Economics, Finance and Banking BSc (Hons)

Overview

If you have an interest in the banking industry and how financial markets work, this BSc (Econ) (Hons) Economics, Finance and Banking course is ideal.

You’ll get a thorough understanding of economics and learn apply it to the fields of finance and banking.

After the course, you'll be set for a career in investment banking, tax consultancy or risk management and your money-savvy knowledge will make you a valuable asset to any business.

This degree shares some first year elements with several other economics courses. This gives you the flexibility to transfer to another course if you develop an interest in a different subject area.

What you'll experience:

  • Learn from active researchers, whose expertise on topics such as herding behaviour and anti-competitive practice in foreign exchange markets has helped shape our society and the economy
  • Get a foundation in economics with a focus on the world of finance, covering topics on money, banking and financial markets
  • Tailor your studies to focus on the topics that match your career ambitions
  • Get your hands on the latest econometric software, such as eViews
  • Analyse market movements and learn to make fast-paced investment decisions using our Bloomberg Suite, the trading platform used by professionals
  • Get the Bloomberg Certificate as part of your studies, demonstrating to future employers that you know your way around the Bloomberg Suite
  • Study at a university ranked in the top 15 in the country for Economics in the Guardian university guide 2018 league table
  • Develop your maths and statistics skills with support from our Maths Cafe team
  • Have the opportunity to study abroad through our links with overseas universities

Work experience and career planning

To help you secure a great job when you graduate, our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience during your course that'll develop your skills and build links in the industry.

We can help you identify placements, internships, voluntary roles and opportunities that will complement your studies and develop your abilities.

What you'll study:

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits.

Year 1

Core modules

Microeconomics – 20 credits- On this module you'll explore the key concepts in the operation of a market economy.

Macroeconomics – 20 credits- On this module you'll study the key concepts which explain the structure and performance of the economy.

Mathematics for Economics – 20 credits- In this module you'll get a foundation in the use of mathematical techniques in the context of economics, developing the basic mathematical skills and competencies that are required for the completion of core economic and financial theory modules at both Level 5 and Level 6.

Statistics for Economics – 20 credits- This module introduces you to the key concepts related to statistics, such as presenting and summarising data, as well as probability theory and hypothesis testing.

Business Accounting – 20 credits- This module is designed to provide a good foundation of accounting knowledge if you're looking to pursue a career in accounting, or use accounting information as part of your future job role.

Issues in Finance and Banking – 20 credits- In this module you'll get a greater understanding of contemporary issues and current affairs in finance and banking through the use of theory, and get an introduction to the development of economic thought and ideas.

Personal Development Planning For Economists – 0 credits- On this module, you'll complete a reflective personal development planning (PDP) portfolio.

Year 2

Core modules

Economics Of Money, Banking And Financial Markets – 20 credits-This module will give you an understanding of the structure, conduct and performance of banking and financial markets.

Intermediate Macroeconomics – 20 credits- This module gives you an understanding of key macroeconomic variables and their evolution over time.

Intermediate Microeconomics – 20 credits- On this module you'll get an intermediate level understanding of key concepts of microeconomic theory.

Econometric Methods – 20 credits- On this module you'll get an introduction to the analysis of economic data using the technique of least squares regression.

Data And Research Methods For Economics – 20 credits- This module will develop and enhance your appreciation of sources and methods used by economists.

Personal Development Planning For Economists – 0 credits- In this module, you'll complete a reflective statement accompanying a Personal Development Planning (PDP) portfolio.

Optional modulesClose allInternational Economics – 20 credits- On this module you'll get an understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of conventional trade models.

Financial Management – 20 credits- On this module, you'll learn the essentials of financial management, including corporate finance, investment, capital structure, cost of capital, working capital management and dividend policy, with an emphasis on discounted cash flow and risk.

Managerial And Decision Economics – 20 credits- In this module you'll get an understanding of the main principles and theories relevant to the study of managerial and decision economics.

Behavioural Economics and Game Theory – 20 credits- This module will give you the necessary intellectual framework and analytical tools to analyse strategic interaction in economics.

Study Abroad (Year Long) – 120 credits- In this module you'll spend a year abroad, developing your inter-cultural, personal, linguistic and academic skills, as well as subject knowledge, at an overseas partner university.

Year 3

Core modules

International Banking And Financial Instruments – 20 credits- On this module you'll learn about futures, forwards, swaps, and options markets.

Financial Economics – 20 credits- On this module you'll develop an understanding of investment and theoretically derived methods in the process of investment decision making.

Personal Development Planning For Economists – 0 credits- On this module you'll reinforce your academic and study skills so you can tackle the challenges and demands of study at Level 6. 

Optional modulesClose allDevelopment Economics – 20 credits- On this module you'll get an appreciation of the strengths and weaknesses of conventional development economics models.

Advanced Corporate Financial Management – 20 credits- In this module you'll build on the underlying corporate financial management principles you explored in year 2, and learn about the strategic financial management issues faced by modern businesses.

Behavioural Finance and the Psychology of Investment – 20 credits- On this module, you'll get an understanding of relevant theories from psychology and behavioural sciences.

Industrial Organisation And Competition Policy – 20 credits- On this module you'll learn about the main principles and theories relevant to the study of business competition and competition policy.

Econometric Analysis – 20 credits- On this module you'll look at techniques for the analysis of cross-section data, time series data and panel data.

Labour Economics – 20 credits- On this module you'll analyse microeconomic and macroeconomic labour market behaviour.

Public Sector Economics – 20 credits- On this module you'll explore the economic role of the public sector in a market economy, as well as the economic relationship between the government and its citizens.

Advanced Economics – 20 credits- On this module, you'll develop key analytical skills in microeconomics and macroeconomics to an advanced level.

How you're assessed

You’ll be assessed through:

  • analysis of topical case studies
  • written reports
  • examinations
  • essays
  • presentations
  • self-led independent study project

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

The way you’re assessed may depend on the modules you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:

  • Year 1 students: 62% by written exams, 4% by practical exams and 34% by coursework
  • Year 2 students: 62% by written exams and 38% by coursework
  • Year 3 students: 37% by written exams and 63% by coursework

Careers and opportunities

The skills you learn on this course are in high demand. When you complete the course, you’ll be prepared for work in areas such as commercial and investment banking, accounting, tax consultancy and risk management.

What jobs can you do with an Economics, Finance and Banking degree?

Previous students have secured positions in organisations including Merrill Lynch, JP Morgan and Barclays Corporate Banking in roles such as:

  • financial analyst
  • actuary
  • investment analyst
  • trader in financial assets
  • purchasing and acquisitions officer
  • econometrician

You'll receive help and support from our Employability and Careers service throughout your studies, and for 5 years after you graduate.

BSc (Hons), BSc (Hons) Award
September Start
Full-time, Sandwich Study Mode
3 years Duration

Entry Requirements For This Course

112-120 points from 3 A levels or equivalent.

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

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