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What our students think

BSc Economics at Durham University

Jack Pickering

Economics, 2015-

Two things in particular attracted me to DUBS: the collegiate system and small city-campus gives rise to good community feeling and makes it an enjoyable place to study. The second reason was the variety of courses offered by DUBS, and the ability to choose different modules from these as part of the economics programme; I have therefore been able to study core and specialised economic theory alongside corporate finance and even Marketing, which has given me a diverse and wide-ranging knowledge.

The course has been diverse and entertaining as well as demanding. Studying at DUBS has improved my personal study skills, such as the ability to take basic overviews/explanations of theories and learn them more deeply through further reading and worked examples. This skill will not only benefit me throughout my academic life, but also into the workplace.

I have thoroughly enjoyed my first two years at Durham. I have managed to gain a deep and varied knowledge of core economic principles whilst improving my study skills. It was therefore a proud moment for me to achieve the Academic Achievement Award and BP Departmental award for getting the highest overall mark in the second year.

I have yet to decide what to pursue upon leaving the business school, however the sectors of Banking and Finance are of a great interest to me, as is the possibility of building on my knowledge through further study. Regardless of what I decide, I feel that studying at DUBS has given me the knowledge and wider skill-set to succeed.

Scholarships for Masters study

Ro Eugine

Philosophy, Politics and Economics

After having visited several London universities, I choose Durham as I found the atmosphere very welcoming. The worldwide academic reputation of Durham with a culturally diverse student body is definitely an advantage.

It was fantastic to be taught by world leading academics in a research-based academic style, surrounded by a multicultural student body with different approaches to political matters. The collegiate system and the freshers' week were also wonderful opportunities to make new friends from a wide range of countries.

Shannon Balram


I first chose Durham for its reputation as I’m sure any student would. I hadn’t experienced the college system before, so having the chance to stay here at the Open Day overnight made me feel like part of a community and helped me in my decision to come here. I really enjoy being in a city university rather than a campus as everything is so close and there are always different people around. Durham offers, in my opinion, more module choice than other universities. As well as this, the topics are global and you learn about other world economies which is very interesting and relevant to today’s society.

Politics, Philosophy and Economics

Romy Shum

PPE student

Studying at Durham University amongst research-active academics gives you a real sense that you are participating in an ideas centred, progress driven environment where lecturers are contributors to their respective academic fields, pushing for understanding and knowledge of the world. This helps you feel involved in the academic world as being amongst individuals with real passions for their areas makes you want to find your passion for a certain area and become more scholarly, exploring topics with an open mind and critical thinking which are necessary to make a thoughtful contribution.