The twin crises of 2008 and the COVID-19 pandemic have thrust economics into the spotlight as, more than ever, understanding how the economy and people’s work/life patterns have been disrupted is of immediate importance. Economics is crucial to every business, enterprise and government across the globe.
Our undergraduate economics programmes, taught by leading academics who advise governments in economic policy, will give you the skills, insights and academic resources you need to become part of the next generation of economists. Ranked 6th in the UK*, you’ll study key concepts in economics, such as macroeconomics, international trade, microeconomic behaviour, econometrics and international finance, to help you become part of the next generation of economists.
We also have a range of master’s programmes which are supported by our excellent research institutes and centres on campus. We work with the IIMR, IFT, UN Centre and the new Vinson centre for Economics and Entrepreneurship. These institutes hold regular seminars and events with speakers from all over the world, providing opportunities for networking, internships for students, and an overall global outlook to your studies.
*The Guardian University Guide 2020 (GU).
Why choose Buckingham
Study Economics at Buckingham, the home of the two-year degree, ranked in the top 10 for Graduate Prospects (The Sunday Times, Good University Guide 2022). Students are at the heart of everything we do: our award-winning small class tutorials ensure every student is known by name and supported throughout their studies. You will love our personalised teaching model, dedicated student support team, and beautiful, safe campus.
Featured Economics courses
“The department staff were excellent at explaining difficult concepts and always made time outside of lectures to give extra help. The degree was enjoyable throughout and staff knew what they were taking about..”
Edward, Politics and Economics
Meet our lecturers
Professor Ali Kabiri, Head of Economics and International Studies Department, Senior Lecturer in Economics, MSc Money, Banking and Central Banking Programme Director
Professor Kabiri teaches Welfare Economics, Microeconomic theory and the History of Economic thought on the undergraduate programmes. He has a research interest in banking risk and credit, economic history and behavioural economics/finance and is a research associate at the Financial Markets Group (FMG) at the LSE and a member of the lead team at the CSDU at UCL.
Dr Juan Castañeda, Senior Lecturer in Economics, Director of the Institute of International Monetary Research
Dr Castañeda has been awarded a Bank of Spain annual scholarship to develop research on the monetary history and has also developed several research projects on fiscal policy rules.
Professor Martin Ricketts, Professor of Economic Organisation
Professor Ricketts is published in the areas of theory of the firm, aspects of public finance, the new institutional economics and housing policy. He is also a Managing trustee of the IEA and trustee of the Institute of International Monetary Research.
Mary Powis, Lecturer in Quantitative Methods
Ms Powis teaches maths and statistics, providing a solid foundation for students to build on. She has experience supporting students of a wide range of abilities and has a dedicated approach to student development. She is also a specialist in equality issues.
Mohga Bassim, Lecturer in Economics
Dr Bassim has 18 years of experience teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students at Buckingham, pioneering modules in development economics in the MENA region, econometrics and etatistics.
Len Shackleton, Professor of Economics
A specialist in labour market economics and economic policy, Professor Shackleton teaches modules on the undergraduate programme. He brings his vast experience in academic and real-world economics, regularly appearing on radio, TV and contributing to newspapers and websites.
Brian Sturgess, Visiting Lecturer
Victor is a lecturer in economics at the University of Buckingham. Previously, he was an associate lecturer in the department of economics at the University of York. His research interest lies in the field of Political Economy and Applied Microeconometrics.
Your future career
Economics degrees are a solid foundation for a career in finance and banking, economic research, economic policy analysis, the civil service, international business, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), or think tanks.
Our economics graduates are highly sought after due to the enhanaced analytical abilities they gain. Our Careers and Employability service can help you build your portfolio, a network of employer contacts and help you find a job that matches your aspirations.
We support your employability through a Professional Development Portfolio, in which you write reflectively about the professional skills you acquire and use during your time at university. These skills will help you in your studies as well as being crucial for your future career.
We have a varied range of research institutes and centres on campus, including The Institute for International Monetary Research, Initiative for Free Trade, The Centre for United Nations Studies and the new Vinson Centre for Economics and Entrepreneurship. These institutes hold regular seminars and events with speakers from all over the world, providing excellent opportunities for networking and internships.