Economics and Finance - BSc (Hons)

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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.

In the most recent Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey, 100% of all 2017 graduates from this course were in work or further study within six months.

More about this course

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.

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.

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UCAS code LN1J
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Entry requirements

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 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 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.

Modular structure

The modules listed below are for the academic year 2018/19 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) - Monday afternoon

    The module is a Level 4 30 credit core module which is designed to lay the foundation for understanding the accounting requirements of business organisations for internal and external reporting and decision making. It examines the financial and management accounting techniques and decisions for sole traders and limited companies.

    The module aims to:

    1. Enable students to understand the underlying principles of the financial and management accounting processes and to prepare/construct relevant accounting statements
    2. Enable students to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of accounting information systems and how they relate to the decision-making aspects of financial accounting statements
    3. Enable students to analyse and interpret the financial accounting statements of a limited company
    4. Enable students to understand management accounting techniques and their relevance to management decision making
    5. Enable students to understand the context of the professional accountancy framework and to enhance their employability skills.

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

    This module develops students’ knowledge and understanding of the development of the international economy and the evolution of economic ideas since the mid-nineteenth century. By introducing students to the major economic changes after 1875, the theoretical contributions of economics, both practical and academic, will be understood in their evolving context. By providing an understanding of the development of ideas students will learn to relate theory and practice.

    The module acknowledges the importance of context in analysing economic phenomena which link with other subject areas such as finance and banking, as well as the importance of developing a critical approach (SBS, 2015).

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

    The module introduces and develops the principles of micro- and macroeconomics providing a secure foundation for students pursuing specialist degrees in Economics, Business Economics, Banking and Finance.

    The first part of the module covers the central concepts of microeconomic theory and explores the relevance of these to the operations of businesses including financial services firms. The main themes are the role of markets, individual consumer behaviour, the operations of individual firms and the role of government.

    The second part of the module focuses on the principles of macroeconomic theory and the role of government in managing the national economy. It provides an introduction to macroeconomic concepts, mechanisms, policies and methods of analysis. Macroeconomics principles and policies are applied to contemporary macroeconomic issues. Interactions between production, income, demand and money are explored. The module examines how national output, employment, price level, interest rates, balance of payments and exchange rates are determined.

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

    The module provides the theoretical and practical framework for understanding the operation of the financial markets. It focuses on the organisation, structure and functions of financial markets and institutions.

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

    This module enables students to acquire quantitative skills and a foundation in mathematical and statistical concepts and techniques so they can analyse and solve economic, banking and finance problems. It develops students’ ability to understand and apply mathematical and statistical methods to economic and finance theories. It provides an opportunity for students to collect, present, analyse and interpret real data using appropriate computer software.

    Students are encouraged to reflect and draw on their diverse socio-cultural
    backgrounds and experiences. A student centred coaching system is used where second / third year degree students who have performed well in the subject, are trained to support weaker students in small groups or on a one to one basis. This has worked effectively in the past and raised engagement and performance.

    Equality is promoted by treating everyone with equal dignity and worth, while also raising aspirations and supporting achievement for those students with diverse requirements, entitlements and backgrounds

    A range of transferrable and subject specific skills are developed, in particular: self- assessment and reflection; peer assessment; written and oral communication; research; problem solving; data collection and quantitative; IT; interpreting and analytical skills.

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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.
    The contents of the module covers corporate objectives, investment appraisal techniques and decisions making, capital structure, mergers and acquisitions, dividend policy theory and practice, working capital management, financial markets and instruments, financial Investment Strategies, valuation of securities and derivatives, bond portfolio immunisation, Risk and return, evaluation of investment performance.
    Analysis of theories in finance and investment and financial models include the Efficient Market Hypothesis, The portfolio Theory, The Capital Asset Pricing Model, the Arbitrage Pricing Theory and Dividend Valuation Model.
    The module provides thorough knowledge of finance and guides students on assessing risks and managing risks for businesses and investment. The module builds up strong quantitative, written, critical and analytical skills required for employment in the finance industry.
    A blended teaching and learning approach includes use of websites, videos, guest talks from industry and support for employability enhancing classroom activities.
    Bloomberg will be used to deliver teaching sessions.

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

    The first half of this module focuses on Econometrics, and deals with the theory and application of the Classical Linear Regression Model (CLRM), providing a firm grounding in the theory of Ordinary Least Squares (OLS) and an appreciation of its limitations. It provides a theoretical understanding of the causes, consequences and detection of, and remedies for, the violation of the assumptions of the classical linear regression model. It develops knowledge and skills to use standard statistical/econometric software package (e.g. EViews) and apply techniques to economics, finance and banking problems and models.

    The second half of this module focuses on Financial Modelling, and involves the use of EViews and Excel and other relevant software to construct financial models including valuation and portfolio models.

    The module provides students with the knowledge and skills to design, undertake, and evaluate empirical work within economics, finance and banking.

    Students are encouraged to reflect and draw on their diverse socio-cultural
    backgrounds and experiences.

    Equality is promoted by treating everyone with equal dignity and worth, while also raising aspirations and supporting achievement for people with diverse requirements, entitlements and backgrounds

    A range of transferable and subject specific skills are developed, in particular: self- assessment and reflection; peer assessment; written; IT; applied analysis; subject research; problem solving; data and quantitative; analytical and critical thinking.

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

    This module enables students to acquire a systematic understanding and knowledge of conventional intermediate microeconomics and an awareness of behavioural economics. It provides appropriate tools of analysis to examine contemporary consumer and producer theory and market failure. Market structures, competitive and strategic behaviour including game theory; labour markets and the economic impact of migration are examined. It allows students to develop an appreciation of issues and problems facing policy makers and a capacity to apply economic reasoning in a critical manner.

    Students are encouraged to reflect and draw on their diverse socio-cultural
    backgrounds and experiences during class discussions and in module seminar
    preparations.

    Equality is promoted by treating everyone with equal dignity and worth, and raising aspirations and supporting achievement for those students with diverse requirements and backgrounds.

    Internationalisation is addressed when examining labour markets, migration, externalities, and market structures of industries in the UK, USA and EU.

    The module aims to develop students' employability skills, in particular subject research; team-working; written and oral communication; data and quantitative analysis; analytical; problem solving; self and peer assessment and reflection.

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

    The University has a policy that all undergraduates must, at either Level 5 or 6, take a Work Related Learning (WRL) module i.e. a module which requires them to directly experience and operate in the real world of work and to reflect on that episode in order to identify skill and knowledge areas that they need to develop for their career. This module (and “partner” modules, namely, Creating a Winning Business 2 (Level 6) and Creating a Successful Social Enterprise 1 and 2), are module options available to ALL University students to fulfil the University’s WRL requirement.

    This module challenges students to be creative in identifying a new business opportunity and in examining the viability of all aspects of the idea in the real world context e.g. testing potential customers’ views. As a result of the feedback received and enquiries carried out, the idea will change and develop over the duration of the module. Throughout the module, students are required to not only apply the business development theory taught but also to continuously reflect on how they have applied the theory and the skills and knowledge gained from their work. This reflective dimension promotes the development of practical attributes for employment and career progression.

    The QAA Benchmark on Business and Management (2015) emphasises the attribute of “entrepreneurship” and of “the value of real world learning”. In terms of promoting work related skills, the module specifically focuses on practical techniques for generating and developing new business ideas and so develops creative thinking. In addition, it requires students to examine market potential and prepare a “pitch” as if seeking investment. The module requires a high level of self-reliance to pursue their business idea. Students develop an understanding of the role of new ideas in business start-ups, business growth and development.
    These skills and techniques are of practical relevance to anyone considering starting a new business, working for a Small or Medium sized Enterprise (SME) or taking on an intrapreneurial role within a larger organisation where the business environment is constantly evolving and producing new challenges and opportunities.

    For those students keen to go beyond this module and start their own business, they can apply to the Accelerator for access to “seed” money and advice and support.

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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 either part-time/vacation employment; work placement; not-for-profit sector volunteering or a professional project led by an employer.

    The work related learning activity must be for a minimum of 105 hours. These hours can be completed in a minimum of 15 working days (based on 7 hours per day) full-time during the summer, or over a semester in a part-time mode. The activity aims to: enable learners to build on previous experience and learning gained within academic studies and elsewhere; provide opportunity for personal skills and employability development and requires application of subject knowledge and relevant literature. Learners will be supported in developing improved understanding of themselves, and the work environment through reflective and reflexive learning in reference to the Quality Assurance Agency Subject Benchmark Statements for the appropriate degree programme.

    Students will be contacted prior to the semester to ensure they understand requirements of securing work related activity in advance. Support is provided to find and apply for suitable opportunities through the Placements and Careers teams. The suitability of the opportunities will be assessed by the Module Team. Learners may be able to utilise existing employment, providing they can demonstrate that it is personally developmental and involves a certain level of responsibility. It is a student's responsibility to apply for opportunities and engage with the Placement and Careers team to assist them in finding a suitable role.

    The module is open to all Business and Management undergraduate course programmes (for semesters/levels, see the appropriate course specification.)

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

    The module enables the appreciation of the nature of the contexts in which bank lending can be seen to be operating. It enables the development of expertise in the use of Bloomberg and other sources to evaluate borrower credit-worthiness and fosters team-working and presentation skills within a group setting. It provides the theoretical and practical framework for analysing and evaluating the principles and practices of bank lending within the legal environment. It focuses on credit granting, credit evaluation and credit monitoring and credit risk management in the Autumn semester, and on the principles of English Law as it applies to the banker-customer relationship in the Spring semester.

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

    The module focuses on the theoretical and practical aspects of corporate strategy in financial services organisations. It explores organisational strategy, motivation, groups, organisational culture and leadership. The module provides an opportunity to develop a range of employability skills understanding employment opportunities in the industry.

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

    The module aims

    To stimulate students’ intellectual awareness and appreciation of the range of implicit and explicit ethical challenges posed by everyday economic activity. To understand the relation between how economists have come to understand the nature of economic agency, the role of principals and the development of institutions and organisations in both private and public sectors.

    To provide a firm foundation of knowledge of the different ethical debates relevant to the workings of economic systems, and to develop the sensibility and logical skills to enable the student to discern the moral implications of economic choices.

    To develop in students the ability to apply ethical principles in the solution of specific theoretical and applied problems in economics. To understand the moral content of the specific assumptions that guide the construction of economic theory.

    To develop in students the moral awareness of economic behaviours that will be of value in employment and self-employment, and to appreciate what would be appropriate responses to both general and specific issues confronted both in everyday life and at work.

    To generate in students an appreciation of the economic and welfare dimensions of wider social, political and environmental issues.

    The module also aims to develop students' skills, in particular: academic study skills; subject research; applied analysis; critical thinking; to develop their literacy and promote problem solving. To provide education and training in the ethical issues raised, so to understand the meaning and significance of the idea of an ethical stance.

    To develop in students an ability to interpret real world economic events whilst being aware of the ethical implications in the formulation and application of economic concepts, theories, ideas and tools, and the construction and use of a range of types of evidence.

    To contribute to the employability, a fuller grasp of the implications for ethical stances within the internationalisation and equality agendas.

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

    This module enables students to evaluate the main issues surrounding the development and utilisation of information systems for professional practice in areas such as accounting, banking, finance and economics. It focuses on the deployment and use of contemporary industry standard technology and critical internet related tools and techniques to satisfy organisational goals within the accounting, banking, finance and economics sectors.

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

    This module enables students to understand the dynamics of international business operations and evolving world markets. International economic issues influence the formulation of trade and investment policies as well as enterprise strategies, and this module gives students the opportunity to understand and discuss the challenges therein for multinational businesses. In recent years, we have seen dramatic economic changes such as new theoretical developments, empirical studies and the growing role played by emerging economies. The aim of this module is to give students a strong understanding of key theories and policies which will be analysed in the light of current international debates.

    There are two main themes to this module. The first section of the module develops an understanding of the international business environment including globalisation of firms’ activities, the changing patterns of foreign direct investment, entry strategies including collaborative ventures, and global strategy. The second section of the module focuses on the global market place in which international businesses operate and comprises an understanding of trade theories and government policies from the perspective of international economics. The module enables the development of critical awareness of the relative strengths and weaknesses of different forms of economic analysis in the context of international business and world markets.

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

    This module develops from the foundations of macroeconomics covered at Level 4. The module aims to develop students’ knowledge and understanding of key macroeconomic processes that are interpreted to operate around the concept of equilibrium in the short-run, medium-run and the long-run. It examines the goods and financial markets as a foundation for understanding macroeconomic models of a theoretically ‘closed’ [a single market] and ‘open’ [an economy open to exchanges with others] economies. Students are encouraged to reflect and draw on their own backgrounds and experiences in differing economies during class discussions and to relate these experiences to the economic concepts and principles developed in the module.

    The core topics of the module provide the student with the basic understanding of what may determine equilibrium in the short-run. This is further developed by introducing the analysis of the labour market, and the concept of the expectations-augmented Phillips Curve, and market equilibria in the medium-run.

    The module proceeds further to develop core principles for understanding the idea of equilibrium in the long-run, examining the idea of exogenous and endogenous factors in models of economic growth. Finally, we consider extensions to the above framework by covering topics such as the role of information and expectations in macroeconomic policy, exchange rates, debt and recent global events. Internationalisation is addressed in the open economy models.

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

    This module familiarises students with the main issues in macroeconomic policy choice. The module pays particular attention to the role of the commercial banking system and its impact on the money supply and the role of the Central Bank in monetary policy implementation.
    The module contents include the definition and functions of money, the classifications of money in the supply of the money, the British banking system, the commercial banks and the supply of money, the demand for money, the central banking and the conduct of monetary policy, fiscal policy and the budget monetary policy and fiscal policy interaction international finance and monetary policy, monetary and fiscal policy and the exchange rate regime, the European monetary system and monetary Union, and the European central bank and the euro area monetary policy.
    The module provides coherent knowledge of banking operation and develops academic and employability skills including specifically, sourcing and using academic literature, research, data collection application of knowledge, academic writing, and critical and analytical thinking, which are required to fulfil employment in the financial services work environment.

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

    The module covers mathematical and statistical modelling techniques that are applied in making decisions in areas of finance. It also enables the student to investigate real-life statistical data.
    This module introduces important financial concepts and develops statistical modelling techniques. Statistical regression models are applied to financial data (e.g., credit scoring, default time analysis) and mathematical modelling of stock and option prices is investigated. A selection of suitable software (e.g. Excel, R, SPSS) will enable students to analyse data in order to make informed decisions. The students will develop skills in statistical and mathematical modelling of real data to aid future employability.

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Year 3 modules include:

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

    This module facilitates empirical research, critical thinking and analytical insights. Students will acquire an in-depth understanding of the methods, approaches and tools of academic research and the ability to appropriately seek out data required for research into a selected topic. Students develop analytical, critical thinking and research skills in independently undertaking and reporting on an empirical research project, and develop time management and independent learning skills.

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

    The module provides students with a wide range and in-depth knowledge of the major exchange-traded and over-the-counter traded financial instruments used in the construction of financial products.
    The module discusses the characteristics, pricing and valuation of the fundamental instruments, terminologies and contract specifications for the trading in both cash markets and derivative markets. The module analyses 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 an understanding of the use of these financial instruments as investment vehicles, hedging tools, engineered products, arbitrage mechanisms, and speculative instruments.
    Students will also develop data collection and analysis skills utilising Bloomberg and spreadsheets, demonstrate enhanced academic writing, and oral presentation.

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

    The University has a policy that all undergraduates must, at either Level 5 or 6, take a Work Related Learning (WRL) module i.e. a module which requires them to directly experience and operate in the real world of work and to reflect on that episode in order to identify skill and knowledge areas that they need to develop for their career. This module (and “partner” modules, namely, Creating a Winning Business 1 (Level 5) and Creating a Successful Social Enterprise 1 and 2), are module options available to ALL University students to fulfil the University’s WRL requirement.

    This module challenges students to be creative in identifying a new business opportunity and in examining the viability of all aspects of the idea in the real world context e.g. testing potential customers’ views. As a result of the feedback received and enquiries carried out, the idea will change and develop over the duration of the module. Throughout the module, students are required to not only apply the business development theory taught but also to continuously reflect on how they have applied the theory and the skills and knowledge gained from their work. This reflective dimension promotes the development of practical attributes for employment and career progression.

    The QAA Benchmark on Business and Management (2015) emphasises the attribute of “entrepreneurship” and of “the value of real world learning”. In terms of promoting work related skills, the module specifically focuses on practical techniques for generating and developing new business ideas and so develops creative thinking. In addition, it requires students to examine market potential and prepare a “pitch” as if seeking investment. The module requires a high level of self-reliance to pursue their business idea. Students develop an understanding of the role of new ideas in business start-ups, business growth and development.
    These skills and techniques are of practical relevance to anyone considering starting a new business, working for a Small or Medium sized Enterprise (SME) or taking on an intrapreneurial role within a larger organisation where the business environment is constantly evolving and producing new challenges and opportunities.

    For those students keen to go beyond this module and start their own business, they can apply to the Accelerator for access to “seed” money and advice and support.

    Read full details.
  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Thursday morning
    • autumn semester - Thursday morning
    • spring semester - Wednesday morning
    • autumn semester - Wednesday morning

    This module enables students to undertake a short period of professional activity either part-time/vacation employment; work placement; not-for-profit sector volunteering or a professional project led by an employer.

    The work related learning activity must be for a minimum of 105 hours. These hours can be completed in a minimum of 15 working days (based on 7 hours per day) full-time during the summer, or over a semester in a part-time mode. The activity aims to: enable learners to build on previous experience and learning gained within academic studies and elsewhere; provide opportunity for personal skills and employability development and requires application of subject knowledge and relevant literature. Learners will be supported in developing improved understanding of themselves, and the work environment through reflective and reflexive learning in reference to the Quality Assurance Agency Subject Benchmark Statements for the appropriate degree programme.

    Students will be contacted prior to the semester to ensure they understand requirements of securing work related activity in advance. Support is provided to find and apply for suitable opportunities through the Placements and Careers teams. The suitability of the opportunities will be assessed by the Module Team. Learners may be able to utilise existing employment, providing they can demonstrate that it is personally developmental and involves a certain level of responsibility. It is a student's responsibility to apply for opportunities and engage with the Placement and Careers team to assist them in finding a suitable role.

    The module is open to all Business and Management undergraduate course programmes (for semesters/levels, see the appropriate course specification.

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

    This sandwich placement module is undertaken as an additional 30 credits between Levels 5 and 6, extending students' undergraduate course programme to four years.

    The module is designed to develop student employability and increase career prospects upon graduation. The sandwich placement year requires learners to undertake a minimum of 44 weeks full-time employment which is developmental and relates to their graduate career goals. Compulsory pre-placement preparation workshops and one to one support will be delivered by Placement Officers to provide guidance and assist students in their search for an appropriate placement. The placement must be in an industry relevant to their area of study, allow them to develop professionalism and to transfer learning from the classroom, and any previous employment to the placement workplace.

    During the placement year, 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.

    Students will receive briefings prior to the placement and a post-placement debriefing. They will be supported remotely by a Placement Tutor who will provide guidance with assessment.

    Student will not be registered on the module until they have secured a suitable placement that meets all the requirements.

    The module is open to all Business and Management undergraduate course programmes.

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

    This module enables students to acquire a systematic knowledge and understanding of the main theories, policies, issues and evidence in economic development with particular focus on emerging economies.

    It develops students’ ability to apply economic principles and analysis in a variety of contexts in economic development and policy formulation.

    It fosters an appreciation of the economic, social and political dimensions of development issues in an interdependent globalised world.

    The module examines: different perspectives on economic development; theories of economic growth and development; the role of international institutions, national governments and markets; foregin aid; informal finance; trade and industrial policies; different types of economic systems and comparative economic development in selected countries that may include Brazil, Russia, India, China, Mexico, USA and Japan.

    It addresses gender inequality and inequality in terms of income, access to education, health, finance, credit and job opportunities.

    Internationalisation is addressed when examining poverty, inequality, foreign aid, trade, demographics, climate change, environment and economic development of selected emerging economies.

    Students are encouraged to reflect and draw on their diverse socio-cultural
    backgrounds and experiences.

    Equality is promoted by treating everyone with equal dignity and worth, while also raising aspirations and supporting achievement for people with diverse requirements, entitlements and backgrounds

    A range of transferrable and subject specific skills are developed, in particular: self- assessment and reflection; peer assessment; written and oral communication; subject research; problem solving; data and quantitative; analytical and critical thinking.

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

    This module enables students to acquire a systematic knowledge and understanding of economics of human resources, labour markets, current issues, policies and available evidence.

    It develops the ability to think independently about labour market issues, drawing on the models and tools developed and apply economic principles and analysis in a variety of contexts in labour markets, business and government.

    It examines a wide range of human resource and labour market challenges such as gender differences in labour force supply and participation, the development of human capital, the graduate labour market, differential pay rates including the gender pay gap, different types of discrimination, labour mobility and migration, the role of trade unions and unemployment. It addresses economic issues specific to organisations such as worker recruitment, training, motivation, retention, compensation payment systems and performance bonuses. Furthermore, it instils an appreciation of the economic dimension of wider social, political, national and international human resource issues.

    It explores how models and empirical analysis can be applied to evaluate labour market policies, such as the minimum wage, welfare programmes, and immigration restrictions.

    Internationalisation of labour markets is addressed by examining and comparing labour markets in UK, US and EU and focussing on certain issues such as differences in labour supply, gender gap, discrimination, migration, trade unions, graduate labour market, pay and reward.

    Examination of discrimination, migration, gender and ethnic pay gaps enables students to develop a much deeper understanding of equality issues in labour markets.
    In this module, equality is promoted by treating everyone with equal dignity and worth, while also raising aspirations and supporting achievement for those students with diverse requirements, entitlements and backgrounds

    Students are encouraged to reflect and draw on their diverse socio-cultural
    backgrounds and experiences.

    A range of transferrable and subject specific skills are developed, in particular: self- assessment and reflection; peer assessment; written and oral communication; subject research; review and evaluation of available literature and evidence; data and quantitative analysis; critical thinking; thinking independently; abstraction and problem solving.

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

    The overall aim of the module is to provide students with the theoretical knowledge of business behaviour and an understanding of a range of business strategies, to analyse multinational business. The module is concerned with the application of economic concepts and theories to an understanding of multinational business and strategic issues and dilemmas facing business managers in an international setting. Using economic theories, the module aims to explain the development of the multinational business and the emergence of the globalisation process. It examines and evaluates some of the strategies used by multinational businesses to enter foreign markets. It provides an overview of the operations of the multinational business in the world economy such as supply chain management, human resource management, foreign exchange management, and managing cultural diversity and ethics.
    This module provides opportunities for developing the student’s strategic thinking, and the analysis and assessment of current issues challenging multinational businesses in the global economy.

    Internationalisation is addressed in all the topics covered in this module.

    Students are encouraged to reflect and draw on their diverse socio-cultural backgrounds and experiences.

    Discussion of cultural diversity, human resource management and ethics enables students to develop a deep understanding of equality issues in multinational business and its environment.

    Equality is promoted by treating everyone with equal dignity and worth, and raising aspirations and supporting achievement for those students with diverse requirements, entitlements and backgrounds

    The module also aims to develop students' employability skills, in particular: subject research; problem solving; written communication, critical thinking, evaluation and applied analysis.

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  • The module is a Level 6 15 credit option module running in the Spring semester. The module takes issues surrounding social responsibility from national to international platform. CSR has continued to reorient and repair our world in different dimensions. Corporate and individual citizens are therefore demonstrably expected to be socially responsible and contribute to reducing the adverse impacts of companies on the environment and planet Earth in general.

    Module aims to:

    1. provide an understanding of general issues surrounding corporate social responsibility from national to international perspectives.
    2. provide students with a broad understanding of the roles of company directors, investors, the media and consumers – stakeholders in general to allow socially responsible companies to flourish in modern societies.
    3. provide students with a sound understanding of the roles international organisations such as the United Nations, the World Bank, World Trade Organisations etc are playing in propagating and developing corporate social responsibility.

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

    This module introduces students to the fundamental aspects of the theories of international trade and finance, policy analysis and the controversies that surround these activities. It will examine the costs and benefits of these two fundamental activities in the global economy and consider the extent to which government policies in these areas can improve economic outcomes. The module will draw on up-to-date analyses and empirical studies and will examine theoretical and contemporary policy issues in this regard in the international economy.

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

    This module has been nationally promoted by the UK financial regulator the Financial Services Authority (FSA), [now Financial Conduct Authority (FCA)], as a ‘unique idea’ in their ‘National Strategy for Financial Capability in Higher Education’ (2009), and disseminated to all universities as an exemplar for raising student interest, expertise and enthusiasm in personal finance. FSA refers to London Metropolitan University as one of only four universities awarded the FSA Curriculum Development Grant for “unique ideas” put forward for the creation of a financial capability module, the unique idea for this University being the innovative Competency Based Action Learning (CoBAL) curriculum which is the outcome of doctoral level research conducted in collaboration with real-world organisations such as the National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NIACE), the FSA, and the National Research and Development Centre for adult literacy and numeracy (NRDC).

    The module underlines the role personal judgement plays in personal finance, and the many perspectives that inform personal judgement, enabling the student to formulate and employ Action Learning strategies for the development of knowledge, skill and attitudinal competencies in personal finance, and for increased ability and confidence in dealing with the complexities of making financial decisions in the five domains of financial capability identified by the FSA.

    This is an Extension of Knowledge (EoK) module which any student on any course in the University is able to take as an option module subject to their course incorporating a relevant slot in their course structure. The module’s EOK status recognises the need for students of all subjects to have a good grasp of Personal Finance.

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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.

What our students say

“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."
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“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.”
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After the course

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.

Moving to one campus

If you're starting your course from September 2019, you will be taught at our campus in Holloway, Islington.

At our Islington campus you'll benefit from state-of-the-art facilities, flexible teaching areas and a wide range of social spaces.

Work placements

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.

Study abroad

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.

Additional costs

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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