Bachelor's degree in Economics

Branch of knowledge Social and legal sciences
Duration Four academic years
Schedule This is a full-time study programme. In general, students are taught 2 hours of theory and attend a 90-minute seminar per subject per week. The rest of the training process takes place through personal work (each credit corresponds to 25 hours of training). There are 10 teaching weeks in each term.
Academic year From September to June
Fee €1,656.63
Languages Catalan, Spanish and English (depending on the subject). Students must take compulsory subjects with a value of 30 credits in English in the second half of the programme.
Credits 240 ECTS credits
Basic subjects: 60; compulsory subjects: 115; optional subjects (including external internship): 59; bachelor's degree final project: 6
Number of places on programme 170
Venue Ciutadella Campus
Organizer Faculty of Economic and Business Sciences
Application Online at www.accesnet.gencat.cat, from June to July

Why UPF?

  • Our students, who are characterized by a high level of academic achievement and have a markedly international profile (with exchange students from 70 countries), offer tremendous potential for having friends, acquaintances and professional contacts all over the world.
  • Our lecturers, who come from 20 different countries, participate in cutting-edge national and European research. The Department of Economics and Business is consequently renowned as an international standard-setter.
  • Over 50% of our courses are taught in English. Of particular note is our bachelor's degree programme in International Business Economics, which is taught entirely in English.
  • We offer exchanges with the world's leading universities (a total of 119 institutions annually host 250 of the faculty's students) and numerous internship opportunities (over 300 placements per academic year).
  • The faculty's 5 bachelor's degrees are the most highly rated in Spain in the Indicadores Sintéticos del Sistema Universitario Español 2013 (ISSUE) ranking and El Mundo's Las 50 carreras 2013 ranking. Furthermore, they are in 9th position in Europe according to The Tilburg University Top 100 Worldwide Economics Schools Research Ranking 2008-2012, and 38th position globally according to the QS World University Rankings 2013.

Presentation

Our pledge is to enable every student who opts to take a university degree programme at our faculty to develop their abilities to the full. We thus provide a range of opportunities that motivate students to actively participate in their training and make use of the resources on our virtual campus for self-study purposes.

Objectives

The bachelor's degree programme in Economics provides theoretical and practical knowledge that makes accurate analysis of the economic situation possible. UPF's Economics graduates must be able to understand the interrelation between the economy and society; to consider economic problems from a global perspective and take a local approach to solving them; to make connections between an economic system's different components; to gauge the implications of decisions related to economic policy; and to respond to the economic problems arising from society in general and the different units that interact therein (e.g. institutions, private companies and sectors of the economy).

About the programme

Basic and compulsory subjects essential to a knowledge of economics and business, such as Mathematics, Introduction to Company Law and Introduction to Financial Accounting, are taught in the first year of the programme.

In the second year, students learn in greater detail about the fields of microeconomics, macroeconomics, probability, statistics, econometrics and financial analysis, among others.

In the third and fourth years, students must earn 120 credits through compulsory economics subjects (including International Economics, The Public Sector and Industrial Organization) and optional economics and business subjects.

At the end of the first and second cycles alike, students take subjects in which they are required to demonstrate all the progress they have made. Specifically, that involves writing a seminar paper (five credits) in the third term of the second year, and carrying out a bachelor's degree final project (six credits) in the fourth year.

Two double degree programmes are available, the first in Law and Business Management and Administration, and the second in Law and Economics. Each of them enables students to obtain the two degrees it involves in a period of five years and one term.

Tracks

This bachelor's degree programme has no defined tracks, as one of its curriculum's main aims is to allow for maximum flexibility, to which end a significant number of its credits correspond to optional subjects. Students are thus able to broaden their knowledge in whichever fields they wish to specialize in.

Competences to be acquired

Upon completing their training process, all students should have acquired the following competences:

  • Reasoning independently.
  • Habitually setting themselves high standards and working with self-discipline and rigour.
  • Working in a team.
  • Understanding and interpreting economic and academic texts in an appropriate, logical manner.
  • Applying economic reasoning to decision making.
  • Being aware of the different contexts in which they operate, i.e. the economy and its current situation, their sector, their market and their company.
  • Having a good command of IT resources and their main academic applications, as well as of mathematical and statistical language.
  • Searching for, compiling and analysing information and data, and evaluating the relevance and validity thereof.
  • Understanding microeconomic strategies and their implications for management.
  • Identifying opportunities for resource and cost optimization.
  • Understanding the macroeconomic variables that govern the economy and their interrelation with business management.

Internships

External internships are optional. They can take place in the third or fourth year, and have a value of 14 credits corresponding to optional subjects.

Periods abroad

Students have the option of undertaking a study period abroad through university mobility programmes. The credits a student obtains (a maximum of 40) during such a period may be deemed to correspond to optional subjects or, if recognized beforehand, to compulsory third and fourth-year subjects or their bachelor's degree final project.

Graduate career prospects

  • Market analyst
  • Public policy analyst
  • Economic analyst
  • Financial analyst
  • Currency market analyst
  • Sector consultant (finance, insurance, non-profit activities)
  • Director of economic institutions and bodies
  • Institutional assignment and mechanism designer
  • Civil service economist
  • Applied statistician, banking research departments
  • Expert in economic cooperation
  • Expert in the economic evaluation of projects
  • Expert in competition regulation
  • Expert in quantitative techniques for management
  • Research departments