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Undergraduate Pathway in Economics and Finance

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Economics and Finance courses combine economic theory with the practical skills necessary to apply your knowledge to a business, industrial, financial or government environment. Providing students with this combination of theory and practice, as well as a solid background in finance, is what distinguishes Brunel University London's courses from other Economics degrees. An optional work placement arranged through the University's strong industry links will further enhance your employment prospects.

Your pathway to Brunel University London.

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Your pathway to Brunel University London:

High School
Stage 1

University Foundation

Stage 2

First Year University Studies

Stage 3

Second Year University Studies

Stage 4

Final Year University

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Course content

In all Brunel University London economic and finance degrees, students develop a range of skills valued by employers such as quantitative and computing, business and financial analysis skills. Each programme has a strong contemporary feel and relates economics and financial management theory and concepts to the practical issues facing managers in the 21st Century. Successful completion of the degree can lead to career opportunities in business, financial accounting, as an economist and the financial sector.

The programme syllabus is designed around the acquisition of core academic skills and literacy development that underpins successful higher education outcomes: academic research, ICT, critical thinking and the promotion of self-awareness.

Typical Foundation Modules

  • Mathematics for Economics and Finance
  • Economics
  • Interactive Learning Skills and Communication 1
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Principles of Accounting
  • Principles of ICT
  • Statistics

Typical First Year Modules

  • Financial Markets
  • Interactive Learning Skills & Communication 2
  • Introduction to Financial Accounting
  • Macroeconomic Principles
  • Microeconomics Principles
  • Mathematics for Economics & Finance A
  • Mathematics for Economics & Finance B
  • Statistical Research Methods A
  • Statistical Research Methods B

This course can be studied 2 semesters full-time, starting in September.

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Careers and your future

Our aim is to teach you ‘employable knowledge’, which can be applied to real-world situations giving you the skills you need to find the right role after you graduate.  Therefore, you’ll be well prepared for work, especially if you undertake a work placement. Securing economics and finance degree jobs is highly competitive so we’ll support you to gain a strong foundation in the skills employers are looking for.  We offer opportunities within the Department of Economics and Finance as well as through the University’s Professional Development Centre (PDC) to help you build skills and experience.

Our graduates are employed in many fields, with roles at NatWest (Financing Futures), PricewaterhouseCoopers and KPMG, the Treasury and Bank of England. Within industry, graduates are working at businesses like BP, Xerox and Marks and Spencer.

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Fees and funding

2024/25 entry

£9,250 Domestic Foundation Studies
£11,500 EU Domestic Studies
£17,450 International Foundation Studies

£9,250 Domestic First year University Studies
£11,500 EU First Year University Studies
£18,950 International First year University Studies

September is the only available intake for EU/Domestic students who are applying for a Student Finance Loan.

All Brunel Pathway College course fees may be subject to a review. Brunel University London fees are a guide only and are subject to change.

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Assessment and feedback

In-course written, reading, listening and oral assessment is built in to modules through general interaction between tutors and students through small group tutorials or individual tutorials/appraisals.