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Bachelor in Economics

Grado en Economía
4 years (240 ECTS credits)
Spanish, English


The goal of the Degree in Economics is to create professionals who can analyze basic economic problems, evaluate their possible effects on different public or private policies and, based on data, establish proposals for change and reform.

This degree program provides solid knowledge and tools that allow students to address increasingly complex economic situations impacted by the globalization of markets, the improvement in communications and climate change. In this context, the future economists will learn to process and interpret the large quantities of data generated by companies and institutions in order to explain important facts and anticipate events.

The program can be studied entirely in English and offers the opportunity to carry out internships at important companies in the sector. At the international level, UC3M is among the 50 best universities in the world in the field of economics, according to the 2018 QS World University Rankings by Subject.

Employability and profesional internships

UC3M has agreements with over 3000 companies and institutions in which students can undertake internships and access job openings.

A total of 93.4 % of graduates from this University enter the job market the first year after finishing their studies, according to the 2019 XXIV Estudio de Inserción Profesional (Professional Placement Study).


International Excellence

QS Top 50 Under 50
Times Higher Education (THE)



  • Exchange programs

    Exchange programs

    The Erasmus programme permits UC3M first degree and post graduate students to spend one or several terms at one of the European universities with which UC3M has special agreements or take up an Erasmus Placement, that is a work placement or internship at an EU company. These exchanges are funded with Erasmus Grants which are provided by the EU and the Spanish Ministry of Education.

    The non-european mobility program enables UC3M degree students to study one or several terms in one of the international universities with which the university has special agreements. It also has funding from the Banco Santander and the UC3M.

    These places are offered in a public competition and are awarded to students with the best academic record and who have passed the language threshold  (English, French, German etc..) requested by the university of destination.

  • European mobility

    European mobility

  • Non european mobility

    Non european mobility

Student profile

  • Entry profile

    Entry profile

    New students should have a solid foundation in mathematics and be keen to broaden their knowledge of the mathematical concepts acquired in Bachiller or equivalent. Apart from this knowledge, students should be capable of abstract reasoning. They should be able to use logic in the development of simple models relating to the behaviour of economic agents (individuals, business and State) and the interaction between them. In addition, they should feel comfortable using instruments to analyse the economic reality in order to understand the hows and whys of economic phenomena. In this respect, sensitivity towards social issues will be of great help when studying these phenomena.

    With regards to logical reasoning, the capacity to establish and describe relations between facts, identify causes and evaluate consequences is highly desirable. As for abstract reasoning, we also value highly the ability to separate causes from consequences and to extract the most relevant aspects when analysing a problem and its solution.

    All this is enhanced if the student has an entrepreneurial spirit, a mind which is open to new ideas and concepts and a clear enthusiasm for learning and applying his or her knowledge.

    Application for a place in the degree

  • Graduate profile

    Graduate profile

    Students graduating with a degree in Economics will be able to carry out professional work in both the public and private sectors, combining the theoretical and practical knowledge acquired. This knowledge will allow them to approach any problem with scientific rigour, applying all the instruments, skills and attitudes necessary. During their training students will have learnt that economics has a social dimension which involves an ethical dimension in the work of the economist. This implies fostering social responsibility in both individual behaviour and professional activity.

    General skills in Economics

    Competence and Authority:

    • Understand the functioning of the economy as the efficient assignation of scarce resources without forgetting the importance  of fairness.
    • Identify economic problems and provide creative solutions, based on a theoretical and rigorous empirical analysis.
    • Ability to relate the results of the analysis with public and private policies, taking into account the incentives and institutions.
    • Entrepreneurship and readiness to assume risks.

    Description of the skills and competence:

    Through the descriptive report content and the tutor's assessment, the committee will seek to evaluate the following skills and competence:

    • Ability to  analyse and synthesise.
    • Ability to organise, plan and manage information.
    • Ability to resolve problems and make decisions.
    • Critical reasoning
    • Creativity
    • Motivation for a job well done
    • Ability to motive the relevance of the problem which is the subject of the study.
    • Knowledge of statistics, business mathematics and IT, relevant to the work carried out.
    • Identification of relevant information for problem solving.
    • Ability to devise and construct models.
    • Data analysis
    • Knowledge, identification and selection of statistical sources.
    • Interpretation of results
    • Drawing conclusions and drafting reports.
    • Identification of relations or associations.
    • Quantitative thinking and reasoning.
    • Development of capacity of abstraction.

Study in english

Studies with English option

This bachelor's degree is taught in spanish and english. Once you have been admitted, you will choose, at the time of enrollment, the language in which you will study in accordance with the following conditions:

  • In groups in English, all works (classes, drills, exercises, tests, etc.) will be conducted in English.
  • Along the first year, it must be established an English B2 level, performing a test, providing one of the supported official certificates or any way determined by the university. In the first weeks of the course will inform students how they can prove their level.
  • The courses offered in English are in the studies program.
  • In case there are more applications than places available in English, interested persons will be ranked according to their admission grade.
  • If you are enrolled in English and exceed at least 50% of the credits offered at the UC3M, in the DS appear a mention of bilingual studies.

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