Whether you take our flagship BA (Honours) Economics degree or study economics as part of your Economics and Mathematical Sciences or Business Management qualification, you’ll find all of our economics courses will give you a wide range of skills valued by employers. You could also combine economics with politics and philosophy to explore why ethics matter to businesses, why countries and corporations rise and fall, and why voters don‘t always act in the ways you’d expect.
Our courses cover a broad range of topics related to government policy, international trade, business decision making, work, the role of finance, and climate change. You’ll also reflect on your own money management as a way to understand economic concepts and get to understand how our personal behaviour affects the economy, as well as being impacted by it.
Economics at the OU is ranked excellent for teaching quality by the Quality Assurance Agency and consistently achieves high rates for overall student satisfaction in National Student Surveys, achieving 88% in 2019. Qualifications at the OU are built on modules, meaning you can pursue your own interests and specialisms. We’ll ensure you cover everything you need to come away with a fully-rounded economics qualification.
Our students come from diverse backgrounds, including those with little or no prior experience of economics, and our teaching materials are designed to engage learners of all types. You’ll be taught economic theory and techniques through analysis of real-world topics and debates relevant to your life and work. Our modules also contain input from leading economists, including Nobel laureates, such as Thaler, Stiglitz and Sen, and economists from other world-class institutions.
The analytical skills and statistical techniques that our economics qualifications develop are highly valued by employers. In 2017, OU economics graduates were found to be the second highest paid across all institutions and all subjects 12 months from graduation, based on a Department for Education survey.