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Economics and Finance - BSc (Hons)

Why study this course?

Discover the precise economic methods, quantitative techniques and up-to-date analytical tools you need for a financially-focused career in economics. You'll explore current debates about the relationship between economics, finance and society while our Financial Research and Trading Room will give you direct access to Bloomberg, the leading financial services provider of market data. The teaching staff include expert advisors to the European Commission, the UK Treasury and other prestigious institutions.

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This Economics and Finance degree course explores current debates in the field, including world growth patterns, trade flows, financial crises, business lending and volatility in asset prices. By also studying everyday matters such as profit determination and investment analysis, you'll develop the knowledge needed to effectively navigate the financial world.

This undergraduate degree will help you to develop key transferable skills valued by employers. These vital skills include team-work, solving business problems, IT analysis, work presentations and managing your own performance.

At London Met, you’ll learn from economists who are internationally recognised for their research and use the latest insights to contribute to your education. Many of our staff have worked as expert advisers to organisations such as the European Commission, the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), the UK Treasury and other departments within the UK and Italian governments.

Our Financial Research and Trading Room gives you direct access to Bloomberg data, market information and analytics. Bloomberg is the leading financial services provider of market data, news and analytical functions and is used globally in investment banks and other financial institutions.

Work placements are available to you on this undergraduate degree. Our work placement unit will give you all the help you need to find economic and finance related roles. You can also choose international study options in leading French, Swedish and Dutch universities to broaden your career horizons. All the teaching is in English so you can seamlessly integrate into the new environment.

Looking forward to your life after graduation, we provide advice and guidance in the development of your career. Training in job searching, completing applications and interview techniques are available to help you secure the role you want.

Assessment

You’ll develop your knowledge and skills through a variety of assessments involving industry projects, case studies, executive summary reports, computer-based projects, group presentations, scenario simulations and seen/unseen examinations.

This variety will enable you to demonstrate your new-found strengths and abilities to future employers in a wide range of circumstances.

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

  • a minimum grade C in three A levels or minimum grades BC in at least two 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 from 2017) 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 entry 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 relevant Foundation Degree, Higher National Diploma (HND) or equivalent.

If you are studying full time, each year (level) is worth 120 credits.

Year 1 (Level 4) modules include:

  • Principles of Economics
  • Economics and Society
  • Quantitative Methods for Economics
  • Accounting, Financial Markets and Institutions

Year 2 (Level 5) modules include:

  • Microeconomics
  • Macroeconomics
  • Introduction to Econometrics
  • Financial Market Analysis

Year 3 (Level 6) modules include:

  • Global Economic Issues and Research Methods
  • Financial Instruments and Financial Engineering

Option modules include:

  • International Finance and Trade
  • Mathematical Economics and Econometrics
  • Development Economics and Emerging Markets
  • Corporate Social Responsibility and Governance
  • Economics of Human Resources
  • Work Placement or Language
  • Industrial Economics and Regulation
  • Public Economics

“Access to Bloomberg is amazing, and is especially useful to those taking the course related to finance. They also provide a huge range of books for us use. Teachers welcome communication from their students and respond to emails fast, helping to resolve issues promptly. They are also very helpful in providing guidance outside of the lectures if you have not understood the topic, and will attempt to allocate a meeting to help you overcome this and any other challenges."
National Student Survey

“Everything I've learned so far is very interesting. I've come to understand the world much better, mainly because I understand how the world economy works. The lectures and seminars are well prepared and assist in my learning. Whenever I’ve had any problems with the subject or something I couldn't understand, the staff have helped me.”
National Student Survey

The skills you’ll acquire on this degree are highly valued by national and global organisations. Economics graduates are among the highest paid of all graduates.

Careers our economics and finance graduates have entered include business analysts, financial case handlers, data and operational analysts and compliance assistants. They work for famous corporations such as Nationwide, the FDM Group, Lloyds and BNP Paribas. Roles like these in banking and finance, as well as managerial, consultancy and research work in both international corporations and governments, are all open to you with this degree.

You can also go on to postgraduate courses if you want to take your studies further.

A work placement is available to you as an option on the course. You can get help from our business placement office to locate and seek posts in financial, commercial and non-profit organisations. To widen your experience, you can also engage in extra-curricular activities such as volunteering, student societies and national business competitions.

Gain international experience and study abroad at leading European universities in France, Sweden or the Netherlands. All teaching is in English so you’ll be able to study and socialise with ease, while the experience of a foreign culture will improve your international career opportunities even further.

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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