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University of Reading

Whiteknights , Reading Berkshire ,United Kingdom


Full Time: 4 Years
Study BA Economics with Placement Year and apply economic analysis to international problems. 
On this course you will explore and develop a deep understanding of the increasingly critical economic and related issues that dominate the news agenda and shape the world in which we live. You will study practical issues in economics and explore the relationship between economics and society more widely.
This course places less emphasis on mathematical and statistical content, and instead you will focus on the relevance of these techniques to applied problems. You will still learn necessary maths skills in your core modules with extensive support, should you need it.
Each year you will be able to choose from a wide range of specialist optional modules and tailor the degree to your own interests. These span a number of topics, including business, policy, economic history and even the economics of climate change. You can also choose to do modules in other subjects such as history and politics, some of which cover topics and issues related to economics.
In addition to traditional lectures, you will take part small group tutorials in which you can discuss and analyse theory and practice through case studies, exercises, group presentations and open debate. You will have the opportunity to extend your study of economics beyond the classroom through our student-run Economics Society, which has arranged lectures on topics ranging from 'How happy are you?' to 'Are you a Marxist economist?' as well as conversations with economists on topical matters such as the economics of health and feminism.
During the first two years of this course you will have additional timetabled support for pursuing and applying for internships and placements. You will then have the opportunity to do a paid placement at a company or organisation in your third year (please note that a placement cannot be guaranteed). The Department of Economics also has a specialist placement officer who can provide you with one-to-one support in your placement applications and preparing for a placement.


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Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30