We use cookies to ensure the best user experience and to serve tailored advertising. To learn more about our cookies and how to manage them, please visit our cookie policy

Missed the January deadline for undergraduate applications? See what options you still have.
Choosing what to study

Six reasons to study Economics

For those considering a degree in Economics but need further convincing, we lend our expertise. Here are six compelling reasons to study this subject area.

Group of students sitting and writing in a lecture hall with coffee

1. Excellent graduate prospects

Take a look at our Economics subject league table, read down the graduate prospects column and you’ll see Economics students stand a great chance of gaining professional employment within six months of graduating.

2. Understand the world

An Economics degree provides a general understanding of the world and its inner workings. You’ll learn everything from what determines the price of goods and services to why the average standards of living vary so widely within and between countries.

3. Combined courses  

With economics affecting many elements of our lives, it follows that the subject complements others so well. Many universities offer dual honours degrees so you can combine your Economics degree with another area of interest, such as Psychology, History, Computer Science or Mathematics.

4. Variety of modules

As well as through course combinations, universities offer a large variety of modules to reflect how Economics goes hand-in-hand with many other subject areas. You’ll have the chance to study anything from public policy to environmental economics.

5. Real-life application

The case-based learning emphasis in Economics degrees makes it really easy to see how the theory has real-life applications, particularly when considering the recent volatility of global markets. Many universities offer the opportunity to apply learning in the working world while studying through a sandwich year in industry.

6. Gain independence

Economics students devote a lot of their learning time to independent study. This equips you for life in the real world, where, as a professional, you’ll often be expected to take responsibility for your own development and contribution.

Related articles

oxford university panoramic photo

Guide to applying for Oxford and Cambridge

Applying to either Cambridge or Oxford – together known as 'Oxbridge' – can be different...

25 Sep 2020
Teen checking smart phone at home

Results day stress and mental health

A Level results day is stressful, especially if you already suffer from anxiety or other...

01 Feb 2021

Careers in the NHS

The NHS is the UK’s largest employer with over 350 careers covering every area of...

16 Nov 2020

Is this page useful?

Yes No

Sorry about that...



Thanks for your feedback!