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Economics Pathways

The Department of Economics has a thriving community, attracting a wide range of students from very different backgrounds. The three pathways provide conceptual and analytical tools in intermediate microeconomics, macroeconomics and econometrics. The pathways will equip you with a solid technical background and a sound knowledge of economic theory and its applications.

You will have the opportunity to study economics in the greatest depth whilst also enjoying a considerable amount of choice in theoretical and empirical analysis of financial markets. We aim to offer the highest quality learning experience. You will be taught by academics at the forefront of their disciplines.

Teaching comprises both lectures and weekly or fortnightly group classes. You can expect a mixture of methods of assessments: written examinations, mid-term tests, essays, problem sets and team projects.

Students on a two semester programme may choose one module from University of Southampton interdisciplinary modules:


Specific entry requirements

One semester or one full academic year

Economics; Economics and Finance; Economics, Finance, and Econometrics

Some background in Economics at undergraduate level

Economy and Society



The Economics pathway prepares you for a Master programme in Economics, ensuring a broad training to a high standard, leading to excellent opportunities.

If you are not planning to continue for an Economics master programme, you can choose the Economics and Finance pathway for more flexibility in module choice.

Linked to: MSc Economics, MSc Finance and Econometrics

Compulsory (choose 1 of each selection)

ECON2037 Intermediate Macroeconomics (semester 1)
ECON3010 Topics in Macro (semester 1)
ECON2004 Dynamic Macroeconomics (semester 2)

ECON2039 Intermediate Microeconomics (semester 1)
ECON3041 Behavioural Economics (semester 1)

ECON2043 Introduction to Econometrics (semester 1)
ECON2041 Econometric Theory (semester 1)
ECON3040 Advanced Econometrics with Machine Learning (semester 1)

ECON2038 Applied Econometrics (semester 2)
ECON2042 Econometrics with Big Data (semester 2)


Semester 1Semester 2

ECON2040 Computational Economics

ECON2005 Industrial Economics

ECON3007 Applied Economics

ECON2013 Development Economics

ECON3010 Topics in Macro

ECON2044 Games

ECON3015 Principles of Finance

ECON3004 Public Economics

ECON3027 Labour Economics

ECON3008 International Macro

ECON3042 Topics in Political Economy

ECON3016 Empirical Finance

ECON3046 Macroeconomics of Public Policy

ECON3034 International Trade
  MANG3009 International Banking

Note that Econ2041 should only be chosen for students with strong statistical background and not been taken together with Econ2043.



Economics and Finance

The Economics and Finance pathway will give you the freedom to specialise in your field of choice, or select a variety of modules as you prefer. You can expect rigorous academic standards with real-world practical insights, leading to excellent opportunities.

Linked master programme: Finance and Economics

Semester 1 optional

Semester 2 optional
ECON2037 Intermediate Macro ECON2004 Dynamic Macroeconomics
ECON2039 Intermediate Micro ECON2005 Industrial Economics
ECON2040 Computational Economics ECON2013 Development Economics
ECON2041 Econometric Theory ECON2038 Applied Econometrics
ECON2043 Introduction to Econometrics ECON2042 Econometrics with Big Data
ECON3007 Applied Economics ECON2044 Games
ECON3010 Topics in Macro ECON3004 Public Economics
ECON3015 Principles of Finance ECON3008 International Macro
ECON3027 Labour Economics ECON3016 Empirical Finance
ECON3040 Advanced Econometrics with Machine Learning ECON3034 International Trade
ECON3041 Behavioural Economics MANG3009 International Banking
ECON3042 Topics in Political Economy  
ECON3046 Macroeconomics of Public Policy  


Economics, Finance and Econometrics

Master’s Progression Pathway

The Econometrics and Finance pathway will equip you with a solid technical background and with the knowledge of economic and econometric theory.


Semester 1Semester 2
Compulsory Compulsory
ECON2006 Statistical Theory 2 ECON2007 Econometrics 2
ECON3015 Principles of Finance ECON3008 International Macro
Optional Optional
ECON2001 Applied Microeconomics 2 ECON2005 Industrial Economics
ECON2002 Macroeconomic Policy 2 ECON2013 Development Economics
ECON2003 Microeconomics of Markets ECON2032 Methods of Econometrics
ECON2026 Introduction to Econometrics ECON3004 Public Economics
ECON3007 Applied Microeconomics 3 ECON3008 International Macro
ECON3027 Labour Economics ECON3016 Empirical Finance
ECON3031 Applied Econometrics MANG3009 International Banking
ECON3010 Topics in Macroeconomics 3    
ECON2033 Microeconomics of Strategy    

Some modules may be subject to change or availability.

Linked Master’s Programmes

MSc Finance and Economics

MSc Finance and Econometrics

Economy and Society

The Economy and Society pathway offers the opportunity for students to explore important issues in society today from a multi-disciplinary social science perspective. The pathway is structured so that students without a background in Economics or Sociology can undertake introductory modules providing the important theoretical underpinnings for further study.

The pathway is an ideal choice for students who are interested in the big challenges faced by modern society and are looking to expand their horizons to include a wider range of academic perspectives and approaches.


Semester 1Semester 2
Introductory* Introductory*
ECON1020 Foundations of Microeconomics* ECON1021 Principles of Macroeconomics*
SOCI1001 Understanding Everyday Life* - To be confirmed
Optional Optional
ECON2002 Macroeconomic Policy** ECON2013 Development Economics
SOCI2031 Social Theory ECON3034 International Trade Theory and Policy
SOCI3002 Comparing Welfare States - Evolution, Politics & Impact ECON2005 Industrial Economics
Class Structure and Social Inequality SOCI2035/
Children and Society
    SOCI2003 Gender and Society

Some modules may be subject to change or availability


* Students without any undergraduate background in either Economics or Sociology must choose the appropriate pair of introductory courses.

** Suitable only for students with some background in Economics

Linked Master’s programmes


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