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.
"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."
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