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Studying Economics at University

Economics is a popular choice at university either on its own or as part of a combined degree.

Below are answers to some FAQs about applying to study economics at university.

Why study economics?

Economics is a fantastic subject that allows you to develop a deeper understanding of the world around you. Many jobs require at least a base understanding of economic concepts and for others, such as finance, it is vital.

Economics is an excellent discipline to pair with another subject in a combined honours degree. Popular combinations include politics, international relations, mathematics, a language or PPE (philosophy, politics and economics).

How to stand out from the crowd?


The following will help you deepen your understanding of economics. As well as helping decide whether economics is the right course for you, these opportunities will help you stand out in statements, references and essays.


  • MOOCS - there are loads of sites that provide free online courses such as or Coursera. Scroll down or search to find courses relating to your area of interest.

  • Current affairs - subscribe to the Deloitte Monday Briefing for a weekly summary of economic and political news.

  • Books - for books, the Financial Times have a great list of interesting books to read. Select the category you are interested in.

  • Competitions - universities often offer essay competitions (try googling "economics essay competition") or try the YES Essay Contest.

  • Personal statements - there is plenty of information online to help you structure and write personal statements for Economics as well as loads of examples. Here is some advice from UCAS.

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