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Economics is concerned with the production, consumption and distribution of wealth, and aims to explain the reasons for, and consequences of, decisions made by individuals, households, firms and governments.
Our graduates work in a wide variety of sectors, including business and finance (for example, as accountants and investment advisers); marketing, sales and media; commercial, industrial and public sector managers; science, engineering, IT, healthcare and teaching.
The teaching team is committed to providing the support you need to facilitate your transition to university life. We pride ourselves on our approachability and readiness to help. The personal tutor scheme, designed to help you from your very first week, is the embodiment of this commitment. As an integral part of your first year of study, you will be placed in a small seminar group, led by the same member of the teaching team for the whole year. That seminar leader will also be your personal tutor - not just for the first year, but throughout your degree - providing support in your learning, your personal development and in developing your career aspirations.
Kingston has a reputation for excellent teaching quality, with the economics department having scored high marks in official inspections carried out by the government's Quality Assurance Agency. Our courses enable you to combine your study with that of another subject, and includes the opportunity to study abroad at a partner university in the second year.
Employers tell us that the things they most value in graduate recruits are skills in teamwork, presentation, and giving and receiving feedback. The Working as an Economist module develops all these skills – skills that employers say are also the hardest to find.
The department has an active research culture. Staff and students present their findings at international conferences and publish them as books, in academic journals and as commissioned research reports. Our research interests also inform our teaching, with staff publications featuring in the study materials for each course.
We also offer postgraduate research degrees for more specialised research.