Economics graduate destinations

Many Economics, Finance and Management graduates go into career areas directly reflecting the skills they have gained through studying the subject. These graduates are a target group for many major graduate employers and are high on their recruitment schedule.

Data obtained from

  • Single and joint honours Economics courses (BSc), including those with study abroad
  • Graduates from the UK 

Responses were received from 189 UK graduates from 2016/17; this is a response rate of 77.8%

Sector information

The sectors to which Bristol students have traditionally applied include finance, accountancy, investment banking, management consultancy and other City and commercial careers.

There are also a number of Economics, Finance and Management graduates who do not enter careers directly related to the content of their studies. Instead, these graduates may choose from the huge range of occupations that do not require a specific degree (approx. 70% of all advertised vacancies) and that are open to graduates of any discipline.

Employers and occupations

Examples of employers

  • Civil Service
  • Lloyds Banking Group
  • EY
  • Hargreaves Lansdown
  • RBS

Examples of occupations

  • Analyst
  • Audit Assistant
  • Corporate Finance Analyst
  • Economist
  • Actuarial Consultant

Further study

Of those graduates entering further study in the six months after graduation, most were undertaking postgraduate programmes relating to Economics (e.g. Economics (MPhil), Finance (MSc), Economic History (MSc) and Financial Statistics (MSc)).

Many graduates also opted to complete professional qualifications (e.g. ACA, CIMA, Fellowship of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries) alongside their employment. Graduates who have studied Economics may gain exemptions from the first year professional exams of the various accountancy bodies who validate the professional training.

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You can explore specific sectors and occupations by using Prospects - Options with your subject.