Why study Economics at Lancaster?

Economics helps to explain a wide variety of real-world phenomena, but it is not limited to the study of recessions, growth prospects and commodity prices.

Although these pose important problems, the tools of Economics can be used to understand many forms of human behaviour – for example, health, crime, fertility and gambling. At Lancaster, our internationally renowned staff will help learn how to think: we will not tell you what to think.

Wide range of options

Taking an Economics degree at Lancaster gives you the opportunity to create course of study that reflects your own interests and chosen career orientation.

Economics is frequently studied in a specialist "single major" degree scheme, but it also lends itself to combination with other disciplines, which is why we offer a range of combined major degrees. In addition, Economics features as a "minor subject" within a variety of degree programmes.

Even as a specialist, you can choose to benefit from a flexible first-year course structure, by combining Economics with another subject from a range of Lancaster departments.

Employers demand that modern graduates have strong problem-solving and decision-making capabilities. This presents many opportunities for good Economics graduates. An Economics degree opens career prospects in finance and banking, public policy, sales and marketing, the Civil Service (for example, the Government Economic Service), insurance and actuarial work, etc. You might also continue with further study in economics, business or political science.

For some of our degrees, you may choose to spend the whole second year or part of the third year of study in a foreign university (see Study Abroad), or add a placement year, which would give you valuable work experience and competitiveness in the job market (see Placements).