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Economics

The Department of Economics offers an unrivalled opportunity to study in a challenging, research-led environment. It is the only department of economics in the UK to have received the outstanding grade-point average of 3.78 (out of 4) in the 2014 UK Research Excellence Framework, with 79% of all indicators of output rated at the highest 4* level.

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Economics

Why study Economics at UCL?

As well as being taught by highly qualified staff whose research informs policy advice to international governments and agencies, such as the United Nations and the World Bank, you will be welcomed to a friendly department, alongside full degree students where you can get involved with activities organised by students of the Economist's Society. Guidance is on offer from a dedicated administration team.

What you will gain from study at UCL

The department's modules are reviewed annually to ensure they include the latest developments over all areas of modern economics. You are encouraged to pursue a programme of study that, within the parameters of your home degree programme, allows you to discover your own interests and goals.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching is through formal lectures and tutorial classes. Students are also encouraged to set up their own study groups. Final grades for many modules are based largely on examination performance. For some modules, there is an assessed project or group work component and some modules may include or be wholly assessed via other forms of assessment such as mid-terms, quizzes, and take-home exams. Students attending for the Fall Term will take any final departmental examinations in December during the last week of term. Students attending for the Full Year or the Spring and Summer Terms will take final examinations in the UCL exam period from April–June.

Modules in Economics

Please note that this guide lists a wide range of popular module options, but it is not exhaustive and some modules may have changed or no longer be available. If you have a particular interest or academic requirement you are advised to cross reference the listing in the online Study Abroad Guide with that on the relevant departmental pages, and encouraged to contact the department to make sure that an appropriate module is available.

Note also, modules listed below under Level 2 and 3 are usually only available to students admitted to the Department of Economics.

Level 1 (FHEQ 4) modules

Module code Title US credits ECTS credits CU credits
ECON0008 History of Economic Thought 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
ECON0011 Basic Microeconomic Concepts 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
ECON0044 An Introduction to Applied Economic Analysis 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
ECON0045 Money and Banking 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)

Level 2 (FHEQ 5) modules

Module code Title US credits ECTS credits CU credits
ECON0013 Microeconomics 8 (US) 15 (ECTS) 1 (CU)
ECON0014 Intermediate Microeconomics: Microeconomics of the Household 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
ECON0015 Intermediate Microeconomics: Microeconomics of the Firm 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
ECON0016 Macroeconomic Theory and Policy 8 (US) 15 (ECTS) 1 (CU)
ECON0017 Closed Economy Macroeconomics 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
ECON0019 Quantitative Economics and Econometrics 8 (US) 15 (ECTS) 1 (CU)
ECON0020 Quantitative Economics and Econometrics I 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
ECON0047 Economics of Labour 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
ECON0049 Economics of Industrial Relations 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
ECON0050 Economics of the Public Sector 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
ECON0051 Economics of Regulation 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
ECON0053 Economics of Tax Policy 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
ECON0054 Economics of Development 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
ECON0055 Economics of Science 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
ECON0056 Economics of Education 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)

Level 3 (FHEQ 6) modules

Module code Title US credits ECTS credits CU credits
ECON0001 Economics of Financial Markets 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
ECON0021 Microeconometrics 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
ECON0022 Econometrics for Macroeconomics and Finance 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
ECON0023 International Trade 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
ECON0024 Economic Policy Analysis 8 (US) 15 (ECTS) 1 (CU)
ECON0025 Economics of Competition Policy 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
ECON0027 Game Theory 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
ECON0028 The Economics of Growth 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
ECON0029 Economics of Information 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
ECON0030 Issues in Economic Development 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
ECON0031 Experimental Economics 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
ECON0032 Urban Economics 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
ECON0033 Ethics in Applied Economics 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
ECON0038 Economics of Money and Banking 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
ECON0039 Advanced Macroeconomics 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
ECON0040 Behavioural Economics 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
ECON0041 Economics of Migration and Job Search 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
ECON0113 Advanced Economics of Finance 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
ECON0114 Computational Methods for Economists 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
ECON0115 Topics in Household Economics 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
ECON0121 Economic History 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)

Contact details

Name
Paula Moore or Rebecca Burns, Affiliate Programme Administrators
Email
economics.affiliates@ucl.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)20 3549 5377
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