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BSc International Economics and Trade

By the end of your degree course you will have:

  • a deep understanding of globalisation, trade and economic policy
  • analytical and practical tools with which to understand China's place in the world economy
  • the skills of a well-trained economist with a focus on international economics and advanced econometric analysis

Year one-N.B. This year is not compulsory for students with appropriate qualifications for year two entry.

This programme is designed for international students whose first language is not English or whose qualifications were not obtained in an English-medium education system. Other students can skip this year.

You will develop your English language skills so that you can make the most of your degree programme. The course is intensive and is structured to ensure you maximise your time in and outside of lecture rooms.

In your preliminary year, you will:

  • work in a small group
  • be encouraged to undertake activities that help you develop your fluency in English
  • learn how to present your work in public
  • be taught techniques to keep improving your English
  • develop habits for lifelong learning

By the time you complete your preliminary year, you will have:

  • a deep knowledge of English grammar
  • expanded your vocabulary so that you are familiar with relevant technical terms
  • skills to analyse complex texts and extract information in order to build academic arguments

Preliminary year modules specifically for economics students include:

  • Introduction to Business and Economics
  • Foundation Calculus and Mathematical Techniques

Examination results in your preliminary year do not influence your final degree classification. However, it is necessary to complete these programmes and pass all English modules in order to progress to the second year. 

Year two

You will be introduced to the the fundamentals of economics. In your second year (also referred to as a qualifying year), the emphasis is on:

  • ensuring you develop a solid grounding in economic  theory and quantitative methods
  • deepening your understanding of the relevance of these methods in the study of economic questions of cultural, political or social importance

Your modules might include:

 Code

Title 

 Credits

 Compensatable

 Taught

EK1100  

 Introduction to Microeconomics

20

N

Autumn

EK1200

 Introduction to Macroeconomics

20

N

Spring

EK1115

 Economic Integration I

10

Y

Autumn

EK1215

Economic Integration II 

10  

Y

Spring 

EK1121 

Mathematical Economics 

15  

Autumn

EK1221

Introductory Econometrics

15

Y

Spring

EK1216

Current Economic Issues

10

Y  

Spring

 

Optional modules / restricted

20

   

Year three

In year three (the equivalent of year two at The University of Nottingham in the UK), you will develop your knowledge of:

  • microeconomics, macroeconomics and international economics
  • quantitative methods, such as time series, panel and cross-sectional econometrics and mathematical economics
  • major sub-disciplines of economics, including financial and monetary economics, international trade and development economics, public and labour economics

Your modules might include:

Code

Title

Credits

Compensatable

Taught

EK2302

Microeconomic Theory

20

Y

Autumn

EK2402

Macroeconomic Theory

20

Y

Spring

EK2315

International Trade

10

Y

Autumn

EK2317

Development Economics

10

Y

Autumn

 

EK2417

Monetary Economics

10

Y

Autumn

EK2320

Econometrics I

15

Y

Autumn

EK2420

Econometrics II

15

Y

Spring

EK2322

Labour Economics

         10

 Y

Spring

 

EK2419

Financial Economics

         10

   Y

Spring

 

 

Optional modules / restricted

0-20

   

 

Year four

In your final year, you will examine major themes in economics and international economics in substantially greater detail. You are given the opportunity to develop your own specialised interests through combinations of advanced modules that build on major sub-discipline topics studied in previous years.

In addition, you will receive advanced instruction in econometric methods (theory and practice) and mathematical economics. You will get the chance to demonstrate your understanding of economics concepts through an independently researched dissertation.

Your modules might include:

 

Code

Title

Credits

Compensatable

    Taught

EK3505

International Trade Policy

15

Y

Autumn

EK3509

Advanced Monetary Economics

15

Y

Autumn

EK3609

International Money & Macroeconomics

15

Y

Spring

EK3619

Advanced Mathematical Economics

15

Y

Spring

EK3605

Advanced International Trade Theory

       15

                 Y

    Spring

EK3616

Industrial Organisation

       15

                 Y

     Spring

EK3500

Dissertation

30

  Y

Full Year

 

 Full programme EK01 specification