Welcome from the Head of School

Part of the UK Nottingham School of Economics, a top ranked economics department, we provide students with a rigorous training in economics and econometrics. Studying the same programmes and modules as in the Nottingham campus (with opportunities for international exchanges), our students receive a high quality degree in the best traditions of British higher education but in the dynamic setting of modern China.

Our courses combine the core analytical and quantitative techniques required by modern economics with in depth study of topical issues, informed by the research of academics who are pushing forward the boundaries of the subject. Our students study economics at an advanced level, with a variety of specialist modules taught in an interactive manner that encourages creativity, originality and critical thinking. The School has particular strengths in fields such as econometrics, where Nottingham alumni, Sir Clive Granger, won a Nobel prize and international economics, an area that the former Vice Chancellor of The University of Nottingham, Sir David Greenaway, now teaches students in our School in Ningbo.

Our students achieve great success after graduation: most of our undergraduates enter top 100 world universities for further study on Masters in economics, finance, business and related disciplines. They are highly sought after in the job market, because our programmes require a balance of intellectual abilities: numerical, analytical and verbal. We develop a variety of skills that are important for employability: data analysis, problem solving, report writing, oral presentations and teamwork. Whatever your ambitions, our aim to is help you achieve them here at UNNC.


Simon Appleton

Professor Simon Appleton

Head of the School of Economics 


What is Economics?
At Nottingham, economists analyse issues such as economic development, international trade and public policy, including health, labour markets, food and the environment, the macroeconomy and the European Union. The University also has research specialisms in economic theory and econometrics. 

How will I Study?

The majority of teaching is delivered through lectures, supported by a tutorial programme and seminars. Outside taught hours, you will be expected to spend time reading and researching for written assignments.  


Assessment varies between modules. Some are assessed by formal exam, some by coursework, and many by a combination of both. The nature of the coursework varies and includes:

  • individual essays
  • group and individual projects
  • case studies
  • assessed presentations

In your final year, you will be given the opportunity to demonstrate your understanding of economics concepts through an independently researched dissertation.