Economics, Finance and Banking BSc (Hons)

The financial sector - which includes banking activities such as lending, accepting and safeguarding money - is a key element of a functioning economy. 

If you have an interest in financial markets and the banking industry, and want to understand how financial services and wider economic factors affect the sector, this BSc (Econ) (Hons) Economics, Finance and Banking degree course is ideal.

You'll get a comprehensive understanding of economics theory and learn to apply it to the fields of finance and banking, using real scenarios. You'll build on your maths and statistics skills, and learn data analysis and research methods, gaining a clearer view of the how and why of the financial sector.

In years 2 and 3, you can choose modules that match your interests and career ambitions on specialist subjects such as game theory, public sector economics and economic policy.

You'll have the opportunity to apply your skills in the workplace on an optional sandwich year after year 2. You can also experience another culture by spending this year studying abroad.

After the course, you'll be set for a career in areas such as investment banking, tax consultancy and risk management. Your knowledge and skills 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 after year 1 if you develop an interest in a specific subject area.

The skills you learn on this degree are in high demand in the public and private sectors.

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. Your skills and knowledge will also be an asset in most business settings.

Previous students have secured jobs 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
  • Performance analyst
  • Financial accountant

You could also study a postgraduate qualification or apply for a graduate development scheme.

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 to 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.

You'll get careers support throughout your studies and for 5 years after you graduate.

Entrepreneurs in Residence

If you're interested in setting up your own business while you study, you can get support on this course from the Entrepreneurs in Residence programme. Our Entrepreneurs in Residence are experienced business professionals who work with us to deliver group workshops and 1-to-1 drop-in clinics to help you plan and market your business idea.

Placement year

After your second year, you'll get the opportunity to take an optional placement year, working in an organisation to gain valuable experience and put your skills to work.

You'll get mentoring and support throughout your placement. We'll help you find a placement that supports your interests and workplace ambitions. Many students go on to work for their placement employer after the course.

Previous students have secured placements at:

  • Lloyds Banking Group
  • Santander
  • Office for National Statistics
  • BRUIN Financial
  • IBM
  • Amazon
  • BMW
  • Government Economic Service

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.

Due to changing circumstances as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we may need to make changes to courses to ensure your safety and to ensure compliance with Government guidelines. We'll provide you with as much notice as possible of any such changes. Your course leader will inform you of these. Changes may include things such as modules being taught in teaching block 2 instead of teaching block 1 and teaching activities occurring in smaller group sizes.

Modules currently being studied

Year 1

Study year abroad

Between your second and third year you can study abroad at one of our partner universities. This allows you to experience a different culture, enhance your CV so you stand out in the job market, grow your confidence, and open up personal and professional opportunities.

We have partnerships with Universities in Europe, Asia, Australia and North America. Classes are delivered in English.

You'll get support from the faculty's Global Support Office and UoP Global with identifying and applying to suitable destinations, and ongoing contact and support during your year abroad.

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

Teaching

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Workshops
  • Tutorials
  • Practical sessions

You can access all teaching resources on Moodle, our virtual learning environment, from anywhere with a Web connection.

For more about the teaching activities for specific modules, see the module list above.

Teaching staff profiles

These are some of the expert staff who'll teach you on this course.

One of the main differences between school or college and university is how much control you have over your learning.

At university, as well as spending time in timetabled teaching activities such as lectures, seminars and tutorials, you'll do lots of independent study with support from our staff when you need it.

A typical week

We recommend you spend at least 35 hours a week studying for your Economics, Finance and Banking degree. In your first year, you'll be in timetabled teaching activities such as lectures, seminars and workshops for about 14 hours a week. The rest of the time you'll do independent study such as research, reading, coursework and project work, alone or in a group with others from your course. You'll probably do more independent study and have less scheduled teaching in years 2 and 3, but this depends on which modules you choose.

Term times

The academic year runs from September to June. There are breaks at Christmas and Easter.

It's divided into 2 teaching blocks and 2 assessment periods:

  • Teaching block 1 - September to December
  • Assessment period 1 - January (and early February for some courses in 2020/21 only)
  • Teaching block 2 - January to May (February to May for some courses in 2020/21 only)
  • Assessment period 2 - May to June

Extra learning support

The amount of timetabled teaching you'll get on your degree might be less than what you're used to at school or college, but you'll also get face-to-face support from teaching and support staff when you need it. These include the following people and services:

Personal tutor

Your personal tutor helps you make the transition to independent study and gives you academic and personal support throughout your time at university.

You'll have regular scheduled meetings with your personal tutor. They're also available by appointment if you want to chat with them about anything that can't wait until your next meeting.

Student engagement officers

In addition to the support you get from your personal tutor, you'll also have support from student engagement officers. They can give you confidential, impartial advice on anything to do with your studies and personal wellbeing, and refer you to specialist support services if you need extra help or support.

Study support tutors

You'll have help from a team of study support tutors. Based within the Faculty of Business and Law, these tutors are familiar with the specific requirements your assignments and work closely with faculty academics. This means they can give you focused support with the specific study skills you need to be successful on your course - face-to-face, by phone and email, and by video call.

They can help with:

  • Academic writing (for example, essays, reports, dissertations, projects and literature reviews)
  • Reflective writing skills
  • Critical thinking skills
  • Delivering presentations (including observing and filming presentations)
  • Understanding and using assignment feedback
  • Managing your time and workload
  • Revision and exam techniques

If you're a mature student returning to study, specialist support is available.  

Academic skills support

As well as support from faculty staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University's Academic Skills Unit (ASK).

ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:

  • Academic writing
  • Note taking
  • Time management
  • Critical thinking
  • Presentation skills
  • Referencing
  • Working in groups
  • Revision, memory and exam techniques

If you have a disability or need extra support, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) will give you help, support and advice.

Library support

Library staff are available in person or by email, phone or online chat to help you make the most of the University's library resources. You can also request one-to-one appointments and get support from librarians who specialise in business and law.

The library is open 24 hours a day, every day, in term time.

Maths and stats support

The Maths Cafe offers free advice and assistance with mathematical skills in a friendly, informal environment. You can come to our daily drop-in sessions, develop your maths skills at a workshop or use our online resources.

Course costs

Tuition fees (2021 start)

  • UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students - £9,250 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
  • EU students - £9,250 a year (including Transition Scholarship - may be subject to annual increase)
  • International students - £15,500 per year (subject to annual increase)

Tuition fees terms and conditions

Additional course costs

These course-related costs aren't included in the tuition fees. So you'll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.

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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