Degree in Economics

240 credits - Faculty of Economics and Business

  Students on the Degree in Economics have the opportunity obtain the Pathway in English in the European Diploma Supplement. For more information, please see the Faculty of Economics and Business website.


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The Degree in Economics aims to provide the theoretical and practical skills and knowledge that enables students to analyse the prevailing economic reality, as well as to face up to its constantly changing challenges. The intention is to train professionals who are able to perform management, advice and assessment tasks in the economic and business sphere through analysing all types of organisations (businesses, the public sector, NGOs, etc.), public policies (monetary, fiscal, environmental) and the links between different economic agents (how markets work, trade, international cooperation, etc.).

Economics graduates will attain the necessary skills to become practical professionals with an ability to organise and adapt, a critical overview, an ability to spot and anticipate important economic problems, an ability to debate and select different alternatives to solve problems and to assess their results. In turn, and in order to ensure success in an ever more globalised society, graduates will be able to understand and express themselves in English, both orally and in writing.

Pathway in English

The pathway offers students in the faculty the chance to study a wide number of subjects in the syllabus in English, as well as to spend some time at a foreign university where they can study in English, too.

Students will be awarded the Pathway in English certificate if they take at least 100 ECTS of the degree in English, and:

  • Take a minimum of 60 ECTS in the first three years (including core training and compulsory subjects),
  • Complete a term abroad at a foreign university, studying in English for at least one semester, and
  • Write the degree thesis in English.

The subject 'Business English' will be accredited to those students who take the Pathway in English.

The European Diploma Supplement will state the number of credits, subjects, stays, etc. taken in English, even for those students who fail to meet the criteria necessary to be awarded the Pathway in English certificate.

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Credit Summary

Core Training Mandatory Elective Subjects External Practicum Final Degree Project Total
  60   120   30   18   12 240

Subject list by year and semester


First Year

First Semester

Basic Notions of Law*
Economic Environment*
Introduction to Markets and Financial Operations*
Economic History*

Second Semester

Tax System*
Analysis of Economic Data*
Introduction to Business*

Second Year

First Semester

Games and Strategic Decisions
Welfare Economics
Economic Structure and Situation
Introduction to Econometrics
Macroeconomics I

Second Semester

Industrial Organisation
Financial Economics
Public Sector
Macroeconomics II

Third Year

First Semester

Information Economics
Analysis of Accounting Information
Environmental Economics

Second Semester

Cycles and Policies
Economic Evaluation of Projects
Economics of Tourism

Fourth Year

First Semester

Management and Incentives in Organisations
International Economics
Final Degree Project - Economics (annual)
Practical Placements (annual)

* Core Training

Second Semester

Final Degree Project - Economics
Practical Placements


Core Skills

  1. Possess and understand the field of economics from a basis of general secondary education to a level which, although based on advanced textbooks, also includes some aspects that involve knowledge arising from the latest thinking in economics.
  2. Know how to apply economic knowledge in the workplace professionally and possess the skills that are generally shown in producing and defending arguments and problem solving.
  3. Be able to gather and interpret relevant data in the field of economics to issue opinions that include a reflection on relevant social, scientific or ethical topics.
  4. Be able to transmit economic information, ideas, problems and solutions to both a specialised and general audience.
  5. Have developed the necessary learning skills to be able to undertake further studies with a high level of independence.

Specific Skills

  1. Contribute to good resource allocation management at private and public organisations.
  2. Spot important economic problems linked to resource allocation in general, and plan for them accordingly in private and public organisations.
  3. Provide a rational approach to analysing and describing any aspect linked to economic realities.
  4. Assess the impact of different types of activity and select the best options based on the objectives.
  5. Produce assessment reports on specific economic situations (international, national or regional) or their sectors.
  6. Undertake international, national or regional economic management projects.
  7. Join a business management team.
  8. Identify relevant economic information sources and their content.
  9. Comprehend economic and financial institutions as resulting from the application of theoretical or formal approaches to how the economy functions.
  10. Detect important information that non-financial experts would find impossible to spot.
  11. Analyse the economic reality by using a proposed theoretical framework whilst being aware of its strengths and weaknesses.
  12. Contextualise economic issues by using formal models, knowing how to incorporate wide aspects or variations into the basic model starting points that comply with the established base hypotheses, whilst being aware of their strengths and weaknesses.

General Skills

  1. Habitually use information and communication technology in the professional workplace.
  2. Read and communicate in English in the workplace.
  3. Apply professional criteria to analysing problems using technical tools.
  4. Communicate fluently in the workplace and teamwork.
  5. Analyse problems with critical reasoning, without preconceptions, precisely and thoroughly.
  6. Defend a standpoint by demonstrating and appreciating the basis for other, contrary viewpoints.
  7. An ability to summarise.
  8. Contribute in your professional capacity to progress in Human Rights, democratic principles, equal opportunities and universal access, peace, solidarity and environmental protection.