Goldsmiths, University of London

Course Introduction

Study economics for a constantly changing world. This degree offers you formal and rigorous training in economic theory and real world application, and allows you to specialise in a key area of the modern economy.

Today economics means change. New technologies constantly reconfigure how markets work. New emerging countries from around the world reshape the world economy. At Goldsmiths we encourage you to face these new and evolving challenges by thinking outside the box and marrying innovation with tradition.

You'll cover:

- economic analysis

- finance and accounting

- maths and statistics

- microeconomics

- macroeconomics

- quantitative methods

- communication and presentation skills

But your degree does not stop there. You will be given a choice of five minor specialisations. You can choose the one that best suits your interests and future plans. These minor specialisations are:

- Communication and Technology

- Markets and Organisations

- Human Behaviour and Choice

- The Creative Impulse

- Concepts, Ideas and Perspectives

This choice makes your degree unique. You’ll be given a wide variety of modules from world-leading departments around Goldsmiths for you to explore these topics and develop links that will give you a niche in today’s competitive labour market. Any generic economic degree gives you the training you need to be an economist. But here we provide something on top of that, an understanding of the wider social and business context of economics, so that you will be able to effectively use the economist’s toolbox to solve the problems that you find interesting.


Because we want to provide you with all the support for your future career you will be given the opportunity to apply for a limited number of placements that the College would source. These occur at the end of your second year and constitute a 15-credit option towards your degree. Placements enhance your CV, bring theory and practical experience together, and help you develop industry contacts.

Students are also able to undertake a work placement or traineeship abroad in a wide variety of organisations. As a student at Goldsmiths, you could receive an Erasmus+ grant for a traineeship at a company, organisation or university in Europe.

**Why study economics at Goldsmiths?**

Goldsmiths is the ideal environment to explore economics in new and imaginative ways informed by our current research. We teach economics in a pluralist way that takes account of the different traditions and schools of thought within economics. We have a very active team of academic economists who publish articles, books and online material for researchers, students and the public. A recent project is Economics: Past, Present and Future, an online resource produced and maintained by Economics at Goldsmiths and used across universities in the UK. On this website, students can find a series of interviews of celebrated economists such as Sheila Dow, Geoff Harcourt, Charles Goodhart, Tony Lawson, Julie Nelson and Ha-Joon Chang.

The Institute of Management Studies is highly interdisciplinary and has academics researching not only in Economics and Political Economy, but also in Consumer Theory, Management, Business Psychology, Strategy, Innovation and Entrepreneurship. The Goldsmiths research community that you will come in contact with is even larger, and includes leading experts from Sociology, Psychology, Computing, Media Studies, History, Politics, Design and other departments teaching optional modules for the degree.

Goldsmiths has an active centre for interdisciplinary research in Economics and Political Economy (PERC), which brings celebrated speakers into Goldsmiths from around the world, and also runs an economics seminar series. Through these events, you’ll have access to celebrated economists, business leaders, and policy practitioners.

Please note the BA Economics only accepts applications for first year entry.

Course Modules

Year 1, you'll study

Introductory Economics

Economic Reasoning

Perspectives from the Social Sciences

Mathematics for Economics and Business

Plus option modules

Year 2

Intermediate Microeconomics

Intermediate Macroeconomics

Quantitative Economics

Applied Quantitative Economics

History of Economic Ideas

Economic History

Plus options

Year 3

In your final year, you take three core modules:

International Economics

Public Economics

Communications and Presentation Skills

You also take either:

Individual and Institutional Economic Behaviour


Manias, Bubbles, Crises and Market Failure

Plus option modules

Start Date:


Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
3 years
Full Time
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) £9,250 European Fees
3 years
Full Time
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) £9,250 Home Fees

Qualifications required:

  • IELTS (Academic)6.0With a 6.0 in writing and no element lower than 5.5