Bachelor in EconomicsDrive economic transformation in the digital era
passionate about analytical thinking and data, and interested in understanding the complexity of the principles that underpin economics in the digital and tech era.
a program that will provide the skills necessary to impact economic and business performance, and help improve people’s lives in both the public and private sectors through a deep understanding of human behavior, economic environments and markets.
- An economic consultant
- A policy developer
- A behavioral economics advisor
- A financial market analyst
- A government research consultant
- A company sector analyst
- An equity analyst
- A blockchain risk analyst
- A sustainable economy advisor
- A country analyst
The Bachelor in Economics is fully compliant with the Bologna Process, and is accredited by the Spanish government and the European Higher Education Area (EHEA).
Segovia or Madrid
You can study the Bachelor in Economics in Segovia and Madrid.
If you decide to start in Segovia, you will spend year one and two at the campus in Segovia, before moving to Madrid for year three and four. If you start the program in Madrid, however, you will spend all four years of the program in the Spanish capital.
Bachelor in Economics
Centres of study and Number of places
Centro de Estudios Superiores IE (Madrid) – 50 places
Facultad de Ciencias Humanas, Sociales y de Comunicación (Segovia) – 50 places
Total number of credits: 240 ECTS*
Distribution of credits and subjects**:
Core subjects – 60 ECTS
Mandatory subjects – 108 ECTS
Elective subjects – 60 ECTS
Final Project – 12 ECTS
Area of knowledge
Economic Sciences, Business Administration, Marketing, Trade, Accounting and Tourism
Spanish ministry’s registry of universities, centres and degrees
*European Credit Transfer System
**The character of the subjects is defined by the Spanish legislation
***Quality Assurance Agency for the University System in Castilla y León
A SURE PATH TO SUCCESS
MERGE TECHNOLOGY, PUBLIC POLICY AND ECONOMICS
The new economy requires talent that combines foundational knowledge in economic analysis with public policy and technology. Tools and skills like computing and data science, as well as proficiency in the public sector, are needed to make better decisions in the complex world of economics. You will study a comprehensive and coordinated mix of courses that will teach you how to help shape the economy.
DEVELOP QUANTITATIVE AND CRITICAL THINKING SKILLS
You will learn the fundamentals of economics and then dive deeper into the quantitative aspects of research and analysis. The rigorous curriculum of this bachelor will allow you to understand real-world challenges in economics today, and will give you the tools necessary to develop the most innovative solutions for the challenges of tomorrow.
Benefit from the latest studies and discoveries
You will have access to knowledge generated by diverse research centers in economics, including IE’s Center for the Governance of Change. You will have the opportunity to attend conferences, network, participate in and publish papers with experts in the field through these centers. This hands-on experience will give you insight into some of today’s most pressing issues and challenges, and a voice in how to tackle them.
Make an impact in society, government and companies
Learn and build on economic principles to understand how individuals allocate limited resources to satisfy their needs in both the public and private sectors. You will develop the tools necessary to foresee responses to changes in policy and markets and to have a positive impact on society.
Work with expert faculty
You will be surrounded by academics and professionals who are today’s pioneers in economics. Our faculty is made up of a diverse group of experts that bring real-world expertise to the classroom and come from prominent positions in government, national banks and EU institutions. They range from top researchers, to influential voices in the political arena, to authorities driving economies in governments and institutions.
DRIVE ECONOMICS IN THE DIGITAL ERA
The ever changing economic sector must integrate the digital technologies that shape our lives. The internet of things, artificial intelligence, machine learning, analytics, and big data affect decision making and policy, and create new opportunities in the local and global economic landscape. Traditional economics often underestimates the impact that new technologies have on societies, governments and businesses. In this program, you will study the implications of automation, e-platforms, and circular and sharing economy, which are often excluded in regular economic programs.
CHOOSE YOUR OWN SPECIALIZATION
After building solid foundations in economics during the first three years of the program you will be able to specialize in two different fields during you fourth academic year. These specializations, designed to give you the tools necessary to drive different areas within economics, will help you tailor your studies to your own needs. One possibility is to specialize in Country, Sector and Policy Analysis to better understand how governments and different sectors play an important role in the economy. The other possibility is to specialize in Economic and Financial Analysis for Business to dive deeper on how the economy affects financial markets and business performance across different industries and sectors.
UNDERSTAND SOCIETY AND HUMAN BEHAVIOR
The foundations of traditional economics have been constructed with an assumption of rational human behavior and optimal decision-making. But research has shown that human conduct is reshaping economic principles that were once thought to be written in stone. In this bachelor, you will explore and study behavioral economics, experimental economics and behavioral nudging which gain more relevance in the field every day.
GAIN A GLOBAL UNDERSTANDING OF THE ECONOMY
You will study the economy from a global perspective to comprehend its impact on international relations, governments and organizations. In this program, you will explore topics like public affairs, governance, trade and crisis management allowing you to understand the dynamics that underpin the economic reality that drives our world. This broad approach to the study of economics will allow you to develop the skills necessary to become a successful economist capable of tackling challenges on an international scale.
Balancing a nation’s books: Bachelor in Economics students take part in National Budget 2021
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THE DUAL DEGREES OF IE UNIVERSITY
The Dual Degree in Economics and International Relations is a rigorous and challenging program where students obtain solid economic foundations combined with global geopolitics, powered by advanced analytical technologies and tools.
HEAR FROM THE EXPERTS
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OUR FACULTY STORIES
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SHARING IS CARING
Digital technology has made way for the rise of the sharing economy—a system in which individuals share their goods and services with strangers to make a profit.
Language Proficiency Track
Success in global business depends on our ability to communicate. With this in mind, our programs seek to immerse students in the real-world conditions of the international business markets. This bachelor's degree is taught entirely in English in order to prepare students for future careers in top organizations. For students looking to improve their English skills, we offer a special Language Proficiency Track (LPT) in year one to help students progressively adapt to studying in English.