This course combines the study of economics and econometrics with a wide range of optional units offered from across the school. Econometrics is the branch of statistics that economists use to verify or disprove theories and analyse the impact of policies and events on the future health of the economy. It has been developed because, unlike physical sciences, where controlled experiments are used to determine the effect of one thing on another, it is impossible to hold the economy constant while tinkering with a single variable. Econometrics provides the scientific means to overcome this issue, using empirical observations. Econometrics involves applying mathematical and statistical skills to analyse economic data. If you are interested in economics and want to have a good understanding of how economists test economic theories, and how that may inform the development of policy, then econometrics may be the subject for you. In 2015 (the most recent graduation cohort) all students on our economics degrees graduated with at least an upper second-class degree, well above the national average of 74 per cent (source: Higher Education Statistics Agency, 2015). 30 per cent achieved a first-class degree.