University of Nottingham Malaysia UNM

University of Nottingham Malaysia UNM

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Bachelors of Science (Hons) Economics   APPLY

  Study Mode FULL TIME
  Duration 3 years
  Intake September
  Tution Fees N/A

Offering you the flexibility to tailor your module choice to your interests, this course provides a solid grounding in a wide range of techniques and skills sought after by employers.

Macroeconomics, microeconomics, mathematics and statistics form the core of the degree. The school offers a wide range of optional modules covering a diverse set of economics topics. You will also have the flexibility to select modules offered by other schools and departments across the University.
The mathematical and statistical modules in year one are available as either econometrics or quantitative economics. The former is available only to those with A level maths or equivalent, while the latter is available to everyone. These pathways continue in the second year, however you may switch from econometrics to quantitative economics in year two.

By the end of your course, you will have a thorough understanding of economic theory and how it is applied to the real world. You will also be familiar with the key analytical techniques that economists use in practice. 

Year one 

Providing you with a solid grounding in introductory economic theory and mathematics/statistics, your first year of study will focus on the relevance of such methods to the study of economic questions of cultural, political and social importance.

You will explore current issues and perspectives and will typically take a year-long study skills module to ensure that your transition to university study is smooth. We also provide a dedicated module that focuses on career skills and employability, including guidance on preparing your CV, interview techniques and applying for internships.

Year two 

You will develop your analytical skills and knowledge of the core disciplines of economics and quantitative methods, as well as the major sub-disciplines of economics. As in year one, you will be able to choose either the econometric theory or quantitative economics (applied econometrics) pathway.

You can also apply to spend a semester of your second year studying abroad, taking similar modules to your counterparts back in Nottingham or expanding your knowledge through other options. 

Year three 

In your final year you will examine the major themes in economics at an advanced level and build on the topics covered in previous years. You will select modules that interest you from a wide range of specialist options that reflect our academics' research expertise in both theoretical and applied aspects of the discipline.

Under the guidance of your tutor, you'll also undertake a year-long dissertation on a topic of your choice and will gain experience of the research process.

Year one 

Typical core modules  

  • Introduction to Macroeconomics

Introduction to Microeconomics

Quantitative Economics

Typical optional modules: 

Economic Integration 1 and 2

Year two

Typical core modules  

Macroeconomic Theory

Microeconomic Theory

Applied Econometrics 1 and 2

Typical optional modules: 

Development Economics 

Experimental and Behavioural Economics

Financial Economics

International Trade


Year three  

Typical core modules  

Economic Dissertation

Typical optional modules 

Advanced Development Economics

Advanced Experimental and Behavioural Economics

Advanced Financial Economics

Advanced International Trade 1 and 2 

Advanced Macroeconomics

International Money and Macroeconomics

Topics in Econometrics

Our Foundation course route

Our Foundation courses give you another way to study for an undergraduate degree. 

Entry requirements

A Level

BBB, excluding critical thinking and general studies

IB Diploma 

30 points with 5,5,5 at Higher Level and 5 points in mathematics at Higher level or 6 points at Standard Level


B+B+B+ excluding Pengajian Am


2 As and 3 B3s, excluding Bahasa Malaysia and Chinese language

SAM or other Australian matriculations

ATAR 86 (consideration to be made based on relevant subjects)   

Canadian Ontario Grade 12 Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)  

80% average based on 6 subjects with 60% in Calculus and Vectors and 70% in Mathematics of Data Management

Canadian Secondary School Diplomas from other provinces are acceptable and to be assessed based on the University's requirements.

Advance Placement (AP)

4,4,4 in relevant subjects. Applicants taking non-preferred subjects may be made an offer across more than three subjects at Advanced Placement level.

Diploma - Other Institutions 

Acceptance to the second year is on a case by case basis (and at the discretion of the School) but normally would require an overall GPA of 3.3 (out of 4) or 70% and above (consideration to be made based on relevant subjects), and previous studies must meet the prerequisite requirements to the programme

Foundation - Other Institutions 

 Acceptance is at the discretion of the School but normally would require an overall GPA of 3.3 (out of 4) or 70% and above (consideration to be made based on relevant subjects), and previous studies must meet the prerequisite requirements to the programme

University of Nottingham Malaysia Foundation 

Sucessful completion of any Foundation programme and meeting mathemetics requirements.


In addition to the entry requirements listed above, those who have taken SPM/GCSE/IGCSE/High School Diploma or equivalent must have grade A in Mathematics.

We strongly encourage all interested students to apply. Our students come to us with a diverse range of qualifications and we also consider applicants' personal statement, references and interview performance (if you have one) when making a decision. The only way for us to fully determine eligibility is through the submission of a completed application.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic):

6.5 (with no less than 6.0 in each element)


87 (minimum 20 in speaking and 19 in all other elements)

GCE A Level English Language or English Literature:

grade C

GCE AS Level English Language or English Literature:

grade C

PTE (Academic):

62 (with no less than 55 in each element)


grade A-

1119 (GCE-O Level):

grade B

GCSE O Level:  

grade C 

IGCSE (first language): 

grade C

IGCSE (second language):

grade B


Band 4


grade A2 

IB English A1 or A2 (Standard or Higher Level): 

4 points 

IB English B (Higher Level):

4 points 

IB English B (Standard Level): 

5 points 

IELTS ,TOEFL and PTE (Academic) test results must be less than 2 years old and all IELTS must be the academic version of the test. MUET results are valid for five years from the date of the release of results.


Economics graduates from The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus have been recruited by commercial banks such as Alliance Bank, CIMB, Citibank, HSBC, OCBC, Royal Bank of Scotland, UOB, multinational companies such as Frank Knight, Frost & Sullivan,GlaxoSmithKline, IBM, KPMG, PwC, as well as policy institutes such as Asia Strategy and Leadership Institute, Bank Negara Malaysia and IDEAS.

In addition, a substantial fraction of our graduates are pursuing their master and doctoral studies around the world, as our three-year honours degree is internationally recognised for entry into postgraduate programmes of renown universities around the world, including the London School of Economics, University College London and the University of Warwick. 

Foundation in Arts and Education

FULL TIME | April / June / Sept

Foundation in Business and Management

FULL TIME | April / June / Sept

Foundation In Engineering

FULL TIME | April / June / Sept

Foundation in Science

FULL TIME | April / June / Sept

Master of Business Administration

FULL TIME | Feb / June / Sept / Nov

Master of Science (MSc) Management Psychology

FULL TIME | February and September

Master in Special and Inclusive Education

FULL TIME | Feb / June / Sept / Nov

Master in Educational Leadership and Management

FULL TIME | Feb / June / Sept / Nov

Postgraduate Diploma in Education

FULL TIME | Feb / June / Sept / Nov

Masters (MA) in Education

FULL TIME | Feb / June / Sept / Nov

MA in Media, Communications and Culture

FULL TIME | February (Part-time) and September

Master of Arts (MA) International Relations

FULL TIME | February and September

Master of Pharmacy (MPharm)

FULL TIME | September

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