Economics is built on some simple and yet important ideas known as threshold concepts. These apply to decisions taken every day by individuals, firms and governments. Some of these decisions can have very important effects for all of us. Take, for example, decisions made by financial institutions in the 2000s. It seems strange then that many decision-makers seem not to fully understand these threshold concepts.
This course aims to produce graduates who can disseminate these concepts, influencing positively, debates and decisions taken by a myriad of individuals and groups in society.
Why choose this course?
This popular course provides a solid grounding in the main elements of economic analysis, while emphasising their application to public and private organisations, as well as to questions of policy.
It will enable you to make sense of a range of important real-world issues affecting our everyday lives and improve your decision-making skills in ways that are distinctive to the discipline of economics.
It will also enable you to engage confidently and expertly in discussion with professionals in many sectors of the real economy.
You will have access to our Trading Room, which gives students the simulated experience of working in the fast-moving world of shares trading.
The course can be studied over three years full-time or four years with a placement.
Opportunities to study abroad are available.
Full-time students can choose to complete a short internship, study abroad, set up their own enterprise, or run a community project, during the second half of Year Two.
Creating successful graduates
93% of our graduates are employed or engaged in further study six months after leaving (Latest DLHE Survey Undergraduate results 2011/12).
Graduates from this course have gone on to successful careers in both the private and public sectors, securing positions such as Accounts Executive, Imports Coordinator, Trainee Assistant Merchandiser and Recruitment Executive.
The course starts in September. Term time will follow the standard academic calendar throughout the three years, except for those taking a placement year, who during their third year will work for a minimum of 48 weeks of the year.
What will I study?
Quantitative Methods for Economists
Economics in Graduate Occupations
Economic History and Thought
Introductory Finance for Economists
First six months
All students will study core modules.
Economic Principles and Applications I
Second six months
Full-time students choose one from:
Taught modules (see below)
Placement students and full-time students that have selected taught modules above will study:
Economic Principles and Applications II
Plus one optional module from:
Management Accounting for Decision Making
Placement year for those on the four-year course. Students also have the option to study abroad with a partner institution for the year, or a combination of both studying abroad and working.
Leadership and Employability
Macroeconomic Issues and Policy
Choice and Welfare
Jean Monnet Europe and the World Economy
Plus one optional module from:
Contemporary Economic Perspectives
Investment and Portfolio Management
How will I learn?
The teaching team offers a range of stimulating activities designed to develop your existing knowledge, skills and qualities. We use a mixture of teaching methods including traditional lectures and seminars, workshop practice sessions, guest lectures (these have previously included the Economics Network and Bank of England), problem-based learning and group discussions.
In addition to this you will also be involved in a variety of practical work such as individual and group presentations, student-led seminars, debates, role play, industry-sponsored competitions and project work. These elements are included to help you develop a range of skills such as time management, effective presentation, communication, customer focus, entrepreneurial skills and team working.
Final year students are also encouraged to act as mentors to incoming students, providing an important, additional source of assistance, advice and support, whilst also giving finalists valuable experience.
On average you will receive 12 - 15 hours of teaching per week from a combination of lectures and seminars. You'll then be expected to increase your understanding of the subject area through independent study for each module.
Throughout your course the scheduled contact hours you receive will gradually decrease as you undertake independent study and the research project in your final year. This will still remain at approximately 12 hours a week though and you will still have regular contact with your tutors.
You will also have time-tabled sessions for your induction at the beginning of the year, and sessions on employability and opportunities that you can get involved with whilst at university.
Teaching support and personal tutor sessions
Our teaching and personal support staff have been commended and recognised in as excellent in successive independent reviews.
You will have a number of one on one tutor sessions during each year, which will allow you to:
Discuss and gain feedback about your work.
Ask questions about the projects you're working on.
Raise any difficulties you are experiencing relating to your work, personal circumstances or your University experience.
Learning from industry experts
Our tutors have industry experience in their specialist field, which means you will gain practical insight into these fields and how companies are run.
"I loved the staff - they were always so helpful and were always there to support me. I went away on a scholarship to America for a year and they fully encouraged me to go."
Arti Patel, BA (Hons) Economics
Where will I study?
All students will attend lectures and seminars at NTU's City site, in the impressive Newton building, home to Nottingham Business School.
Virtual learning environment
You'll have access to our virtual learning environment, NOW, which is a flexible web-based system that gives you 24-hour access to module learning materials and reading lists. It allows you to discuss work with tutors and submit coursework electronically from anywhere in the world.
How will I be assessed?
Modules are assessed in a variety of ways. Examples of assessment include:
individual and group coursework
The degree classification is based on 25% of second year work and 75% of final year work.
In response to student feedback the University has introduced a policy that ensures you are given feedback on assessment within three weeks of submission.
Welcoming students from across the world
Nottingham Trent University has a diverse student community, with a significant number of international students choosing to study here from across the world. We provide specialist staff, services and facilities to help you through all stages of being a student. Find out more about our International Student Support Services.
Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).
Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.
All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.
IELTS band : 6.5 CAE score : 75(Grade B)
To study at this university, you have to speak English. We advice you totake an IELTS test.
You will need:
No work experience is required.
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