This course aims to equip students with a thorough background to various aspects of economics, including microeconomics and macroeconomics, qualitative and mathematical research methods as well as to develop a deep knowledge of current global and national economic trends, institutions and policies, highlighting the link between theoretical aspects and real-world applications. You will be taught by staff who are actively engaged in extending subject boundaries through research, in particular within the fields of international trade, economic integration, macroeconomic policy, finance, banking and labour markets. This means that the teaching and supervision you receive benefits from cutting-edge research and stays at the forefront of the latest thinking. Our degrees provide you with vocationally relevant knowledge and understanding, and, depending on modules taken, you will qualify for partial exemption from Chartered Insurance Institute (CII), Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), and Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) examinations. The course also offers a choice of complementary options from other subject disciplines within the School of Management, including, Management, Business, Marketing, and Human Resource Management, which you can select alongside the core Economics modules. Over the course of our degrees students gain a variety of highly transferrable skills sought after by employers who frequently emphasise the need for their employees to possess a wide-range of intellectual skills, self-skills and interactive social skills. These skills encompass several important areas of the work environment including, self-sufficiency and motivation, problem-solving, critical thinking, teamwork and communication, mathematical skills and abilities in data management and analysis. In terms of social skills, our students are taught to develop their abilities to communicate clearly, by presenting findings and explaining pieces of data and improving their problem solving skills; such skills are highly desirable in all graduate jobs. In terms of analytic skills, our students develop experience in handling and analysing complex data; particularly, when they are tasked with assessing research methodologies, data, and research conclusions, as part of their assignments. Our students are encouraged to focus upon these skills and develop them further, in particular, by engaging with opportunities provided to them through their degree. Placements are becoming increasingly popular among students to enhance their employability. In your Second Year you will be introduced to opportunities with employers in both the private and public sectors. In recent years students have undertaken placements within marketing and banking, together with the highly competitive Government Economic Service placement scheme. These are valuable in any area of employment. Indeed, evidence suggests economic degrees are particularly well-rewarded in the labour market (see analysis at: http://studyingeconomics.ac.uk/money-you-could-earn/ and de Vries, R. (2014) Earning by degrees, Sutton Trust). Our graduates find opportunities in both the private and public sectors and many go on to further study in economics or in business or management. Whilst studying for your Economics degree, you may also be interested in studying for a year in one of our partner institutions across Europe, North America, East Asia and Australia. Adding a year abroad is a great way to widen your own horizons and to develop your independence and confidence, together with being positively recognised by employers as an indication of significant extracurricular activities.