The ever-changing global economy makes headlines on a daily basis, shaping the world in which we live socially, politically and economically. Consequently, there is a strong demand in businesses throughout the world for economics experts who can contextualise a financial situation, spot opportunities for savings and profit or identify the root of financial problems.
With a firm grounding in economics developed in the first year, our degree allows you the opportunity to specialise in international economic issues, such as international trade patterns and policy, globalisation and its impacts. You will focus on transnational interactions of firms and individuals through market exchanges and trade. In the continuous search for the new economic order, we will assess the impact of and opportunities presented by new developments in communications, technology or the environment – such as the economic impact of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme on international trade in recent years.
A major strength of our course is its practical focus and emphasis on real-world applications and policy issues throughout. You’ll participate in skills development workshops with direct involvement from the Government Economic Service (GES), including a mock assessment center specifically designed to familiarise you with the Civil Service Fast Stream application process, ideal for those considering a career in government.
Through regular use of online assessments and research workshops, we ensure you are familiar with the key analytical techniques that economists use in practice, from statistical analysis to theoretical modelling, using bespoke economics tools like WinEcon, which was actually developed in conjunction with Coventry University.
We’ll explore current economic challenges and the issues facing economists, such as the impact of the financial crisis on international trade negotiations, through tutorials, debates and industry-led seminars. We will organise business simulation games, emulating international flows of currencies and resources. You also have the opportunity to apply for a work placement, which in the past has seen students working for a wide range of organisations and companies, including the GES, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), Barclays and the Bank of England.