Economics and Social Studies BAEcon
Why did you choose Manchester?
As the birth-place of industrialisation, Manchester provides a fascinating backdrop to the study of Economics and other social sciences. Adding to the diversity of the student population, and all the city has to offer, Manchester was the only choice!
Why did you pick your course?
Flexibility and internationality are hallmarks of the BA(Econ) program. Being able to study across a broad range of disciplines allows students to gain an understanding of the complexities that shape the world around us.
Moreover, the student body on the course comes from a myriad of locations, meaning that discussions are always interesting and varied.
What are the best things about your degree?
In today’s world, it is important to have skills that go beyond the classroom knowledge. The ability to critically analyse and communicate are skills highly valued by employers – the variation and flexibility of the economics degree provide a platform for developing these areas. Within many modules, presentation and communication skills are honed in an informal way, helping students to throw off the nervousness they may have when starting University.
Is there a unit you’ve particularly enjoyed? What made it stand out?
One of my favourite modules proved to be Political and Economic Anthropology. By analysing recent political and economic changes, we were able to answer fundamental questions about the pre-eminence of neoliberal Capitalism in the organization of our world, whilst drawing on the Anthropological ways of working (such as ethnography) to delve below the surface of important, and often mind-boggling, questions.
Moreover, the lecturing was first-rate – delivered in an energetic, varied and informative manner which brought discussion and idea-exchange to the centre of the teaching process.
How will your degree prepare you for life after Manchester?
In applying for (and securing) a Management Consulting role in a Big 4 firm in London, I have realised that the breadth and depth of my degree programme allowed me to speak freely about various topics during interviews, and write interesting cover letters.
The course promotes critical thinking skills which allow Economics students to apply to a broad range of jobs and vocations. This is a definite advantage of the course and should not be underestimated.
What extracurricular activities/societies you’ve been involved in?
I’ve been involved in the student-support schemes within my course, acting, for instance, as the Coordinator for the Student Representative scheme. This allowed me to forge connections with both students and staff – bringing me closer to the inner workings of the institution and giving me the opportunity to shape the degree I was on.
Moreover, the University has every imaginable club and society. From competitive sports teams to a Knitting and Quidditch Society, there is something for everyone. And if your valued society doesn’t yet exist (which is basically impossible), the Students Union will provide you with funding to start it up!
Why should a prospective applicant choose Manchester?
For someone with a desire to learn beyond the lecture theatre, Manchester provides ample opportunities. From my first week of studying at Manchester, I realized the immense array of activities the city had to offer to students. From the famous Hallé Orchestra to the cities football teams, Manchester provides ample opportunity to enjoy the thrills of a city, whilst having a tangible and diverse student vibe.