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Our BSc International Economics (including foundation year)will be suitable for you, if your academic qualifications do not yet meet our entrance requirements for an undergraduate course, and you want a programme that takes you to the right academic level as well as improves your English language and academic skills. This four-year course includes a foundation year (Year Zero) ,followed by a further three years of undergraduate study.
During your Year Zero, you study four academic subjects relevant to your chosen course. Our compulsory English language and academic skills module supplements your academic subjects. After successful completion of Year Zero in our International Academy, you transfer to the relevant school, department or centre to complete your course.
On this course, you can also take an accelerated route if you demonstrate high ability during your first two terms. This means that you then continue through your third term, and during the summer of your first year, to study material equivalent to the first year of our three-year courses. Success in your September examination allows you to progress into your second year.
Detailed Course FactsApplication deadline January 15 Tuition fee
- GBP 9000 Year (EEA)
- GBP 9250 Year (Non-EEA)
The special characteristics of our courses are flexibility and choice. In your first year, you usually take four or five modules that include pre-requisite(s) for your course but, in many cases, mean you can try subjects you have not come across before. If you are taking science and engineering subjects, then these options are slightly restricted because our science modules tend to rely on previous knowledge of the subject.
With a small number of exceptions, if you successfully complete the first year of your BSc, then you are qualified to enter the second year not only of that course but also of a range of other courses: for example, if you are a BSc student who takes economics, politics, philosophy and sociology in your first year, then you have a choice of at least two courses and, in some cases, as many as five. This means you can change your course, providing you have taken the appropriate pre-requisites and places are available.
We offer a range of optional modules in your second- and final-years and most courses allow you to undertake a final-year project, an individual piece of research on a topic that interests you. Some of our science courses offer an optional extra year of an industrial placement.
We operate a credit framework for our awards, which is based on principles widely used across the UK university sector. Each module has a credit rating attached and our standard three-year course consists of 360 credits (120 credits in your first year, and 240 credits across your second and final years).
Please note that module information on our course finder provides a guide to course content and may be subject to review on an annual basis.
Business and Management;
Introduction to Probability and Statistical Methods;
Core Mathematics; and
Introduction to Economics;
Introduction to Quantitative Economics;
Methods of Economic Analysis; and
one social science option
Mathematical Models in Economics;
Introduction to Econometric Methods;
International Trade Institutions and Policy;
International Financial Institutions and Policy
Economics Research Project;
International Money and Finance; and
four half-year economics modules
English Language Requirements
IELTS band : 5
To study at this university, you have to speak English. We advice you totake an IELTS test. More About IELTS
A-levels: 180 points, including DD at A-level or equivalent
GCSE Mathematics: C
GCSE English: C
Achievement of the Access to HE Diploma with a minimum of 45 level three credits at pass (or above).
English language requirements for applicants whose first language is not English: IELTS 5.5 overall with minimum 5.5 in each component or equivalent (subject to final approval).
No work experience is required.
- Academic Excellence Scholarship
"The Academic Excellence Scholarship can provide up to a 50 % reduction in tuition per semester. These scholarships will be renewed if the student maintains superior academic performance during each semester of their 3-year Bachelor programme. The scholarship will be directly applied to the student’s tuition fees."
- Access Bursary
Bursary for UK students all subjects where the variable tuition fee rate is payable.
- Alumni Bursary
Alumni Bursary for UK Undergraduate students
* The scholarships shown on this page are suggestions first and foremost. They could be offered by other organisations than University of Essex.
For up-to-date information on funding opportunities at Essex, please visit: www.essex.ac.uk/studentfinance.