This is a four year degree which includes a placement year in industry. The placement year will be taken in year three, where you work for a year in industry before returning to University to complete your final year of study. Economics is concerned with the optimal use of resources. Studying economics develops your knowledge of the factors influencing how international organisations, governments, companies, domestic financial institutions and individuals invest and allocate their resources including money. Economists evaluate and compare the costs and benefits of different courses of action, considering issues such as employment, the distribution of income and wealth, government spending, investment, productivity and growth, international trade, finance and governments' debt servicing. You will develop skills valued by employers, such as analytical and numerical skills, problem solving and the ability to interpret data, extract and understand information. In Year 1, your studies provide a thorough grounding in Economics. In Year 2, you start to specialise through either choosing a pathway or the quantitative analysis unit if you wish to progress to the BSc. In Year 3, you can complete the BA (Hons) Economics or transfer to BSc (Hons) Economics, which has a stronger focus on applied statistical knowledge and quantitative skills. Please note that we do not accept direct applications to the BSc degree. A four year route is available where you can undertake a placement year working in industry or studying abroad. Our staff are research active and they integrate their findings into their undergraduate teaching. This ensures that your studies have a strong theoretical underpinning which is informed by the latest developments. Staff are student focused and have developed innovative teaching methods including Moodle - the University's virtual learning environment - podcasting and videos. An Economics degree develops numerous skills for employment - including analytical, quantitative, IT, presentation and inter-personal skills and we have an impressive graduate employment record. We are a double-accredited business school, having gained the prestigious AACSB accreditation to provide excellence in global management education. This places us among the top 5% of business schools worldwide to have secured this accreditation and means your degree is internationally recognised. A placement year can be an excellent opportunity to acquire high quality work experience and structured on–the-job training whilst earning a salary. We have an award-winning placement team, who advertise vacancies and can help you find a placement. The team has over 25 years’ experience of matching students to employers. They advertise over 1,000 vacancies each year, organise an annual placement fair where you can meet employers who are actively recruiting placement students, deliver CV workshops, provide one-to-one advice, and will conduct a mock interview with you so you can practice your interview technique.