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Undergraduate study

Undergraduate study

Our intellectually stimulating and diverse courses are designed for students who like to question the status quo.

Incorporating all of the major aspects of economic thought, our degrees are an excellent foundation for all kinds of employment and further study.

We have gained a reputation for research excellence, being one of the UK's top ten teaching and research centres in Economics, and rated third in London in the recent Research Assessment Exercise.

We offer single honours, joint honours, and courses with Economics as a major or minor subject. All have a strong core of microeconomics, macroeconomics and quantitative methods, complemented by optional units in specialist interest areas.

All undergraduate Economics courses include short employability modules to prepare you for your life after your studies.

Our optional modules include Coding for Economists in the third year.

Browse all Economics degree programmes on offer to locate your preferred course.

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BSc Economics degree structure

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If you want to inquire further, or you wish to apply for a course, find out what to do next here

Why Economics at Royal Holloway?

As a department, we are very proud of our reputation for research, with much of our work described as 'world-leading'. We make it our priority to ensure our students have access to the most cutting edge materials to work with, and we are one of the only departments in the country to boast an in-house Economics laboratory.

To find out more, take a look at our research areas and publications.

Students have returned consistently positive results about the teaching environment within the department, and flourish in their studies year on year. 

We're careful to listen to what you have to say about the department, and are always looking to improve the student experience. On the basis of previous results from the NSS, we have responded by introducing new initiatives, such as the Student Mentoring Scheme to support first years more effectively, and the Economics@Work programme to enhance our students' employability post-graduation. 

We also love to socialise as a department, and have plenty of dates for your diary throughout the year - including an Autumn Ball, a Spring Social and a Summer BBQ!

For more information about events taking place in the department, take a look at our events page.

For up to date news from the department, and to communicate with us directly, take a look at our social media feeds on:

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Your future beyond graduation is what we're always building towards, and we take preparing you for the workplace or further study very seriously. In addition to the Careers Centre on campus, as a department we oversee an Economics@Work programme which gives students the chance to network with professionals, receive presentations from experts in various fields and gain more of an insight into their area of particular interest.

For up-to-date information about talks and events taking place in the department, have a look at our events page.

For in-depth information about our Careers and Employability resources, have a look at our careers page.

It's no secret that graduates with an Economics degree are highly sought after in the workplace, and at Royal Holloway we engineer our degree programmes to ensure that our students are ready for their future beyond university.

We have designed our 3-year Economics BSc to incorporate all of the disciplines required to equip a student with the tools of the professional economist. We place a lot of emphasis on applying methods and theories in real-world scenarios, and love to use our laboratory and trading room to carry out experiments and to discover new economic models.

We are delighted to be able to offer a wide variety of courses to our undergraduates. 

Take a look at an outline of the BSc Economics degree structure.


The friendly and community orientated environment at Royal Holloway naturally brings together staff and students, forging strong working relationships. The beautiful, leafy Surrey campus is a great place to live, but also has fantastic links to Central London, Windsor and Reading.

Having everything – studies, friends, societies, sports and social life – on your doorstep sets us apart from other colleges of the University of London.

For more information about student life at Royal Holloway, take a look here.

What our students say

"Studying Economics at Royal Holloway has given me the technical and soft skills to approach complex questions in my local community, in the UK and across the world."

"The environment here is great; staff from the Department are very supportive and welcoming, Professors are always available to clarify doubts and they are very passionate about their subjects."     

"All the lecturers are very approachable and always willing to listen and help should you need advice. The very supportive atmosphere of the Economics Department has really helped me develop my skills and knowledge, both academic and personal."

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