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    Hi everyone, are there any university of Birmingham economics students out there willing to share their experiences at the Uni.
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    i do econ at uob
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    most likely will apply for a msc economics at uob thanks!
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    Birmingham is a good university, with a strong reputation, and the Economics department is steadily improving.
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    (Original post by PT2021)
    It is good to hear someone currently studying Economics at University of Birmingham. I've got a conditional offer for Business and Management starting September 2013, however I am thinking to change my course for Economics. Do you think the maths that we learn at AS level is enough to study economics or we need A level. Can you give me some insights about how is the course at university, for example do you do presentations or it is just individual work? How is the timetable? How many hours of independent study is required? If we didnt learn economics at alevel does it affect our performance? I am really worried about maths and not having enough background of economics. I really wanted to change for Economics but I am worried that these issues can affect my 2:1 degree. Thanks in advance.
    The economics on a business management course very much starts from scratch, I do believe that not having A-level Economics for Economics degree's would be a problem as there is a lot they expect you to know. Many of us had little IT/statistical background so those modules were difficult to start from scratch on their own, not knowing econ I think would be even more difficult. As for the maths, I didn't have A-level maths at all and it's been fine, they run separate lectures and classes for people without a full A-level in maths or a high grade in it. I think you might have trouble getting onto the Economics course from business management without Econ or Maths, you really ought to have one or the other. In first year you don't have any choice on 100 credits so you might struggle, after that you can choose to specialise in what you'd like - usually less maths if you don't have a strong background in it but the economics you'll never avoid. My advice is to get an A-level Economics book now and start learning because they only give you a one week crash course (during freshers, which is no fun at all you will miss out if you're interested in the social parts of uni life too) and apparently it's pretty rubbish. I'm not saying don't try but I know personally that having no mathematical or statistical background was hard for me to catch up with the others as many will have BOTH economics, maths and IT a-levels so not having either would mean you won't have much free time in first year. The hours aren't too bad, around 16 a week but students without a-level maths and economics have to do a bit more work.
 
 
 
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