Department of Economics

Undergraduate study

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How do decisions affect our economy and society?

How do you weigh up decisions and decide which option to take? How does that decision effect consumers, producers, families and business owners? At Essex, we teach you how to use data to answer these types of questions, and look at how your decisions impact others.

Your degree is informed by our research – we're 4th in UK for research power in economics and econometrics (Times Higher Education research power measure, REF 2021). That means that what you learn is applicable to challenges facing our economy and society today, and is valuable to many careers. We'll train you to carry out your own research, from finding a research question to gathering and analysing data, reviewing literature, designing the right modelling and testing, and producing a final report to answer your question.

You can tailor your course to match your interests and choose between either our Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree. Maths modules are optional after the first year for our BA, and compulsory for our BSc.

We won’t tell you what to think but we’ll provide you with the tools to think clearly. So, if you’re ingenious, industrious and independent, you’ll succeed at Essex.


Explore our courses in more detail
Why choose us?
  • 1st in the UK for Value-Added for Economics in the Guardian University Guide 2024
  • We connect our research with our teaching so what you learn about is relevant today
  • Learn from the best - your lecturers are research stars in economics
"I chose Essex as it was among the best universities for economics in the UK. The skills I gained prepared me well for the job market. The fact that my course included working extensively with data played a huge part in securing my role as a marketing executive."
Gabriele Gudonaviciute BSc Economics

Develop your skills

You learn skills in demand by employers:

  • logical reasoning
  • analysis of data
  • quantitative methods
  • writing skills
  • improve your project management skills by conducting independent research on economic topics
  • use specialist software and advanced methods in statistical analysis (STATA, Eviews, SPSS software)
  • understand and critically assess empirical findings
  • develop skills to advise government, employers or trade unions on the economic implications of policy options
  • understand economic concepts and modelling approaches
  • assess optimal design of policy implementation.


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Are you aiming for accreditation?

Did you know some of our programmes contain modules that may permit an application for accreditation with major bodies such as the ACCA and the IFoA? We can provide you with the guidance to help support your application.

Ask us about accreditation