Undergraduate programmes in Economics
Economics studies the production and distribution of wealth. This means that it is concerned with consumers, workers, industry, commerce and government at the level of the individual and the market (micro-economics) and the national economy (macro-economics). It also focuses on important contemporary issues such as the globalisation of world markets, international monetary systems, the privatisation of industry and the management of the economy.
To study economics at Lancaster, you don’t have to have studied economics before at school or college level: in addition to a first year (Part I) course for those with formal training in economics, we also offer a parallel ‘beginners’ course, designed to give you a good grounding in economic theories and methods.
Economics lends itself well to combination with other disciplines, but depending on whether you want to specialise or take a broader range of subjects, you can study economics at Lancaster in one of three levels:
Single major degrees
You can take a BSc (Hons) Economics or a BA (Hons) Business Economics. Both of these programmes offer Study Abroad variants where you study abroad for your second year at one of our partner institutions in the USA, Canada, Singapore, Hong Kong or Australasia.
Lancaster’s flexible degree structure means that whichever of these single majors you choose, you will study at least one other subject in your first year – and can, if you wish, continue to study it as a minor subject in your second and third years (Part II).
Combined major degrees
Our combined major schemes allow you to combine Economics with the following subjects: Accounting, Finance, International Relations, Geography, Mathematics, Politics or Politics and Philosophy. If you want to study a modern European language with Economics, you can do this as part of the Business Economics degree.
Economics as minor subject
Some courses in Economics are open to second and third year students who have chosen to specialise in other management disciplines.
Gain work experience during your degree
With both the BSc Economics and the BA Business Economics there are options to convert your degree into a four-year programme, where you spend your third year acquiring practical knowledge on a work placement.
In summary, if you are interested in economics, you will have the opportunity at Lancaster to create a course of study that reflects your interests and your career ambitions.
Students’ Economics Society
Students run an Economics Society which hosts events such as debates, conferences and social gatherings.