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Money makes the world go round. While some might argue on the specifics of that phrase, it’s difficult to completely deny it. Economics is now one of the most popular courses, both in the UK and around the world, with millions each year choosing a course that links to almost everything that we do in this world.
Let’s begin in the far North. The University of Stirling has quite a bit going for it. Near to Edinburgh, Glasgow and the gorgeous Loch Lomond, it provides a wonderful setting to further your education. But what’s more, it carries one of the best Economics courses anywhere in the UK (number 5 according to the Guardian’s university league table).
From the North to the South-West, Bristol is quickly becoming one of the most popular small to medium-sized cities in the UK. Undeniably arty and with a strong community feel to it, Bristol has a comforting attitude that people have been flocking to for years now. If that wasn’t enough, it also boasts an excellent Economics program that is currently ranked 9th best in the entire country.
Historic Durham with its picturesque cathedral, botanical gardens and medieval streets has long been a delightful place to visit. Flanked by the Durham Dales and the chilly, but beautiful North Sea, this is a part of the UK that doesn’t traditionally get many foreign visitors. On top of that, it has a variety of Economics courses, some of which have remained in the top 10 around the UK for several years now.
The first of two London universities on our list. Located in the north of the English capital, outside of the main hustle and bustle (but still busy - this is London after all) Middlesex University is a hugely popular place to study that allows students to live within one of the most exciting cities on the planet.
If Middlesex University gives you that little bit of breathing room in London, London South Bank University hurls you directly into the mix. If you don’t know about London’s South Bank, you’re in for a real treat. Close to the London Eye, Tower Bridge, The Tower of London and much more, this university allows you to study Economics in the heart of London. And with the bustling financial area just across the river, what better place to start your journey than here.
If you’re looking for a small town with a huge student population, then look no further. Set within England’s famed rolling green fields, Loughborough University has been making a real name for itself for several years now and was even awarded University of the Year in the WhatUni Student Choice Awards 2020. Their Economics course has consistently sat in the top 20 across the UK for some time now.
This is one name that you might not recognise, but the name Edinburgh will surely spark your interest. There’s not much that can be said about the Scottish capital that hasn’t already been said - historic, friendly and of course fairly rainy. Heriot Watt is a specialist university that offers an excellent four-year undergraduate course, alongside a wide array of additional courses if you choose to go even further.
One area of the country we haven’t seen much of so far, but in UEA, the East of England has not only a fantastic university but one of the finest Economics courses in the country - currently sitting at number eight. Located in the small, beautiful town of Norwich this is a setting that gives you some peace and quiet, but also a truly world-class education.
Nottingham has had a thriving university life for many years now and currently boasts the second-highest proportion of students anywhere in the country (Exeter is first, just in case you were wondering). There is always a lot going on in Nottingham and the Economics course offered by Nottingham Trent University is another that sits comfortably within the UK’s top 20.
Located just north of London in the small town of Hatfield, the University of Hertfordshire offers excellent Economic courses, either on its own or in conjunction with other fields. Currently ranked 15th across the UK for Economics, studying here gives you not only a top-quality education but the excitement of London right on your doorstep.
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Oli lives in London and is a writer and photographer.