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How we will deliver your course in 2021: Economics (postgraduate)

Programmes this information applies to: 

  • MSc Business Finance
  • MSc Banking and Finance
  • MSc Finance and Accounting
  • MSc Finance and Investment

1. Content of the course 

There are no planned changes to the course content.

2. Length of the course 

There are no planned changes to the length of the course.

3. How your course will be delivered 

New students 

Teaching starts with an induction event, on line or on-campus, and formative online Maths/Stats tests, which will help inform the level of support required.

All programmes have eight modules taught usually as four in each of Terms 1 and 2. In each module, there is on average two hours of lectures and one hour of seminar each week.  We expect programme delivery will be in person on campus (at least 2-4 either lectures or seminars indicatively) and online. On-line lectures and seminar sessions will also be recorded.

Access to data sources (Bloomberg, Thomson 1 and Eikon) and specialist econometrics (Eviews)/research methods (Nvivo) software will be available for those modules that make use of these resources, both on campus and on-line.


It is expected that assessments held in, or examining material from, the 1st term will be live online and using the University’s online assessment platform. Assessments in summer 2022 may be live on-line or on campus in-person. Assessments for modules that lead to exam accreditations for ACCA, ICAEW and CIMA will be guided by the requirements of those professional bodies.

Returning students 

MSc Business Finance and MSc Banking and Financepart-time second year students will study two modules per term, i.e. at half the intensity of the full-time students. Teaching, tutoring and assessment are as detailed above.

Students on the MSc Business Finance and MSc Finance and Accountingwho started in January 2021 will follow the scheme as for new students, for the autumn term of 2021. This has been designed to fully accommodate those within those cohorts that are studying wholly remotely.

4. Cost of the course 

There are no changes to the cost of the course.

Access to a laptop or desktop PC is required for joining online activities, completing coursework and digital exams, and a minimum specification can be found here.
If you have any concerns about accessing a suitable device, please complete and return this form to enquire about the University’s loan laptop scheme.

5. Award

There are no planned changes to the qualification that is being awarded.

6. Feedback and consultation

We provide set times where you can talk to your lecturers and module leaders, either in person or via phone or video conference, to discuss academic matters relating to your course. You can also use these opportunities to obtain and discuss feedback on an assessment, the timetable for the second term, and exam service feedback. These hours can be found on Blackboard Learn and at the Taught Programmes Office. 

Please email your lecturer or drop by their office to make your booking and we will find a time convenient for the both of you.

7. Personal tutoring

All programmes are supported by an active personal tutoring system that gives students the opportunity for consultation with a dedicated member of academic staff.

Your personal tutor is responsible for monitoring and supporting your academic and personal development both in your transition to university and between years. It is someone you can discuss, in confidence, your academic progress with or any special requirements you may need. 

If you are a first year student, these sessions will be included in your timetable every other week. 

If you are a second year, final year, or postgraduate student you can request to have a session at a time that is convenient for you.  

You can attend our virtual ‘drop-in’ sessions which are advertised on Blackboard Learn, or request a session by emailing your personal tutor.

8. Departmental communications and events

You can keep up with subject and module updates through Blackboard Learn. We will also send important updates to your student email account, so please keep an eye on those. 

We occasionally host department events. We will email you about these opportunities at the start of term and send a reminder a week before the event.

Our programmes feature a range of opportunities including trips and visits, once it is safe to do so we will resume these.

9. Student-led academic representation

Student reps are elected to represent the views of their course, department or college to improve the academic experience at Brunel. They gather views and opinions from students on things such as lectures, exams, assessment and feedback and then take a collective view to the University and Union in order to develop the student experience at Brunel.

We welcome feedback from our student community on matters relating to your experience through your Student Representatives or through your Programme Leaders. 

Find out who your course rep is here. You’ll also receive an email from your programme leader who will confirm your contact.

10. Peer-to-peer opportunities

You can join our student societies, we have one for each subject area including Politics, History, Sociology, and Anthropology. You can join these societies through the Union of Brunel Students or contact your course rep to find out more. We have Facebook groups for these societies too.

Our department also has a Postgraduate Research society, if you would like to join this please contact your PGR Director.

You can join our social media groups to keep in touch with your peers and exchange knowledge.  Find out how to do this by contacting your course rep.

Contact us 

If you have any specific questions about the above information, please email: CBASS-TPO-ESGW@brunel.ac.uk


Disclaimer: We have used our best endeavours to plan for the coming academic year and to ensure the information on this page is correct at the time of publication. The information provided here is intended for the general guidance of students studying the University’s degree programmes listed above in the academic year 2021/22. The University will deliver the course of study as described unless there are changes outside of our control related to COVID-19. In such circumstances, the University will adjust the delivery of the course accordingly, and use its best endeavours to ensure equivalence.

Date of publication: 16.07.21