Course information

Entry requirements

UCAS code

L1M9

Entry requirements

A-level: BBB
BTEC: DDM
IB: 33 points overall with Three HL subjects at 655

Length

3 years full-time

Course overview

Please note, applications to start this programme in 2022 are still open.

Goldsmiths' operating principles for 2022-23 have not yet been finalised but should changes be required to teaching in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, we will publish these as early as possible for prospective students wishing to start their programme in September 2022.

Study economics for a constantly changing world. This degree offers you formal and rigorous training in economic theory with real-world applications, and allows you to specialise in a key area of the modern economy.

Why study BA Economics at Goldsmiths

  • This degree is unique because it presents a pluralist view of the economy. We provide formal and rigorous training in economics and its many schools of thought, giving you a wider variety of perspectives than you will find elsewhere.
  • We also offer something on top of that: an understanding of the real-world context of economics. So that you will be able to effectively use the economist’s toolbox to solve central problems faced by today’s economy.
  • You will learn in small groups and will be assigned a personal tutor for the three years of your undergraduate degree. Your tutor will meet regularly with you, follow your progress, and will be your first point of contact in our programme. See what our students say about the small-group teaching environment.
  • This degree will give you crucial skills for today’s competitive labour market. In recent surveys, employers said that on top of economics graduates’ analytical skills, graduates need a more pluralistic approach to economics. They would also welcome more awareness of economic history, of real-world contexts, and of the limitations of current economic models. They want economists to be able to better communicate their findings to non-specialists. Our degree provides exactly this mix of skills.
  • Economics at Goldsmiths is ranked 3rd in London (20th across the UK) by The Guardian’s guide to the best UK universities (2021). London is the financial hub of the UK and you will have access to today’s best business leaders, economists, and policy practitioners. Find out what our students say about Economics programmes on our YouTube channel.
  • You will cover economic analysis, finance and accounting, maths and statistics, microeconomics, macroeconomics, quantitative methods, and communication and presentation skills. Also, you will be given a choice of modules across departments organised in five minor specialisations from your first year of study. You can choose the one that best suits your interests and future plans. These minor specialisations are:
    • Communication and Technology
    • Markets and Organisations
    • Human Behaviour and Choice
    • The Creative Impulse
    • Concepts, Ideas and Perspectives.
  • To prepare for your future career, we run a wide array of activities to enhance your skills, network and job opportunities. These include mentorship schemes, competitive placements, CV and interview workshops, announcements of job opportunities. The department has a staff member fully dedicated to supporting students’ job market search.
  • Our graduates start careers in a wide range of jobs in consultancy, finance, data analysis, and government. Recent employers include Lloyds Bank, Deloitte, KPMG, CapGemini, Public Health England, Civil Service Fast Stream, Department for Transport. They also go on to postgraduate studies at top institutions in the UK and abroad. Institutions include Cambridge, LSE, New York University, King’s College London and Imperial College.
  • Through the new Turing Scheme, you can spend half of your third year at a university in Europe. You'll attend modules, experience a different culture and academic environment, and you'll have the option of learning or improving a foreign language.
  • You'll be part of the Institute of Management Studies, which 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. The Goldsmiths research community that you will come in contact with is in fact even larger and includes leading experts from Sociology, Psychology, Computing, Media Studies, History, Politics, Design and other departments teaching optional modules for the BA Economics degree.
  • We are proud to be associated with the Goldsmiths’ Library of Economic Literature, which is the main collection in economics literature in the Senate House Library. This is one of the most important libraries in the history of economics and business in the world. You can find more information here and its history is discussed here.

Contact the department

If you have specific questions about the degree, contact Dr Andrés Lazzarini.

What you'll study

 

This degree operates a formal system of minor specialisations, also called streams, which are explained in detail below. The compulsory element of this degree, that all students have to take, are a number of modules that provide students with comprehensive training in Economic theory and application. You will learn in small groups and will be assigned a personal tutor for the three years of your undergraduate degree. Your tutor will meet regularly with you, follow your progress, and will be your first point of contact in our programme

Year 1

Compulsory modules Module title Credits
  Introductory Economics 30 credits
  Economic Reasoning 15 credits
  Perspectives from the Social Sciences 15 credits
  Mathematics for Economics and Business 30 credits

You will also have the choice of optional modules to the value of 30 credits.

Year 2 (credit level 5)

Module title Credits
  Intermediate Microeconomics 15 credits
  Intermediate Macroeconomics 15 credits
  Quantitative Economics 15 credits
  Applied Quantitative Economics 15 credits
  History of Economic Ideas 15 credits
  Economic History 15 credits

You will also have the choice of optional modules to the value of 30 credits. 

Year 3 (credit level 6)

In your final year, you take three compulsory modules:

Module title Credits
  International Economics 15 credits
  Public Economics 15 credits
  Communications and Presentation Skills 15 credits

You also take either:

Module title Credits
  Individual and Institutional Economic Behaviour 15 credits
  or
  Manias, Bubbles, Crises and Market Failure 15 credits

You will also have a choice of optional modules up to the value of 60 credits. Modules from your chosen minor specialisation make up the remaining credits for each year of study. 

Examples of optional modules in Economics include:

Module title Credits
  Finance and Accounting 15 credits
  Introduction to Economic Policy 15 credits
  Consumer Behaviour 15 credits
  Political Economy 30 credits
  Ethics and Economics of Environmental Protection 15 credits
  Finance and the Global Political Economy 15 credits
  International Political Economy 2 15 credits
  Econometrics 15 credits
  Advanced Econometrics 15 credits
  Further Mathematics for Economics 15 credits
  From National Statistics to Big Data 15 credits
  Topics in Mathematical Economics 15 credits
  Development Economics 15 credits
  Topics in Economic Policy 15 credits
  Money, Banking and the Financial System 15 credits
  Marketing Analytics 15 credits

Assessment is by a variety of essays, reports, exams and projects.

Choosing your Stream:

The unique feature of this degree is the choice between the different streams that you can take over your three years. These streams explore links between Economics and related disciplines, and different streams offer modules from the following subject areas: Management, Entrepreneurship, Computing, Psychology, History, Sociology, Media, Anthropology and the Arts.

Goldsmiths’ excellent reputation in all of these subject areas means you’re getting a unique educational experience and each year will provide you with a new level of learning that combines what you have learned previously in economics and in the interdisciplinary streams.

More specifically, in your first year you choose two ‘taster’ modules from two different streams to be taken in the second term of year one. These two modules will help you decide which of the streams you like best and wish to continue with for the next two years.

However, the programme continues to be flexible, as you are able to choose more economics modules from choices offered if you wish, or change streams up until the start of the third year, provided you have taken modules shared between the relevant streams. This means you do not need to worry about making the ‘wrong’ decision in your first year, as you do not choose your third year modules until the second term of your second year.

A summary of what you will learn in each stream can be found below:

I: Communication and Technology

Today communication means technology. This stream explores the new forms of social communication, from the advent of the internet in the 1990s until today and how this has changed how human beings communicate with each other and how they engage in mass, public debate. The stream aims to explore the technological elements of this communications revolution, how it has changed what media does, and how it has transformed society at large. You will learn about these changes both from a practical and a theoretical perspective, and will consider how the information revolution has changed how the economy works.

II: Markets and Organisations

What is a market? How do markets function? In this stream you will explore the differences between markets and other types of organisations found in the modern economy. Through sociology you will explore the different types of social organisations, and how different cultures build and operate their markets. Through History and Politics you will explore the origins and ideology of today’s market system. Furthermore, through a number of modules offered by the IMS you will focus on management, strategy and other aspects of how organisations function in the modern marketplace.

 III: Human Behaviour and Choice

How humans freely choose between competing products and services is a core question of economics. This stream will contrast the economist’s approach to choice, with the work of Anthropologists, Psychologists and Sociologists. You will be asked to explore not only the different findings of these disciplines, but also how they go about analysing human behaviour. The purpose is to familiarise you with a verity of tools and perspectives on human behaviour to supplement your economics training and see its broader social and psychological context.

IV:  The Creative Impulse

Goldsmiths’ research and teaching in creativity, design and the arts is world renowned. This stream creates unconventional connections between the artistic world and the social sciences. Design, Drama and Theatre Arts explore human creativity but also engage in creative activity, whereas Sociology, Psychology and Economics try to rationalise and analyse the process. In this stream you will explore this creative impulse and its psychological and social implications; you will analyse it, but also, realise that some of the magic is beyond the reach of the social scientist.

 V: Concepts, Ideas and Perspectives

What makes the economist’s viewpoint so distinctive across the social sciences? This stream explores in depth the context of economic ideas. Politics explores how economic ideas are not value free but have a strong ideological basis. History shows how ideas developed from special societal conditions, and how they change as circumstances change. Finally, Sociology explores the social setting of economic ideas, and how different societies understand and implement key economic concepts. In this stream the student will explore how economic ideas shape our world and why they are so powerful in shaping modern society.

In each of these streams you will be given a range of modules to choose from throughout the three years. Thus, this system offers you substantial freedom for you to personalise your educational experience and explore areas of knowledge that interest you.

If you would like to find out more about your module choices throughout this degree, please see this presentation explaining your options.

Teaching style

This programme is taught through scheduled learning - a mixture of lectures, seminars and workshops. 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.

The following information gives an indication of the typical proportions of learning and teaching for each year of this programme*:

  • Year 1 - 16% scheduled learning, 84% independent learning
  • Year 2 - 14% scheduled learning, 86% independent learning
  • Year 3 - 14% scheduled learning, 86% independent learning

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.

The following information gives an indication of how you can typically expect to be assessed on each year of this programme*:

  • Year 1 - 55% coursework, 45% written exam
  • Year 2 - 51% coursework, 49% written exam
  • Year 3 - 68% coursework, 26% written exam, 6% practical

*Please note that these are averages are based on enrolments for 2021/22. Each student’s time in teaching, learning and assessment activities will differ based on individual module choices. Find out more about how this information is calculated.

 

Credits and levels of learning

An undergraduate honours degree is made up of 360 credits – 120 at Level 4, 120 at Level 5 and 120 at Level 6. If you are a full-time student, you will usually take Level 4 modules in the first year, Level 5 in the second, and Level 6 modules in your final year. A standard module is worth 30 credits. Some programmes also contain 15-credit half modules or can be made up of higher-value parts, such as a dissertation or a Major Project.

Download the programme specification. If you would like an earlier version of the programme specification, please contact the Quality Office.

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

For 2021-22 and 2020–21, we have made some changes to how the teaching and assessment of certain programmes are delivered. To check what changes affect this programme, please visit the programme changes page.

What our students say

Kareem Anderson-Friday

Choosing to study Economics at Goldsmiths was probably the best decision I've made.

Choosing to study Economics at Goldsmiths was probably the best decision I've made. Throughout the programme, I learned much of the content expected of an economics degree; including micro and macroeconomics, quantitative methods and so on. However, I also got an understanding of the psychological element of economics; why people and businesses make the decisions they do. The programme also gave me the opportunity to branch out into neighbouring areas such as politics, management and even anthropology. By the time I graduated, I had the confidence to solve any problem put in front of me.

It goes without saying that at Goldsmiths you'll be introduced to an outstanding group of teachers each with their own unique set of abilities and teaching styles. I was also fortunate enough to meet students with a wide range of backgrounds and personalities, whom I've learned a lot from. I had a strong three years at Goldsmiths, and I wouldn't trade my time there for anything.

Idowu A Isaac Ojo

Being in a space where art can be studied alongside Economics was a factor that I found interesting.

I chose to study at Goldsmiths due to where it is located. It's in London, the atmosphere on campus is wonderful and the university's links to other campuses were all factors that I considered as I chose my course. Being in a space where art can be studied alongside Economics was a factor that I found interesting as I felt it stimulated different parts of my brain. Prior to studying at Goldsmiths, I was working and the transition has been smooth. I am on course to finishing and being here has been helping me to think longer-term about the sort of role I wish to play in society through my degree.

I have started a photography business while at Goldsmiths. This has been a rewarding challenge that I am diving into with support and help from my partner, friends and family.

Entry requirements

We accept the following qualifications:

A-level: BBB
BTEC: DDM
International Baccalaureate: 33 points overall with Three HL subjects at 655
Access: Pass with 45 Level 3 credits including 30 Distinctions and a number of merits/passes in subject-specific modules
Scottish qualifications: BBBBC (Higher) or BBC (Advanced Higher)
European Baccalaureate: 75%
Irish Leaving Certificate: H2 H2 H2 H2

Additional requirements

You should have at least Grade B/Grade 6 in GCSE Economics, Maths or Statistics.

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 & funding

Annual tuition fees

These are the fees for students starting their programme in the 2022/2023 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: £17560

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.

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.

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.

Facilities

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.

Research

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

Careers

Skills

This degree equips you with an array of skills that will help you stand out in the marketplace and launch your career. Through our modules you will learn economic theory and application, and practice your skills in writing, presenting and data analysis.

The structure of this programme of studies also equips you with the following skills:

  • An ability to explain economic ideas to non-economists in government and the business world
  • A 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 that distinguishes you from the crowd

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. 

How we help you achieve your career goals

We believe employability and becoming career-ready should be an absolutely integral part of your time with us. We will work with you to help you discover the kind of role that might be right for you, how to access those opportunities and then how to market yourself effectively into the role and be successful.

Core elements of our offering are about helping you get career-ready early on in your second year so you are well placed to secure a placement or internship in the summer, an all-important step to securing that dream graduate role. We have two second-year optional modules you can select:

Developing an Employability Strategy Module (credit-bearing):  Get yourself career-ready. This module will take you through the employability journey. What kind of skills and motivators do you have, what kind of role and industry might be right for you and how to successfully market yourself into those roles?

Work Placement Module (credit-bearing): Get real-life experience in industry. A work placement will help you expand your network and provide valuable insights into the world of work. Some students have gone on to receive a graduate offer just after their placement!

Other ways we support you on your career journey

Tools: We have a range of tools to help you understand yourself, your skills, values and motivators and what kind of role might be right for you. Then make a detailed career plan to achieve success.

Careers resources:  We have a wealth of online resources to help you research what employers are looking for and where you might fit, then access those job opportunities.

Workshops – Discover Opportunities, Network and Market Yourself Effectively:  A number of workshops both within the IMS and wider College covering topics such as what our students go on to do, how to find and apply for intern and graduate roles and personal branding. As well as how to market yourself effectively, successful CVs and application forms and how to succeed at interview and assessment centres. 

Events on campus:  Benefit from a range of careers fairs, speaker series, panel discussions, career clubs and networking events to get as much industry exposure and connections as you can. 

1:1 Support: Meet with the careers consultant to explore your career strategy. The consultants can give you advice on your job search strategy, help with CVs and cover letters, help with psychometrics. As well as helping you hone your interview skills.

Mentoring: A wide range of mentoring opportunities are available with industry experts and alumni. Get advice and insights from industry professionals, many of who have been where you are now. Helping students understand where they can fit into the world of work and how to successfully access opportunities.

Gold Award: Is a personal and professional development programme designed to help identify your current skills, develop new skills and gain experiences through co-curricular activities. A well-rounded portfolio of skills and experiences is essential in the competitive working world. 

GoldReach: We recognise that students from underrepresented groups* may face additional barriers accessing graduate-level employment. GoldReach aims to help you reflect on your aspirations and reach your potential. GoldReach will provide you with the opportunity to broaden your career horizons, develop your employability skills and access a range of opportunities.

Destination Data for our Economics Programmes

Our well-rounded students go into a wide range of roles across different industries. We have students going into more traditional economist roles such as finance, investment banking, the civil service, development agencies and economic consulting. However, we also have some that go on to teach as well as alumni going to work in organisations as diverse as Warner Music Group, The Ministry for Justice, marketing agencies and even starting their own business. 

The careers of our graduates from the past two years are mainly in government (19%), finance (17%), technology (10%) and professional services (9%) among other sectors (26%). Around 19% of our graduates have gone on to pursue postgraduate degrees.

Jobs include M&A analyst at Ackroyd Legal, equity risk analyst intern at Kings Investment Fund, foreign exchange trader at TY Assets, junior investment writer at FE Investment, Head of Strategy at Dual International, consulting analyst at Deloitte, audit assistant at KPMG, rewards analyst at Wills Tower Watson, graduate analyst at CapGemini, trainee teacher of economics at Harris Federation, assessment team lead at BPP, business and finance analyst in the Civil Service Fast Stream, funding and incentive officer at the Department for International Trade, public health intelligence analyst at Public Health England, and assistant economist at Department for Transport.

Institutions where our graduates have gone for postgraduate degrees include Cambridge, LSE, New York University, King’s College London, Imperial College, Durham, and Queen Mary.