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BA (Hons) Economics

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  • UCAS Code:
    L100
  • Institution:
    B50
  • Delivery:
    Sandwich (Thick) out of college.

Accredited by:

This course is delivered by the AACSB-accredited Business School, an accreditation which places us within the top institutions globally for business degrees. Less than 5% of business schools worldwide have attained this hallmark of excellence which recognises a focus on excellence in all areas, including teaching and student learning.

Our Economics degree covers the fundamental aspects of economics, including an understanding of economic systems, an appreciation of financial disciplines, and the related analytical skills (statistics and econometrics) all of which are essential for starting a career in the global economic and financial community. 

In the first year, you’ll develop a comprehensive overview in the fields of accounting, finance, and economics, and at the end of the year, you’ll have the opportunity to transfer to another of our accounting and finance pathways should you wish. The purpose of this flexibility is to support you in aligning your curriculum with your future career aspirations and to help you keep your options open. 

In addition to specialising your knowledge in the field of economics (e.g. macro and microeconomics, industry and regions, econometric techniques) the second year of this four-year course offers the opportunity to study abroad, as you’ll be invited to attend one of our international partner institutions during the second semester. Currently, we have partners in Australia, Canada, and Europe. 

In year three you’ll get the opportunity to experience life in a working environment with a 30-week placement, which can be completed at home or abroad, and allow you to apply the theoretical knowledge and analytical skills forged in the classroom, to a real-world context. The opportunity will also see you secure career contacts, improve your resume, and ultimately enhance your employability. Year four will intensify and complete your specialization in the selected economics subjects (e.g. Global markets; Quantitative economic applications). At the end of this career path, you will professionally master subjects and techniques that will give you a competitive edge in the job market.

A degree in economics lends itself to various career options due to the skills you will acquire in the core subjects (economics and finance) as well as in business and strategic management, marketing and communication. Our graduates are now working as economic and financial analysts, industry experts, data analysts, business development advisers, accountants executives for companies such as Adidas UK Ltd, Apple, Bank of New York Mellon, BMW Financial Services, British Airways, Enterprise, and Hayes.

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All statistics shown throughout this page are taken from Unistats, Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE), BU institutional data and Ipsos MORI (National Student Survey) unless otherwise stated.

Key information

Next start date:

September 2019, September 2020

Location:

Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus

Duration:

3 years, or 4 years with a minimum 30-week work placement

Accreditations:

The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)

Required subjects:

All subjects considered

Entry requirements:

For 2019 entry: 104-120 tariff points including a minimum of 2 A-levels or equivalent. BTEC Extended Diploma: DMM. For more information check out our 2019 entry requirements.

International entry requirements:

If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS (Academic) 6.0 with minimum 5.5 in each component, or equivalent. For more information check out our international entry requirements.

Course details

On this course you will be taught by a range of staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This will include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners and research students. You will also benefit from regular guest lectures from industry.

How you will be assessed

The assessment methods for each unit can be found in the programme specification for your course.

Download the programme specification (pdf 4.6mb)

Placements

At BU, we recognise that placements are extremely valuable and can give you a head start when it comes to your future career. That’s why we offer every new student the opportunity to undertake a work placement as part of their course.

Your optional placement will begin after your second year of study and must last a minimum of 30 weeks. We will provide a great deal of support to help you find the most appropriate placement for the subject you’re studying and the career you’re interested in, which means you could be based anywhere in the UK, or even overseas.

Find out about BU students’ experiences on placementsAll you need to know about placements

Your application

This course will suit applicants who can:

  • Demonstrate excellent problem solving skills
  • Demonstrate good written and oral communication skills
  • Think logically and have an appreciation of mathematical concepts
  • Show self motivation and effective time-management skills.

How to apply

Entry requirements

Careers

A degree in economics lends itself to various career options and the skills you will acquire while studying this subject – such as business and strategic management, marketing, and communication skills – will help you get ahead in a range of sectors, particularly finance, business, marketing and IT.

Although this is a new course, we have an excellent graduate employment record across our other accountancy and finance degrees, with 90% of our students in work or further study within six months of finishing their course. Many start out in junior roles but are able to quickly work their way up into more senior positions.

Costs and fees

All fees are quoted in pounds sterling and are per year. Your tuition fees will be the same for each year of your course. You can find full information about funding your studies and paying your fees in our undergraduate fees and funding section. That’s also where you’ll find information about the scholarships and bursaries on offer – including unlimited Academic Excellence Scholarships for UK, EU and International students.

Fees quoted are for tuition only unless stated otherwise, and we’re committed to ensuring there are no hidden extra costs while you’re at university – that’s why we’re clear about what you can expect us to cover, and what your cost of living will be. You’ll also find you could benefit from a range of discounts as a student.

Find out more about budgeting and living expenses

Our staff

On this course you will be taught by staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This could include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners and research students, many of whom are actively engaged in research and/or professional practice which is integrated into the teaching of this course. Please note that teaching staff can change.

Course changes