BSc (Econ) (Hons)

Economics, Finance and Banking

Gain a solid grounding in economic policy and practice in finance and banking

LN13UCAS code 3yrsfull time 1yrplacement option

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Why take this course?

How do economic policies dictate the actions of financial markets? What are the key factors underpinning corporate finance decisions? Are current financial markets efficient? To what extent should the banking sector be regulated?

Questions such as these are crucial to the finance and banking sectors, and this course provides you with the ability to explore them in full. This programme is intended for students who have a keen interest in the operation of financial markets as well as the organisation of the banking industry within the UK and other parts of the world.

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

  • Use the University’s Bloomberg terminals to monitor and analyse real-time financial market data movements and trade
  • Opt to do a year in industry to gain meaningful work experience and build up your employability skills
  • Choose to study abroad through our links with overseas universities

What opportunities might it lead to?

This course is especially applicable if you are looking to follow a career in banking or finance. It provides an ideal preparation for working in the areas of commercial and investment banking, accounting, tax consultancy and risk management.

Here are some routes our graduates have pursued:

  • the government sector
  • commercial banks
  • insurance companies
  • regulatory bodies
Nikolay Vasilev, BSc (Econ) (Hons) Economics, Finance and Banking student 2012

The lecturers are able to transform pure theory lectures into an interesting discussion or debate with everyday life examples.

Nikolay Vasilev, BSc (Econ) (Hons) Economics, Finance and Banking student

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Key Facts

UCAS Course Code:
3 years full time, 4 years sandwich with work placement
The UCAS tariff for 2017 entry has changed. See how this affects your tariff score A LEVELS
112 points from 3 A levels or equivalent. See full entry requirements

We accept UCAS points from other qualifications. See full details and English Language qualifications

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students
2016/17 entry: full time: £9,000 p/a*
2017/18 entry: full time: £9,250 p/a*

International students
2016/17 entry: full time: £12,000 p/a**
2017/18 entry: full time: £12,600 p/a**

*Tuition fee may be subject to annual increase.
**Tuition fee is subject to annual increase.

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  • How they apply theory to real-world issues by looking at current affairs 
  • The ability to gain relevant work experience in the local community as well as through a placement year
  • The friendly and challenging environment that will enable you to gain the skills and knowledge employers need

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Year one

This common first year among some of our economics-based courses provides you with a broad understanding of economic theory and quantitative methods.

Core units in this year include:

  • Microeconomics
  • Macroeconomics
  • Quantitative Economics
  • Business Accounting
  • Economic Issues

Year two

In this year you will take your knowledge of micro-economics and macro-economics to a greater depth. You’ll be able to focus more closely on the world of finance by covering topics on money, banking and financial markets. Also begin to become acquainted with techniques which are in widespread use for analysing economic data.

Core units in this year include:

  • Econometric Methods
  • Economics of Money, Banking and Financial Market
  • Intermediate Macroeconomics
  • Intermediate Microeconomics
  • Research Methods

Options to choose from in this year include:

  • International Economics
  • Economics of Crime and Social Issues
  • Managerial and Decision Economics
  • Taxation for Financial Programmes
  • Study Abroad (year long)

Year three*

Additionally, in your final year, the core units enable you to enhance your understanding of financial markets and the banking industry. There are several optional units allowing you to concentrate on the areas that fascinate you the most and for you to learn more advanced and specialised econometric techniques. There is also an independent study element, which requires you to work initially in a group environment with other students in order to perform in-depth research in a selected area of economics or banking and/or finance.

Core units in this year include:

  • International Banking and Financial Management
  • Financial Economics
  • Applied Economics: Research Review and Design
  • Applied Economics: Emperical Research

Options to choose from in this year include:

  • Advanced Topics in Economics
  • Behavioural Finance and the Psychology of Investment
  • Business Competition and Regulation
  • Development Economics
  • Econometric Analysis
  • Financial Statement and Data Analysis
  • Futures and Options Markets
  • Labour Economics
  • Public Sector Economics

*This course is also available as a 4-year sandwich (work placement)

Teaching and Assessment

We go to great lengths to ensure you will have an excellent learning experience with a high level of support. Teaching is usually undertaken in lectures supported by smaller group seminars, workshops, tutorials and practical sessions. Extensive use is also made of information technology and other teaching innovations.

How are you assessed?

There is a mix of formal examinations and coursework assessment throughout your course including:

  • analysis of topical case studies
  • written reports
  • essays
  • presentations
  • self-led independent study project

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Monitor Facilities & Features

Bloomberg Suite

You can use this essential business research tool and gain real-life financial experience. Created by the Mayor of New York, Mike Bloomberg, the system is used by over a quarter of a million finance professionals globally. You too can virtually access the same data, analytics and software used by city traders via one of our Bloomberg terminals.


We have invested heavily in open access computer suites across campus. Great working spaces with high-spec PCs (multimedia and CAD), Macs and printing facilities. There is also more specialised software and equipment available such as large format printing, audio-visual equipment and language laboratories. Should you need any assistance, there are specialist technicians on hand to support you in using the facilities.

Placements Office

Take advantage of our Faculty’s Placements Office. Advertising a great variety of work placements, the experienced team is always on hand to offer advice on everything from producing high-quality applications through to preparation for a company assessment day.

University Library

Modern, comfortable and a great learning environment, our library offers a wealth of information including 400,000 books, DVDs, maps and thousands of online ejournals and newspapers. Many electronic resources are available anywhere, 24/7 and our friendly staff are always on hand to help.

Abdullah Alnafeisi, BSc (Hons) Economics, Finance and Banking student 2013

I liked my course because I enjoy the excellent teaching. I also find the applied exams and the module lecture hand-outs very helpful.

Abdullah Alnafeisi, BSc (Econ) (Hons) Economics, Finance and Banking student 2013

Budgeting for your studies

There are extra costs associated with studying, which you will need to consider when planning your expenditure.

Recommended texts:
If you wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow from the University Library, the average price is £50-£60. You may be studying up to 6 units a year, each with a standard recommended text.

General costs:
We recommend that you budget £75 a year for costs of photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.

Final year project:
If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose to develop.

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Career prospects

Where next?
Where next?

A good class of degree in economics or related subject should enable you to obtain a fulfilling and financially rewarding job. The course in Economics, Finance and Banking is designed to provide you with powerful analytical tools and methods to understand the complexities of modern financial markets. These skills are in high demand and you’ll be strongly placed to enter the finance and banking sectors. Other roles in management, marketing, sales, advertising, human resources and IT can also be pursued.

Alternatively, you can choose to continue your studies to postgraduate or PhD level.

Roles our graduates have taken on include:

  • financial analyst
  • account manager
  • trader in financial assets
  • purchasing and acquisitions officer
  • econometrician

Example of what one of our graduates has gone on to do:

  • Kent County Council, Economics Strategy Officer – project appraisal and financial research

Work experience

Employment boosting opportunities
Employment boosting opportunities

Doing a work placement could be the best decision you make during your time at university. We strongly encourage you to take a placement year as an integral part of this course.

Work experience will help significantly with getting a job after you graduate, and you may even go on to work full-time for your placement employer. Plus, it can also be the best way of finding out whether a particular career path is for you.

Our Placements Office is the one-stop shop for all things placement related. Providing you with a huge portfolio of employers offering great business-related placement opportunities, we are always on hand to advise and help you through the recruitment process and beyond.

Career planning

Career planning
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To make sure you take the right steps on your career path, we’re here to give you help, support and advice throughout your study. Even after you’ve graduated, we continue to give you support for up to five years.

Employers tell us that they want graduates to be able to demonstrate certain skills when they come out of university. Our courses take account of this. We make sure we prepare you for employment through work-related learning, projects, placements and working in simulated environments that are designed to prepare you for the working world.

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