understanding of the basic concepts in macroeconomics and provides you with the foundations to develop macroeconomic theory in year two. You’ll have the opportunity to develop and apply analytical skills to understand and explain various macroeconomic events such as such as unemployment, recessions and inflation.

Introduction to Microeconomics

This module enables you to develop an understanding of microeconomic concepts and theories through a critical consideration of current economic issues, problems and institutions that affect everyday life. You’ll have the opportunity to apply microeconomic concepts and theories in a range of contexts and to appreciate their value and limitations in explaining real world events.

Statistics for Social Sciences

This module will introduce you to statistical methods necessary for the study of applied economics and social sciences. You’ll be introduced to modern economic theory and this will be linked to applied content. Statistical and quantitative techniques will be used to gain a greater understanding of economic data and applied economics and help you develop an understanding of how these might be applied to real world data, as well as giving you the skills and experience to carry out data analyses that are often required in the economics profession.

Mathematics for Social Sciences

This module introduces you to the mathematical methods necessary for the study of applied economics and social science. The main techniques applicable to the study of modern economic theory will be introduced and where appropriate linked to applied content and will be used to develop your understanding of economic theory. This module provides you with the opportunity to use quantitative techniques and gain an understanding of how these might be useful in theoretical and applied economics, as well as learning something about their limitations.

Accounting for Managers (Foundation)

This module introduces you to how financial information for businesses is prepared, presented and interpreted by internal and external users. As well as delivering theory and technical information, practical application is presented through worked examples, group working and discussions. The objective is to enable you to use financial information for planning, decision making and control, calculate business costings by applying the theory of cost behaviour to different situations and analyse the performance of a business using ratio analysis.

Option modules:

Choose one from a list which may include:

Introduction to Financial Services

This module introduces you to the key areas in the financial services industry in the United Kingdom. You’ll have the opportunity to learn about different financial products and evaluate the needs of different clients and the relative benefits of those diverse financial products.

PROSPECT - Project, Supply Chain and Transport Management

This module provides you with a good understanding of transport, logistics and supply chain management. It focuses on the importance of creating a more eco-friendly, smart, people-centric, and cost-effective transport system that must be multi-modal, integrated and socially inclusive. You’ll learn about inventory and distribution management and creating customer satisfaction, the underpinning of effective management, along with the increasing environmental regulations that are evident in the industry.

Entry requirements

To find out if you’re eligible to start this course in September 2024 and get more information on how to apply, please see our Clearing pages or call our Clearing Helpline on 0333 987 900001484 472777.

If you’re interested in studying this course in September 2025, please view the 2025-26 course information.

What our students have to say


The University of Huddersfield offers a diverse and vibrant student environment, located on one central town centre campus site. Huddersfield Business School provides you with a modern, professional environment to learn and develop, located right next to the Huddersfield Narrow Canal it's in a leafy and picturesque location at the heart of the campus.

Watch our profile video to hear Amandeep describe why he chose the University of Huddersfield.

Placements


The course offers an optional one-year (48 weeks) work placement after the second year, in the UK or abroad.

Our Placement Office works with national and international employers to ensure excellent work experience opportunities are available to you on placement courses as well as giving advice in areas such as interview skills and preparing CVs and covering letters.

Previous placement providers have included Bewley's Tea and Coffee UK (The Roastery), CLS (Conveyancing Liability Solutions), Cummins Turbo Technologies, Freemans Grattan Holdings (FGH), Government Economic Service, Hellmann Worldwide Logistics, Kiddies Kingdom, Kirklees Council Transport Services, LiFE Residential, Lloyds Banking Group, NHS England, PwC and Thornton and Ross.

The placement year is a valuable tool that can enhance your employability and help you to develop as an individual. It is acknowledged that graduates with industry experience are generally much more attractive to employers.

You can find more information on placements here.

In my role the focus was supporting the sales team, I've worked on a variety of projects. For anyone considering a work placement, I'd tell them to take one! Not only will it help your CV and give you an edge over other graduates, but the skills and personal growth opportunities are priceless.

Profile of Caid Caburn

Caid Coburn, National Sales & Category Assistant, Thornton & Ross

Your Career


Previous graduates from this subject area have gone in to roles such as associate resource, finance officer, audit associate, assistant management accountant and commercial finance analyst with companies such as KPMG, DRAX, Cranford Group and public sector organisations including the NHS, the Government Economic Service and Kirklees Council. **

* Percentage of graduates from this course who are in work and/or further study fifteen months after graduating (HESA 20/21 data, UK domiciled graduates, other activities excluded)

**Source: LinkedIn

90% Graduates employed*

Student support

At the University of Huddersfield, you'll find support networks and services to help you get ahead in your studies and social life. Whether you study at undergraduate or postgraduate level, you'll soon discover that you're never far away from our dedicated staff and resources to help you to navigate through your personal student journey. Find out more about all our support services.

Within Huddersfield Business School, there are numerous student support services that you can access to ensure that you make the most of your time with us. In terms of academic support, we have highly qualified Academic Skills Tutors who are able to provide support to those of you who require help in improving your academic skills in areas such as academic writing, presentation techniques, referencing etc. We also offer additional support to our International students by giving free language support sessions to our Final Year/Top-Up and Postgraduate students and co-ordinate the ‘Bud In Hud ‘ programme which provides opportunities for both International and Home students to meet and socialise in an informal setting.

We also have a team of Student Guidance and Support Officers within the School who can provide support and advice to you with any non-academic issues such as health, finance or personal issues you may be facing which are having an effect on your ability to study to the best of your abilities. Drop in sessions are always available so you can pop in and have a confidential chat about how we can help and what support is available to you.

Our support services are here to ensure that you are able to achieve your academic, professional and personal potential during your time with Huddersfield Business School.

Important information

Although we always try and ensure we deliver our courses as described, sometimes we may have to make changes for the following reasons

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by our terms and conditions, Handbook of Regulations and associated policies. It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, along with the Student Protection Plan.

Although we always try and ensure we deliver our courses as described, sometimes we may have to make changes for the following reasons

Changes to a course you have applied for but are not yet enrolled on

If we propose to make a major change to a course that you are holding an offer for, then we will tell you as soon as possible so that you can decide whether to withdraw your application prior to enrolment. We may occasionally have to withdraw a course you have applied for or combine your programme with another programme if we consider this reasonably necessary to ensure a good student experience, for example if there are not enough applicants. Where this is the case we will notify you as soon as reasonably possible and we will discuss with you other suitable courses we can transfer your application to. If you do not wish to transfer to another course with us, you may cancel your application and we will refund you any deposits or fees you have paid to us.

Changes to your course after you enrol as a student

Changes to option modules:

Where your course allows you to choose modules from a range of options, we will review these each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback or demand for certain modules. We will always ensure that you have an equivalent range of options to that advertised for the course. We will let you know in good time the options available for you to choose for the following year.

Major changes:

We will only make major changes to non-optional modules on a course if it is necessary for us to do so and provided such changes are reasonable. A major change is a change that substantially changes the outcomes, or a significant part of your course, such as the nature of the award or a substantial change to module content, teaching days (part time provision), type of delivery or assessment of the core curriculum. For example, it may be necessary to make a major change to reflect changes in the law or the requirements of the University’s regulators or a commissioning or accrediting body. We may also make changes to improve the course in response to student, examiners’ or other course evaluators’ feedback or to ensure you are being taught current best practice. Major changes may also be necessary because of circumstances outside our reasonable control, such as a key member of staff leaving the University or being unable to teach, where they have a particular specialism that can’t be adequately covered by other members of staff; or due to damage or interruption to buildings, facilities or equipment, or pandemics.

Major changes would usually be made with effect from the next academic year, but may happen sooner in an emergency. We will notify you as soon as possible should we need to make a major change and will carry out suitable consultation. If you reasonably believe that the proposed change will cause you detriment or hardship we will, if appropriate, work with you to try to reduce the adverse effect on you or find an appropriate solution. Where an appropriate solution cannot be found and you contact us in writing before the change takes effect you can cancel your registration and withdraw from the University without liability to the University for future tuition fees. We will provide reasonable support to assist you with transferring to another university if you wish to do so.

In exceptional circumstances, we may, for reasons outside of our control, be forced to discontinue or suspend your course. Where this is the case, a formal exit strategy will be followed in accordance with the student protection plan.

The Office for Students (OfS) is the principal regulator for the University.

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