At Keele University, we’re different. Nestled in 600 acres of countryside in the heart of the UK, we have a big campus but a small and cosmopolitan community. We’re proud to be ‘University of the Year for Student Experience’ in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017, in addition to having been ranked No.1 in the National Student Survey 2014-2016. This is because it’s more than green and lovely, it’s a place of research and academic excellence too. This course gives you the opportunity to become experienced in using professional software tools such as Bloomberg and Stata to analyse and interpret real economic data for a range of audiences. To further develop and demonstrate these practical and highly sought after skills you can choose to take a placement year between years two and three of your studies. You will study the economic behaviour of households, businesses and governments and examine the functioning of markets and the effects of fiscal and monetary policies. The course will help you to understand a range of current issues including austerity and recession, growth and currency fluctuations and why markets may fail to operate efficiently. You will graduate with a range of skills and capabilities, both subject-related and more general, lifelong skills, such as analytical ability, critical thinking and advanced numeracy. Every year, at least one statistical module is compulsory, to prepare you to take advantage of the professional opportunities made possible by the Big Data revolution. All these skills will help you prepare for a graduate career and/or for further study. An Economics degree from Keele will open up a range of opportunities in business, government, the financial sector and the charitable sector. Graduates take up careers as economists in the City, with the prestigious Government Economics Service or might work in commerce or industry, education or local government. Typical careers include banking, insurance, accounting, management consultancy, investment analyst, statistician or financial advisor.