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Economics BSc

Placement Offered This course has a Professional Development option
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Overview

This degree is accredited the ACCA and CIMA offering exemptions to some of their papers after you graduate. Please see below.

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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.

The structure and content of this degree are designed to enhance your understanding of all key economic aspects and tools and to stress the relation between theory and real-world examples. During your final year the course allows you to choose from specialist modules (labour, industrial or behavioural economics) depending on your study interests. Our Economics degree is flexible and provides you with a range of future career prospects – working as an economics analyst or a professional forecaster for example – while also equipping you with econometric techniques for postgraduate studies or work in economic research.

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

Contact our Enquiries team.
Course Enquiries: +44 (0)1895 265599 (before you submit an application)
Admissions Office: +44 (0)1895 265265 (after you submit an application)


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

Options

Choose 2 from

  • 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.

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

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.

» More about Employability

Entry criteria 2018/19

  • GCE A-level BBB, including Grade B in Maths (General Studies not accepted).
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma DDD in a related subject AND A-Level Maths at Grade B.
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma DD in a related subject AND A-level Maths at Grade B.
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma D in any subject AND A-levels Grade BB including Maths.
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma 30 points, including 5 in Higher Level 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.

A minimum of five GCSEs are required, including GCSE Mathematics grade C or grade 4 and GCSE English grade C or grade 4.

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.


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)

You can find out more about the qualifications we accept on our English Language Requirements page.

If you require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, you must prove knowledge of the English language so that we can issue you a Certificate of Acceptance for Study (CAS). To do this, you will need an IELTS for UKVI or Trinity SELT test pass gained from a test centre approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and on the Secure English Language Testing (SELT) list. This must have been taken and passed within two years from the date the CAS is made.

Should you wish to take a pre-sessional English course to improve your English prior to starting your degree course, you must sit the test at an approved SELT provider for the same reason.

We offer our own BrunELT English Test and have pre-sessional English language courses for students who do not meet requirements or who wish to improve their English. You can find out more information on English courses and test options at the Brunel Language Centre.

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 and feedback

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.

 

Special features

  • Accredited by ACCA and CIMA offering exemptions to some professional papers following graduation (please see Accreditation below). 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.
  • 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. You be trained to use analytical packages widely used by business and financial institutions such as SAS, Eviews, Bloomberg, Reuters and STATA and others.
  • You’ll study econometrics to help develop skills in data modelling using computer programmes – a skill highly valued by finance and investment employers

We have good links with organisations which means:

  • High-quality work placements
  • Up-to-date course content
  • Better opportunities to find a good job after you graduate

Accreditation

Graduates of our BSc degrees in economics and finance can look forward to the following exemptions from professional accountancy bodies, depending on degree and module choices.

ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants)

Our graduates enjoy exemptions from all FIA papers and up to 8 out of 9 ACCA Papers depending on the programme of study and module choices at level three.

CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants)

3 exemptions are offered to graduates of the following degrees:-

  • Economics BSc
  • Economics and Business Finance BSc
  • Economics and Management BSc

6 exemptions are offered to graduates of the following degrees:-

  • Finance and Accounting BSc
  • Economics and Accounting BSc

Fees and funding

Fees for 2018/19 entry

UK/EU students: £9,250 full-time; £1,000 placement year

International students: £14,800 full-time

Additional course related costs

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

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