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Frequently Asked Questions

Why choose Queen’s University to study for an Economics degree?

Queen’s is a member of the Russell Group of research intensive universities.  It has an excellent record for high-quality teaching.   Economics at Queen’s has a long history and many of those in key positions in Northern Ireland have studied the subject at the university.


What is the duration of the Economics degrees?

Normally the duration is three years but for students who take an optional placement or spend a year at a university in the US as part of the Business Education Initiative the duration is four years.


What are the entrance requirements for Economics at Queen’s?

BSc (Econ) Single Honours

A-level: ABB or BBB + B (AS-level) + GCSE Mathematics grade A.

BSc (Econ) Major Honours

A-level: ABB or BBB + B (AS-level) + GCSE Mathematics grade B.

BSc (Econ) Major Honours with a Minor in Finance

A-level: ABB or BBB + B (AS-level) + GCSE Mathematics grade B.

BSc (Econ) Major Honours with a Minor in a Modern Language

A-level: ABB or BBB + B (AS-level) + GCSE Mathematics grade B, including French/Spanish depending on the chosen language. Non A-level Spanish students can take up Spanish if they have a B at GCSE in another modern language.

BSc (Econ) Joint Honours in Economics and Accounting

A-level: ABB or BBB + B (AS-level) including A-level Mathematics.


What subjects will I study during my degree?

Each year at Queen’s you study six modules.  In your first year you study introductory micro- and macroeconomics.  This is built on in the second year so that by the third year you have the necessary foundations for more advanced topics and specialist options such as environmental economics, game theory or regional economics.  As an economics student you should expect to acquire quantitative skills.  

All students study mathematics and statistics in their first year.  Students on the BSc(Econ) programmes must take more advanced quantitative modules in their second and third years.  Students taking Business Economics have greater flexibility in the amount of quantitative material that they take in their second and third years.


Do I need A-level Maths to study Economics?

No, you need at least a grade B at GCSE level in Maths.  You should be comfortable working with numbers and be willing to develop reasonable competency in quantitative subjects.  Obviously an A-level in Maths would give you an advantage especially if you plan to specialize in econometrics and mathematical economics.  However, the majority of our students do not have A-level Maths.

Students studying Business Economics have greater flexibility in the amount of quantitative material that they study in years 2 and 3.


What qualities do I need to be successful?

A willingness to learn and good study habits are the most important attributes that will enable you to succeed on the programme.  An interest in economic affairs and the ability to construct and defend an argument are also valuable attributes. 

Some proficiency at mathematics is desirable although our courses are structured to enable students with grade B or above at GCSE mathematics to perform successfully on the programme.   Finally, we expect students to have basic IT skills.


Can I take a placement?

Yes, you can apply for summer or year-long placements.  In the past students have worked in a range of business and government environments such as HM Treasury, NI Civil Service, Oxford Econometrics, PwC, Google Ireland.   Under the Business Education Initiative scheme you can apply to spend a year at a highly regarded US university such as Centre College in Kentucky; Hampden-Sydney in Virginia, College of Wooster in Ohio. 

We are in the process of establishing links under the Erasmus programme with ESCEM (Ecole Superieure de Commerce et de Management) in France and intend to extend these links to other European universities where the undergraduate programme is conducted in English e.g. Tilburg University in the Netherlands.


What careers does an Economics degree prepare me for?

Economics graduates are highly employable because of their good analytical and quantitative skills.  A small proportion become professional economists while most pursue careers in areas such as management, banking, accountancy, teaching, the civil service, and consultancy.  

Remember that an economics degree will keep your career options open whereas this might not be the case with a specialized degree.


 Can I do a postgraduate degree?

Economics degrees prepare you for postgraduate studies in economics, finance, management and other related subjects. Normally you will require a minimum of an upper second class honours degree to be accepted for graduate study.