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What are the best universities for Economics?

08 Nov 2019 - Victoria S Williams

Economics is a popular subject with international students because of its excellent career prospects. An Economics degree from a top US or UK university could lead to a career in accountancy, banking, finance and many other areas — these are our best universities for Economics.

So, what are the best universities for Economics in the UK?

We are proud to partner with some of the best universities for Economics in the UK, according to rankings providers including Complete University Guide, Guardian University Guide and Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide.

Nottingham Trent University

Nottingham Trent University students in library

Nottingham Trent University is an innovative, modern institution and a member of the ‘business-engaged’ University Alliance group of universities. If want to leave your degree feeling experienced and ready to dive into your career, this is the university for you!

Nottingham Trent is also ranked a fantastic 7th in the UK for Economics (Guardian University Guide 2020).

You can study an Economics degree at undergraduate or postgraduate level at the University, with just some of your options including Economics, Economics with Business and Economics with International Finance and Banking.

University of Birmingham

The University of Birmingham is a member of the research-intensive Russell Group of universities, so you’ll benefit from an Economics degree curriculum that’s informed by cutting-edge developments in the field.

That’s not the only reason you should consider this red brick university though — it also ranks a respectable 21st in the UK for Economics degrees!

At Birmingham you can study Economics degrees such as Mathematical Economics and Statistics and Policy, Politics and Economics or you could choose to study Economics with a modern language like German or Spanish and spend a year of your degree studying abroad.

University of Bristol

University of Bristol international student

The University of Bristol is another Russell Group member that is active in research with a global impact. Here you’ll join international students and staff from all over the world the UK’s 2nd most targeted university by graduate employers (High Fliers Research 2019).

As well as offering you excellent career prospects, the University of Bristol will give you a great education in Economics, rankings a brilliant 11th in the UK for the subject (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020).

Economics degrees available to international students at the University include Economics and Econometrics, Economics with Innovation and Philosophy and Economics. Many of these degrees also include an optional year of study abroad, so you can make the most of your international experience.

University of Essex

University of Essex female lecturer

The University of Essex is a careers-focused institution where you’ll have the option to do an internship either during your degree or within 3 years of graduating, making it the ideal choice for Economics students who want to gain practical experience as well as a degree.

The University also has an excellent reputation for Economics, ranking 12th in the UK for the subject (Guardian University Guide 2020).

The University has a wide selection of economics-related degrees for you to choose from: you could study Applied Economics and Data Analysis, Business Economics, Management Economics or Political Economics. Alternatively, you can study Economics alongside another subject that interests you, from Modern Languages to Psychology or Mathematics!

Of course, you can also choose to specialise in just Economics or customise your degree with a placement year or a year spent studying abroad.

University of Glasgow

One of Scotland’s 4 ‘ancient universities’, the University of Glasgow was founded all the way back in 1451! That doesn’t mean the University is stuck in the past though — in fact, it is very active at the cutting-edge of modern research, demonstrated by its membership of the research-focused Russell Group.

Glasgow ranks exceptionally well in many areas including Economics, for which it enjoys a ranking of 11th in the UK (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020) for this popular subject.

Through Kaplan Pathways, international students can study degrees like Business Economics, Economics, Banking and Finance or Public Health (Health Economics Specialism) at the University of Glasgow, with options available at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

University of Liverpool

Ranked 21st in the UK for Economics (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020, the University of Liverpool is another popular choice with international students.

Here you can study a mix of Economics-related degrees like Advanced Computer Science with Internet Economics, Economics, and a joint honours Mathematics and Economics degree.

University of Nottingham

University of Nottingham international students

One of the top-ranked universities in the UK University of Nottingham is a red brick university and a member of the prestigious Russel Group. It also ranks 9th for Economics in the UK (Complete University Guide 2020)!

Nottingham’s School of Economics conducts high-quality research, so you’ll benefit from an education led by developments in the field as they happen. It also ranks in the top 20 for student satisfaction in the subject (Guardian University Guide 2020).

At the University of Nottingham, you could study Economics and International Economics, Industrial Economics or Philosophy, Politics and Economics, among other related degree options.

University of York

University of York female student with ipad

Finally, the University of York has one of the largest Economics departments in the UK and is ranks 23rd in the subject (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020).

International students can choose from a variety of Economics subjects, from Economics and Public Policy to Environmental Economics and Environmental Management. Both bachelor’s degrees and master’s degrees are available at York, so you’ll find a suitable option regardless of where you are in your education.

Best universities for Economics in the USA

If you want to study an economics degree in the USA, our partner Arizona State University is a good choice.

Arizona State University

Located in the Phoenix metropolitan area, ASU is one of the USA’s best-ranked universities for Economics: it ranks a hugely impressive 48th in the world for Business and Economics according to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject 2020.

You can study a bachelor’s in Economics at ASU’s main Tempe campus, or choose to widen your focus with a degree in Economics (Politics and the Economy). ASU is ideal for students looking for an innovative education, as it was recently named #1 for innovation in the USA for the 5th consecutive year (U.S. News & World Report).

How to enter an Economics degree in the UK or USA

With Kaplan, you can study a pathway course that can enable you to gain entry to a degree at one of the best universities for Economics in the UK, even if your current grades or English language level don’t meet the entry requirements.

If you’d like to study an Economics degree in the USA, we can help you to access a pathway program or, if your grades already meet the entry standards, we can help you to apply and enter an Economics degree directly.

Ready to start your path to a great degree? Use our degree finder below to search Economics degrees, or contact us to apply or learn more.


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