Economics is concerned with how people make choices in conditions of resource scarcity and the results of these choices for society. Many of the world’s most pressing issues such as global warming/climate change, underdevelopment, rising inequality, inflation and financial instability are economic in nature. In understanding these problems, economists make use of a wide variety of analytical techniques borrowed from numerous other fields including history, philosophy, mathematics and statistics.
A BSc Economics degree provides you with an opportunity to develop a firm understanding of human behaviour, not only in commerce, but also in wider society. The models used by economists are as much qualitative (expressed in words) as they are quantitative (mathematical). This is reflected in our BSc programmes as students will be provided the opportunity to gain quantitative, analytical, computing, presentation, and writing skills. These transferable skills are highly sought after across industry, and also provide an excellent platform for future entrepreneurs.
Whilst the single honours programme has a specific focus on economics although the skills and learning outcomes from this degree are applicable to careers and future study in other disciplines. A graduate in Economics will have numerous career paths available to them such as: economic analysis, finance, accountancy, and many others. Companies who our graduates have gone on to work for include: PwC; EY; KPMG; Deloitte; BDO; Ulster Bank; Bank of Ireland, First Trust, Northern Ireland Civil Service, Northern Ireland Statistics & Research Agency, JP Morgan, Morgan Stanley, BBC, National Trust. A degree in Economics will also provide the option to do postgraduate study in a variety alternate disciplines like: Finance, Accounting, Management and further study in Economics.
Russell Group: Queen’s is one of the 24 world-class universities that make up the Russell Groupin the United Kingdom, and is the only Russell Group University in Northern Ireland.
Student Satisfaction: The Queen’s Economics group ranked 2nd of all Russell Group universities for student satisfaction in the 2016 National Student Survey.
Placements: Economics students may take an optional placement year after their second year. Recent placements from students studying economics and business economics include: PWC, KPMG, Citi, Oxford Economics, Belfast City Council, First Derivatives, and Tayto Group Ltd.
Study Abroad: The Study USA programme provides students with the funded opportunity to study for a year in a US university.
Shaw Memorial Prize for best performing second-year student in BSc Economics.
Foundation Scholarships for best student in Economics Level 1 and Level 2.
KPMG Prize is awarded to the best graduate in the BSc Economics degree.
McKane Medal is awarded to the best final honours student in Economics.
Economics Group Prize is awarded to the best presentation in the Level 3 Dissertation module.