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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. Our Economics courses are student-centred and very highly rated, scoring 96% in 2016 for overall student satisfaction.

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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.

The modules listed below are for the academic year 2017/18 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.

Year 1 modules include:

  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Friday morning

    The module will teach students about the process of recording, presenting and interpreting financial information. It will also develop their IT skills by teaching how to set up spreadsheets and use the internet to research into limited companies. The module then develops an introductory framework for the understanding and analysis of key financial markets and institutions in mature economies.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Monday afternoon

    This module develops student’s knowledge and understanding of the development of the international economy, the evolution of economic ideas since the mid-nineteenth century and an introduction to some major economic issues facing contemporary society.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Wednesday morning

    This module introduces and develops the principles of micro- and macroeconomics providing a secure foundation for students pursuing specialist degrees in Economics and Business Economics. The microeconomics element of the module will examine supply and demand analysis, theories of consumer behaviour and theories of the firm. It will also introduce the distribution of income, market efficiency, market failure, and international trade.

    The macroeconomics element of the module will consider long run economic growth and short-run business cycles. Students will be introduced to key variables and concepts in macroeconomics, national income accounting, simple macroeconomic models and policy issues. They will consider the main determinants of economic growth, short-run fluctuations in economic activity, inflation, unemployment, the balance of payments and exchange rates.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Tuesday morning

    This module is concerned with providing students with quantitative skills and a foundation in mathematical and statistical concepts and techniques so they can solve economic problems and understand economic analysis. Students will understand how mathematical and statistical methods relate to economic theory.

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Year 2 modules include:

  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Friday afternoon

    The module focuses upon the theory and the practice of Corporate Finance and Financial Investments. It provides a theoretical and practical framework for understanding the relationship between markets and corporations and the interactions between them. The module will critically explore the current theoretical perspectives and consider their practical application in relation to investment strategies and corporate decision making.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Thursday morning

    This module focuses on the theory and application of the Classical Linear Regression Model, the violation of its assumptions and its extensions. The module provides students with the knowledge and skills to design, undertake, and evaluate empirical work within economics, finance and business.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Tuesday afternoon

    This module develops from the foundations of macroeconomics covered in EC4006. The module aims to develop student’s knowledge and understanding of key macroeconomic processes that determine equilibrium in the short-run, medium-run and the long-run. It examines the goods and financial markets as foundation for understanding the IS/LM model in a closed and open economy. These core topics provide the student with the basic understanding of what determines equilibrium in the short-run. This is developed further by introducing the analysis of the labour market, which is the key to an understanding of the AD/AS model and equilibrium in the medium-run. The analysis of the IS/LM model and AD/AS will also be applied to the open economy. The module proceeds to develop core principles for understanding what determines equilibrium in the long-run. Finally, we consider extensions to the above framework by covering topics such as the Phillips Curve, the role of expectations, exchange rates, government debt, hyperinflation and recent global events.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Monday morning

    This module provides a basic grounding in intermediate microeconomics. It covers the constituents of markets, namely supply (producer theory) and demand (consumer theory), and considers examples of externalities and market failure. Strategic behaviour and the role of uncertainty are emphasised. The module also discusses departures from the theoretical predictions of how rational consumers behave (behavioural economics) and also why those departures may take place (experimental economics and performativity).

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Year 3 modules include:

  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Tuesday morning

    The module provides with a wide range and in-depth understanding of the major exchange-based and over-the-counter financial instruments used in the construction of financial products. Starting with introduction to the fundamental instruments used in financial engineering and their valuation, the module proceeds to analyse how these instruments can be combined to create structured products. The module also covers complex structures, their composition, valuation and risk hedging possibilities. Students will develop data collection and analysis skills utilising Bloomberg and spreadsheets.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Monday morning

    This module develops a framework for analysing important themes and events in the international economy such as globalisation, economic growth, economic crises, commodity markets and price volatility. Subsequently, students will get the opportunity to carry out further research on a chosen topic, undertake qualitative and/or quantitative analysis and write up a final research report. In order to undertake their research reports, students will need to hone specific skills such as econometric and statistical techniques, the ability to prepare business reports, develop case-studies and be able to understand research methodology and apply relevant analytical skills.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Thursday afternoon
    • spring semester - Thursday afternoon
    • spring semester - Thursday morning
    • autumn semester - Thursday morning

    Why do some companies succeed while others fail? Are some business ideas fundamentally better than others? How can you tell which ideas are worth investing time and money in and which are not? How can you find an idea to pursue that matches your skills, network and passion?

    This module is a key introduction to identifying, critically assessing and developing new business opportunities. The approaches and processes covered can be applied equally to new commercial ideas, social enterprises or new ventures within an existing business.

    The foundation of the module is a live project where you will develop your own startup idea leading to a live pitch and designing a business model. At each stage you will learn the concepts covered in the module by applying them to your own idea. You will have the opportunity to come up with new ideas on the module and do not need to have a business idea before you begin.

    The module is relevant for anyone considering starting their own business, working for a SME or taking on an entrepreneurial role within a large organisation.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Monday afternoon

    This module develops student’s knowledge and understanding of the main theories and policies of economic development. It examines; different perspectives on the meaning and definition of economic development, ethical issues involved, the role of the state and policies including trade and industrial policies, relationship between labour migration and economic development, the role of the international organizations in the formulation of development policy, and the relationship between economic growth and the environment. The module also provides a comparative analysis of economic performance among a selected number of developed and developing countries.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Tuesday afternoon

    This module develops student’s knowledge and understanding of work, labour markets, employment, and reward. It examines broad human resource and labour market issues such as differential pay rates, labour migration, unemployment and discrimination, as well as economic issues specific to individual organisations such as worker recruitment, training, motivation, retention, payment systems and performance bonuses.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Wednesday morning

    This module is concerned with the application of economic concepts and theories to our understanding of the multinational business. Using economic theories, the module will explain the existence and development of the multinational business and examine some of the strategies used by multinational business to enter foreign markets. Other important issues in the operations of multinational businesses such as cultural diversity and human resource management will also be considered. The overall aim of the Module is to provide students with the theoretical knowledge and business strategies for analyzing the multinational business. As part of the teaching strategies, case studies will be used.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Wednesday afternoon

    This module aims to provide and in-depth knowledge and understanding of the economic laws and mechanisms that define and rule the economic environment of industries. The focus is mainly put on imperfectly competitive industries and the rationale of regulation and means of action of governments are investigated.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Thursday afternoon

    This module introduces students to the fundamental aspects of international trade theories, commercial policies, open economy macroeconomics, and the international monetary system. The module will examine both theoretical and contemporary policy issues in the international economy.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Wednesday morning
    • autumn semester - Wednesday morning

    This module enables students to undertake a short period of professional activity and to gain credit for their achievements. The activity can be employment activity, a work placement, professional training, volunteering activity in the not-for-profit sector, or where available, within a Virtual Business Environment within the University.

    It is expected that the student should work for 140 hours, for which they will be required to provide evidence. The 140 hours can be completed in 20 working days in a full-time mode during the summer (where available), or spread over a semester in a part-time mode.

    Additionally, learners may in some cases be able to utilise their existing part-time / vacation employment providing they can demonstrate that it is personally developmental and involves a level of responsibility (decided upon submission of the role details by the Module Leader).

    The work based learning activity should enable the student to build on previous experiences and learning gained within their academic course and elsewhere. It should provide learning opportunities for personal development. The student is encouraged and supported in developing the ability to identify applied knowledge and skills that enhance their work performance, ensure their continued improvement and apply theory to practice as appropriate. The learner should develop improved understanding of themselves, and the workplace through reflective and reflexive learning.

    • Students will be contacted soon after they register for the module (e.g. June for those registered for October) to ensure they understand the requirements and are able to find suitable activity
    • The University must ensure that suitable health and safety requirements are in place and the work activity needs to be approved by the module team before they start the role. The suitability of the opportunities will be assessed on an individual basis.
    • Where required, students will be supported in finding suitable opportunities and with all aspects of their job search and applications. The Careers and Employability Team will work with School teams to provide this support. However, it is the students’ responsibility to obtain suitable employment, and roles cannot be guaranteed.
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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Tuesday morning

    This module examines public economics. It covers the theoretical aspects of public economics, namely market failure, theories of public goods, externalities, asymmetric information, social choice, inequality, commodity and income taxation. It discusses applications of these concepts by covering selected topics in economics of health, energy, insurance and communication. Further, it covers some recent developments in public and welfare economics: economics of giving, altruism and reciprocity, economics of happiness, and social economics.

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  • The basic aim of the module is to provide a rigorous but accessible introduction to the main developments in the world economy over the last century and a half, as well as to introduce students to a long run perspective.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start)

    The module is designed to develop student employability and increase graduate career prospects. The ‘sandwich placement’ year requires learners to undertake a minimum of 44 weeks full-time work in employment which is developmental and relates to their graduate career goals. Compulsory pre-placement preparation workshops will provide structured learning and support to assist students in their search for an appropriate placement in an industry relevant to their area of study; develop professionalism and the ability to transfer learning from the classroom and previous employment to the placement workplace. During the placement term, students will be supported in applying theoretical knowledge in a practical context, analysing business problems and proposing solutions, and identifying and articulating transferable skills and knowledge developed during the placement. Students will be expected to demonstrate improved understanding of their abilities and career goals, knowledge of the workplace organisation and professional awareness through reflective and reflexive learning.

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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.

Between 2016 and 2020 we're investing £125 million in the London Metropolitan University campus, moving all of our activity to our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching location 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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