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Business Economics - BA (Hons)

Why study this course?

This course focuses on the economic factors that affect businesses today. You'll be taught by staff who advise major organisations such as the World Bank, and will gain an in-depth knowledge of economic analysis and how it relates to business. 

In the most recent (2015-16) Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey, 100% of graduates from this course were in work or further study within six months.

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This degree course focuses on the economic factors that affect businesses today. You’ll learn to interpret and analyse financial information, and to understand this data in the context of the wider business market. You'll cover topics such as the impact of technology, international trade, management and leadership, and ethical concerns.

As well as a solid knowledge base you’ll develop a broad range of vital skills, such as problem solving, team-working, IT and communication. You’ll also be trained in job applications and interview techniques, to prepare you for a successful career after graduation. Short and long accredited work placements are available as part of the course, to give you real-world experience.

Throughout the course you’ll have access to our extensive facilities and receive constant support from our experienced staff, many of whom are expert advisers to organisations such as the Bank of England, the European Commission, the UK Government, the World Bank and industry trade bodies. Our teaching was rated “Excellent” – the highest possible rating for a UK university  – by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA).


You'll participate in interactive group sessions and workshops, and will be assessed through industry projects, case studies, executive summary reports, computer-based projects, group presentations, scenario simulations, and exams.

In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should have:

  • a minimum of grades CCC in three A levels in academic or business subjects (or a minimum of 96 UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification, eg BTEC National, OCR Diploma or Advanced Diploma)
  • English Language and Mathematics GCSE at grade C/grade 4 or above (or equivalent) 

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

Accelerated study

If you have relevant qualifications or credit from a similar course it may be possible to enter this course at an advanced stage rather than beginning in the first year. Please note, advanced entr is only available for September start. See our information for students applying for advanced entry.

Specific qualifications that may make you eligible for advanced entry to this course include a foundation degree or HND in a related subject.

Modules for this course are to be confirmed. Please check back at a later date or call our course enquiries team on +44 (0)20 7133 4200 for details.

"Economics is just amazing. I think everybody should study at least the basic economics principles. I love economics because it explains how the world works; from the production of basic goods to fiscal and monetary policies."

Maria Luisa Lopes Gonçalves

In the 2013 National Student Survey, Business Economics got an overall satisfaction score of 95%, which was one of the highest in the sector.

In the 2013 National Student Survey, Business Economics got an overall satisfaction score of 95%, which was one of the highest in the sector.

A degree in business economics can give your career a major headstart. The skills acquired on our degrees are highly valued by employers, and economics graduates are among the highest paid graduates, according to a 2014 report published by the Sutton Trust.

A wide range of career opportunities are opened up by this course, such as working in international corporations, management, government, banking and finance, consultancy and research. You could also choose progress to postgraduate study. Some of our previous students have gone on to attend universities around the world such as Birkbeck in London and the University of Augsburg in Germany.

A work placement is available as an accredited option on the course. You'll work with our Placements and Employability Unit to find posts in financial, commercial and non-profit organisations.

You'll have the opportunity to study in leading European universities, including those in France, Sweden and the Netherlands, where teaching is in English.

We're investing in an exciting, multimillion pound transformation of the London Metropolitan University campus, between 2016 and 2020. We’re moving all of our activity to one place, our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching locations of some courses will change over time.

Whether you will be affected will depend on the duration of your course, when you start and your mode of study. The earliest moves affecting new students will be in September 2018. This may mean you begin your course at one location, but over the duration of the course you are relocated to one of our other campuses. Our intention is that no full-time student will change campus more than once during a course of typical duration.

All students will benefit from our move to one campus, which will allow us to develop state-of-the-art facilities, flexible teaching areas and stunning social spaces.

Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.

Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.

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How to apply

If you're a UK/EU applicant applying for full-time study you must apply via UCAS unless otherwise specified.

UK/EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University.

Non-EU applicants for full-time study may choose to apply via UCAS or apply direct to the University. Non-EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University, but please note that if you require a Tier 4 visa you are not able to study on a part-time basis.

When to apply

The University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) accepts applications for full-time courses starting in September from one year before the start of the course. Our UCAS institution code is L68.

If you will be applying direct to the University you are advised to apply as early as possible as we will only be able to consider your application if there are places available on the course.

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