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 proudly rank 1st for student satisfaction in the National Student Survey for the last three years. This is because it’s more than green and lovely, it’s a place of research and academic excellence too. At Keele, studying a combined honours degree will include some modules from both of the single honours degrees. In this case, your programme will be made up of a combination of modules from both Economics and Environmental Studies. Keele has been delivering courses in economics for over 50 years: this is a well-established, well-respected programme which will prepare you for a range of rewarding careers. In Economics, you’ll learn techniques for addressing real world problems and policy-related issues, and explore the behaviour and performance of households, businesses and governments. In considering issues of social importance and policy relevance, and examining real world phenomena, you’ll combine theoretical analysis with up-to-date knowledge about current issues. You’ll use professional software tools to analyse and interpret real economic data and to confidently present complex findings to a range of audiences. An Economics degree from Keele will open up a range of opportunities in business and government. Graduates might take up careers as economists, perhaps in the City or with the prestigious Government Economic Service. They might work in commerce and industry, in education or in local government. With or without further study, you might go into banking, insurance, accounting, management consultancy, or the NHS, for example. You might work as an investment analyst, statistician or financial adviser. Environmental Studies differs from our Environmental Science programme because it focuses on the socio-political nature of environmental problems and the responses to them from individuals, businesses, institutions and civil organisations. You could consider subjects such as sustainable development, environmental policy making, ethical codes of practice and environmental activism and you might do this from perspectives as varied as history, sociology, economics, ethics, human geography, politics, international relations and philosophy. This course is ideal if you’re interested in the way the environment is debated from a broad spectrum of positions. A growing number of careers are open to people who truly understand the many different perspectives on environmental issues. In fact, 1.3 million people are predicted to be working in ‘green’ jobs in the UK by 2017. This course will develop your ability to think critically, and to speak persuasively and knowledgeably, with people who have diverse viewpoints and agendas. You’ll have been well prepared for a choice of rewarding careers; for example, you might work directly in sustainability or in government, for a policy centre, as a journalist or as a campaign.