Economics and Business Finance BSc
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About the course
Economics courses at Brunel combine 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.
- You will gain a range of technical expertise including quantitative and computing skills.
- You will learn how to apply theoretical principles in the working environment.
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.
Mathematics for Economics and Finance
Introduction to Financial Accounting
Statistics for Economics and Finance
Microeconomics Principles II
Macroeconomic Principles II
Money and Banking
Econometrics for Finance
Introduction to Econometrics
Advanced Topics in Economic Theory
Financial Theory and Corporate Policy
Managerial and Industrial Economics
The Economics of Labour Markets
Behavioural Economics and Finance
International Money and Finance
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and what you will learn on the course.
- 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 Assessment
Many of our staff are internationally and nationally recognised for their work in this field. They work as consultants for government bodies, and some are widely published.
You will have about 12 to 14 hours of directed study per week at Level 1. This number decreases at Levels 2 and 3. Students are 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. Theoretical concepts are analysed and applied in specific contexts.
One-to-one – You will have one-to-one supervision on 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 work placement 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.
Each subject is assessed in the term in which 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.
Final year dissertation
All degree programmes include a final year dissertation of approximately 10,000 words. This is an important element of the degree and provides you with an opportunity for independent study, original thought and, especially for those on sandwich courses, an opportunity to apply economic and financial theories, concepts and models to practical problems. You are assigned a Dissertation Supervisor who offers guidance on content, level and presentation.
See Undergraduate Economics and Finance Handbook for further information (student handbooks are not exhaustive and subject to change).
Economics and Business Finance 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 and finance significantly enhances strategic decision making. Further, such knowledge is crucial in a world of integrating global markets. In addition, students acquire a range of transferable skills that will be applicable across a variety of different jobs.
Economics and Business Finance 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
You can choose to study either a traditional three-year course or the prestigious four-year sandwich course. Sandwich course students have the chance to undertake paid, professional work experience in the heart of the financial, business and public sector, in the UK or overseas.
The positive impact of a sandwich placement on graduate employment outcomes across Brunel is considerable. Those who have done placements are also much more likely to be in employment for which their degree was a formal requirement or where they believe their degree gave them a competitive advantage in recruitment.
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
£9,000 full-time; £1,000 placement year
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 Criteria 2016/7
- GCE A-level BBB, with a Grade C in AS-level Maths (if A-level Maths is taken, grade B will be required) (General Studies not accepted).
- BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma DDD in a related subject plus Grade C in AS-level Maths.
- BTEC Level 3 Diploma DD in a related subject with an A-level at grade B plus Grade C in AS-level Maths.
- BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma D in a related subject with A-levels grade BB plus Grade C in AS-level Maths.
- International Baccalaureate Diploma 30 points, including 5 in Standard Maths or 4 in Higher Maths.
- Access to Higher Education Diploma Complete and pass a related subject Access course with 45 credits at Level 3, of which 30 credits must be at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit or higher plus AS-Level Maths grade C.
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.
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.