BA (Hons)
Economics with Law

This degree combines training in economics with in-depth knowledge of the legal framework of the economy giving you a unique vantage point from which to launch your professional career.

Why study BA Economics with Law at Goldsmiths

  • This degree gives you a rigorous foundation in economic thinking and the analytical tools that are part of an economist’s training.
  • You will have a basic training in Law while focusing on the aspects of Law that are most relevant to an economist.
  • You will learn about the way legal structures and argument form the modern political and social reality and how this relates to economic arguments.
  • The programme trains you to effectively apply economic and legal tools to the different political and social realities of today.
  • You will develop a broad range of skills that are sought after in a competitive marketplace, including how to explain economic ideas to those in business and government.
  • At the Institute of Management Studies, we focus our teaching efforts on a small cohort of students per year. By doing so, we give you the opportunity to interact a lot with lecturers and other students.
  • You’ll learn in small groups and will be assigned a personal tutor for the three years of your programme. Your tutor will meet regularly with you, follow your progress, and help you whenever you need. See what our students say about the small-group teaching environment.

Contact the department

If you have specific questions about the degree, contact Ivano Cardinale.

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Entry requirements

A-level: ABB
IB: 33 points


3 years full-time


Home - full-time: £9250
International - full-time: £19640


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What you'll study

Year 1 (credit level 4)

In your first year, you'll take the following compulsory modules:

Module title Credits
Introductory Economics 30 credits
21st Century Legal Skills 15 credits
Economic Reasoning 15 credits
Mathematics for Economics and Business 30 credits
Contract Law 30 credits

Note about optional modules (if available): The above is indicative of the typical modules offered, but is not intended to be construed or relied on as a definitive list of what might be available in any given year. The module content and availability is subject to change.

Teaching style

This programme is taught through scheduled learning – a mixture of lectures, seminars and computer labs. You’ll also be expected to undertake a significant amount of independent study. This includes carrying out required and additional reading, preparing topics for discussion, and producing essays or project work.

How you'll be assessed

You’ll be assessed by a variety of methods, depending on your module choices. These include coursework, examinations, group work and projects.


Please note that, due to staff research commitments, not all of these modules may be available every year.

Entry requirements

We accept the following qualifications:

A-level: ABB
International Baccalaureate: 33 points
Access: 60 credits overall with 33 distinctions and distinctions/merits in related subjects

Alternative qualifications

See our full list of undergraduate entry qualifications.

We welcome students with a range of educational experiences. If you believe you may not meet the standard qualification requirements we would still encourage you to apply because we consider all aspects of your application when making a decision.

We’ll pay particularly careful attention to your personal statement, which is your opportunity to demonstrate your interest in the subject you’ve applied for. Your referees are also welcome to include any relevant contextual comments around your academic achievements. We’ll look at all these things when making a decision on your application, as well as your qualifications and grades.

International qualifications

We also accept a wide range of international qualifications. Find out more about the qualifications we accept from around the world.

If English isn’t your first language, you will need an IELTS score (or equivalent English language qualification) of 6.0 with a 6.0 in writing and no element lower than 5.5 to study this programme. If you need assistance with your English language, we offer a range of courses that can help prepare you for degree-level study.

Fees and funding

Annual tuition fees

These are the UG fees for students starting their programme in the 2024/2025 academic year.

From August 2021 EU/EEA/Swiss nationals will no longer be eligible for 'Home' fee status. EU/EEA/Swiss nationals will be classified as 'International' for fee purposes, more information can be found on our fees page.

  • Home - full-time: £9250
  • International - full-time: £19640

If your fees are not listed here, please check our undergraduate fees guidance or contact the Fees Office, who can also advise you about how to pay your fees.

It’s not currently possible for international students to study part-time if you require a Student Visa, however this is currently being reviewed and will be confirmed in the new year. Please read our visa guidance in the interim for more information. If you think you might be eligible to study part-time while being on another visa type, please contact our Admissions Team for more information.

If you are looking to pay your fees please see our guide to making a payment.

Funding opportunities

We offer a wide range of scholarships and bursaries, and our careers service can also offer advice on finding work during your studies. Find out more about funding your studies with us.

Additional costs

In addition to your tuition fees, you'll be responsible for any additional costs associated with your course, such as buying stationery and paying for photocopying. You can find out more about what you need to budget for on our study costs page.

There may also be specific additional costs associated with your programme. This can include things like paying for field trips or specialist materials for your assignments. Please check the programme specification for more information.


Getting you ready for work

By giving you the interdisciplinary knowledge of both Economics and Law, and an understanding of how they relate to one another, you’ll be graduating with the knowledge and expertise to make a difference in modern society.

Having knowledge of the economic, political and legal worlds and how they interlink will set you up for success.

During your second year, you'll have the option to take a module called My Career Strategy. This allows you to focus on your professional profile and prepare you for your future career.

More broadly the department runs a variety of employment-related activities that include:

  • A mentoring scheme
  • Job-related talks
  • Networking activities with graduates and professionals
  • information on job openings
  • Training in CV writing and developing your professional profile

You can also get tailored career advice and support through Goldsmiths' central Careers Service, from the day you join until three years after graduation.


The BA in Economics with Law equips you with a broad range of skills that are sought after in a competitive marketplace. These include:

  • An ability to explain economic ideas to non-economists in government and the business world
  • Knowledge of the limits of economic models for analysing real-world data
  • An understanding of the economy that can meet new challenges and unforeseen crises
  • A personal philosophy of how the economy works
  • An understanding of legal processes

You'll also gain skills in teamwork, time management, organisation, critical thinking, reflection and independent research. All of these skills are greatly sought after by graduate employers.


We are proud to be associated with the Goldsmiths’ Library of Economic Literature, which is the main collection in Economics literature in Senate House Library. This is one of the most important libraries in the history of economics and business in the world.

Find out more about the Library's history on the University of London website.

Other academics

This course is interdisciplinary, allowing you to work with our leading academics across the Institute of Management Studies and the Department of Law.

Other academics on this course will include:


The Institute of Management Studies is highly interdisciplinary and has academics researching not only in Economics and Political Economy, but also in Consumer Theory, Management, Business Psychology, Strategy, Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Economics lecturers at Goldsmiths have recently completed a project called Economics: Past, Present and Future, a website produced used across universities in the UK that features interviews with celebrated economists such as Sheila DowGeoff HarcourtCharles GoodhartTony LawsonJulie NelsonK. Vela Velupillai, Anwar Shaikh, Jayati Ghosh and Ha-Joon Chang.

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