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Bachelor’s degree in Economics

171 Undergraduate Degree in Economics

Qualification code: 2501529

Council of Ministers date: 01/10/2010

Publication in the Official State Gazette: Official State Gazette 11/11/2010

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The Undergraduate Degree in Economics furnishes students with the knowledge and analytical tools needed in order to arrive at a thorough understanding of how the markets, the public sector and private business work. The repercussions of good economic management are crucial to social well-being: job creation, growth in productivity, greater income and levels of consumption, development, etc. Economics undergraduates acquire a range of competences and skills which can be developed professionally both in private organisations and the public sector. 

The Degree consists of 240 ECTS credits (each ECTS credit represents 25 hours of work as a student) and lasts eight semesters (four years). The course is conducted on a face-to-face basis. The Degree belongs to the Branch of knowledge Social Sciences and Law.

The Degree places a special emphasis on three qualities which employers have always held in high regard.

Versatility. The course focuses on preparing professionals who are ready to tackle a wide range of tasks. In this regard, the programme pays great attention to establishing a firm, broad theoretical and practical foundation. The outstanding training received allows Economics graduates to compete for a wide range of jobs. There is also a Group which allows students to obtain the Double Degree in Economics and Business Administration and Management on completion of their studies. 

Internationalisation. The Programme allows students to spend, if they so wish, at least one or two semesters abroad. Teaching activities in English are another source of internationalisation. There is an International Group which is taught at least half the course in English and has the opportunity to spend from two to four years abroad on exchange programmes. All Economics undergraduates have to accredit their competence in the English language when they complete the course.

Professional competence. Aware of the specific nature of each job, the course aims to turn out Economics graduates who are “ready to learn”, ask, discuss, investigate, reason and reach conclusions, competences which should allow them to work efficiently in both public and private organisations.

Undergraduate Degree in Economics Report



The Undergraduate Degree in Economics allows students to acquire both general competences and other competences specific to the Degree itself.

Basic competences

  • CB1 - Students have demonstrated that they possess knowledge of and understand an area of study, based on general secondary education and usually to a level which, albeit with the support of advanced text books, also includes some aspects which imply knowledge of the latest developments in their field of study.
  • CB2 - Students know how to apply their knowledge to their work or vocation in a professional manner and possess skills which are usually demonstrated by developing and defending arguments and resolving problems in their area of study.
  • CB3 - Students are able to compile and interpret relevant information (normally within their area of study) in order to voice opinions which include reflection on relevant themes of a social, scientific or ethical nature.
  • CB4 - Students are able to transmit information, ideas, problems and solutions to both specialist and non-specialist audiences.
  • CB5 - Students have developed those learning skills required in order to undertake further studies with a considerable degree of self-reliance.


  • CG01 - A capacity for analysis and synthesis
  • CG02 – A capacity for organisation and planning
  • CG03 - Oral and written communication in their mother tongue
  • CG04 - Oral and written communication in a foreign language
  • CG05 – Computer skills relevant to the field of study
  • CG06 – The ability to search for and analyse information from different sources
  • CG07 – The capacity to solve problems
  • CG08 – The capacity to make decisions
  • CG09 – The capacity to work as part of a team
  • CG10 – Interdisciplinary team work
  • CG11 - Work in an international context
  • CG12 - Interpersonal skills
  • CG13 – The capacity to work in diverse and multicultural environments
  • CG14 – Critical and self-critical skills
  • CG15 - An ethical approach to work
  • CG16 – Working in high-pressure environments
  • CG17 - A capacity for self-reliant learning
  • CG18 – The capacity to adapt to new situations
  • CG19 - Creativity
  • CG20 - Leadership
  • CG21 – Initiative and entrepreneurial spirit
  • CG22 – Motivated by quality
  • CG23 – Sensitivity to environmental and social issues
  • CG24 – Respect for fundamental rights and gender equality

Specific competences

  • CE01 – To understand economic institutions as the application and result of theoretical or formal representations of how the economy works
  • CE02 – To identify sources of relevant economic information and their contents
  • CE03 - To discern relevant information and data in microeconomic and macroeconomic data which a non-professional would be unable to recognise
  • CE04 – To perform economic analysis applying professional criteria, preferably criteria based on the use of technical instruments
  • CE05 – To produce advisory reports on specific international, national or regional economic situations or economic sectors
  • CE06 – To design international, national or regional economic management projects
  • CE07 – To contribute to good resource management in both the private and public sectors
  • CE08 – To identify and anticipate relevant economic problems related to resource allocation
  • CE09 – To analyse and describe any aspect of economic reality in a rational manner
  • CE10 – To appraise the consequences of different courses of action and select the best ones given the objectives
  • CE11 – To be familiar with business management and the different operational areas involved


The Undergraduate Degree in Economics prepares students for technical and managerial jobs in the Public Administration sector (local, regional or national) and International Bodies. It also allows them to work as professional economists, acting as consultants to businesses or other types of organisation, or asset managers. The Degree prepares graduates for managerial, consultancy and appraisal work for organisations. They should be able to perform such work at overall organisation level or within any of an organisation’s functional areas: production, human resources, finance, marketing, investment, administration or accounts. Economics graduates can find career opportunities in the following major areas:

  • Report and planning services.
  • Taxation.
  • Public administration sector.
  • International bodies.
  • Foreign trade.
  • Business management.
  • Economic consultancy.
  • Teaching and research.



The skills and abilities which Economics undergraduates need to develop over the length of the Degree course suit a certain type of student. In general, students should have a flair for oral and written communication, a certain capacity when it comes to understanding and using mathematical language, an interest in addressing problems related to the behaviour of economic agents (individuals, companies and the state), an interest in finding out how organisations are structured, managed and administered, a certain capacity for problem solving and, finally, the ability to synthesise, analyse and apply deductive and inductive logical reasoning.

Students need to accredit a minimum level of B2 in English in order to join the International Group. How to accredit a B2 level in English A level of B1 in English is recommended for students not belonging to the International group, although it is not an entry requirement.

Find out about registering for this degree here:http://www1.unavarra.es/estudios/acceso-y-matricula

Entry pathways to the Undergraduate Degree in Economics.



The Faculty of Economics and Business Science holds a welcoming session for new students at the beginning of each new academic year. At the session, students are informed about their course, the organisation and governance of the University, student representation, student life and the services available to them. Students are also informed about their study programmes, administrative procedures, academic regulations and resources available through the University website.

In order to guide and motivate students, and, consequently, ensure better academic performance, the Public University of Navarre implements the Tutorship Plan. Through the Plan, each student is assigned a Professor as his/her Personal Tutor to accompany him/her throughout his/her time at the University. Through a number of meetings with their students, the University’s Personal Tutors try to help new students adapt to university life and mix in, and provide them over their time at the University with guidance regarding their Final Year Projects, professional careers and further studies. Depending on the type of problem a student is faced with, his/her Personal Tutor may redirect him/her to the competent person or body, or to the support services which the University provides (Student Information Office, Social Action Unit, Health Care Unit, University Ombudsman, etc.).

To find out more and make specific enquiries, students should visit the Student Information Office

The Public University of Navarre’s Social Action Unit helps students with special needs as a result of disabilities. The aim of the Social Action Unit’s Disability Support Programme is to ensure equality regarding University entry and forming part of university life, and is based on a specific plan designed for each student.
The Unit endeavours to be there for students with disabilities at three key points in their academic development, through a range of initiatives:

  • Pre-university initiatives, liaising with Secondary Education guidance services and Navarre's Special Education Resource Centre in order to plan the support required sufficiently in advance.
  • Initiatives while students are studying at the University: reception of and information for students with special educational needs; examination of the situation and needs assessment through personal interviews, and definition of the support and intervention required.
  • Initiatives designed to help students find work in coordination with the University’s guidance and employment promotion services.







LANGUAGE competence in degree courses

In order to be awarded a Degree by the Public University of Navarre, students must demonstrate a level of competence in English, French, German or Italian equivalent to the B1 level of the Council of Europe’s Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning, Teaching, Assessment (CEFR), by one of the means specified in:

Agreement on regulations governing language competence in Undergraduate Degree courses

Extension of the Appendix of the Agreement

Ways to accredit competence


First-cycle degree

Adaptation course for first-cycle degree (diplomatura) holders

For information on the Course to adapt the First-cycle Degree (Diplomatura) in Business Science to the Undergraduate Degree in Economics, click here.



Specialism in Economic Analysis

The Specialism in Economic Analysis aims to strengthen those student competences in which the fundamentals of economic theory play a significant role. Students taking this specialism develop their capacity to handle quantitative and mathematical techniques of microeconomic and macroeconomic analysis, and apply them to solve economic problems. A particular emphasis is placed on problems related to the job market and environmental economics.

Specialism in Development and Cooperation

The Specialism in Development and Cooperation aims to strengthen those student competences in which understanding how national and international economic institutions work and have worked historically plays a significant role. A particular emphasis is placed on developing these competences with regard to economic development problems and problems related to environmental economics.

Specialism in Public Economics

The Specialism in Public Economics aims to strengthen those student competences designed to solve economic problems in specific fields of relevance: health economics, taxation and regional economics. Students also develop greater public management tool skills.



Competences of the Specialism in Public Economics.

CMEP1- The capacity to perform technical or managerial work concerning budgets in the public administration and private sectors.

CMEP2.- The capacity to work in taxation (tax consultancy, advice and planning) based on the Spanish Tax System.

CMEP3.- An understanding of the logic behind monetary policy strategies in developed countries.

CMEP4.- The capacity to apply the basic principles of regional policies to specific regions or localities, and to design regional and local development programmes.

CMEP5.- The use of economic health technology assessment techniques, Cost Effectiveness Analysis and Cost Utility Analysis.

CMEP6.- The capacity to offer sound responses of one’s own to problems of efficiency and equity in health systems.

CMEP7.- The capacity to propose corrective measures for Public Sector market failures.

Competences of the Specialism in Economic Analysis

CMAE1- A capacity for market analysis using dynamic models based on the optimising behaviour of economic agents.

CMAE2.- The capacity to understand and express opinions on economic policy in a precise, thorough manner in relation to the schools of economic thought.

CMAE3.- The capacity to analyse implications in strategic decision making on the basis of the identification of market structures.

CMAE4.- The capacity to analyse the possible effects of different regulatory policies through the use of theoretical approaches.

CMAE5.- The identification of significant relationships between the availability of information and/or information asymmetries, and the correct operation of incentives in decision making.

CMAE6.- The capacity to identify, state and analyse environmental problems from an economic perspective.

CMAE7.- The capacity to analyse and assess the functioning of different economic instruments and possible state intervention policies in solving environmental problems.

CMAE8.- The capacity to interpret the results of estimates arrived at using macroeconomic and microeconomic models both qualitatively and quantitatively.

CMAE9.- An understanding of traditional and more recent theories which explain how the labour market and wage determination work.

Competences of the Specialism in Development and Cooperation

CMDC1.- The capacity to link up elements in socioeconomic analysis: critical thinking, reasoning, the production of hypotheses and diagnosis.

CMDC2.- The capacity to understand and express opinions on economic development and cooperation policies in a precise, thorough manner.

CMDC3.- The capacity to identify, state and analyse problems related to development from an economic perspective.

CMDC4.- The capacity to analyse and assess the functioning of different economic instruments and possible state intervention policies in solving environmental problems.

CMDC5.- The capacity to evaluate and propose economic development policies in terms of efficiency, equity and sustainability.

CMDC6.- An adequate understanding of the institutional framework within which development and cooperation policies are implemented.

CMDC7.- The analysis of retrospective economic case studies in growth and development processes.

CMDC8.- An understanding of how economic governance works in historical perspective.


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