Economics BSc

Placement Offered This course has a Professional Development option.

  • Overview
  • Course Content
  • Special Features
  • Teaching & Assessment
  • Employability
  • Fees
  • Entry Criteria

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About the Course

The course combines an understanding of theory with the practical skills necessary to apply your knowledge to a business, industrial, financial or government environment. It is this combination, together with a strong background in finance, that distinguishes Brunel’s courses from other economics degrees.

Aims

  • This broad-based course aims to produce economists with a range of technical expertise including quantitative and computing skills.
  • Particular emphasis is placed on the application of theoretical principles in the working environment.

Enquiries

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Course Content

The BSc consists of both compulsory and optional modules, a typical selection can be found below. Modules can vary from year to year, but these offer a good idea of what we teach.

 

Level 1

Compulsory

Mathematics for Economics and Finance

Microeconomic Principles

Macroeconomic Principles

Financial Markets

Introduction to Financial Accounting

Professional Skills and Statistics

 

Level 2

Compulsory

Microeconomic Principles II

Macroeconomic Principles II

Mathematical Economics

Money and Banking

Economics of Information

Introduction to Econometrics

 

Level 3

Compulsory

Economics Project

Advanced Topics in Economic Theory

Further Econometrics

Optional

Managerial and Industrial Economics

The Economics of Labour Markets

Behavioural Economics and Finance

International Money and Finance

Development Economics

Read more about the structure of undergraduate degrees at Brunel and what you will learn on the course.

Special Features

  • Many of our staff are internationally and nationally recognised for their work in this field. They work as consultants for government bodies and are widely published.

  • The use of computers is an integral part of all our courses. You will make extensive use of computers attached to a powerful network. You will then be linked to other UK and international information sources. You will also become familiar with the analytical packages widely used by business and financial institutions.

  • This programme results in selective exemption from some professional accountancy and law exams. Not only is this a fast-track way to professional qualifications after you graduate, but it is also a symbol of the quality of the courses offered at Brunel.
  • We have good links within the business. This means:
  • High-quality work placements
  • Up-to-date course content
  • Better opportunities to find a good job after you graduate

Teaching and Learning

Hours

You will have about 12 to14 hours of directed study a week in Level 1. This number decreases in Levels 2 and 3. Students are also expected to undertake substantial independent study.

How will I be taught?

Lectures – These provide a broad overview of key concepts and ideas relating to your course and establish a framework from which to carry out more in depth study.

Workshops – These are generally used for modules in finance or quantitative subjects. They often take the form of working through answers to a previously distributed assignment sheet of exercise questions.

Seminars – These relatively small groups are used to examine the lecture material in more detail, and to analyse and apply theoretical concepts in specific contexts.

One-to-one – You will have one-to-one supervision for your final year dissertation, and at all levels you will have a personal tutor who is available to discuss personal and academic problems. If you go on placement, you will also be allocated a tutor who will monitor your progress and provide further support if you need it.

Other – This may include guest speakers from prominent organisations, research seminars and external site visits.

Assessment

Each subject is assessed in the term when it is studied. The proportion of exam to coursework is approximately 75% to 25%, but some courses have a higher proportion of continuous assessment. Level 1 does not count towards your final degree mark. Level 2 is worth a third, and Level 3 is worth the rest. The final year dissertation is worth a third of Level 3 marks.

See Undergraduate Economics and Finance Handbook for further information (student handbooks are not exhaustive and subject to change).

Employability

Economics plays a crucial role in the operation, management and regulation of financial institutions, industry and government agencies. As a senior manager in public and private enterprise, a knowledge of economics significantly enhances strategic decision making, efficient resource allocation, cost saving implementation and sustainable management. Further, such knowledge is crucial in a world of integrating global markets and the information superhighway. The aim of our teaching is to give students 'employable knowledge'.

Economics graduates from Brunel have an excellent employment record and go into a wide variety of occupations. Some go on to further study and become professional economists or accountants. Others are employed in industry, the financial sector or government. In some cases, a job offer comes from a former work placement employer.

Careers

Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey

These statistics relate to graduates who studied Economics, Economics and Accounting, Business Economics and Finance and Accounting. Accountancy is a popular career choice with Finance and Accounting students. Chartered Accountancy training contracts within the banking sector and the top tier accountancy firms tend to be top of the list, and a number of this year’s graduates were successful in this area. ACCA and CIMA are also popular Accountancy qualifications with graduates interested in Trainee Accountants or other Accountancy roles. Tax and Treasury are two other areas entered as well as Finance Analyst roles.

In 2013/14, six months after graduating:

Read more about graduate destinations for this subject area

Economics graduates from Brunel have an excellent employment record and go into a wide variety of occupations. Some go on to further study and become professional economists or accountants. Others are employed in industry, the financial sector or government. In some cases, a job offer comes from a former work placement employer.

Past graduates have gone on to work in the following areas:
  • The City: Merrill Lynch (Brokers), NatWest (Financing Futures)
  • Chartered Accountancy: PricewaterhouseCoopers, KPMG
  • Central Government: the Bank of England, the Treasury, the Cabinet Office, the Department of Transport
  • Local Government: Finance Departments, Corporate Planning, the National Audit Office, Health Trusts/Authorities
  • Industry: BP, Rank Xerox, Marks and Spencer, ICL
  • Other: CBI, the Civil Aviation Authority, British Airways

At Brunel we provide many opportunities and experiences within your degree programme and beyond – work-based learning, professional support services, volunteering, mentoring, sports, arts, clubs, societies, and much, much more – and we encourage you to make the most of them, so that you can make the most of yourself.

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Fees for 2016/7 entry

UK/EU students: £9,000 full-time; £1,000 placement year

International students: £14,100 full-time

See our fees and funding page for full details of scholarships available to Brunel applicants

Fees quoted are per annum and are subject to an annual increase.

Entry Requirements 2016/7

  • GCE A-level BBB, including Grade B in Maths (General Studies not accepted).
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma DDD in a related subject plus Grade B in A-level Maths.
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma DD in a related subject with an A-level Maths at grade B.
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma D in a related subject with A-levels grade BB including Math.
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma 30 points, including Higher Level 5 in Maths.
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma Complete and pass a related subject Access course with 45 credits at Level 3 with Merit in all units and A-level Maths grade B.

GCSE Mathematics grade C and GCSE English grade C are also required.

Please check our Admissions pages for more information on other factors we use to assess applicants as well as our full GCSE requirements and accepted equivalencies in place of GCSEs.

Entry criteria are subject to review and change each academic year.

For non-EU qualification equivalencies, please check the relevant country entry criteria.

International and EU Entry Requirements

If your country or institution is not listed or if you are not sure whether your institution is eligible, please contact Admissions

This information is for guidance only by Brunel University London and by meeting the academic requirements does not guarantee entry for our courses as applications are assessed on case-by-case basis.

English Language Requirements

  • IELTS: 6.5 (min 5.5 in all areas)
  • Pearson: 58 (51 in all subscores)
  • BrunELT: 65% (min 55% in all areas)

Brunel University London strongly recommends that if you will require a Tier 4 visa, you sit your IELTS test at a test centre that has been approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) as being a provider of a Secure English Language Test (SELT). Not all test centres have this status. The University can accept IELTS (with the required scores) taken at any official test centre or other English Language qualifications we accept as meeting our main award entry requirements.

However, if you wish to undertake a Pre-sessional English course to further improve your English prior to the start of your degree course, you must sit the test at an approved SELT provider. This is because you will only be able to apply for a Tier 4 student visa to undertake a Pre-sessional English course if you hold a SELT from a UKVI approved test centre. Find out more information about it.

Brunel also offers our own BrunELT English Test and accepts a range of other language courses. We also have Pre-sessional English language courses for students who do not meet these requirements, or who wish to improve their English.

Our International Pathways and Language Centre offers a number of foundation and pre-masters courses to provide you with the academic skills required for your chosen course.

Page last updated: Friday 17 June 2016