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Are you desirous of pursuing an undergraduate programme that provides a solid foundation in the principles and practice of economics for the dynamic environment of the 21st Century? Well, the BSc Economics is specifically designed for you - whether you are presently employed, own your own business or looking forward to be employed or managing your own business. The programme is geared towards equipping you with the knowledge, skills and competencies required to deal with the persistent emerging and challenging economic issues.

About the Programme
The programme seeks to engage students in critical analysis of economic theories and their application to a range of real-life issues and problems, including economic growth; firm behaviour and strategy; consumers; institutions; financial markets; and economic development within the international and Caribbean contexts. The curriculum offers foundational knowledge in microeconomics; macroeconomics; quantitative economics; research methods; and specialized knowledge of other vital areas of study in economics through rigorous theoretical and empirical study. It also seeks to equip students with cross-cutting competencies in economic and environmental growth, development and sustainability.

Who is this programme for?

The BSc Economics is intended for persons who wish to pursue careers as economists in the public and private sectors, as well as those interested in economics education. These include financial analysts, financial examiners, financial advisers, market research analysts, statisticians, and sales agents. In particular, the banking industry and government ministries of finance and economic affairs provide considerable employment opportunities for prospective graduates of this programme.

Programme Structure


Level I

Level II

Level III

English for Academic Purposes

Caribbean Civilization

Introduction to Computers

Principles of Management

Introduction to Sociology

Introduction to Financial Accounting

Introduction to Microeconomics

Introduction to Macroeconomics

Mathematics for Social Sciences I

Introduction to Statistics

Intermediate Microeconomics I

Intermediate Microeconomics II

Intermediate Macroeconomics I

Intermediate Macroeconomics II

Social & Economic Accounting 

Statistical Methods I

Caribbean Economy

International Economic Relations

Mathematical Methods of Economics I

Mathematical Methods of Economics II


Monetary Theory & Policy

International Trade & Finance

Public Finance I

Labour Economics

Resource & Environmental Economics


Economic Development: Perspectives & Theory

Health Economics: Theory and Policy

Applied Econometrics

Independent Study in Economics

Duration of Programme

The programme will be offered over 3 years (full-time) and 5 years (part-time).

Award of Degree

In order to be awarded the BSc Economics degree, students must successfully complete the 90 credits as specified in the programme structure

Delivery Mode

All courses will be delivered fully online. However, some courses may have face-to-face final examinations.

When will the programme start?

 This offering of the programme begins in August 2016.

Entry Requirements

Applicants must meet the University’s normal matriculation requirements in order to be accepted into the programme.  They must satisfy the requirements in either (a), (b), (c) or (d) below:

(a)    Holders with CXC/CSEC and CAPE/GCE A Level qualifications having:

·         An acceptable pass in CXC/CSEC English A or CAPE Communications Studies; AND

·         An acceptable pass in CXC/CSEC Mathematics or its equivalent; AND

·         One of the following minimum qualifications:

o    either five subjects (at least two GCE A Level or CAPE) and the remainder acceptable passes in CXC/CSEC or GCE O’ Level; OR

o    four subjects (at least three GCE A Level or CAPE) and the fourth an acceptable pass in the CXC/CSEC or GCE O’ Level

Note: Grade requirements for CXC/CSEC subjects are General Proficiency - Grades I or

          II prior to June 1998 and Grades I, II, or III from June 1998      

(b)   Holders of five (5) CXC/CSEC or GCE O’ Level passes or equivalent, not necessarily obtained at the same sitting

(c)    Entrants with a Diploma, Certificate or Associate Degree from UWI or an approved Caribbean tertiary level institution, having attained a B+ average or a minimum GPA of 3.3

(d)   Persons over the age of 21 who have been out of school for at least five years, on the basis of their overall academic and professional attainments

English Language Proficiency Examination

The English Language Proficiency Test (ELPT) is used to assess whether persons applying to pursue

undergraduate degree programmes at the UWI Open Campus possess a satisfactory level of writing

and reading proficiency in English for university academic purposes. For detailed information on the

ELPT, see English Language Proficiency Test.

Academic Preparation

OOL1001 Orientation to Online

IYRS1001 Improving your Reading Skills

IYSS1001 Improving your Study Skills

IYMS1001 Improving your Math Skills (if applicable)

ECON0001 Remedial Mathematics (if applicable)

Course of Study
Level 1 
Principles of Economics
Principles of Management
Introduction to Computers
Caribbean Civilisation
Introduction to Sociology
Introductory Statistics
Mathematics for Social Sciences I
Introduction to Microeconomics
Introduction to Financial Accounting
English for Academic Purposes
Level 2 
Social and Economic Accounting
Caribbean Economy
Intermediate Macroeconomics II
Intermediate Macroeconomics I
Level 3 
Applied Econometrics
Public Finance
Monetary Theory and Policy