Financial Economics BA, 3-4 years

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What role do financial systems play in global economics? And how can we better understand the true impact of major economic decisions? These are big questions, but you’ll break them down by studying the very fundamentals of economics.

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Course description

Course description

The Financial Economics BA deals with the fascinating world of pricing, interest rates and shares and how rational (or even irrational!) decisions affect them. You will explore the global role of these financial systems in modern economics and learn to analyse the impact of economic events on financial markets.

This course introduces techniques of financial economics such as derivatives pricing, risk management methods and portfolio management. You will also become a proficient user of financial software and complex data sources which will enable you to better understand the impact and reach of economic decisions.

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

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

A Financial Economics BA will prepare you for a career in both the public and private sectors, including banking and finance, central banking and regulatory agencies. 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.

What's the difference?

Financial Economics BA and Financial Economics BSc differ 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.

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

  • A/AS-levels: ABB. 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.
  • Access to HE Diploma: Pass relevant Diploma with 45 credits at Level 3, including 30 credits at Distinction. 
  • GCSE: Grade B (5) in Mathematics and Grade C (4) in English Language.
  • International Baccalaureate: Pass Full Diploma with 30 points, including a minimum of 16 points at Higher Level. Minimum of grade 5 in SL Mathematics or 6 in SL Maths Studies or 4 in HL Mathematics if not held at GCSE.
  • BTEC Extended National Diploma: DDD in Business diploma with strong GCSE background including Mathematics at grade B (5) and English Language at grade C (4). 

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

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.



On this degree, if you choose the Third Year module Investment Management, you can study the syllabus for the CFA Institute Investment Foundations Certificate which is awarded by the Chartered Financial Analysis Institute.

We are one of a very small, prestigious and elite group of universities able to offer this service to students. Extra lectures will be provided to cover the syllabus and you will learn about the tools and analysis that are used to make investment decisions as well as the different asset classes available to investors and much more. Studying the syllabus at Leicester will fully prepare you to take the exam for the CFA Institute Investment Foundations Certificate.

Attaining the certificate will help you stand out from the crowd because it is a professional qualification that employers in the financial services industry instantly recognise and value.

Please note: If you choose to sit the exam for the CFA Institute Investment Foundations Certificate at a test centre you will need to pay an exam fee to the CFA.

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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.

Related courses

Related courses

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 BA, Business Economics BA, Economics BA or Economics and Accounting BA.

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 dedicated 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 Dissertation

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 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.

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 in halls of residence.

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 Qualification Duration UCAS Code Availability
Course Financial Economics Qualification BA Duration 3 years full-time UCAS Code L111 Availability Apply Now
Course Financial Economics with Year Abroad Qualification BA Duration 4 years full-time UCAS Code L111 Availability Apply Now
Course Financial Economics with Year in Industry Qualification BA Duration 4 years full-time UCAS Code L111 Availability Apply Now