Business Economics BSc, 3-4 years

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This degree takes a more quantitative approach to business economics. This means you’ll build on your background in mathematics and statistics, and discover how to apply your skills to the core areas of business and economics.

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Course description

Course description

The Business Economics BSc combines the study of economics with a wide variety of business and finance-related topics, meaning that you will gain an awareness of the business and financial environment as well as current business issues. It offers an opportunity for students with a quantitative background to study economics and business economics in an applied setting.

This course is designed for you to build on the foundation of a Mathematics A-level and gain specialist knowledge in the application of mathematics and statistics to core areas of economics. You will develop skills in statistics, statistical modelling and forecasting which will give you a strong foundation for a career in business, management, finance, or accountancy, as well as quantitatively orientated careers in economic and business research, statistical forecasting and econometrics. Your time here will also equip you with research techniques that are vital to postgraduate study.

The first year of this degree is common to the following BSc degrees:

This means that you will have the option to switch to one of the BSc degrees in this list during your first year.

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.

What's the difference?

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

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.

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.

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

  • A/AS-levels: ABB including Maths at Grade B or above. Two AS-levels considered in place of one A-level. General Studies or Critical Thinking not included. Own language may be considered.
  • EPQ with A-levels: BBB + EPQ at grade B. A level subjects to include Maths at grade B.
  • GCSE: English Language grade C (4)
  • Access to HE Diploma: Pass relevant diploma with 45 credits at Level 3, including 30 at Distinction and credits equivalent to A-level grade B in Maths. 
  • International Baccalaureate: Pass Full Diploma with 30 points, including a minimum of 16 points at HL and including 5 in HL Maths. 
  • BTEC Extended National Diploma: DDD in Business diploma with strong GCSE background including Maths at grade B. 

Other national and international qualifications considered.

Second Year Entry may be possible with suitable qualifications.

Selection Process

When considering your application, we will look for evidence that you will be able to fulfil the objectives of the course and achieve the standards required. We will take into account a range of factors including previous exam results.

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

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.

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Fees and funding

Fees and funding

UK and EU Students

Starting in 2019

  • £9,250 in your first year. Tuition fees are subject to government regulations and may change in future years
  • Year Abroad: your fee will be £1,250 for that year
  • Year in Industry: your fee will be 15% of the full-time tuition fee that applies in that year

Find out more about scholarships and funding.

International Students

Starting in 2019

  • £16,700 per year
  • Year Abroad: £4,175, which is 25% of the full-time tuition fee
  • Year in Industry: £2,505, which is 15% of the full-time tuition fee

Find out more about scholarships and funding.

Careers and employability

Careers and employability

An economics degree from the University of Leicester will provide you with numerous career opportunities. Alongside your academic work we recognise that it is also important that you gain experience and develop your skills. You have the chance to undertake project work with student societies and employer-led organisations.

The School’s dedicated in-house Career Development Manager works closely with the University’s Career Development Service to make sure you get support to achieve your aspirations.

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.

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 structure

Year 1

Year 1


This is the same first year as our other four BAs degrees in Economics, making it possible to switch in your first year to one of these degrees: Banking and Finance BSc, Economics BSc, Economics and Accounting BSc or Financial Economics BSc.

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


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 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).

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 Global Opportunities team.

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 School of Business has links with several European universities, administered through the Erasmus+ scheme. If you are eligible for a loan from Student Finance you can apply for a travel grant from them. Languages courses, at both beginners and advanced level, are available through the University’s Languages at Leicester scheme.

  • 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. 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

Core modules

Option modules

Choose two option modules from:

Then choose two option modules from:

Plus your Applied Econometrics Project

NB. You cannot choose more than two from Economics of Education, Public Economics, Economics of Health and Labour Economics.

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.

Why Leicester?

All first year Economics students can sign up for 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.

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.

The School’s dedicated in-house Career Development Manager works closely with the University’s Career Development Service to make sure you get support to achieve your aspirations.

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

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Teaching and learning

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 coursework. In your final year you will complete an Applied Econometrics Project. This will give you the opportunity to work on a topic of your choice that you are particularly interested in.

Independent learning

When not attending lectures, seminars or other timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for exams. To help with your independent learning, you can access the Library and our social study spaces

Your contact hours will depend on the option modules you select. You can see details of the contact hours on individual module pages.

Academic support

Our Student Learning Development Team provides help in the following areas:

  • study and exam skills
  • academic writing
  • presentations
  • dissertations
  • numerical data skills
  • referencing sources

Our AccessAbility Centre offers support and practical help for students with dyslexia or other specific learning difficulties, including physical, mental health or mobility difficulties, deafness, or visual impairment.

Teaching staff

You will be taught by an experienced teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. PhD research students who have undertaken teacher training may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader. Our teaching is informed by the research we do. You can learn more about our staff by visiting our staff profiles.

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Course Business Economics Qualification BSc Duration 3 years full-time UCAS Code L113 Availability Apply Now
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