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Economics BSc

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Overview

Our Economics BSc is taught by the Department of Political Economy and the King’s Business School and combines detailed analysis of economic theory and its application with practical examination of how economic ideas and principles impact contemporary policy and business decision making. The course will develop your analytical and critical skills through modules in economic theory, statistics, maths and econometrics and apply these to a range of problems in the economy, business, politics and policy making.

 

 

Key benefits

  • Delivered by two schools, giving you different economic perspectives and applications.
  • The Department of Political Economy is the only department of its kind in the UK.
  • Offers a case-based approach to Economic Principles in year 1, developed by the CORE project to apply real world scenarios in the teaching of economics.
  • Watch a short film about the course and a mini taster lecture.

Key information

UCAS code L100

Duration Three years

Study mode Full-time

Course type Single honours

Further details

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy King's Business School

Department Department of Political Economy

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Economics BSc

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Taught by the Department of Political Economy and the King's Business School, our Economics BSc combines detailed analysis of economic theory and its application with practical examination of how economic ideas and principles impact contemporary policy and business decision making.

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Course detail

Description

Economics BSc will give you a thorough understanding of economic events and processes in a global context. You will learn to think critically and independently about the issues you encounter in your studies and develop a range of skills that will support your intellectual, vocational and personal development. The first year of the course provides you with the foundations in economics, and places a heavy emphasis on history both in terms of the history of economic thought and economic history. You will increasingly be free to choose from a range of optional modules in your second and third years, allowing you to pursue your own academic interests.  

 As part of our Economics course, you will cover elements of economics of financial markets. If you would like to study modules in Finance and Accountancy as part of your degree, you may wish to consider applying for either one of our Economics and Management or Business Management courses, which have a greater focus on these areas.

Teaching style

We use a variety of teaching methods including lectures, classes and small group discussions.

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

Assessment

We assess this course through a mix of methods, including unseen exams, essays and problem sets, and oral presentations.

Location

We are based on the Strand and Waterloo Campuses, offering you easy access to all the facilities of the university. We are close to the heart of economic and political London, as the City and Westminster are on either side of us. The university’s library and computing facilities are easily accessible, together with the opportunity to use the University of London library at Senate House and access to the British Library at St Pancras.

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Structure

Year 1

Courses are divided into modules.  Each year you will normally take modules totalling 120 credits.

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study.  Therefore, modules offered may change.  We suggest you keep an eye on this course page for updates.

Required Modules

You are required to take the following modules:

  • Principles of Economics (30 credits)
  • Statistics for Economists (15 credits)
  • Mathematics for Economists (15 credits)
  • Advanced Mathematics for Economists (15 credits)
  • The World Economy & its History (30 credits)
  • Studying Economics (15 credits)

 

Optional Modules

There are no optional modules in your first year, but all students are eligible to take an assessed 15 credit language module in addition to their 120 credits.

Year 2

Required Modules

You are required to take the following modules:

  • Microeconomics (15 credits)
  • Introduction to Econometrics (15 credits)
  • Intermediate Econometrics (15 credits)
  • Macroeconomics (15 credits)
Optional Modules

In addition, you are required to take four modules (60 credits) from a range of optional modules which may typically include:

  • The Economics of Politics (15 credits)
  • Game Theory (15 credits) 
  • Economics of the Public Sector (15 credits)
  • International Trade (15 credits)
  • Ethics, Economics and Environmental Protection (15 credits)
  • In addition to the modules above, students can take an assessed 15 credit language module in addition to their 120 credits.

You will also have the opportunity to study abroad with one of our partner institutions for the second semester of the second year. Typical study abroad destinations include the following:

• Hong Kong University

• McGill University National University of Singapore

• University of North Carolina

• Complutense de Madrid

• Copenhagen Business School

Year 3

Required Modules

You are required to take the following modules:

  • Advanced Macroeconomics (15 credits)

  • Advanced Microeconomics (15 credits)

Optional Modules

In addition, you are required to take six modules from a range of optional modules which may typically include:

  • The Economics of Crime (15 credits)
  • Behavioural Political Economy (15 credits) 
  • Topics in Development Economics ( 15 credits)
  • International Institutions and Global Governance (15 credits) 
  • Topics in Economic Theory (15 credits)
  • Ethics, Economics and Public Policy (15 credits) 
  • Political Economy of Inequality (15 credits) 
  • Managerial Economics (15 credits)
  • Money and Banking (15 credits)
  • Health Economics (15 credits)

 

 

Entry requirements

 

Required grades

A*AA

Please note that A-level General Studies, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills and Global Perspectives are not accepted by King's as one of your A-levels. However, if offered the grade achieved may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has just fallen short of the conditions of their offer.

Required grades

35 points overall (including TOK/EE) and three Higher Level subjects at 766

Required grades

45 Level 3 credits: 39 must be from units awarded at Distinction, with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit

Required grades

D2 D3 D3

Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels) considered

Required grades

Further information below

If you are taking the new RQF BTEC Nationals (2016), you will not be required to fulfil the module requirement stipulated above - you will only need to get the right overall grade. If you are taking the QCF BTEC Nationals (2010), you must achieve both the required overall grade and the specified module grades. If you are unsure which BTEC you are studying, your teacher or school/college counsellor should be able to tell you.

Required grades

Further information below

If you are taking the new RQF BTEC Nationals (2016), you will not be required to fulfil the module requirement stipulated above - you will only need to get the right overall grade. If you are taking the QCF BTEC Nationals (2010), you must achieve both the required overall grade and the specified module grades. If you are unsure which BTEC you are studying, your teacher or school/college counsellor should be able to tell you.

Required grades

Further information below

If you are taking the new RQF BTEC Nationals (2016), you will not be required to fulfil the module requirement stipulated above - you will only need to get the right overall grade. If you are taking the QCF BTEC Nationals (2010), you must achieve both the required overall grade and the specified module grades. If you are unsure which BTEC you are studying, your teacher or school/college counsellor should be able to tell you.

Required grades

88% overall

 

Visit our admissions webpages to view our international entry requirements and English language entry requirements.

Required subjects

Mathematics

Preferred subjects

None

Further information and other requirements

Entry requirements
A-Level  A*AA

Including grade A in Mathematics.

Please note that A-level General Studies, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills and Global Perspectives are not accepted by King's as one of your A-levels. However, if offered the grade achieved may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has just fallen short of the conditions of their offer. 

Access to HE Diploma

D: 39 credits

M: 6 credits

P: 0 credits

Must include Level 3 Study of Mathematics.

Access to HE Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits: 39 must be from units awarded at Distinction, with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit.

Cambridge Pre-U D2 D3 D3

Including grade D3 in Mathematics

Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels) considered.

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF from 2010)   DDM with eleven Distinctions and two A levels at grades A*A or D*DD with fourteen Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA, including grade A in A level Mathematics.
BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF from 2010)   DM with six Distinctions and two A levels at grades A*A or D*D with ten Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA, including grade A in A level Mathematics.
BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (QCF from 2010)   D with four modules at Distinction and two A levels at grades A*A or D* with five modules at Distinction and two A levels at grades AA, including grade A in A level Mathematics.
Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers

AAA at Highers

and

AA at Advanced Higher

Including grade A in Advanced Higher Mathematics.

Must be a combination of three Scottish Highers and two Scottish Advanced Highers. We do not count the Higher and Advanced Higher in the same subject.

International Baccalaureate 35 points

Including 7,6,6 at Higher Level with HL6 in Mathematics. The total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE.

Note: IB students studying the new Maths curriculum would be required to study either Analysis and Approaches or Applications and Interpretation at Higher Level to meet the subject requirement for this programme

Other International Qualifications   Visit our admissions webpages to view our international entry requirements
English Language Requirements Band B Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

Selection procedure

Application deadline: January 15th 2019

Fees and funding

Full time tuition fees UK:

The UK tuition fee for the 2019-2020 academic year is currently £9,250 per year. This is based on the UK Government’s cap.

Full time tuition fees EU:

Students starting their programme in 2019/20 (September 2019) who are eligible to pay EU fees will pay the same rate of tuition fees as UK students. This will apply for the duration of their programme, but may be subject to change by the UK Government for subsequent cohorts from 2020/21.

The UK tuition fee for the 2019-2020 academic year is currently £9,250 per year. This is based on the UK Government’s cap.

Full time tuition fees International:

The International tuition fee for the 2019-2020 academic year is £24,900 per year.

Please note that the International tuition fee is subject to annual increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

All International applicants to Undergraduate programmes are required to pay a deposit of £2,000 against their first year’s tuition fee. This deposit is payable when you firmly accept an unconditional offer to study with us, and will be offset against your tuition fees when you join King’s.

 

Additional costs/expenses

In addition to your tuition costs, you can also expect to pay for: 

  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies 
    • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions 
    • Library fees and fines 
    • Personal photocopies 
    • Printing course handouts 
    • Society membership fees 
    • Stationery 
    • Graduation costs
    • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses 

 

For further information, please visit our fees and funding pages.

 

Financial help and support

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Career prospects

Economics students are highly valued by employers for their excellent mathematical and analytical skills. You will acquire a range of transferable skills including the ability to tackle problems, team working, IT skills and the ability to argue a case.

Career destinations

Based on the careers of students in the King’s Business School and the Department of Political Economy, we expect our graduates to go on to careers as:

  • Political consultants
  • Finance analysts
  • Public affairs professionals
  • Corporate bankers
  • Investment strategists
  • Business analysts
  • Managing directors

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