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Top ten universities for economics

Published: Wednesday, 18 April 2012   Category: All Graduate Jobs News

How much impact can the university in which you gain your degree have on your chances of eventual employment? If economics is your area of expertise, it turns out that it could have significant importance.

Based on data from the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), the Telegraph recently published the ‘top 10 economics degree courses favoured by employers’;

1. Aside from being officially recognised as the best university in the world for several reasons, Cambridge University offers the highest employability in the UK to all its economics graduates. 97% of last year's 600 graduates in this specific area found work within six months of graduation. Unsurprisingly then, Cambridge is also the most difficult University to gain a place for studying economics in the whole of the UK.

2. 94% of last year's Oxford University economics students graduated with either a 2:1 or 1st. It is also second only to Cambridge in terms of employment possibilities, with 88% of its graduates working within six months of their graduation.

3. Up to 950 economics students graduated from Warwick University last year - one of the UK's largest economics departments. 87% of them were working within six months of finishing.

4. With a similarly large economics department to Warwick, the University of Nottingham also registered an impressive employment rate with 86% of its graduates being employed within six months of graduation.

5. Durham University had the same employment rate as Nottingham (86%). However, the faculty had just 530 graduates compared to Nottingham's 910.

6. 83% of Bath University's economics graduates were working in graduate positions within six months of leaving the university.

7. Despite being seventh in the list, LSE's economics course is the hardest to gain entry into after Cambridge. 81% of graduates were working within six months of graduating in the last academic year.

Other notable universities in this area include Bristol University, with 81% of its students having a graduate job within six months, the UCL faculty in Manchester with 80% and Exeter with 77%.

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