Top 6 Universities in the UK to Study Economics (apart from the usual)

Many international students choose to study Economics in the UK because of academic and career benefits.  This is backed by a survey conducted a year ago,  9,875 students studied economics in the UK out of which 47% were international students. 

The UK is home to some of the best undergraduate economics schools and postgraduate economics schools. Here is a list of the top 10  universities in the UK for economics as a major subject both at the undergraduate and postgraduate level

  1. University of Oxford
  2. University of Cambridge
  3. London School of Economics
  4. University College London
  5. University of Warwick
  6. university of Manchester
  7. University of Edinburgh
  8. University of Sussex
  9. University of Nottingham
  10. Lancaster University

In this article, we are going to look beyond the top 3 and focus on Universities that have a high ranking and popularity, even if they are not in the top 10. —————————————————————————————————————–

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  • The University of St. Andrews 

The University of St. Andrews

The University of St. Andrews is one of the oldest in the UK . Normally Scottish undergrad degrees last for four years and students are at an advantage as they get to specialise further in the final two years.

The awards: The University has been named as the University of the year 2020. The University ranks no 3 in the league table. St. Andrews has won the gold award for its excellence in teaching by the Teaching Excellence Framework. The school of Economics and Finance has been ranked first in the UK by the Guardian University Guide 2020 and the school’s graduates are amongst the highest paid even ahead of universities in the Russell Group. 

The Courses: Economics is one of the most sought after subjects at this Uni as it ranks at the top for both the undergraduate economics rankings and postgraduate economics rankings. The department of Economics offers joint degree programmes which can be taken with another subject.

Some of the best undergraduate economics programmes at the university are

  •  Economics and management
  • Economics and statistics 

The popular postgraduate economics programmes offered by the university are 

  • economics and mathematics 
  • economics and international relations

The entry requirements for Non-UK based applications are standard entry grades: AAAAB and minimum entry grades : AABB

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2.The University of Warwick

The University of Warwick

This University is one of the 24 elite Russell Group research universities and is among the top 10 world’s youngest universities,  it is ranked second for research by the Research Excellence Framework. Around 18,000 students from over 120 countries are enrolled at the university. 

Economic programs: The University of Warwick offers a wide range of study options and Economics is one of the most sought-after subjects for students as the subject ranks 5th in the League Table. The best undergraduate Economics programmes are

  • Philosophy, Politics, and Economics
  • International Studies Economics, Psychology and Philosophy. 

While the best postgraduate Economics programmes the university, offers are 

  • Economics and International Financial Economics
  • Economics and business strategy

Admission to the courses are very competitive and the typical entry requirement is a minimum of three A levels.

Student’s secure placements in leading companies like Amazon, Unilever, Bank of America, Accenture and UNESCO

  1. University College  London

University College  London

University College London is a member of the elite Russell Group of Universities and part of the Golden Triangle alongside Oxford and Cambridge. Staff and alumni at UCL have won a total of 29 Nobel Prizes.

University College London is better known as UCL offers around 440 UG programmes and 675 PG programmes. 

Awards: The Department of Economics at UCL has an outstanding international reputation in the key areas of current research. It is the only Department of Economics in the UK to have received the outstanding grade point average of 3.78 (out of 4). The Economics Programs have a ranking 9th in the league table, which is common to both the undergraduate economics rankings and postgraduate economics rankings.

Entry Requirements: The entry requirements are mathematics grade A* plus a grade A in economics. For applicants who have done their undergraduate degree at a university outside the UK must admit a GRE test score. The test score must be at least a maximum of 161 points.

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  1. University of Bristol 

University of Bristol

The University of Bristol is among the top 10 universities in the UK and is internationally recognised for providing world-class education. It is one of the 24 members of the Russell Group. 

The University of Bristol is known for its research and 88% of the department of economics research has been classified as either ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’

Economics is one of the leading subjects and is ranked 13th in the Economics League Table for undergraduate economics rankings and postgraduate economics rankings. 

Entry requirements: You need to have A*AAA including mathematics. For PG requirements you need to have a strong upper second class honours with a final average of 65% or above in economics or mathematics ( or international equivalent)

 5.Loughborough University

Loughborough University

The University ranks 4th in the Guardian and 5th in the Sunday Times. It is the only University to have won the Queen’s Anniversary Prize seven times and has won the Gold award for its excellence in teaching. Loughborough University is a top 10 university in all major national rankings and a two -time ‘University of the Year’ by Times and Sunday Times.

Economic programs:  The Uni is ranked 16th in the league table for both undergraduate economics rankings and postgraduate economics rankings. Some of the best undergraduate economics programmes at the university are 

  • Economics and Management (Hons)
  • Politics with Economics
  • Politics, Philosophy and Economics (Hons)

Some of the best postgraduate economics programmes offered by the University are 

  • Economics with business strategy and,
  •  economics and international business 

You will need an AAB to clear the entry requirements.

  1. Lancaster University

Lancaster University

Lancaster University is in the top three in major national league tables in the UK and has won the gold award for its excellence in teaching. 

The Department of Economics has a strong research base and opens up careers in a wide range of fields. 

 Economics ranks 18th in the league table for both undergraduate economics rankings and postgraduate economics rankings. some of the best undergraduate economics programmes at the university are 

  • Business Economics
  • Philosophy, Politics and Economics 

The entry requirements for the course is A level AAB for UG and PG is 2:1 Hons degree with 50% at least ( UK equivalent) in economics or related economics module.