International College

Study economics

Economics is the study of money and the choices individuals and societies make when spending it. At the University of Sheffield, you will learn about the management of this limited resource.

What is economics?

Economics is the study of production, distribution and consumption of money. Learn about the economic choices made by normal people every day and how these feed into wider economies. Find out how governments and organisations choose to spend money and the implications this has on different societies.

Economics at the University of Sheffield

One of the few standalone economics departments in the north of England, the University of Sheffield’s Department of Economics is a small and friendly department where you will get one-to-one support from tutors and form strong bonds with your coursemates. 

The Department of Economics conducts leading research which influences and forms real economic policy, even advising government departments.

Economics degree options at the University of Sheffield

Department of Economics rankings

97% of graduates
in employment or further study six months after completing their course.
Destination of Leavers of Higher Education survey data 2016/17


A leading research university
You will be taught by experts in their field.


Degree preparation at the International College

The University of Sheffield International College offers specialist university preparation for international students. On our pathway programmes, you will study key subject modules to prepare you for your degree, while also building confidence in your English language and study skills. Whether you are aiming for undergraduate or postgraduate study, you will have the confidence to succeed once you progress to the University of Sheffield.

Your pathways to studying at the University of Sheffield:

Why study economics?

Economics is a broad field that will help you develop a broad range of transferrable skills for your career. Some of the benefits include:

Studying economics, you will learn to work as part of a team, develop your leadership skills and build confidence in presenting ideas.

Economics is all about the study of a central problem: money is a finite resource and there is insufficient money to satisfy all human wants and needs. Economics students consider how best to allocate resource when it is scarce.

You will develop your research skills and learn to look deeper into some of life's biggest questions.

Economics career prospects

When you graduate from the University of Sheffield Department of Economics, you’ll have an exciting choice of career or further study options. Sheffield is in the top 15 of universities targeted by top employers (High Fliers Graduate Market Research 2018).

Economics careers include:

  • chartered accountant
  • data analyst
  • economist
  • financial risk analyst
  • stockbroker.

Related careers include:

  • actuary
  • business development manager
  • management consultant
  • policy officer
  • quantity surveyor.

Born in Taiwan. Made in Sheffield.

International student Jennifer in the library at University of Sheffield

I really became more responsible here. I didn't know I could be such a hardworking student before. I like the way that I’ve become more responsible for myself. Here they give out the information, the support, but you have to catch it.

Jennifer from Taiwan

Studied International Foundation Year – Business, Social Sciences and Humanities

Progressed to BSc (Hons) Economics with Finance