Economics BSc (Hons) - 2023/4

Awarding body

University of Surrey

Teaching institute

University of Surrey


FHEQ Level 6

Final award and programme/pathway title

BSc (Hons) Economics

Subsidiary award(s)

Award Title
Ord Economics
DipHE Economics
CertHE Economics

Professional recognition

Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)
Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) for the purpose of exemption from some professional examinations through the Accredited degree accelerated route.

Modes of study

Route code Credits and ECTS Credits
Full-time ULC10001 360 credits and 180 ECTS credits
Full-time with PTY ULC10001 480 credits and 240 ECTS credits

QAA Subject benchmark statement (if applicable)


Other internal and / or external reference points

Module Catalogue inform programme outcomes

Faculty and Department / School

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences - Economics

Programme Leader

GOLSON Eric (Economics)

Date of production/revision of spec


Educational aims of the programme

  • Encourage students to develop their capacity for learning and communication within a scholarly environment
  • Provide students with advanced knowledge of the workings of the economy
  • Provide students with knowledge concerning the fundamental principles of economic analysis
  • Provide an opportunity for study in a range of specialist areas in Economics
  • Provide the opportunity to develop quantitative techniques appropriate for the analysis of advanced economic data
  • Equip students with the knowledge to solve theoretical and applied problems in Economics
  • Prepare students for the application of analytical techniques to a range of economic issues, including contemporary economic problems
  • Prepare students for further graduate studies in Economics and related subjects
  • Prepare students for careers which require the use and dissemination of economic arguments and analysis.

Programme learning outcomes

Attributes Developed Awards Ref.
Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of economic analysis K DipHE, Ord, BSc (Hons)
Think in a critical manner and evaluate economic arguments based on data K DipHE, Ord, BSc (Hons)
Apply advanced quantitative techniques to the analysis of financial and social data K Ord, BSc (Hons)
Formulate and investigate economic questions K DipHE, Ord, BSc (Hons)
Apply economic reasoning to the analysis of a wide range of policy issues K DipHE, Ord, BSc (Hons)
Draw well-reasoned economic conclusions from appropriate literature and data C DipHE, Ord, BSc (Hons)
Identify and solve quantitative economic problems C CertHE, DipHE, Ord, BSc (Hons)
Formulate and answer qualitative economic questions C DipHE, Ord, BSc (Hons)
Critically analyze arguments C Ord, BSc (Hons)
Understand and respond to different philosophical views within Economics C DipHE, Ord, BSc (Hons)
Effectively communicate with peers and field specialists P CertHE, DipHE, Ord, BSc (Hons)
Work independently and within a team or group P CertHE, DipHE, Ord, BSc (Hons)
Manage workloads, organize their learning and work to deadlines P CertHE, DipHE, Ord, BSc (Hons)
Communicate complex economic information in a written and verbal format T Ord, BSc (Hons)
Use information technology to find answers to economic problems based on data (e.g. spreadsheets, R, STATA, MatLab, EViews, and online databases) T DipHE, Ord, BSc (Hons)
Organize information T CertHE, DipHE, Ord, BSc (Hons)
Be able to evaluate, analyze and scrutinize evidence T CertHE, DipHE, Ord, BSc (Hons)

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Programme structure


This Bachelor's Degree (Honours) programme is studied full-time over three academic years, consisting of 360 credits (120 credits at FHEQ levels 4, 5 and 6). All modules are semester based and worth 15 credits with the exception of project, practice based and dissertation modules.
Possible exit awards include:
- Bachelor's Degree (Ordinary) (300 credits)
- Diploma of Higher Education (240 credits)
- Certificate of Higher Education (120 credits)

Full-time with PTY

This Bachelor's Degree (Honours) programme is studied full-time over four academic years, consisting of 480 credits (120 credits at FHEQ levels 4, 5, 6 and the optional professional training year). All modules are semester based and worth 15 credits with the exception of project, practice based and dissertation modules.
Possible exit awards include:
- Bachelor's Degree (Ordinary) (300 credits)
- Diploma of Higher Education (240 credits)
- Certificate of Higher Education (120 credits)

Programme Adjustments (if applicable)



Year 1 - FHEQ Level 4

Module Selection for Year 1 - FHEQ Level 4

The following modules are taken in addition to all other modules and do not count towards progression of the final programme award


Year 1 (with PTY) - FHEQ Level 4

Module Selection for Year 1 (with PTY) - FHEQ Level 4

The following modules are taken in addition to all other modules and do not count towards progression of the final programme award


Year 2 (with PTY) - FHEQ Level 5

Module Selection for Year 2 (with PTY) - FHEQ Level 5

Students choose one optional module from the modules listed in Semester 2.

The following modules are taken in addition to all other modules and do not count towards progression of the final programme award


Professional Training Year (PTY) -

Module code Module title Status Credits Semester

Module Selection for Professional Training Year (PTY) -


Opportunities for placements / work related learning / collaborative activity

Associate Tutor(s) / Guest Speakers / Visiting Academics N
Professional Training Year (PTY) Y
Placement(s) (study or work that are not part of PTY) N
Clinical Placement(s) (that are not part of the PTY scheme) N
Study exchange (Level 5) Y
Dual degree N

Other information

Resourcefulness and resilience: Students are offered numerous opportunities for receiving support throughout their studies with the presence of a strong departmental network both in academic and pastoral terms. The programmes however are designed to increase students inquisitive nature and learn to go beyond their object of study, extend the scope of their knowledge and encouraged to challenge established knowledge. In this way, they develop a mindset based on grabbing opportunities, on seeking for alternative solutions, on leading the next generation of thinkers, and on standing on their own feet. Every module challenges conventional thinking, and offers a series of problems that require solutions. Hence, across the programme students learn to respond creatively, and with confidence, to opportunities, challenges and setbacks, find their own solutions with an increasing level of independence, and reflect and learn from their own experiences and from the world around them in social, political and economic terms.

Digital Capabilities: This programme offers a continuous engagement with the University¿s Virtual Learning Environment (SurreyLearn). Modules and assignments utilise SurreyLearn as a scaffolding platform that allows students to benefit from other digital resources, video content and online databases. The programme contains dedicated modules that facilitate the development of students as researchers, becoming well versed in statistics, visual analysis, qualitative content analysis, use of existing datasets and by extension, becoming well-versed in incorporating these tools in their own work (formative or summative). Within specific modules, online collaborative tools are encouraged as well as extensive training on our digital footprint in society and beyond, and the importance of digital capabilities in international affairs, modern democratic systems and policymaking processes.

Employability: All modules contain skills-based assignments and authentic assessment that helps students prepare for the real world and are designed with the feedback the Department receives from employers as to what they are looking for in graduates. The programme is designed as a Bachelor of Science, meaning the training in research methods prepares students for the job market. Exposure to R and STATA and other contemporary tools, preparation of problem sets and written materials, programming and direct engagement with practitioners means that students are acquiring a first-hand taste of the world beyond academia. The programme nurtures future leaders in politics and international relations, and public affairs more widely by developing critical thinking and analysis, applied skills in terms of methods and research design, high quality assessment of evidence and information, as well as generative thinking that can lead to innovative ideas and solution-driven graduates. The programme refreshes by default as it follows current affairs and political developments, so students remain always up to date. Finally, professional training opportunities are available to all students in between their second and final year as part of the PTY offering, alongside opportunities within the Department to engage in professional experience activities and projects.

Global and Cultural Capabilities: the nature of economics more widely requires the development of global and cultural capabilities. Exploring issues that extend beyond domestic borders and jurisdictions, looking at transnational economic actors and dealing with issues of equality, diversity and inclusion, students are exposed to a spectrum of different opinions where they have to substantiate their point of view, demonstrate empathy for others¿ opinions and conditions, and debate contemporary issues that concern modern economies, business and finance. Discussions around inequalities, policy and recognising the diversity of economic systems across different parts of the world becomes central in the development of students¿ knowledge, and prominent lenses in completing assignments, reading, and other learning activities in the classroom and beyond. The programme benefits from the ability of students to take on a Professional Training Year opportunity and study and work anywhere in the world as they wish and according to University policy.

Sustainability: From the very beginning of their studies, students begin to consider the future of our societies within an economics context and how decisions taken today may affect the world outlook tomorrow. Therefore, issues of sustainable societies are at the forefront, alongside the political aspects of global and transregional environmental problems that lead to conflict, migration, displacement, inequalities and availability of resources required for sustainable state, international system and global society. Students have the opportunity to further explore such issues in their own research project and benefit from the wider University opportunities for collaboration with relevant researchers and sustainability practitioners that are brought in as guests in many modules.

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Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2023/4 academic year.