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Applied Economics BA(Hons)

Attendance UCAS code/apply Year of entry
3 years full time See course combinations for joint honours UCAS codes 2017
6 years part time Apply direct to the University 2017

Why choose this course?

In 2008, the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression caught most economists by surprise. In its aftermath, the student movement "Rethinking Economics" called for education in more than just "mainstream" (or "neoclassical") economics. Most universities resisted this call; Kingston responded. Our degrees therefore provide a broader and more critical approach to economics than most UK universities. 

See the course combinations section for more information about the different joint honours options.

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What you will study

This joint honours course enables you to combine economics with another subject, and includes the opportunity to study abroad at a partner university in Year 2.

In Year 1, the Becoming An Economist module explains "Why Economists Disagree". The module Applied Economic Policy, Principles and Methods covers microeconomics (the effects of individual decisions) and macroeconomics (large-scale economic factors, such as interest rates and economic growth). An emphasis on policy analysis means that some technical aspects are deferred to subsequent years of the course. The precise list of modules in Years 2 and 3 depends on whether you choose to study economics as a minor, half or major field in combination with another subject.

Year 2 develops the focus on policymaking. Current economic debates will be reflected in the content of the modules. During your second year, you will also have the opportunity to spend a period of time at one of our partner universities overseas.

Year 3 continues the development of economic theory and applications, and of quantitative methods. Option modules provide the opportunity to pursue your interests across a range of policy areas. In addition, the 'capstone' module (Working as an Economist) will extend your research, writing and communication skills, while enabling you to focus in depth on a topic of particular interest.

Information and guidance on career and postgraduate opportunities for economics students are provided in your final year.

Module listing

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list. Those listed here may also be a mixture of core and optional modules.

Year 1 (Level 4)

  • The module introduces students to the basic concepts and methods involved in the economic analysis of society.

    It will develop in students an understanding of fundamental economic theory, providing key economic concepts and models to help identify and analyse a variety of contemporary, real-world economic problems using core microeconomic and macroeconomic theory.

    The module provides an essential introduction to later economics modules that look in greater detail at both microeconomic and macroeconomic issues and modelling.

  • The module is designed to help students develop many of the basic skills used in the discipline of economics. The module explores and covers a variety of study and research techniques. Students will develop skills in the use of language, writing, ICT usage, data collection, data interpretation and groupwork. Key threshold economic concepts will also be incorporated. Particular emphasis will be placed on small group learning and personal development planning.

  • The module is a practical examination of key aspects of the UK economy – its structure, recent history, the role of government and some key policies in the ‘management’ of the economy. Structural changes in the economy and its business environment are examined with consideration of key government economic levers,  taxation and expenditure, and policies on inflation and employment. A focus on contemporary subjects such as transport policies, the impact of the recent financial crises and the implications of ‘Brexit’ provide a platform for informed and lively discussion.


Year 2 (Level 5)

  • The module aims to build on work done at level 4 in micro and macro-economics.  It will cover the key areas of micro and macro-economic analysis with an emphasis on policy applications.  The module is designed to equip students with the level of analytical skills necessary for final level work appropriate to half field, major and minor programmes in applied economics.

  • The module provides a discussion of introductory and intermediate mathematical and statistical analysis for economics.

    Upon completion, students will learn to express economic principles using mathematical symbols, solve simple and simultaneous equations, apply basic algebraic manipulation, access economics data sources, interpret data in tabular and graphical form, calculate and interpret a variety of descriptive statistics, and apply methods of statistical estimation and testing using the (normal) probability distribution(s).

    Further, the module examines differential calculus and its application in economics, probability, hypothesis testing and parameter estimation.

  • This module is a core course for students pursuing the BA in Applied Economics.

    This module offers a detailed survey of the origins and emergence of capitalism and the economic thinking that paralleled these developments.  It will then develop key aspects of the contemporary economy – firms and competition in the national and international environment and the role of the state in national and supra-national contexts. It will then proceed with a discussion of the role of finance in capitalism and the nature and causes of financial crises.


Year 3 (Level 6)

  • This module develops advanced undergraduate level microeconomic and macroeconomic principles, with particular emphasis on real world data, actual events and policy implications. The analytical material developed here follows on from that covered in the equivalent module at level five. On completion, you will be familiar with some of the theory, data and policy issues in contemporary economics.

  • The capstone module is designed to further students’ skills in writing and presenting economic
    analysis, together with achieving a higher level of understanding in a chosen economic subject area. Students will refine their ability to communicateeconomic subjects to a broad audience in an academically sound fashion.

  • This module will introduce the economic structure of developing countries, the specific challenges they face and their position in world economy today. It is an optional module for all Economics full-fields and Applied Economics. It should intrest all students who wish to acquire a good background in issues of growth and development in lower income countries and their significance for world economy.

    The will start by introducing theories of economic development amd measurement issues. It will examine some problems affecting all or groups of these countries, such as population growth, poverty, environment, income distribution, structural adjustment and volatile capital flows. It will also deal with policy issues specific to developing countries

  • This module is a core requirement at Level 6 for students taking the BSc Business Economics. It develops pluralist approaches to understanding the aims, methods and outcomes of production and exchange organizations (“businesses” for short), with particular reference to the limitations as well as the possibilities of markets.

    The core theme is the contrast between neo-classical and other perspectives, including the “capabilities” approach, transaction cost economics and other heterodox schools of thought.

    Particular themes include the aims and methods of business strategy, the “make or buy” decision, the nature of relationships within and between businesses, and the costs and benefits of different systems of governance of economic exchange.

  • The module focuses on understanding the monetary sector of the economy. The role of banks and financial markets will lay the foundations for understanding the ensuing topics. The module proceeds to explain the interaction between money and the economy, and moves on to monetary policy institutions and strategies. The module closes with a discussion of financial crises.

  • The module aims to build on work done at level 4 and 5 in micro and macro-economics.  It will cover the key areas of micro and macro-economic analysis with an emphasis on policy applications.  The module is designed to equip students with the level of analytical skills necessary for final level work appropriate to half field, major and minor programmes in applied economics.


You will have the opportunity to study a foreign language, free of charge, during your time at the University on a not-for-credit basis as part of the Kingston Language Scheme. Options currently include: Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

Study abroad as part if your degreeMost of our undergraduate courses support studying or working abroad through the University's Study Abroad or Erasmus programme.

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