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Economics and Business Finance BSc

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Mode of study

3-year full-time; 4-year thick-sandwich

UCAS code

LND3, LNC3 with Professional Development

Start date

September

Location of study

Brunel University London campus

Entry criteria

BBB (A-level)

Placement Offered This course has a Professional Development option

Overview

Accredited by ACCA and CIMA

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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.

This programme allows you to study the fundamental analytical techniques of micro and macroeconomics, while also developing knowledge and understanding of the core concepts and issues in corporate policy, finance and investment. Initial emphasis is on both theory and practical applications. In your final year you have the option to choose between more specialist modules in economics or finance. The Economics and Business Finance degree equips you with the core theoretical and practical skills necessary to understand and analyse economic and corporate financing and investment decisions in the business world. It also prepares you for a variety of potential careers including management consultancy, business analysis and economic forecasting.

Aims

  • 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.

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
  • Financial Markets
  • Microeconomic Principles
  • Macroeconomic Principles
  • Introduction to Financial Accounting
  • Professional Skills and Statistics

Level 2

Compulsory

  • Corporate Finance
  • Microeconomics Principles II
  • Macroeconomic Principles II
  • Corporate Investment
  • Money and Banking

Options

Choose 1 from

  • Econometrics for Finance
  • Introduction to Econometrics

Level 3

Compulsory

  • Economics Project
  • Advanced Topics in Economic Theory

Options

Choose 1 from

  • Financial Theory and Corporate Policy
  • Financial Engineering

Plus choose 2 from

  • Managerial and Industrial Economics
  • The Economics of Labour Markets
  • Behavioural Economics and Finance
  • International Money and Finance
  • Risk Management
  • Development Economics
  • Further Econometrics

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

Employability

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.

Careers and your future

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

Work placements

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.

» More about Employability

Entry criteria 2019/20

  • GCE A-level BBB (all subjects considered excluding General Studies).
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma DDD in a related subject.
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma DD in a related subject AND an A-level at Grade B.
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma D in any subject AND A-level Grades BB.
  • 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 with Merit or higher in all credits AND GCSE Maths Grade B.

A minimum of five GCSEs are required, including GCSE Mathematics grade B or grade 5 and GCSE English Language 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

Staff Expertise


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.

Hours

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.

Assessment and feedback

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.

 

Special features

  • Accredited by ACCA and CIMA offering exemptions to some professional papers following graduation (please see Accreditation below).
  • 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 this degree.

 

Fees and funding

Fees for 2019/20 entry

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

International students: £15,400 full-time

Some courses incur additional course related costs. You can also check our on-campus accommodation costs for more information on living expenses.

UK/EU students can opt to pay in six equal monthly instalments: the first instalment is payable on enrolment and the remaining five by Direct Debit or credit/debit card.

Overseas students can opt to pay in two instalments: 60% on enrolment, and 40% in January for students who commence their course in September (or the remaining 40% in March for selected courses that start in January).

Fees quoted are per year and may be subject to an annual increase. Home/EU undergraduate student fees are regulated and are currently capped at £9,250 per year; any changes will be subject to changes in government policy. International fees will increase annually in line with RPI, or 5%, whichever is the lesser.

There is a range of financial support available to help you fund your studies. Find out about undergraduate student funding options.