Economics is divided into Part I, Part IIA and Part IIB, each lasting a year. Teaching is provided through lectures and supervisions and you can expect between 10 and 14 lectures each week in the first year.  Assessment is principally through formal, written examinations that take place at the end of each year and the compulsory dissertation in Part IIB. Typically you’ll have one three–hour exam for each paper covered that year, though a small number of papers are additionally assessed through projects or extended essay assignments.

Part I

Provides an introduction to the subject: a common core of knowledge which can subsequently be extended. There are five compulsory papers: 

  1. Microeconomics 
  2. Macroeconomics 
  3. Quantitative Methods in Economics 
  4. Political and Sociological Aspects of Economics 
  5. British Economic History 

Part IIA

Consists of three compulsory papers: 

  1. Microeconomics 
  2. Macroeconomics 
  3. Econometrics 

You also take one optional paper, chosen from: 

  • International Trade and Development 
  • History and Philosophy of Economics
  • Mathematics and Statistics for Economists
  • Labour 
  • Introduction to Politics: The Modern State and its alternatives
  • Introduction to Sociology: Modern Societies 
  • International Relations: Conflict, Order and Justice

Part IIB

The final year consists of two compulsory papers: 

  1. Microeconomic Principles and Problems 
  2. Macroeconomic Principles and Problems 

In addition, you write a compulsory dissertation of 7,500 words, and take two optional papers from a list of around twelve alternatives.The optional papers often reflect the specific research interests of the Faculty members teaching them, and so the precise papers available can vary slightly from year to year. 

Economics at Queens'

Economics at Queens’ has a long and distinguished history.  There is an active Economics Society, run by the students, that hosts both academic and social gatherings to discuss contemporary economic issues.  Queens’ economists have gone on to enjoy distinguished careers in finance, business, research, and government.

You will be required to take the Test of Mathematics for University Admission (TMUA). You will be requested to provide one marked essay following your application.

Queens’ Economics Fellows 

Dr Charles Brendon Director of Studies

Main area of research is the theory and practice of economic policymaking. Current projects focus in particular on income tax policy, and on approaches to designing policy rules when government preferences time-inconsistent.

Dr Cristina Penasco, Director of Studies

My research lines bring together multidisciplinary research in environmental economics, innovation policy and energy economics in green and energy efficiency technologies, with a focus on the policy instruments enabling the transition to low-carbon economies.

"Economics at Queens' has been great. The course is varied and interesting and the number of economics Fellows at Queens' means you always feel fully supported"

– Lucy, 2nd year Economics