Business Economics

BA, 3-4 years

This is for you if... you want to develop your understanding of modern economic analysis and ideas, and of their relevance to a variety of business and financial decision contexts.

Course Description

The Business Economics BA combines the study of economics with a wide variety of business and finance-related topics, helping you to gain an awareness of the business and financial environment as well as current business issues. You will develop an understanding of modern economic ideas, and their relevance to business and financial decision-making. You will also gain quantitative skills, as well as communication and IT skills, and learn about their application in business contexts.

The first year of this degree is common to all BA degrees in the Department of Economics so you will have the option to switch to one of these degrees during your first year: Banking and Finance BA, Economics BA, Economics and Accounting BA, or Financial Economics BA.

This course will prepare you for a career in the business and financial sector, including business management, finance and accountancy. Your time here will also equip you with the research techniques that are vital to postgraduate study.

Our staff are internationally renowned and have acted as advisers and consultants to many international and national organisations, including the European Central Bank, the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, the Central Bank of Poland, the Central Bank of Greece and a number of UK Government departments.

To help you develop the skills that leading employers ask for, and let you see how traders work, we have 12 Bloomberg terminals in the University Library. 

The close relationship between research and teaching is one of the great advantages of studying with us. We welcome talented students from countries all over the world.

Key Facts
Typical offer
ABB
UCAS code
L112
Start date
October 2016
Department
Economics
Contact

Admissions enquiries
+44 (0)116 252 5281
cssadmissions@le.ac.uk

Course enquiries
+44 (0)116 252 2890
economicsug@le.ac.uk

Department of Economics website



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Why Leicester?

Our 12 Bloomberg terminals let you see how traders work and also access financial news and information, including real-time stock quotes 24/7. By using this industry standard platform, you will develop skills that top employers ask for.

You will have the opportunity to gain a global outlook and real-world experience through our year abroad and year in industry opportunities.

We have a dedicated Student Support Manager who provides information, advice and guidance on the graduate job application process and a Personal Tutor to assist in all areas of your academic study.

All first year Economics students are assigned a peer mentor who can provide help and support with coursework, exam tips, study skills, careers and how to make the most of your time at Leicester.

Course Structure

Year 1

Year 1

In your first year, you will be introduced to the core areas of microeconomics, macroeconomics and the economic application of basic mathematical and statistical techniques to the solution of economic problems.

Modules

    First year modules are common to all BA degrees in the Department of Economics. There is flexibility to switch between these degrees during your first year.

    Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

    Year 2

    Year 2

    You will develop your knowledge and understanding of microeconomics and macroeconomics. You will be introduced to the principles of finance decision making and also be introduced to game theory. In addition, you will apply further statistical and econometric techniques to the analysis of economic data.

    Modules

      Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

      Year in Industry or Abroad (optional)

      Year in Industry or Abroad (optional)

      You have the option of spending a year studying abroad at one of our partner institutions or working in an industrial placement. Alternatively, you can opt to continue studying at the University and complete your degree in three years.

      Year in Industry

      An industrial placement is a fantastic opportunity to gain experience of a working environment - and will normally be a paid position, more than offsetting the additional cost of the extra year.

      Eligibility is dependent on your academic performance in Years 1 and 2. If you are accepted onto the programme you will be responsible for securing your internship placements. Please note that being accepted onto the programme does not guarantee you access to an internship.

      During your placement you will be visited by a dedicated Academic Tutor and a Placement Support Officer. You will also come back to the University to give a brief presentation of your work experience. You will be provided with a log book to document your placement and will write a final report detailing your work, which will be assessed as part of your degree.

      You will be supported through guided sessions, including:

      • Introduction to the scheme
      • Researching placement opportunities
      • Making successful applications
      • Effective interview techniques
      • Preparing for my placement

      A year in industry is an excellent opportunity to learn more about the types of profession that you can choose after you graduate, and can also point you towards postgraduate studies that may help you on the path to your chosen career.

      Your placement effectively begins in Year 2 when you will be briefed in writing a CV, interview techniques and the procedures that you need to follow to obtain an industrial placement. In addition, a list of potential industrial partners who have taken students in past years will be provided to you.

      Year Abroad Information

      If you want to, you can spend your third year studying abroad at one of our partner institutions (eligibility is dependent on your academic performance in Years 1 and 2). Alternatively, you can opt to continue studying at the University and complete your degree in three years.

      Studying abroad is not just for people who are interested in travelling and meeting new people. It is about acquiring life skills that are becoming increasingly significant for a wide range of jobs in our modern globalised society. Whether you go on to work in the private sector, the state sector, a non-governmental organisation or become self-employed you will find the experience invaluable. Find out more from our International Office.

      Please note that a year spent abroad still incurs a tuition fee, but this is much lower than for a normal year at Leicester. See our Fees and Funding section for details.

      The Department of Economics has links with several European universities, administered through the European Erasmus scheme. If you attend one of these, you may be eligible for an Erasmus grant if you comply with European Commission rules and regulations. If you are eligible for a loan from Student Finance you can apply for a travel grant from them. During your second year at Leicester you will receive appropriate language training.

      • For the latest information on the future of the Erasmus scheme at UK universities please see our Brexit microsite 

      We have links with the following universities:

      We also have links with some universities outside Europe. There is no monthly grant when you attend one of these universities, however if you are receiving financial assistance from Student Finance your support will continue and you may also be eligible to apply for additional travel grants or scholarships. We have links with the following universities:

      Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

      Final Year

      Final Year

      In your final year you will have the opportunity to choose three option modules, giving you the opportunity to shape your degree according to your interests.

      Your core modules will allow you to develop specialist knowledge in applying economic analysis to managerial settings and introduce you to the principals of accounting. You will look at contract theory and corporate financial decision making, as well as undertaking in-depth research in an area of business economics during your dissertation.

      Core modules

        Plus your Dissertation

        Option modules

        Choose two option modules from:

          Plus one option module from:

                  Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

                  Additional Information

                  What's the difference?

                  The Business Economics BA differs from the Business Economics BSc in the topics that you will study, as well as the entry requirements.

                  For the BA:

                  • You will need to have achieved a GCSE in Maths - at least a grade B.
                  • You will focus on the development of your skills as an economist through their application to a wide range of real world issues.

                  For the BSc:

                  • You will need to have achieved an A-Level in Maths - at least grade B.
                  • You will gain experience in the use of advanced mathematical and statistical techniques in economic analysis and its applications. 

                  Teaching and Assessment

                  You will usually have eight hours of lectures and four hours of classes or tutorials per week, although this may vary between modules. The lecture programme is supported by small-group tutorials, seminars or practical classes, designed to encourage discussion, exploration and application of issues arising from lecture material.

                  During the course of your degree you will be assessed by a mixture of exams and course work. In your final year you will complete a dissertation - an independent research project. This will give you the opportunity to work on a topic of your choice that you are particularly interested in.

                  Research Stories

                  Entry Requirements

                  • A/AS-levels: ABB. Two AS-levels considered in place of one A-level. General Studies or Critical Thinking not included.
                  • EPQ with A-levels: BBB + EPQ at grade B. Two AS-levels considered in place of one A level. General Studies and Critical Thinking not accepted. GCSE Mathematics at grade B required.
                  • Access to HE Diploma: Pass relevant diploma with some credits at distinction.
                  • GCSE: Grade B in Mathematics.
                  • International Baccalaureate: Pass Full Diploma with 30 points overall including 5 in Standard Level Maths.
                  • BTEC Extended National Diploma: DDD in Business diploma with strong GCSE background including Mathematics at grade B.

                  Other national and international qualifications considered. If you do not meet the entry requirements for this course, you can apply for the International Foundation Year run by our dedicated International Study Centre. The ISC provides academic and English language support to help you progress to your chosen undergraduate degree at the University of Leicester.

                  Second Year Entry may be possible with suitable qualifications.

                  Selection Process

                  Applicants are not normally interviewed. If you receive an offer you will be invited to visit the Department of Economics

                  English Language Requirements

                  IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard.

                  International Qualifications

                  Find your country in this list to check equivalent qualifications, scholarships and additional requirements.

                  Countries List

                  Fees and Funding

                  • Starting in 2016

                    • £9,000 per year
                    • The fee for a year abroad is £1,250, rather than £9,000
                    • The fee for a year in industry is £1,000, rather than £9,000
                    Find out more about scholarships and funding.
                  • Starting in 2016

                    • £14,630 per year
                    • The fee for a year abroad is £3,657.50, rather than £14,630.
                    • The fee for a year in industry is £3,657.50, rather than £14,630.
                    Find out more about scholarships and funding.

                  Career Opportunities

                  An economics degree from the University of Leicester will provide you with numerous career opportunities. You can participate in an employability development programme. Working with well-known employers, you will undertake a business game scenario, giving you a taste of the graduate recruitment process.

                  You have the chance to undertake project work with student societies and employer-led organisations.

                  Our Student Support Manager provides information, advice and guidance on the graduate job application process.

                  Studying here will help prepare you for a wide range of career opportunities in government, business or the financial services sector, as well as for future study at postgraduate level. Typical job roles our graduates have entered have included; Marketing Executive, Business Development Consultant, Trading Assistant, Risk Analyst, Tax Associate etc. Past employers of our graduates have included; Next, NHS, Mazars, Deloitte, Jaguar etc.

                  Read about some of our recent graduates.

                  Careers

                  Our Career Development Service is here to support you, with advice on interviews, CVs, work experience, volunteering and more. From Freshers’ Week to Graduation and beyond, they are here to help you reach your professional goals.

                  Course Qualification Duration UCAS Code Availability
                  Business Economics BA 3 years full-time L112 Apply Now
                  Business Economics with Year Abroad BA 4 years full-time L112 Apply Now
                  Business Economics with Year in Industry BA 4 years full-time L112 Apply Now
                  Course
                  Business Economics
                  Qualification
                  BA
                  Duration
                  3 years full-time
                  UCAS Code
                  L112
                  Availability
                  Course
                  Business Economics with Year Abroad
                  Qualification
                  BA
                  Duration
                  4 years full-time
                  UCAS Code
                  L112
                  Availability
                  Course
                  Business Economics with Year in Industry
                  Qualification
                  BA
                  Duration
                  4 years full-time
                  UCAS Code
                  L112
                  Availability

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