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Welcome to the Department of Economics

We pride ourselves in our teaching and research excellence.

“The best education is not just about learning standard materials and preparing for standard examinations.  Students need to think like an economist and understand how data can support their argument. Those are the skills that matter in the real world! We think Royal Holloway is the ideal place for you to prepare for this challenging and exciting future.”

- Dr Michael Naef - Head of Department

See below for more information about the department, our research and teaching, and our most recent awards and achievements.

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A degree in Economics opens a lot of doors; as such, you can find our graduates in a range of professions, from actuary and auditor to software consultant and civil servant. Many have also gone on to take on further study, whether at Royal Holloway or further afield.

Take a look on our Graduate Destinations page for more information.

To get an insight into the careers of some of our graduates, browse some Graduate Profiles.

Our graduates often quickly discover that their degree in Economics can take them a long way, and so you can find many of our most notable graduates working in high profile position for exciting companies.

Take a look at our Alumni page for a snapshot of some of our most notable graduates.

Awards and Statistics

In the 2014 REF, the department was successful in our fiercely competitive field, receiving especially high scores for the real-world impact of its research and for the 80 per cent of research rated by the REF panel as “world leading”.

The ranking produced by the respected Times Higher Education placed us ninth overall, ninth in Output and seventh in Impact. As such, our department continues to combine the vitality and innovation of a new institution with the traditional academic strengths of an established college and university.

In the NSS 2019, more than 85% of students thought that the courses were intellectually stimulating, and that staff was good at explaining things.

The following are the most recent awards and achievements of our colleagues and PhD students:

Melanie Luhrmann and Juan Pablo Rud have been awarded £20,000 from Royal Academy of Engineering

Melanie Luhrmann received £104k from the British Academy

Jungyoon Lee received has been awarded the ERSC New Investigators grant of £285k

Jefferson Frank has been elected as Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences

Lena Hassani Nezhad has been granted £263,303, from the British Academy

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