The University of Southampton
Social Sciences: EconomicsPart of Social Sciences

Economics - Who we are

Whether we know it or not, we take economic decisions every day of our lives. In turn, we are affected by the decisions of other people and institutions, nationally and internationally. Studying the way economic processes work and how economic decisions are made helps us understand our society.

Economics at Southampton at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels is challenging and exciting. We are a young and truly international community of academics and students, proud of our vibrant and collegial environment.

Our aim is to conduct high-quality, original research which has international impact and relevance for both the discipline and policymakers. With 16 nationalities represented in the group, our international composition ensures that findings are disseminated worldwide, with members contributing to conferences, seminars and institutions, government and non-governmental bodies, throughout the UK, Europe and the USA. We run weekly divisional seminars, where we invite leading academics from around the world.

Many doctoral programme graduates are successful academics in universities in the UK and Europe. We are excited about our current postgraduate research students and job market candidates and proud about our recent PhDs and alumni.

A diverse community

We have a thriving postgraduate community, attracting a wide range of students from very diverse backgrounds.

Our research themes

We have four research themes specialising in microeconomics, macroeconomics, econometric theory and applied economics.

After your degree

An economics degree can be an opening to many careers, not just those related specifically to economics.

Making a difference

Check out our Research Impact brochure for inspirational stories of our work around the world.

Key facts

Our research strengths lie in econometric and microeconomic theory, with macroeconomics and applied economics also extremely strong. Our teaching also receives consistently high scores.  

The Department of Economics is part of the South Coast Doctoral Training Partnership (SCDTP) run by the University of Southampton in collaboration with the Universities of Brighton and Portsmouth. As part of this partnership, the SCDTP offers 36 scholarships funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). Allocation of these scholarships is on a competitive basis for successful candidates offered entry into the PhD programmes participating in the SCDTP.

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University of Southampton BSc Economics graduate Chloe Larcou talks about her experience of studying at Southampton.

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